Related Articles

  • Protecting and Enforcing your Trademarks in Iran

    by Mohammad Ali -  - Dubai, UAE

    Iran has been recognised as one of the major potential markets in the Middle East. With the lifting of the UN Sanctions against Iran, many businesses are looking to expand their operations and enter...

    Read more
  • Criminal Liabilities Arising from Infringing Intellectual Property Rights

    by Omar Khodeir / Bassam AlAzzeh -  /  - Abu Dhabi, UAE / Dubai, UAE

    Intellectual property law overlap with criminal law in many ways, one of which is piracy of media content. This is one of the fastest-growing forms of criminal offence and breaches of intellectual...

    Read more
  • Navigating Domain Names and Social Media Platforms for Brand Owners

    by Stephen Jiew -  - Dubai, UAE

    Internet presence and social media presence is all important for brand owners in today’s brave new world of consumers clutching their mobile phones, tablets and laptops at every turn. Brand owners...

    Read more
  • Control It or You’ll Lose It: Quality Control Provisions in Trademark Licence Agreements in the UAE

    by Sadaf Nakhaei -  - Dubai, UAE

    Licence agreements are an effective tool for trademark owners to capitalise on their trademarks, allowing the brand to be developed internationally and in regions that extend beyond the trademark...

    Read more
  • Protecting your Trademark and Copyright in Egypt

    by Abdelrahman Helmi / Hassane Hassan -  /  - Cairo, Egypt

    This article considers the protection of trademark and copyright in Egypt including a review of some cases that can constitute trademark and copyright infringement according to the laws in Egypt.

    Read more
  • The Dangers of Pirated Software and the Risks for Employers

    by Omar Obeidat / Mariam Sabet -  /  - Dubai, UAE

    This article considers the issue of pirated software and the risks posed to employers in this context.

    Read more
  • Trademark Licences in the UAE: Paying more attention to Trade Names and Domain Names

    by Rasha Al Ardah -  - Dubai, UAE

    When granting a trademark licence, whether in a franchise, distribution, joint venture, or trademark licence agreement, there are a number of factors that need to be considered by the brand owner....

    Read more
  • The Role of Experts in Patent-infringement Cases in the UAE

    by  El Ameir Noor / Zane Anani -  /  - Abu Dhabi, UAE / Dubai, UAE

    This is the first patent infringement dispute of this nature filed in the UAE. The patent is in the field of technical telecommunication “mobile TV” which was introduced into the UAE in July 2007....

    Read more
  • Labeling of Foodstuff in Dubai

    by Bassam Salah Al-Azzeh  -  - Dubai, UAE

    The quality and variation of foodstuff products in a cosmopolitan city like Dubai is an important factor in a city’s success, and requires the government to enact modern legislation to ensure it is...

    Read more
  • The New Anti-Commercial Fraud Law in the UAE: An IP Perspective

    by Omar Obeidat / Ahmed Zaza -  /  - Dubai, UAE

    The long awaited Law No. 19 of 2016 (the ‘New Law’) regarding anti-commercial fraud has come into force in the UAE and replaces Federal Law No. 4 of 1979 concerning the Suppression of Fraud and...

    Read more
  • R&D and Innovations in the GCC Countries: Recent Updates

    by Ahmad Saleh / Diana Al Adel / Sura Al Samid -  / /  - Dubai, UAE / Manama, Bahrain / Amman, Jordan

    Innovation through research and development (R&D) is a focus in most developed, as well as developing, nations wishing to improve environmental and other socio-economic conditions. To account for the...

    Read more
  • Oil & Gas: Innovation and IP Protection to Combat an Uncertain Future

    by Ina Agaj -  - Dubai, UAE

    Current issues faced by the oil and gas industry

    Read more
  • Trademark Protection: Key Considerations

    by Munir Suboh -  - Dubai, UAE

    In today’s information-based economy, intellectual property rights, and trademark rights in particular have received more media attention than ever before in the Middle East. Yet little has been said...

    Read more
  • The Little Blue Pill: A Look at Nonconventional Trademarks for Pharmaceuticals in the UAE

    by Sadaf Nakhaei -  - Dubai, UAE

    It is an uncontested fact that prescription drugs are big business; brand name pharmaceutical companies invest millions of dollars each year to develop new and innovative drugs. In order to protect...

    Read more
  • Well-known Trademark: Bad Faith and Prior Use in the UAE

    by Munir Suboh & Rami Abdelatif -  /  - Dubai, UAE

    The United Arab Emirates Federal Supreme Court recently upheld important principles in relation to well-known trademark protection and elements; bad faith as a reason to lose ownership of a...

