The foundation for any economy has been, and continues to be innovation. The boom in the industrial and manufacturing sector can largely be attributed to innovation. UAE is all set to welcome flying taxis and 3D Printed buildings. To foster and nurture the development of innovation and to incentivize innovators the system of patent protection has been in place for centuries. In layman terminology, patent is a legal certificate which accords the owner exclusive legally recognizable rights to the patented invention and grants monopoly rights to bar others from exploiting the patented invention for a limited period of time. In return, the patentee provides detailed information about the invention. Therefore, the underlying philosophy of patents is a. mutually beneficial bargain between the inventor and the public.

In consideration of the fact that such a grant of monopoly right can negatively impede innovation in the long run, the patent right exists for 20 years, and not indefinitely – unlike a Trademark. After the lapse of the grant period, the patented invention enters the public domain for further use and improvement by others.


For a patent to be granted, the innovation in question must be novel, involve an inventive step, and be industrially applicable. For GCC Countries additional considerations are in place, for instance, the innovation should not conflict with Shariya, and public rules of conduct observed in the Cooperation Council States, etc.

Since the formal patent document is extensive and detailed. and the post registration maintenance and enforcement require thorough diligence, it is highly advisable to entrust your patent portfolio to trained and specialized patent professionals. Axiom Mark has a well-proven track record of successfully registering, maintaining and enforcing patent rights in the Middle East and various other jurisdictions. We house a team of leading patent professionals who are well-equipped to handle any patent query you may have.

Under the World Trade Organizations (WTO) Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights, patents should be available in WTO member states for any inventions, in all fields of technology, and the term of protection available should be the minimum 20 years.

UAE is covered under the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) which also covers IPR Protection in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kingdom of Bahrain, Sultanate of Oman and State of Kuwait.

Patents are granted in UAE if the application meet the criteria of Novelty, Inventive Concept (also known as non-obviousness) and Industrial Applicability. A Provisional Certificate of Protection can be issued for a maximum period of six (6) months prior to any exhibition organized in the UAE, for any interested party that may wish to apply for a provisional or temporary protection of any matter that under process to receive patent protection or certificate of benefit