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Intellectual property in the United Arab Emirates

Intellectual Property

National Organisations
The UAE's legal regime with regard to intellectual property rights (IPR) is generally considered to be fair and consistent with international obligations. IPR enforcement generally takes place at emirate level.

Consult the website of the Intellectual Properties Sector of the Ministry of Economy. As part of ongoing efforts to attract local and international investment, the UAE Government had demonstrated a commitment to strengthening Intellectual Property Rights.

Regional Organisations
The Patent Office of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (Gulf Cooperation Council or GCC) is a regional office for the Gulf Cooperation Council.
International Membership
Member of the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization)
Signatory to the Paris Convention For the Protection of Intellectual Property

National Regulation and International Agreements

Type of property and law Validity International Agreements Signed
Federal Law no. 17
20 years
Federal Law no. 37
10 years
Federal Law no.17
10 years  
Federal Law no.7
- 50 years after the death of the author
- 25 years for art works
- 20 years for radio and television programmes
WIPO Copyright Treaty
Industrial Models
Federal Law no. 17
10 years  

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