Umme Salamah Tyebjee is a Senior Associate in the Innovation& Patents practice in Dubai. She has both a legal background, and chemical background in healthcare and life sciences. She assists clients with innovation, patents and industrial property (3IP) throughout the innovation cycle. This includes patents, industrial designs, utility models, trade secrets & confidentiality, copyright, technology transfer, 3IP valuation, 3IP auditing and others.

Umme Salamah assists and advises clients on both contentious and non-contentious matters in the Innovation & Patents department.  She supports in the patent prosecution of life sciences and pharmaceutical inventions worldwide including, MENA, US, Europe, Canada and the Far East. She assists clients in the prosecution of patent applications, analyzing Office Actions, preparing Responses to Office Actions, drafting patent applications (provisional and non- provisionals), providing patentability opinions, managing IP portfolios, project management, client relations and communication.

Umme Salamah also assists clients in a wide range of 3IP and commercial-related matters, including advising on regional and international patent protection strategies, patentability, freedom-to-operate and the validity/infringement of inventions. She prepares various legal advices and agreements, such  as due diligences, technology transfer and other innovation related agreements, licensing agreements, and advising on patent and industrial design infringement maters in the MENA region and dispute resolution matters involving 3IP conflicts. She supports a variety of clients in the private sector, and public sectors, such as governmental institutions and research universities, both foreign and local.

Umme Salamah also assists and advises pharmaceutical companies on healthcare regulations in the Middle East, providing 3IP advice on data exclusivity, marketing exclusivity, marketing approvals in view of the ministerial decisions and regulations for the GCC countries and MENA region.

Prior to joining Al Tamimi, Umme Salamah was working as a Patent Associate at a reputed Law Firm.

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Recent Experience

  •  Advising international pharmaceutical companies on healthcare regulations in the Middle East and providing IP advice on data exclusivity in view of the ministerial decisions and regulations for Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE;
  • Advising on the patentability of medical treatment claims, surgical and diagnostic methods, polymorphs in the GCC region;
  • Advising healthcare sector providers on customs laws in the UAE, and clearance issues, in the context of refusal by customs authorities to clear medicines and medical devices;
  • Providing IP Ownership Advice to various Universities and professors in terms of who owns the IP with respect to various scenarios mentioned under the UAE IP Law;
  • Drafting Contractual Agreements, NDA’s, Employment Agreements, IP Agreements including license agreements and R&D collaboration agreements;
  • Advising and Assisting a pharmaceutical company in patent infringement and invalidation cases in the UAE and other MENA countries;
  • Assisting a multinational company in an industrial design infringement case in the UAE;
  • Drafting IP Policies for local Universities;
  • Assisting local, regional and foreign clients in patent protection strategies of their innovations and in prosecuting of their patent applications throughout the MENA region;
  • Representing a large number of regional universities, enterprises and R&D entities in the protection of their innovations and the management of their patent portfolios worldwide in various sectors of technologies;
  • Preparing and advising on various Innovation Strategies for many local Universities and local inventor’s and entrepreneurs on a case by case basis;
  • Advising clients on various procedural aspects of patent law and the requirements in the UAE
  • Equivalent/ Clearance Searches- Conducting equivalent/ clearance searches for various multinational pharma companies in the various GCC countries, Jordan and Egypt;
  • Patentability searches- Conducting Patentability Analysis mainly including novelty or patent non- infringement analysis by analyzing prior art searches;
  • IP Portfolio- Patent Protection and Prosecution- Managing the patent portfolio of big pharma and multinational pharmaceutical companies in the GCC countries and MENA region. Managing the client’s patent filings, renewals, response to offices actions for the region for different life science sectors including pharmaceutical, agriculture, and healthcare;
  • IP enforcement and IP litigation.



  • English
  • Hindi
  • Gujarati


2015 – Bachelor of Laws – L.L.B, I.L.S Law College Pune, India

2012 – Bachelor of Science B.Sc. (Biochemistry & Life Sciences), St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, India


2017 – Indian Patent Attorney

2015 – Indian Advocate- Bar Council of Goa & Maharashtra (India)