    Read more
  • Copyright Violation can Lead to Deportation from the UAE

    by Bassam Al Azzeh - 

    The developments in the technology sector and the increased number of paid TV channels in the UAE have created a hotbed for illegal activities which may lead to intellectual property (“IP”)...

    Read more
  • Intellectual Property in the High Fashion Industry

    by Ahlam Al Tamimi - 

    The purchase of a designer handbag is most satisfying, despite being among the most expensive in the shopping list of any woman.

    Read more
  • An Overview of IP Laws in Egypt

    by Munir Suboh & Hassane Hassan -  /

    Part 1: Trademarks

    Read more
  • URS: A Cheap and Fast Way to Combat Cyber Squatting?

    by Stephen Jiew - 

    This article considers the merits of a new tool in the effort to combat cyber squatting.

    Read more
  • Hotel Brands Coping with Online Marketing: An Operator’s Perspective

    by Omar Obeidat & Mai Marshad  -  /

    2015 was a challenging year for the Middle East and North Africa (“MENA”) hospitality industry, with some countries’ performance being impacted by currency fluctuations and other macroeconomic and...

    Read more
  • Strength of Trademarks

    by Sadaf Nakhaei - 

    When it comes to developing a brand, whether it is a new business or an existing business looking to roll out new products, service names or slogans, the underlying challenge of selecting a trademark...

    Read more
  • GCC Unified Trademark Law: Key Provisions and Challenges

    by Omar Obeidat & Sadaf Nakhaei -  /

    Since 2007 there have been significant talks within the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) regarding the adoption of a unified trademark law.

    Read more
  • Design Protection… What Businesses Need to Know

    by Ahmad Saleh & Mariam Sabet -  /

    Design protection should form the crux of any business strategy.

    Read more
  • Advertising with Caution: Guidelines to Medical Advertising

    by Sadaf Nakhaei - 

    In the UAE, the medical profession and medical treatments and substances are regulated through a number of primary and secondary laws and regulations.

    Read more
  • Achieving Innovation through 3D Printing

    by Ahmad Saleh & Sadaf Nakhaei -  /

    Technological innovation is considered as a major force in any given economy.

    Read more
  • Protecting Medical & Pharmaceutical Inventions in the GCC Countries

    by Ahmed Saleh & Houda Meliani -  /

    Pharmaceutical and other healthcare entities invest tremendous amounts of money each year researching and developing new medical and pharmaceutical products.

    Read more
  • Administrative Options in Kuwait for Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement

    by Ahmed El Klatawy - 

    Ensuring the protection of intellectual property rights by means of procedures for law enforcement in respect of disputes is very important.

    Read more
  • IP Cooperation and Harmonisation in the Gulf: A myth or reality?

    by Omar Obeidat  - 

    The global harmonisation of Intellectual Property (“IP”) laws dictated by TRIPS Agreement of 1995, to align the national legislation of the World Trade Organization (“WTO”) member states to a common...

    Read more
  • The New Jordanian law of Standards of Metrology Organisation and its ability to Protect Original Trademarks

    by Ala’a Bataineh - 

    The Amending Law of the Standards and Metrology Law No. 38 for the year 2015 (the “Law”), amending the Standards of Metrology Law No. 22 of 2000, has been issued by the Jordanian Standards of...

    Read more
  • 3D Trademarks in the UAE

    by Mohammed Ali  - 

    Trademark infringement is a never ending concern for businesses in countries around the world, and the UAE is no different.

    Read more
  • How to benefit from trademark protection before the Dubai Department of Economic Development (DED)

    by Ahmad Zaza - 

    There are various avenues for enforcing trademarks.

    Read more
  • Intellectual Property Audits: Know your IP assets to effectively manage them

    by Rasha Al Ardah - 

    Intellectual property (“IP”) assets are increasingly becoming the most valuable assets of all large, medium and small businesses.

    Read more
  • How to identify and protect key information known as trade secrets

    by Sadaf Nakhaei - 

    Trade secrets are identified as information that is unique and valuable to a business and not known or easily ascertainable to individuals outside the business.

    Read more
  • How to protect copyright over the internet

    by Nour Kanawati - 

    The modern age of high speed broadband internet and the ease of uploading and downloading videos has made it extremely easy to pirate any number of television shows and movies, whether decades old or...

