Patent Registration in .
In order to compete in this tough environment, businesses need to innovate. Even though through an invention a business can achieve an edge over others, if it does not protect it accordingly then its intellectual property might see another owner. This is why it is vital to obtain a patent. There are a number of inventions entering the market in UAE on a daily basis and the economy is growing.
To understand the patent registration process in UAE, let us discuss it in detail.
Patent registration services in UAE
Almost every country follows a first-to-file system, and keeping that in mind, you need to obtain a patent as soon as possible so that you can attain legal rights over your invention. To register a patent in UAE, the applicant can file an application online through the International Center for Patent Registration (ICPR)
The application can also be filed under PCT or WIPO.
Types of Patents
Types of Patents in UAE
UAE grants a patent to any invention that is new and revolutionary, be it technological or through a process. There are two different types of patents in the UAE that include utility patent and invention patent. To ensure successful patent registration, there are several requirements that you must understand beforehand. These include:
Inventive: This means that if an expert with average skills in the technical field is concerned, the said invention is neither obvious nor obviously derived from the state of the art. (state of the art refers to something that has already been used or is known to the public). It can also include the design of your invention. This will ideally include a prototype as well, along with illustrations of the invention.
Novelty: If the invention is not new, it will not be eligible to obtain a patent. It should be something that no one knew of except the inventor.
Utility/Industrially applicable: The industries should be able to apply or use the invention easily. The invention should also do what it claims as its function.
There are different inventions that are not eligible for a patent, which include mathematical algorithms or models, mental concepts or processes, artistic creations, plans or schemes, principles or theories, treatment related to animals and humans, and plant varieties.
There are two types of patents:
- Utility Patent: These patents have all the technical information and know-how for the invention (machine, process or system).
- Design Patent: Difficult to search due to its nature (lack of usage of words), design patents include pictures and drawings/illustrations of the invention.
How to register a Patent in UAE?
Before filing the application, the first thing to do is to conduct an extensive search for the types of patents and the availability. This will also enable you to understand the possible rejections for patent applications.
To register for a patent in UAE, the application and all of its content are recommended to be in Arabic or English, and if they are submitted in any other language then a translation must be provided. However, if the application is missing any of the documents, a notice will be sent to the applicant to complete the application in due time. The application requirements are:
- The application fees;
- A request for patent grant
- Specifications and details of the patent;
- Company details
- Drawings (when necessary, for example a design);
- Priority document with Arabic translation (filed within 90 days from the filing date)
- Power of Attorney;
Once the formal requirements are completed and all required documents are submitted, the Patent Office will issue a formal and legal examination notice formally accepting the application. A request for the settlement of the examination fees within 90 days from the date of receiving the notification about positive results of the formal examination will also be issued (if not already paid).
If the application gets accepted there are no objections from any party, it gets published in the Official Gazette. This is done for 90 days.
Any opposing party can file an opposition against the patent application. The applicant must provide proof of arguments before the authority in due time to avoid cancellation.
If the objections are handled and there are no more issues, the patent gets granted and a notice of allowance is given to the applicant.
The entire patent process takes around 2-4 years on average but can take even longer depending on the legalities revolving the patent.
Price of Patents
Patent registration cost in UAE
The cost of obtaining a patent may vary depending on how complex your invention is and how it is involved with legalities. The cost of obtaining a patent in UAE ranges from $500 to $2500, but can increase if there are intricacies involved.
Age of Patents
How long does a patent last in UAE?
Patents in the UAE are valid for 20 years from the date of filing. Grant fee and annuities for start from the first year of filing, after receiving the Notice of Allowance.
If the maintenance fees are not paid, an additional surcharge must be paid along with the late payments within 3 months otherwise the registration will be canceled.
At Patent International, we provide hassle-free Patent services catered to your needs, in compliance with the international requirements and standards. Patent registration in the UAE doesn’t have to be complicated, and that’s why Patent International is here to assist with all of your intellectual property needs.
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