COVID-19: Reduction of UAE Ministry of Economy fees has been announced

By Melissa Murray, Renee Nugent, Sahar Tarhini

04-2020

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
500 350 140 96
Conducting search for same mark in each additional class
500 350 140 96
Filing a trade mark application for one mark in one class
1,000 750 275 205
Registration of one mark in one class
6,700 5,000 1,825 1,365
Renewal of one mark in one class (within the last year of protection)
8,700 6,500 2,365 1,770
Filing an opposition against one mark
10,000 7,500 2,725 2,045

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.