Tuesday, March 12 2024   \  Published by Mondaq.

United Arab Emirates: New Official Fees For UAE Patent Applications Effective From January 2024

United Arab Emirates: New Official Fees For UAE Patent Applications Effective From January 2024

A new Ministerial Decision no. 112 of 2023 was issued by the UAE Cabinet in November 2023, which introduces changes to the official fees for UAE patent applications, utility models and industrial design applications, amending the official fees associated with Federal law no. 11 of 2021. The Decision was published in the UAE's Official Gazette on November 15, 2023 and these changes came into effect on January 15, 2024. In this article, we examine those changes and how they affect patent applications filed in the UAE.

Summary of changes

The UAE Patent Office has introduced a new category of applicant 'small or medium-sized businesses (SMEs) and academic institutes', which appears to be in line with the country's commitment to supporting innovation. UAE-based applicants who fall in this category will now benefit from a 50% reduction in fees for all services.

Another significant change is the introduction of a tiered fee structure for substantive examination fees for UAE patent applications. There are three sets of examination fees that may apply depending on the total number of claims in the application. In addition, official fees have been introduced, which allow applicants to request expedited examination, re-examination for minor office actions and post-grant examination. Read more

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