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The UAE and IP Globally

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is the global forum for Intellectual Property services, policy, information, and cooperation. WIPO is a self-funding agency of the United Nations, with 193 member states.

Its mission is to lead the development of a balanced and effective international IP system that enables innovation and creativity for the benefit of all. WIPO headquarters are in Geneva, Switzerland. The UAE joined WIPO in 1974 when the country became a contracting party of the WIPO Convention.

IP in the UAE

While AD.iP creates and promotes a world-class Intellectual Property regime for all researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs, and companies to generate, innovate, and commercialise ideas and technological advancements, the Ministry of Economy is the authority to register and protect IP in the UAE. It acts as the UAE Intellectual Property Office with the following departments.

  • Innovation Development and Industrial Property Department
  • Trademarks Department
  • Copyright and Related Rights Department

Several e-services are available. If you are not familiar with the Ministry of Economy's IP procedures, the guidance provided on AD.iP's website will help you.

IP legislation can be accessed online:

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