    Read more
  • Protection of IP rights for Mobile Apps

    by Manel Ben Said - 

    Mobile Applications enable many businesses to be contacted with greater ease and at any time the customer wants.

    Read more
  • Landmark Dubai Decision in Border Measures: Recycling Counterfeit Goods Instead of Re-exporting

    by Munir Suboh - 

    During the last three years, when counterfeit goods are found in Dubai, the decisions by Customs is to re-export them back to where they came from.

    Read more
  • Copyright Licensor wins large award from Egyptian Court

    by Munir Suboh & Mariam Sabet -  /

    In a positive step for owners and exclusive licensor of media content and copyrights in Egypt, the Economic Court of First Instance in Cairo has issued one of the highest compensatory awards made in...

    Read more
  • Beware in Cyberspace

    by Stephen Jiew - 

    The “www” in domain name addresses is meant to be an acronym for World Wide Web.

    Read more
  • Empowering Copyright Protection in Qatar

    by Ra'ed Al Hout - 

    The Qatari Minister of Economy and Commerce has issued a Decision Number 410 of 2014 relating to Copyright Official Fees, which was published in the Official Gazette of Qatar Number 19 of 30 December...

    Read more
  • Managing your TM portfolio in the Middle East

    by Omar Obeidat  - 

    Do you really need an experienced trademark attorney to manage your trademark portfolio in the Middle East?

    Read more
  • Advancements in Kuwait’s vow to Protect Brand Owners  

    by Tarek Abu Mariam - 

    Kuwait appoints Intellectual Property Protection Committee

    Read more
  • Strategies for Brand Owners in Cyberspace

    by Stephen Jiew  - 

    Brand owners need to protect themselves in cyberspace.

    Read more
  • UAE Officials declare 2015 “Year of Innovation”

    by Omar Obeidat & Ahmad Saleh  -  /

    The UAE Government declared 2015 “Year of Innovation” and announced a new National Innovation Strategy with the aim of becoming one among the most innovative nations in the world within a 7-year...

    Read more
  • A Look at Non-Conventional Trademarks

    by Mohammed Ali  - 

    The term “trademark” normally refers to a conventional set of marks (e.g. letters, numerals, words, logos, pictures, symbols, or combinations of one or more of these elements) provided...

    Read more
  • New Commercial Anti-Fraud Law in Bahrain

    by Munir Suboh & Saad Al Doseri -  /

    The legislator in Bahrain has recently passed several new regulations and amendments in a bid to strengthen its commercial anti-fraud laws.

    Read more
  • From local to global:

    by Rasha Al Ardah & Mariam Sabet -  /

    The legal aspect of growing your Brand - Part 2

    Read more
  • From local to global:

    by Sadaf Nakhaei & Manel Ben Said -  /

    The legal aspect of growing your Brand - Part 1

    Read more
  • Trade Names vs Trademarks: Curbing the Conflicts in the UAE

    by Omar Obeidat  - 

    It was not a great surprise for an owner of a five-star-plus well-known hotel brand to find its UAE-registered trademark misappropriated by a two-star hotel in Dubai enjoying a trade name...

    Read more
  • Kuwait has recently ratified the joining of Berne & Paris Conventions

    by Tarek Abu Mariam - 

    On 11 May 2014, two new laws nos. 35 & 36 for the year 2014 were published in the official gazette no. 1183...

    Read more
  • GSO Regulates Permissible Tobacco Additives

    by Bassam Al Azzeh - 

    The Gulf Standardization Organization (“GSO”) has recently published a technical regulation that regulates the permissible tobacco additives.

    Read more
  • COPYRIGHT LICENSING IN THE UAE AND THE PITFALL OF AMBIGUOUS LANGUAGE

    by Mariam Sabet  - 

    For a copyright license to be enforceable, it must define the work accurately. The terms of the license must be sufficiently definite to enable a court to interpret the intent of the parties in the...

    Read more
  • UAE starts stage two of patent protection initiative with South Korea

    by Ahmad Saleh & Sharaf Al Hijazin -  /

    The UAE has been at the forefront of regional jurisdictions seeking to strengthen their intellectual property framework and enhance their legal protections so as to become the region’s leading hub...

    Read more
  • Al Tamimi wins its own domain name hijack case

    by Stephen Jiew  - 

    Al Tamimi & Co. recently won a domain name dispute before WIPO against a scam artist that registered the domain name ‘www.altamimichambers.com’ and used it to mislead people into believing they were...

