The UAE authorities have announced it has acceded to the Budapest Treaty on the International Recognition of the Deposit of Microorganisms for the Purposes of Patent Procedure. They have also acceded to the Strasbourg Agreement Concerning the International Patent Classification. It comes as the country looks to develop a legal intellectual property framework and legislative environment which support innovation and patents. After joining the Budapest Treaty, Emirati inventors and researchers will be able to benefit from the services of the International Depositary Authority which is recognised by the World Intellectual Property Organisation. The country’s accession to the Strasbourg Agreement will facilitate patent classification and increase the number of patents registered in the country, as well as improve their quality.