Intellectual Property Newsletter - May 2015

Author:Clyde & Co LLP
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MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA REGION

This month's market updates section leads with the news that the UAE Ministry of Economy has announced a substantial increase in official fees for the registration of intellectual property rights at the Trade Mark, Patent and Copyright Offices in the UAE. Further details of the fee increases are set out in our update on page 2.

We are thrilled to announce that Clyde & Co has been ranked as Band One in the UAE for the fifth year in a row by the Legal 500 EMEA 2015 Rankings. The team is specifically praised for 'excellent response times' and 'good local knowledge'. In addition, Rob Deans has been ranked as a "leading individual", together with Jon Parker and Joycia Young receiving specific mention. As always, the feedback we receive through these surveys is greatly appreciated and we will do what we can to keep up the good work.

In this edition's article of the month, Harriet Balloch examines the potential set up and operation of collecting societies in the UAE and whether a review of the fees for collecting societies by the Ministry of Economy suggests that it is considering licensing a collecting society to operate in the UAE.

In this month's issue, we also cover:

Market updates and insights from around the region A link to the UAE Trade Mark Gazette published on 5 May 2015. This month's opposition deadline is 3 June 2015. Market updates and insight from around the region

In addition to this month's news of the increase in fees in the UAE, we also bring you updates on other developments from across the region, including the news that Kuwait has approved the draft GCC Trade Mark Law.

For further information, please speak to your usual contact in the Clyde & Co IP team, or email us at ip@clydeco.com.

Article of the month

This month Harriet Balloch reports on the collective licensing of music in the UAE. With the UAE Ministry of Economy recently publishing the official fees for setting up and operating a collecting society, are we any nearer to having a collecting society in the UAE?

UAE Trade Mark Gazette

The latest edition of the UAE Trade Mark Gazette was published on 5 May 2015. This month's opposition deadline is 3 June 2015.

If you identify any marks that are of potential concern, or if you have any queries, then speak to your usual contact in the Clyde & Co IP team, or email us at ip@clydeco.com.

The timeframe for arranging the legalisation of a Power of Attorney (which will need to be filed at the same time as any opposition) is generally around three weeks. With this in mind, please contact us as soon as possible if you identify any marks which you may wish to oppose.

MARKET UPDATES AND INSIGHT

UAE Earlier this month the Ministry of Economy announced a substantial increase in official fees for the registration of intellectual property rights at the Trade Mark, Patent and Copyright Offices in the UAE. Although the fee increases are across the board, in that they apply to trade marks, patents, designs and copyright, they are likely to be particularly felt by brand owners seeking to protect their rights in the UAE. By way of example, under the new fee structure, the filing of one trade mark, per class, will increase from USD 1,785 to USD 3,450.

It is not clear at this stage when the increased fees will come into effect. They are most likely to come into effect from 29...

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