    Read more
  • Domain Name Dispute Resolution: A battle of trademarks vs. domain names

    by Manel Bin Said - 

    The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Arbitration and Mediation Center’s domain name dispute resolution services for generic top-level domains (‘gTLD’) and some country code top level...

    Read more
  • Intellectual Property Valuation: A Must in Commercial Transactions

    by Ahmad Saleh & Sadaf Nakhaei -  /

    The rapid economic growth of the GCC is leading to a substantial increase in the number of commercial transactions taking place.

    Read more
  • Anti-Counterfeiting Action – Smart Phones infringement

    by Ahmad Zaza - 

    For many businesses, it is vitally important for brand owners to protect their intellectual property rights.

    Read more
  • Administrative Actions to Enforce Trademark Rights in Saudi Arabia

    by Mohammed Ali  - 

    This article discusses the merits of enforcement of trademark rights in Saudi Arabia through Administrative Actions.

    Read more
  • Kuwait named on US Government watch list for copyright piracy

    by Tarek Abu Mariam - 

    The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) produced its annual Special 301 Report in April 2014.

    Read more
  • Just Manufacturing in China? Trade Mark Infringement Considerations for the UAE

    by Stephen Jiew  - 

    Manufacturing in China and exporting the manufactured products to your home country such as the UAE for sales in the UAE?

    Read more
  • Enforcement against counterfeits in Iraq

    by Rasha Al Ardah - 

    Trademark infringement, and counterfeiting in particular, has increased tremendously in Iraq over the past decade, in part due to the political unrest in the country.

    Read more
  • Direct Brand Owner-Law Enforcement Interaction: Key to effective Anti-counterfeiting

    by Munir Suboh - 

    The ever growing significance of cooperation between brand owners and law enforcement agencies is well recognised now as it appears to be a very effective tool for all parties, including IP...

    Read more
  • A moment with: Ahmad Saleh

    Regional Manager of Patents & Designs

    Read more
  • A modern coalition against a non-partisan threat

    by Andrea Tithcott & Sharaf Hijazin -  /

    Consumer protection laws and Intellectual Property rights in the UAE

    Read more
  • COMPARATIVE ADVERTISING IN THE UAE: A LEGAL PERSPECTIVE

    by Sharaf Al Hijazin - s.alhijazin@tamimi.com

    Comparative advertising is a clever marketing tool used by various corporations allowing them to highlight the differences between their product and those of their competitors.

    Read more
  • WHERE THERE’S SMOKE, THERE’S FIRE: UAE’S DRAFTS PLAN FOR PLAIN CIGARETTE PACKAGING

    by Sadaf Nakhaei - 

    The UAE Ministry of Health has recently proposed legislation which would lead towards plain cigarette packaging designs. Should the proposed legislation be adopted, plain cigarette packaging would...

    Read more
  • SAUDI ARABIA ADOPTS ONLINE TRADEMARK SYSTEM

    by Shernaz DeSa - 

    As of 25th September 2013 the Saudi Arabian Trademark Office adopted for the first time an online trademark system. This system is aimed at speeding up the trademark registration process and making...

    Read more
  • WORLD EXPO 2020 – LICENSING OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES

    by Manel Ben Said - 

    Once again the spotlight is on Dubai! On 27 November 2013 Dubai was chosen as the hosting city for World Expo 2020, beating other cities in Russia, Turkey and Brazil.

    Read more
  • HOW TO PROTECT YOUR TRADEMARK SMARTLY

    by Rasha Al Ardah - 

    The Dubai Government has recently announced a project to transform Dubai into a “Smart City”, linking the emirate’s government services and the public through the use of smart devices accessed freely...

    Read more
  • UAE: BRIEF NOTICE OF TRADEMARK OPPOSITION IS NO LONGER SUFFICIENT TO START PROCEEDINGS

    by Munir Suboh - 

    Trademark protection is ideally secured through registration of the trademark in the UAE.

    Read more
  • MENA REGIONS TOP 50 BRANDS: A PROTECTED BRAND IS AN EFFECTIVE BRAND

    by Sadaf Nakhaei - 

    Much of today’s advertising is defined by the use of distinct and unique brands that resonate in the minds of consumers.

    Read more
  • INSTRUCTIONS FOR VERIFYING THE VALIDITY OF TRADEMARKS

    by Ala’a Al Bataineh - 

    The Jordanian Standards and Metrology Organisation (‘the Organisation’) has issued new instructions for verifying the validity of trademarks entering Jordan through borders or through the market...

