Trademarks Will be Struck off the Register if not Renewed on Time

01 Dec 2003


The basis for trademark registration in the United Arab Emirates is the Federal Law No. 37 for 1992 dated January 12, 1993 and its implementing regulations dated February 2, 1993. The law as amended on July 31st 2002 and published in the Official Gazette No. 8 of 2002.
The first trademark application was filed in the UAE under the aforesaid Law in early March 1993. Accordingly, the first renewal fell due on March 2003.

Article No. 19 of the Law, stipulates that the Trademark Office should notify all applicants or their agents of the renewal due dates of their registrations.
However, the Trademark Office opted to publish a notice in Arabic and English in daily newspapers on November 12, 2003 stating the following:

“The Registry clarifies that the protection period of trademarks is 10 years starting from the date of filing. The owner of a trademark can ensure continuation of this protection by applying for renewal during the last year of the protection period.

Failing to renew a trademark registration within the last 3 months from the expiry empowers the Ministry to strike the trademark off the Register.

In order to avoid cancellation, the owners of trademarks, which have become due, should apply for renewal within 10 days from the date of this notice”.

The above notice, should affirm that non-serving a renewal notice by the Trademark Office shall no longer justify requests or appeals for extension of time for renewal.

All registrants are strongly advised to renew their registrations during the last year of protection, or within three months from the expiry date (with payment of late fine), without waiting to receive a renewal notice from the registry. Failing renewal on time shall render the trademark registration struck off.



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