UAE: Trademarks Law Amended

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UAE: Trademarks Law Amended

The UAE’s President has approved amendments to the country’s Trademarks Law.

The amendments include providing protection to three-dimensional trademarks, holograms, sound trademarks like musical tones associated with a company and which distinguish its products and smell trademarks like creating a distinctive scent for a company or brand. The amendments mean more trademarks will be able to be protected.

The amendments also include registering geographical names of trademarks or products whose name is associated with the names of specific geographic regions, countries or cities and are famous for producing this product. These amendments are aimed at improving the UAE’s position in promoting its famous products like dates.

In addition, a requirement to have a trade license to allow a trademark to be registered has been abolished.

SME owners will also be granted temporary protection to protect the trademark of their products during their participation in exhibitions.

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Marlé Van Sandwyk