    Read more
  • AMENDMENTS TO CHINESE TRADEMARK LAW

    by shernaz desa - 

    After three reviews over the past two years, a revised Trademark Law has been recently approved by China’s top legislative body. The law will come into force on 1 May 2014.

    Read more
  • TUNISIA JOINS THE MADRID PROTOCOL

    by Stephen Jiew  - 

    The Republic of Tunisia on July 16, 2013 acceded to the Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks, adopted at Madrid on June 27, 1989 (‘Madrid...

    Read more
  • ANTI-COUNTERFEITING ACTION IN KUWAIT

    by Tarek Abu Mariam - 

    Like in many other jurisdictions in the Middle East, trade in counterfeit goods in Kuwait poses a significant challenge for brand owners. At this time, there is still no formal process available to...

    Read more
  • IRAN BECOMES NEW MEMBER OF PCT

    by Divya Rajesh - 

    The Islamic Republic of Iran has become the latest member to join the WIPO administered Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT).

    Read more
  • MAJOR ANTI COUNTERFEIT ACTION IN AJMAN

    by Rasha Al Ardah - 

    Al Tamimi and Company were instrumental in arranging for a major police raid on a warehouse in Ajman on 30 May 2013.

    Read more
  • INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, TECHNOLOGY, MEDIA AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS PRACTICE

    Our Intellectual Property, Technology, Media and Telecommunications practice offers the full range of registration, enforcement and commercial legal services to clients across the world.

    Read more
  • AFRICAN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

    by Mohammed Ali  - 

    Comoros becomes the 17th OAPI member state

    Read more
  • SAUDI ARABIA JOINS THE PCT

    by Stephen Jiew  - 

    On 3 May 2013, Saudi Arabia deposited its instrument of accession to the PCT (the Patent Cooperation Treaty), thus becoming the 147th Contracting State of the PCT, and will on 3 August 2013 become...

    Read more
  • LIBYA - TRADEMARKS UPDATE

    by Valerie Rodrigues - 

    In an article entitled “The IMF releases its latest world economic forecasts – Libya good in short term, but needs reform in long term” the Libya Herald reported on 16 April 2013 that “The IMF...

    Read more
  • THE IMPORTANCE OF REGISTERING A PATENT IN JORDAN

    by Saleem Kharraz - 

    Patents in Jordan are managed by the Patents Registrar in the Ministry of Industry and Trade, and are governed by the Jordanian Patents Law No. 32 of 1999, as amended (the “Patent Law”).

    Read more
  • ANTI-COUNTERFEITING ACTION IN KUWAIT

    by Tarek Abu Mariam - 

    Like in many other jurisdictions in the Middle East, trade in counterfeit goods in Kuwait poses a significant challenge for brand owners.

    Read more
  • ELECTRONIC SERVICES AT THE SAUDI ARABIAN TRADEMARKS OFFICE

    by Bassam Al Azzeh - 

    On 6 April 2013 (26/5/1434 H) the Saudi Arabian trademarks office issued a circular stating that it will no longer receive trademark applications in hard copy as it would only receive new...

    Read more
  • NEW DRAFT ANTI-COMMERCIAL FRAUD LAW IN THE UAE

    by Rasha Al Ardah - 

    A new draft Anti-Commercial Fraud Law was endorsed in January 2013 by the Cabinet in the UAE.

    Read more
  • FIGHTING COUNTERFEIT TRADE IN DUBAI

    by Waldo Steyn - 

    There is an area in one of the older districts in the Emirate of Dubai that is well known for the abundance of “genuine fakes” (as the vendors refer to it) ranging from Swiss watches and smart phones...

    Read more
  • KUWAIT – INDUSTRIAL DESIGN APPLICATIONS BEING PROCESSED

    by Tarek Abu Mariam  - 

    The Kuwaiti Law number 4 in respect of Patents and Industrial Drawing & Designs and Integrated Circuits issued on 15 April 1962 provided the procedures for the application for registration of patents...

    Read more
  • PURSUING GENUINE GOODS: How Far Can You Go To Protect Your Brand?

    by Munir Suboh  - 

    Al Tamimi & Company successfully represented a multi-national tobacco brands owner before the Dubai Courts in one of the most controversial cases in recent years.

    Read more
  • INTERNAL INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT

    by Mariam Sabet - 

    Are you deriving the most value out of your Intellectual Property (“IP”) assets? Unless you have implemented an effective IP Management Program, the answer will most likely be in the negative.

