Trademark Recordation with Dubai Customs Department Introduced

24 Dec 2006

DUBAI - The Dubai Customs Department introduced on December 24, 2006, the Trademark Recordation service with the Department that will tighten Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) protection and enforcement in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

As per a communiqué issued by the Department, a copy of which has been obtained by Abu-Ghazaleh Intellectual Property (AGIP), Recordation with Dubai Customs Department is being introduced for the first time in the UAE.

This service gives trademarks’ proprietors protection against the unauthorized importation of goods bearing trademarks or logos identical or similar to their trademarks through recordation with the Customs Department of any trademarks registered with the UAE Ministry of Industry (Trademark Office).

Upon this recordation, the Customs officials across all Dubai Customs border points shall have the right to stop and seize any goods found to bear similar or identical trademark(s) to the original one(s).

In case of suspicious goods, the Customs Department will inform the proprietors of the original trademarks through AGIP in order to take legal action against those responsible for importing the goods in question to Dubai.

The recordation procedures are very simple and no further documents need to be provided other than the final certificate of registration and a specimen of the mark as currently used.
 



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