Patent Requirements for PCT and National Patent Applications:

A power of attorney duly legalized up to the UAE Consulate.

A duly legalized extract from the Commercial Register or from the Memorandum of Association if the applicant is a company or body corporate.
One copy of the English specification and claims together with its Arabic translation.
One set of the drawings relating to the invention, if any.
An abstract of the invention of no more than 200 words, together with the best explanatory diagram.
A duly legalized deed of assignment signed by the inventor, if the applicant is not the inventor.
A certified copy of the application giving the filing date, number and country if the application is to be filed with a priority claim (which is not required for PCT Application and only needed for national patent applications).

Please note that the documents in item (3, 4 and 5) should be submitted at the patent office on the filing date of the application, while documents in items (1, 2, 6 and 7) can be submitted within 90 (strictly non-extendible) days from the filing date of the Patent Application.

FOR PCT applications entering the national phase in the UAE, a copy of the PCT international publication search and examination reports must be submitted with the application.


Patent protection can also be sought through filing with the GCC Patent Office (please refer to GCC Patent applications for more information).


By virtue of the regulations, all patent applications filed as from November 1, 2014, have to pay the examination fees upon filing the application, if all the formalities are met; otherwise, the examination fees should be paid within 90 days from the filing date upon completing the formal requirements of the application, which should be fulfilled within a non-extendable term of ninety days from filing the patent application.


According to the UAE Patent Law, annual maintenance fees are due on the anniversary of the International filing date and late years annuities are paid within six months from the date of entering the UAE national phase (filing in UAE) for national phase of PCT applications and on the anniversary of the national filing date for non-PCT applications (including both priority and non-priority applications).  Annuities can be settled within a three months from the due date without any consequences and an extension of time of another three months is allowed for settling the due annuities with a surcharge.

Requirements for Design Application in UAE

One drawing of the design in two copies, if it is two-dimensional. If it is three-dimensional, then two copies of the drawings from each side of the design in addition to the oblique drawing. It is preferred to submit normal drawings instead of  the photographs (colored or otherwise).

A power of Attorney filled and signed by the applicant, duly legalized up to a UAE consulate abroad.

A deed of assignment if the inventor is not the applicant, duly legalized up to a UAE consulate abroad. A certified copy of the Certificate of Incorporation or Extract of the Commercial Register of the applicant company legalized up to the UAE Consulate abroad.

A certified copy of the Priority Document, if any.


Documents in item (1) above should be available and submitted to the Patent Office in the UAE on the date of filing the application, while documents in items (2 – 5) can be submitted to the Patent Office within 90 days from the filing date.


Please note that it is possible to file multiple designs in a single application if the designs are related and the number of drawings does not exceed 20. Please also note that the UAE Patent Office requests drawings of the design, not photographs.


The annual fees are payable on the anniversary of filing the application on the UAE, and payments start one year after the filing, and the protection period is ten years, which is non-renewable.
The payment of annuities can be made on or before the due date at any time and for any number of years, however, annuities can still be paid during the three months after the due date without late payment fee and another 3 months with a late payment fee (total grace period is six months).



Requirements for Merger & Assignment:

Original contract of assignment, license of use, Merger or mortgage as well as official documents for changing of name, address and amendment or others are required to be attached with each application and must be fully legalized up to U.A.E. Embassy abroad.

Note : According to U.A.E. Trademark Law and its implementing regulations, any document or paper should be submitted to the Registrant must be original and attached with its legal translation to Arabic language which should be done by a legal licensed translator in U.A.E. as well as to be certified by U.A.E. notary public.