    Read more
  • INTERNATIONAL PATENT FILING SYSTEMS – PCT & GCC PATENTS

    by Stephen Jiew - 

    Globalization is no longer the exclusive province of Multi National Companies. Companies large or small or anyone with a commercially attractive product should consider international markets and in...

    Read more
  • COMPARATIVE ADVERTISING AND MEDICAL PRODUCTS

    by Waldo Steyn - 

    In an ever increasingly competitive world, the differentiation of products from those of competitors is not only important, but essential.

    Read more
  • TRADEMARK PROTECTION IN ETHIOPIA

    by Shernaz Desa - 

    The Ethiopian Trademark Registration and Protection Proclamation No. 501/2006 dealing with the protection of trademarks in Ethiopia was published on 7 July 2006.

    Read more
  • TRADEMARK PROSECUTION IN THE MIDDLE EAST

    by Mohammed Ali  - 

    The Iranian Trademark Registry has launched a new electronic trademark application and workflow system. The new application and workflow system came into effect on November 18, 2012.

    Read more
  • Lebanon adopted 10th edition of the nice classification

    by Mohammed Ali  - 

    Lebanon has decided to adopt the Tenth Edition of the International Classification of Goods and Services for the purposes of the registration of Trademark under the Nice Agreement (Nice...

    Read more
  • New Approach To Seize Containers Through Court Orders

    by Omar Obeidat  - 

    In the UAE, counterfeit goods at the Customs are stopped by an administrative complaint directly with the Customs Department.

    Read more
  • Patents of Second Medical Use in the UAE, KSA and the GCC Patent Office

    by Bassem Salah AlAzzeh - 

    “Is it possible to obtain patent protection for second and further medical use of known compounds or compositions?” this is an important question debated between governments and pharmaceutical...

    Read more
  • Advertising Regulations in the UAE

    by Waldo Steyn  - 

    Endangered blank spaces: In 2007 in an article entitled “Anywhere the Eye Can See, It’s Likely to See an Ad”, appearing in the New York Times, it was suggested that blank spaces be added to the...

    Read more
  • Levy on Mobile Phone Handset Imports

    by Bassam Al Azzeh  - 

    Following the Council of Ministers Resolution Nos. 125/6/4 of 2012 dealing with the collection, recycling and safe disposal of mobile phone handsets in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Council of...

    Read more
  • Appreciating Aesthetic Appeal – Protecting Design Investments

    by Stephen Jiew - 

    Differentiation by design:In a world competing for eyeballs, securing rights in aspects of the appearance of products should be at the top of the mind of the manufacturers, producers and retailers of...

    Read more
  • Overview of the Trademarks Law in Iraq

    by Rasha Al Ardah - 

    The legislative environment of trademarks in Iraq has come a long way since 1931 when the first Trademarks Law was enacted.

    Read more
  • Controversial Judgment on Religious Trademarks

    by Omar Obeidat  - 

    After a lengthy and controversial litigation reaching up to the Union Supreme Court, the highest Federal Court in the UAE court system delivered a judgment in relation to trademarks with religious...

    Read more
  • Prices & Discounts on Drugs

    by Ahmad Zaza  - 

    This is the second article in the series of ‘Drug Regulation’ in the UAE, where the author will explore the regulation of pricing and discounts to pharmaceutical preparations.

    Read more
  • Trademark Registration in Jordan; The General Class Heading as Description of Goods is No Longer Acceptable

    by Mohammed Ali  - 

    The Jordan Trademark Registrar has issued Decree No. 11302, dated April 11, 2012, in compliance with the standards and practices of the World Intellectual Property Organization, in which Jordan has...

    Read more
  • Al Tamimi Patent & Design team Partners with Abu Dhabi’s TAKAMUL program

    by Stephen Jiew  - 

    The Abu Dhabi government has launched its TAKAMUL program, which demonstrates its commitment to realising its vision of a knowledge based economy by facilitating the building of a best-in-class...

    Read more
  • Seizure of counterfeit branded cigars imported in air freight.

    by Munir Suboh  - 

    Al Tamimi’s Intellectual property practice at Dubai customs has added another success to their portfolio in the area of anti-counterfeit border measures and fighting the illicit trade.

    Read more
  • Importation of Unregistered Drugs in the UAE

    by Ahmad Zaza  - 

    The importation of drugs in the UAE is governed by the provisions of Federal Law No. 4 of 1983 concerning the profession of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical institutions (“Pharmacy Law”).

    Read more
  • OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE – WHAT ARE THE RISKS?

    by Waldo Steyn  - 

    During January 2011 Gartner, Inc. (a technology research and advisory company) published a report entitled “Survey Analysis: Overview of Preferences and Practices in the Adoption and Usage of...

