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Intellectual Property

Intellectual property (IP) refers to mental creations. Creations of the mind include new product ideas, innovative ways of doing things, visually appealing designs, distinctive business signs, and artistic creations such as music, songs, paintings, and sculptures. Such creations have been recognized by law as property that the creator may own if specific legal requirements are met. Using the intellectual property system, entrepreneurs can have complete control over their innovations. Companies can strengthen their market presence by establishing a distinctive identity protected against violators and imitators.

Law applicable to Intellectual Property in UAE

In the UAE, the following laws govern the protection of intellectual property rights:

  1. Federal Law No. 37 of 1992 on Trademarks.
  2. Federal Law No. 7 of 2002 on Copyrights and Related Rights.
  3. Federal Law No. 17 of 2002 on Regulation and Protection of Industrial Property of Patents, Industrial Drawings and Designs.

Types of Intellectual Property

Intellectual property rights and safeguards are divided into five categories. It is critical to ensure that your property is adequately protected; hence it is essential to consult a lawyer. The following are the five types of intellectual property protections:

  • Patents

A patent is an exclusive right granted by the government to an inventor for an invention that is novel, inventive, and capable of industrial application. It entitles the owner to exclude or prevent others from manufacturing, using, offering for sale, selling, or importing a product or process based on the patented invention. It is valid for a limited period, generally up to a maximum of twenty years from the filing date, provided the patent owner pays the required fees on time. A patent application must contain a detailed, accurate, and comprehensive written description of the invention in exchange for the grant of a patent right.

  • Copyrights

Copyright law offers legal protection for literary, artistic, dramatic or any creation to authors, computer programmers, website designers and other creators, typically known as “works.” The law grants legal protection to their artists. A wide range of original works, including books, periodicals, journals, music, paintings, photos, sculptures, architecture, films, computer programs, video games and the original databases, can be protected under copyright law. It merely protects the expression of a concept. However, it does not cover the idea or notion behind it. In the UAE, Copyright is extended for the author’s lifetime plus 50 years after death.

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Importance of Intellectual Property in Business

Working knowledge of intellectual property (IP) can assist your business in increasing its competitiveness and managing IP-related risks. IP plays a critical role in helping you in the following ways:

  • Trade Secrets

Any commercially important information to a business and is kept secret is referred to as a trade secret. Intellectual property (IP) rights protect trade secrets. The information must be treated as a secret, and reasonable precautions must be taken to ensure it remains confidential—for example, Secret recipe, Secret Business method etc.

  1. Protecting your intellectual property offers you an
  2. The exclusive property right can enable your company to do more than it would otherwise or even let you start a new company.
  3. Adopting effective intellectual property protection measures can assist a business is growing rapidly and establishing goodwill in the market. For instance, a patent is used to protect an innovative product, while a trademark is helpful to promote such a product in the market. If such a product has a distinctive design, it is eligible for design protection.
  4. IP protection can assist you in increasing your revenue. It converts your concept into a tangible asset that is assignable, transferable, and licensable.
  5. Your protected intellectual property can be used to attract investors, resulting in a high rate of return.
  6. Registering your intellectual property can deter competitors from using your protected IP, thereby reducing the risks of marketing your product, such as infringement.

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Ways to Protect Intellectual Property

If you suspect that your intellectual property has been violated, it is always prudent to seek IP expert advice. Various tools are available for enforcing your intellectual property rights, and the specific procedures and rights vary by country. The subsequent steps will vary according to whether the infringement was intentional or unintentional.

Letters of cease-and-desist

Generally, the first step in prosecuting someone who has infringed your intellectual property is to send a “cease and desist letter” to the alleged infringer. The letter informs the other party that there may be a conflict between your intellectual property rights and business activities and invites them to discuss a possible resolution. This procedure is frequently effective when infringement occurs unintentionally, as the infringer will usually cease their activities or agree to negotiate a licensing agreement.

Civil Court Proceedings

Where IP infringements continue, you may seek law enforcement assistance and initiate judicial proceedings. UAE IP Laws guarantee a variety of remedies available to protect your intellectual property. As a temporary measure, a court may order the preservation of evidence of the alleged IP infringement. Once a violation is established, a court can order the infringer to cease the infringement and compensate you for any damages sustained. Additionally, infringing goods may be seized and disposed of outside of commercial channels.

Criminal Court Proceedings

An IP infringement constitutes a criminal offence committed willfully on a commercial scale, such as trademark counterfeiting or copyright piracy. The owner can seek the advice of an IP expert before proceeding with criminal action in a court of law.

Out of court settlement -Arbitration and Mediation

In an arbitration proceeding, all parties agree to submit their disagreements to one or more arbitrators, who then pass a binding decision. Whereas, in mediation, a neutral third party, the mediator, assists the parties in reaching a mutually acceptable resolution during a mediation procedure. Any settlement is reflected in a legally binding contract.

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Why choose HHS Lawyers and Legal Consultants

HHS Lawyers and Legal Consultants provides IP enforcement services to our valued clients. Our intellectual property attorney has extensive experience prosecuting intellectual property infringement lawsuits. Our trademark representatives are knowledgeable and experienced and can facilitate you with the following:

  1. Pursuing an action for intellectual property infringement in advance of the lawsuit by drafting cease and desist letters or legal notices.
  2. Any concerns about the validity or infringement of third-party intellectual property.
  3. Resolving your disagreement with the other party amicably and without resorting to litigation.
  4. To learn more about IP Rights, contact us today.

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Our services include but not limited to:

  • Trademark registration
  • Copyright protection
  • Patent and industrial design registration
  • Website infringement
  • Advising on intellectual property laws
  • Data privacy
  • Protect trade secret
  • Legislative assistance
  • Advise on flexibility under the TRIPS agreement
  • IP services
  • Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA)
  • License agreement
  • Provisional patent application
  • Cease and desist letter
  • Confidentiality agreement
  • End-user license agreement
  • IP audits and due diligence
  • Litigation