Checklist to register for Trademark in the UAE
Before setting up a business, the most crucial aspect is to come up with an appropriate name which would reflect your brand. After deciding the name, you must register it legally so that all your operations do not face any illegal repercussions.
Another very important aspect that you should not forget, is the registration process for your company's trademark. In this article, we will discuss the meaning of your company's trade mark and why the registration process is significant.
What is Trademark
A trademark (also written trade mark or trade-mark is a type of intellectual property consisting of a recognizable sign, design, or expression which identifies products or services of a particular source from those of others, although trademarks used to identify services are usually called service marks. The trademark owner can be an individual, business organization, or any legal entity. A trademark may be located on a package, a label, a voucher, or on the product itself. For the sake of corporate identity, trademarks are often displayed on company buildings. It is legally recognized as a type of intellectual property.
Importance of Trademark
Trademarks form an identity and provide authorship of the company to the owner. Only with a valid/registered trademark can the owner ensure the exclusive right to use it when identifying goods or services. They also become an effective marketing tool, as they help businesses get identified while entering the market space. If you have registered your trademark, you hold the right to sue another company for trademark infringement if they use it without authorized permission. Lastly, trademarks are intangible assets that can drastically increase the value of your business in case of resale.
When a trademark is registered in the UAE, you will be registering it in all the 7 states of Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm Al Quwain.
How to register a Trademark?
Now that you know the benefits of having a trademark for your company, let’s look at the crucial steps to register the trademark.
1. Initial search
Trademark MENA will apply on your behalf, requesting for the initial search for the targeted trademark registration. Application is submitted to the concerned authorities requesting for initial search for the targeted Trademark.
2. Search Result
If the search result is negative, it means that the Trademark is registered by none.
3. Deposit the Documents
Further, we will deposit the documents along with an application for your Trademark registration.
4. Documents Examination Process
After the deposition and application, the trademark will be examined by the concerned authorities.
The result of the examination will be announced in 6-9 months approximately.
6. Fee Submission to Authorities
If there isn’t any opposition made by third parties, the complete payment of fees should be made in a month’s time. Confirming to that, you will receive a certificate of Trademark registration from the authorities. In case of oppositions raised by third parties, the applicant has a month’s time to file an appeal. This shall be discussed in detail during the process.
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