    Read more
  • QATAR PASSES A NEW LAW FOR IP BORDER MEASURES

    by Rasha Al Ardah - 

    Although intellectual property rights protection is relatively new in Qatar, the intellectual property legal regime is quite comprehensive in terms of the number of laws protecting almost all types...

    Read more
  • TRADEMARK REGISTRATION IN SOUTHERN SUDAN

    by Shernaz DeSa - 

    Following the end of the civil war in Sudan in 2005 and the separation of North and South Sudan the continuous worry for trademark owners is the protection of their rights in Southern Sudan.

    Read more
  • DUBAI COURT SUBPOENA RECOGNISED BY A U.S. DOMAIN NAMES REGISTRY

    by Munir Suboh & Manal Bin Said -  /

    Identity Protection in respect of the ownership of domain names is no longer an obstacle in litigation before the Dubai Courts.

    Read more
  • CADBURY RETAINS HOLD OVER ITS TRADEMARK FOR A SHADE OF PURPLE

    by Manal Ben Said - 
    Read more
  • THE TEMPORARY JORDANIAN PATENT LAW NO. 71 OF 2001

    by Odai Mismar & Saleem Kharraz  -  /

    As part of the process of acceding to the WTO, Jordan has enacted its new Patent Law No. 71 of 2001 (the "Patent Law"), in accordance with the international standards which Jordan has been committed...

    Read more
  • NEW COMPETITION LAW IN THE UAE

    by Waldo Steyn  - 

    On 5 December 2012 the European Commission imposed the biggest antitrust penalty in its history - EUR1.47 billion (USD1.92 billion) - against six firms for running two cartels for nearly a decade.

    Read more
  • CONSIDERATIONS IN TRADEMARK LICENSING IN THE UAE

    by Waldo Steyn & Mohammed Ali  -  /

    The licensing of trademarks is an essential component of various commercial agreements facilitating business operations in the UAE.

    Read more
  • THE LEGAL PROTECTION FOR THE UN-REGISTERED TRADEMARK

    by Baha Asfour - 

    The Jordanian Trademark Law No. 34 of 1999 (the "Trademark Law") defines a trademark as any visually perceptible sign used by any person or entity for distinguishing goods or services from others.

    Read more
  • UAE ADOPTS THE 10TH EDITION OF THE NICE CLASSIFICATION OF GOODS & SERVICES

    by Shernaz DeSa - 

    The Nice Classification of Goods & Services is an international classification created for the purpose of registration of trademarks. The Nice Agreement is what most countries around the world...

    Read more
  • NEW REGULATIONS FOR ENERGY DRINKS

    by Bassam Al Azzeh - 

    On December 14, 2011 the Emirates Authority for Standardization & Metrology (ESMA) has issued resolution No. 19/2012 regulating the registration of energy drinks in the UAE.

    Read more
  • Intellectual Property Team

    Our comprehensive IP practice is the leading in the region with capabilities provided trademark, patent and design professionals across 10 offices in five countries.

    Read more
  • The “Prior Use” Doctrine in UAE Trademark Law

    by Waldo Steyn & Munir Suboh -  /

    The point of departure in considering trademark ownership is that the party who applies for and secures registration of a trademark shall be the exclusive owner of that trademark in respect of the...

    Read more
  • Change in Turkey Trademark Practice

    by Mohammed Ali  - 

    In a recent development, the Turkish Trademark Registry has revised its practice in terms of prosecuting trademark application in class 35 covering ‘sales services’.

    Read more
  • Saudi Arabia – Enforcement of Power of Attorney Requirements for Applications from 2012

    by Stephen Jiew - 

    The Saudi Arabia Department of Official Gazette and Trademark Offices have announced that there will be stricter enforcement of regulatory guidelines regarding the filing of Power of Attorneys as...

    Read more
  • Landmark decision- 1.7 Million fine imposed by Dubai Customs against tobacco counterfeit importer

    by Munir Suboh - 

    The legal and IP Department in Dubai customs secured a unique judgment for the Claimants (our clients) handing down a decision imposing probably the largest fine ever in a Trademark customs complaint...

    Read more
  • Caterpillar - Form Yellow Iron to Software Caterpillar

    by Stephen Jiew - 

    What: Domain name dispute Who: The Complainant, Caterpillar, is a MNC with a stellar reputation built in heavy equipment and construction.

