Recordal of trademarks is expected to be implemented in the Abu Dhabi Emirate very soon. The filing requirements for the recordal and the recordal period have not been announced yet. Customs recordal in UAE is now available in three Emirates only out of seven: Dubai, Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah. The recordal in the three Emirates is valid for the trademark’s protection term, renewable for like periods. The requirements for registering a trademark are as follows:

1- Power of attorney, notarized and legalized up to the UAE Consulate.
2- Certified copy of the registration certificate of the trademark to be recorded.
3- Filing request form.
4- An electronic presentation of the original product to aid the Customs officials in detecting counterfeit products and differentiating them from original ones.

By way of background, the countries of our region which currently offer customs recordal in addition to the UAE are Cyprus, Morocco, Sudan and Tunisia. It is worth mentioning here that Customs recordal is expected to be implemented in Qatar during the course of this year pursuant to the new Law on Intellectual Property Rights Border Measures.

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