Copyright Registration in Dubai UAE

According to Federal Law No. 38 of 2021 on Copyrights and Neighboring Rights, an intellectual work is any original work in the areas of literature, arts or science, whatever its description, form of expression, significance or purpose. The following intellectual works are protected under copyrights law:


  1. Books, booklets, articles and other literature

  2. Computer software and applications, databases and similar works defined in a decision to be issued by the Minister of Economy

  3. Lectures, speeches, sermons and other works of similar nature

  4. Plays, musicals and pantomimes

  5. Musicals accompanied by dialogues and musicals which are not accompanied by dialogue

  6. Audio and video works or audio-visual works

  7. Architectural work and architectural plans and drawings

  8. Drawings, paintings, sculptures, etchings, lithography, screen printing, reliefs and intaglio prints and other similar works of fine art

  9. Photographic work and the likes

  10. Works of applied art and plastic art

  11. Charts, maps, plans, 3-D modelling for geographical and topographical applications and architectural designs etc.

  12. Derivative works, subject to the protection afforded to the work(s) upon which they are based. The protection shall extend to the title of the work, if created, as well as the creative concept devised for broadcast material.

How do I register a trademark in UAE?

Ministry of Economy is the competent authority to register trademarks in the UAE. To register a trademark, customer can submit an online application via the ministry's website.

How much does it cost to register a trademark in UAE?

The trademark registration fee in Dubai is AED 8,700 but does not include the cost of publishing! The trademark registration cost in the UAE is AED 8,700, along with an additional AED 1,000 for publishing the trademark in the official journal.

How Long Does it take to register my Trademark in UAE as well as internationally ?

It is very hard to predict the time frame to obtain Trademark registration in UAE and international level, but in general in UAE it takes from 3 to 8 months from the filing date to be registered.

If the Trademark registered the protection will be applied from the date of obtaining the Registration in UAE?

Once the Trademark registered the protection will be applied from the filing date of the application note from the registration date of the obtaining the Certificate of registration.

What is the validity of the Trademark registration in UAE & internationally?

As per the UAE Trademark Law, the Trademark protection will be valid for 10 years from the date of filing.

Does Trademark Protection in UAE protect me in other GCC countries or worldwide

No the protection will be limited to UAE Jurisdiction including seven emirates (Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Um ElQuween, Ras AL Khaymah & Fujairah) .

Does the protection in UAE Trademark office cover the Emirate of Dubai ?

Yes the Trademark protection in UAE will cover the seven emirates (Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Um ElQuween, Ras AL Khaymah & Fujairah).

What if the Trademark owner did not use the Trademark after the registration in UAE?

If the Trademark Owner did not use the Trademark for five consecutive years , his registration will be subject of cancellation form any third party.

Can I transfer my Trademark to a third party as per UAE Trademark law and internationally?

All the regulation all over the world as well as UAE allow the Transfer of the Trademark registration to third, and the difference is only the procedures and the cost whiles it is required legalized Deed of Assignment as well as POA from the assignee, it is simpler in USA and EU trademark office and simply signed Deed of Assignment is enough .

What is the process to stop third parties from infringing my Registered Trademark in UAE?

There are several measures to enforce your rights against third party infringement and each emirates adopted several measures to protect the IP rights namely Trademarks. i.e. in Dubai the Trademark Owner has the options to file administrative case to Dubai Economic Department as well as to Dubai Police – Economic crimes as well file lawsuits at Dubai Courts .