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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…

On 24 September 2021, the long anticipated Personal Data Protection Law, promulgated by Royal Decree No. M/19, dated 09/02/1443H (corresponding to 16 September 2021) (the Law), was published in the Saudi Official Gazette (Umm AlQura). The Law was developed by the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA), which will be the competent governmental authority (the Data Authority) to administer the Law for a period of two years but it may thereafter transfer such competence…

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…

The Dubai International Financial Centre Authority has enacted a new IP law aimed at fostering innovation and improving the protection and enforcement of IP rights. On 21 November 2019, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, enacted a new Intellectual Property Law (Law No. 4 of 2019, the DIFC IP Law).

Cabinet Decision No. 51 of 2019 (issued on 4 July 2019 and published on 7 July 2019), introduces a new fee and fine structure, whereby fees for over 100 services will be cancelled, and those of eight services will be reduced by up to 50%. This is welcome news for brand owners, whose fees have now been reduced by up to 50%, particularly those considering trade mark registration in the UAE.