Legal basis Federal Law No. 17 by year 2002 on Protection of Patents and Industrial Designs
International Conventions Paris Convention Priority, and 
Priority Claim Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). 
Novelty Yes
Publication Sources Absolute
Period for opposition Official Gazette.
Publication after registration Sixty (60) days from the date of publication in OG
Extension Years Yes
Pharmaceutical/ Medical Product/ Patent None
Annuity Yes
Working Requirements Yes
Appellate authority (administrate) Within four years from filing
Appellate authority (judicial) Patent Office.
Validity of Registration Civil Court
Substantive Examination Twenty (20) years from filing date
Time Span for registration Twenty four (24) months to Thirty six(36) from date of 
Enforcement of Patent rights 1.Criminal Court (infringment)
-Registered Patent Civil:
  1.Civil Court (infringment, unfair competition)
-Unregistered Patent Civil:
  1.Civil Court (unfair competition)
Court System 1st Instance      Appeal      High Court
Legal System Civil Law




Official Fees (USD)

Proffesional Fees (USD)

Total Fees (USD)

New Application Ordinary/PCT application for individuals 110.00 470.00 580.00
  Ordinary/PCT application for companies 220.00 530.00 750.00
  Claiming convention priority   90.00 90.00
  Preparing translation of drawings (per sheet)   30.00 30.00
  Arabic translation of specification per page   45.00 45.00
  Amendment/correction of application for individuals 30.00 150.00 180.00
  Amendment/correction of application for companies 60.00 200.00 260.00
  Recordation of Assignment for individuals 260.00 350.00 610.00
  Recordation of Assignment for companies 510.00 650.00 1,160.00
  Recordation of License for individuals 60.00 250.00 310.00
  Recordation of License for companies 110.00 450.00 560.00
  Payment of 2 nd annuity for individuals 110.00 80.00 190.00
  Payment of 3 rd annuity for individuals 120.00 110.00 230.00
  Payment of 4th annuity for individuals 122.00 130.00 252.00
  Payment of 5th annuity for individuals 128.00 140.00 268.00
  Payment of 6th annuity for individuals 134.00 180.00 284.00
  Payment of 7th annuity for individuals 140.00 160.00 300.00
  Payment of 8th annuity for individuals 150.00 170.00 320.00
  Payment of 9th annuity for individuals 155.00 180.00 335.00
  Payment of 10th annuity for individuals 160.00 190.00 350.00
  Payment of 11th annuity for individuals 165.00 200.00 365.00
  Payment of 12th annuity for individuals 170 210.00 380.00
  Payment of 13th annuity for individuals 180.00 220.00 410.00
  Payment of 14th annuity for individuals 185.00 230.00 420.00
  Payment of 15th annuity for individuals 190.00 240.00 430.00
  Payment of 16th annuity for individuals 195.00 250.00 445.00
  Payment of 17th annuity for individuals 200.00 260.00 460.00
  Payment of 18th annuity for individuals 210 270.00 480.00
  Payment of 19th annuity for individuals 215.00 280.00 495.00
  Payment of 20th annuity for individuals 220.00 300.00 520.00
  Payment of 2 nd annuity for companies 220.00 100.00 320.00
  Payment of 3 rd annuity for companies 230.00 170.00 400.00
  Payment of 4th annuity for companies 245.00 200.00 445.00
  Payment of 5th annuity for companies 260.00 220.00 480.00
  Payment of 6th annuity for companies 270.00 250.00 520.00
  Payment of 7th annuity for companies 280.00 270.00 550.00
  Payment of 8th annuity for companies 295.00 300.00 595.00
  Payment of 9th annuity for companies 305.00 330.00 635.00
  Payment of 10th annuity for companies 320.00 350.00 670.00
  Payment of 11th annuity for companies 338.00 370.00 708.00
  Payment of 12th annuity  for companies 340.00 390.00 730.00
  Payment of 13th annuity  for companies 355.00 410.00 745.00
  Payment of 14th annuity  for companies 370.00 420.00 790.00
  Payment of 15th annuity  for companies 380.00 440.00 820.00
  Payment of 16th annuity  for companies 400.00 460.00 860.00
  Payment of 17th annuity  for companies 400.00 480.00 880.00
  Payment of 18th annuity  for companies 415.00 500.00 915.00
  Payment of 19th annuity  for companies 425.00 520.00 945.00
  Payment of 20th annuity  for companies 440.00 540.00 980.00



