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In Brief The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has become a signatory state to the Madrid Protocol, which will enter into force on 28 December 2021. The UAE will become the 109th state globally and the third state in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) following Bahrain and Oman, to join the Madrid Union, which provides trademark protection for its member states across multiple jurisdictions. This is a long awaited and welcome development in UAE trademark law…

As the effects of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to be felt around the world, businesses face significant levels of instability and uncertainty caused by weakened financial markets and disruption to workplace operations and business pipelines, and resulting in a growth in the number and types of disputes. What will this mean for the future of disputes in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)? The Baker McKenzie Dispute Resolution team explores ‘The Future…

The horrific explosion that recently took place at the port of the city of Beirut is a tragedy for its people. The possible causes of the explosion has brought to mind the cases of maritime fraud that many observers overlook. In recent years, the shipping and maritime trade industry has witnessed a sharp increase not only in the number of fraud cases but also in the diversity and sophistication of fraud. Fraudsters are becoming more…

There have been continuous discussions among law firms and commentators on whether the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic constitutes a “force majeure” event, which is derived from the principle established in French Civil Law. Some say that the principle of force majeure should be applied in the current crisis, as the conditions of a force majeure event are met: sudden, unpredictable and impossible to prevent. Therefore, a contracting party may be exempted from fulfilling its contractual obligations…

On 31 March 2020, the UAE Ministry of Economy announced a significant reduction in the official fees for 26 different trademark services, pursuant to UAE Cabinet Resolution No. 20 of 2020. The fee reductions have come into effect on 5 April 2020. This is the second year in a row that the Ministry of Economy has reduced its fees, with the last reduction announced pursuant to Cabinet Decree No. 15 of 2019, and is in…