The UAE Ministry of Economy has announced on 5 April 2020 that new reductions have been applied to various IP services. Set out below is a table showing the main services affected by the Ministry's decision, along with their fees before and after the reduction.
|Service||Fee in AED (pre-reduction)||Fee in AED (post-reduction)||Fee in USD (pre-reduction)||Fee in USD (post-reduction)|
|Conducting search for one mark in one class
|Conducting search for same mark in each additional class
|Filing a trade mark application for one mark in one class
|Registration of one mark in one class
|Renewal of one mark in one class (within the last year of protection)
|Filing an opposition against one mark
These additional reductions come after a similar decision issued by the Ministry of Economy in 2019, in which reductions were applied to several IP services, including those mentioned above.
The Ministry of Economy is constantly working on improving its services and reducing its fees to encourage brand owners and applicants to register and protect their trade marks in the UAE. Considering that the UAE has consistently been one of the most expensive jurisdictions in which to register, interested applicants are invited to take advantage of the reduced fees.
We can provide more details and/or the full list of services that are subject to the reduction should you wish to obtain the same. Please contact us at [email protected] and we will be more than happy to assist you.
The decision is applicable as of 5 April 2020.