Filing Patent Application A Power of Attorney in our favor, duly notarized by the Notary Public, if the company is located in U.A.E. or legalized up to the U.A.E. Consulate if the company is located abroad.
  Deed of Assignment, from the inventor to the applicant, duly notarized by the Notary Public, if the company is located in U.A.E. or legalized up to the U.A.E. Consulate if the company is located abroad.
  Certificate of Incorporation of the company, also duly notarized by the Notary Public if the company is located in U.A.E. or legalized up to the U.A.E. Consulate if the company is located abroad.
  Full copy of invention specification (description, claims, abstract) and the drawings, if any, together with the corresponding English translation (if they are not already in this language).
  A copy of the PCT Request, along with its corresponding English translation, if it is not already in English.
  A copy of the International Search Report, along with an English translation, if it is not already in English.
  A copy of the Preliminary Examination Report, if any, along with an English   translation, if it is not already in English.
Q1) What is the legal base for registration and protection of patent rights in U.A.E.?
A1) The Federal law No. 17/2002 on the Regulation and Protection of Industrial Property, Patents and Industrial Designs
Q2) What are the subjects exempted from patentiblities in U.A.E.?
A2) a. Plant varieties, animal species, or biological methods of producing plants or animals. Exceptions shall be allowed for the microbiological methods and their products. b. Diagnostic methods, treatments, and surgical operations needed for humans and animals. c. Scientific and Mathematical principles, discoveries and methods. d. Guides, rules or methods followed to conduct business or perform mental activities or play games. e. Invention that may lead to violation of the public order or morals
Q3) Does the U.A.E. protect utility models?
A3) Yes. A utility model may be protected for 10 years
Q4) Is absolute novelty required for granting a patent?
A4) Yes
Q5) Is U.A.E. a PCT country?
A5) Yes
Q6) Are the requirements for entering a PCT application into the national phase different from those of filing an ordinary application?
A6) The requirements are almost similar. Please consult the U.A.E. page on this website
Q7) Is there any grace period for filing the supporting documents?
A7) Yes. 90 days from the date of filing. This grace period is unextendable.
Q8) Does the U.A.E. law grant joint patent rights?
A8) Yes
Q9) Are patent applications examined for both formality and substance?
A9) Yes
Q10) How long does an application takes before it is examined?
A10) In view of the large work backlog of pending patent applications, it would now take for more than 4 years for a patent application to be examined.
Q11) What is the term of validity of a letter patent?
A11) 20 years from the application date.
Q12) When shall an annuity be due for payment for a patent application?
A12) In the case of ordinary application the annuities will be payable with effect from the second year of the date of filing. However, in the case of a PCT application, the annuities will be payable as from the date of first anniversary of the international application. Under U.A.E. law, it is possible to pay the annuities in advance for all pending patent application at the beginning of the year or for the entire validity term of the application/patent (i.e. 20 years).
Q13) Is there any grace period allowed for late payment of annuities?
A13) Yes. There is a period of six months in total. An annuity may be paid within the first 3 months without any fine, while a late annuity payment fine will apply for the second three months.
Q14) Is it possible to reinstate a patent application after it has lapsed because of non-payment of an annuity or being withdrawn by the applicant?
A14) No. There is no any provision or remedy under U.A.E. law to reinstate such application
Q15) Is it possible to assign patent applications?
A15) Yes
Q16) When should a request for substantive examination be filed?
A16) A request for such examination is not required or necessary. The Patent Office will notify us once a substantive examination of an application becomes due
Q17) Is it possible to conduct official availability searches for patents in U.A.E.?
A17) It is not possible to do so at present. However, we have the possibility to carry out search in our own database for patent applications which have been published.
Q18) Is working of an invention mandatory?
A18) Yes. Within 3 years from the grant date.
Q19) Does the U.A.E. Patent Law provide for compulsory licensing?
A19) Yes
Q20) Is it possible to file a criminal legal action for patent infringement?
A20) This is possible only in the case of registered patents. However, in the event of an infringement of an unregistered patent a civil suit may be filed based on the principle of unfair competition or other general law provisions.
Q21) Does your law provide for the possibility of lodging opposition against patent application?
A21) Yes, it is possible for interested third parties to file oppositions within 60 days from the publication date.
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