HomeIP-GuideUnited Arab Emirates General informationInvention (PCT National Phase) United Arab Emirates
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    AE
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The United Arab Emirates PCT national phase entry

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  • Patent fees

Fees associated with the United Arab Emirates PCT national phase entry as well as other patent fees are available in the fee calculator.

  • Deadline for the PCT national phase entry in the United Arab Emirates

The time limit for the UAE PCT national phase entry is 30 months from the priority date. This timeframe cannot be extended.

  • Filing requirements in the United Arab Emirates

Patent applications should be filed with the UAE Patent Office together with the translation into Arabic and English.

For obtainment of the filing date, the PCT national phase patent application must contain:
- a request to grant a patent;
- applicant(s) and author(s) details (names, addresses, nationalities);
- specification and claims in English or Arabic, drawings, if any, and abstract;
- International Search and Examination Reports and PCT Publication.

An original Power of Attorney must be submitted within 90 days from the filing date. Legalisation up to the UAE Consulate is required.

A Deed of Assignment from the inventor(s) to the applicant if the applicant is not the inventor must be submitted within 90 days from the filing date. Legalisation up to the UAE Consulate is required.

If the applicant is a corporate body, a certificate of incorporation or articles of association is also required to be submitted within 90 days from the filing date. Legalisation up to the UAE Consulate is required.

  • Examination of a PCT national phase entry application in the United Arab Emirates

Once the formal requirements are completed and all required documents are submitted, the Patent Office will issue a formal and legal examination notice formally accepting the application. A request for the settlement of the examination fees within 90 days from receiving the notification about positive results of the formal examination will also be issued. Under the agreement between the UAE Patent Office and the Austrian/Korean Patent Offices, the latter are responsible for conducting the substantive examination of the applications filed with the UAE PTO.

  • Novelty grace period

There is no novelty grace period provided for patent applications in the United Arab Emirates.

  • Grant, validity term and maintenance fees

A grant fee for patent registration in the UAE is not stipulated. After substantive acceptance of the application, an applicant should pay the publication fee. Maintenance fees must be paid starting from the next year counted from the national filing date. Payment may be performed within three months before the due date.

  • Duration of registration procedure

If the prosecution process goes smoothly, it takes an average of 2 years to obtain a patent in the UAE.

  • Utility model

PCT applications may also be protected as Utility Models in the UAE. The maximum protection period of a utility model in the UAE is 10 years from the date of filing.

  • Representation by a patent attorney

Foreign applicants must enter the UAE national phase through a registered Emirati patent attorney.

Brief summary is based on the information provided by MarkMirror Intellectual Property Services on 08.01.2019
Please contact us if the above information contains any discrepancies with the UAE IP Law

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