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Trademarks
3.
Registration procedure
3.1
Which governing body (ie, trademark office) controls the registration process?
United Arab Emirates

Answer ... The governing body is the Trademark Office in the Ministry of Economy.

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3.2
What fees does the trademark office charge for an application, during prosecution and for issuance of a registration?
United Arab Emirates

Answer ... The official fee from filing to registration is $2,543.

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3.3
Does the trademark office use the Nice Classification scheme?
United Arab Emirates

Answer ... Yes, the UAE Trademark Office uses the Nice Classification, 11th Edition.

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3.4
Are ‘class-wide’ applications allowed, or must the applicant identify the specific goods or services for which the mark will be used?
United Arab Emirates

Answer ... Applicants can file class-wide applications. There is no requirement to identify specific goods or services – this is left to the choice of the applicant.

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3.5
Must an applicant have a bona fide intention to use the trademark for the goods or services identified in the application in order to apply for registration?
United Arab Emirates
The UAE Trademark Office does not require a statement of intention to use or evidence of actual use at the time the application is filed.

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3.6
Does the trademark office perform relative examination of trademark applications (ie, searches for earlier conflicting marks)?
United Arab Emirates
Yes, the UAE Trademark Office conducts an examination on relative grounds. Any trademark application is examined against earlier marks which have already been registered or for which registration is sought.

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3.7
What types of examinations does the trademark office perform other than relative examination?
United Arab Emirates

Answer ... The UAE Trademark Office also conducts an examination on absolute grounds. For example, any trademark which is contrary to public order or morality or devoid of distinctive character cannot be registered as a trademark (see question 2.3).

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3.8
Apart from confusion with a senior mark, descriptiveness and genericness, are there other grounds under which a mark is ineligible for registration, such as public policy reasons?
United Arab Emirates

Answer ... Yes, the UAE Trademark Office will not accept trademarks that contravene public morals or public order, or marks which have religious connotations (see question 2.3).

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3.9
Is there a separate or supplemental register on which descriptive marks may be registered?
United Arab Emirates

Answer ... No.

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3.10
Can a third party object to registration of a mark before the application has been published (eg, by letter of protest to the trademark office)?
United Arab Emirates
No. The UAE Trademark Office accepts oppositions only after the acceptance and publication of trademarks.

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3.11
Must the applicant use the trademark commercially in order to obtain a registration?
United Arab Emirates

Answer ... No.

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3.12
How much time does it typically take from filing an application to the first office action?
United Arab Emirates

Answer ... It takes five to 10 days to receive the first office action.

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3.13
How much time does it typically take from filing an application to publication?
United Arab Emirates

Answer ... It typically takes a month to publish a trademark.

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