It is now possible to file for Customs recordal in Abu Dhabi, effective as of August 21, 2016. This makes Abu Dhabi the fifth Emirate (out of the seven Emirates of the United Arab Emirates) to allow for recordal, in addition to the Emirates of Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, and Ras Al Khaimah.

Recordal of marks will undoubtedly help Customs officials target, intercept, and confiscate shipments of infringing goods. The request for a recordal should include certain information as required by the applicable policies and must be accompanied by the certificate of registration of the mark and a power of attorney. Recordal will be valid for the trademark’s protection term and is renewable for like periods

There are now a total of nine countries in the Middle East and North Africa region that allow for recordal. These countries are Algeria, Cyprus, Jordan, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tunisia, Turkey, and the above mentioned Emirates of the UAE.

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