    Read more
  • Intellectual Property Audits in Intellectual Asset Management

    by Yvonne Pah - 

    Intellectual assets not only encompass registered intellectual property (IP) rights, such as: patents, trademarks, and design rights; but also include rights that are unregistered, such as...

    Read more
  • Qatar the 143rd PCT Contracting State

    by Bassam Salah Alazzeh - 

    On 3rd May 2011, Qatar deposited its instrument of accession to the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), and on 3rd August 2011, will become bound by the PCT.

    Read more
  • A LOOK INTO JORDAN’S INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAWS

    by Ala'a Al - Rawashdeh - 

    Human thought is the most significant development of the human mind and the human mind is the source of both knowledge and the spirit of creativity.

    Read more
  • NATIONAL MEDIA COUNCIL CONFIRMS MEDIA FREE ZONE COMPANIES SUBJECT TO CONTENT REGULATION

    by Omar Obeidat - 

    The applicable Media Law in the UAE as a Federal Law that bears No. 15 for the year 1980, this legislation had repealed a previous law dating back to 1973.

    Read more
  • E-CONTRACT UNDER THE EXISTING UAE LAWS

    by Lara Ababneh - 

    A contract is an agreement between at least two parties over the terms and conditions that will govern their business relationship.

    Read more
  • ESTABLISHMENT OF NEW INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS PROTECTION DEPARTMENT IN SHARJAH, UAE

    by Stephen Jiew - 

    As of February 2011, Sharjah Department of Economic Development (“SDED”) has established a new Intellectual Property Rights Protection Department (“IPRD”) in a show of commitment to the enforcement...

    Read more
  • PROTECTING COPYRIGHT OF AUDIOVISUAL WORK IN CINEMATIC, TV, AND RADIO WORKS IN JORDAN

    by Samer Al Zuriekat - 

    In today’s modern world, it has become a common phenomenon for news broadcasts, cinematic and documentary films, television series and the like to broadcast works containing copyrighted material...

    Read more
  • MEDICAL DEVICE REGISTRATION IN THE UAE

    by Nick O'Connell - 

    The healthcare industry in the UAE is set to boom. Dubai is in the process of setting itself up as a regional hub for medical tourism, and there is a drive towards improving the standard of...

    Read more
  • DOMAIN NAME GOVERNANCE

    by Yvonne Pah - 

    Registering a distinctive and/or easy to remember domain name is only the first step, and probably the easiest step in effective domain name governance. Like trademarks, domain names must be...

    Read more
  • SHAPE TRADEMARK AND INDUSTRIAL DESIGN PROTECTIONS IN GCC

    by Mohammed Ali - 

    The shape of a product is often significant value to a business. This article briefly considers the use of trade mark law and industrial design law to secure the intellectual property value of a...

    Read more
  • CLAIMING PRIORITY FROM INVALID PATENT APPLICATIONS IN THE UAE

    by Bassam Al Azzeh - b.alazzeh!@tamimi.com

    In discussing the aforementioned question, we will refer to the UAE Federal Law No. 31 for 2006 (the ‘UAE Patent Law’), the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property (the ‘Paris...

    Read more
  • SECOND LEVEL DOMAIN NAME 2LD(.SA) REGISTRATION NOW AVAILABLE IN SAUDI ARABIA

    by Stephen Jiew - 

    The (.sa) domain is a coveted one as it is arguably the definitive identifier in cyberspace as the domain of choice for entities connected to Saudi Arabia, who would want to own a (.sa) domain name...

    Read more
  • Al Tamimi & Company Re-Elected to the Board of BPG

    Omar Obeidat, Partner and Head of Al Tamimi’s IP/IT Department, was re-elected to the Board of Directors of the Brand Owners Protection Group (BPG).

    Read more
  • Al Tamimi and TECOM work together to promote ICT in the UAE

    David Yates, Head of Commercial IP and Technology, and his team have collaborated with business parks Dubai Internet City and Dubai Outsource Zone to produce the first edition of a newsletter “ICT in...

    Read more
  • Al Tamimi & Company supports WIPO and Dubai SME in ‘Training the Trainers’ on IP Asset Management

    The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), along with the Mohammad Bin Rashid Establishment for SME Development (an agency of the Dubai Economic Department), recently organised a course...

    Read more
  • IP Laws and Practice: Developments in Iraq and Yemen

    by Mohammed Ali - 
    Read more
  • Fortifying Cyber Presence

    by Stephen Jiew - 

    RIVOLI triumphs in wresting www.rivoliwatch.com from a competitor

    Read more