Protecting Your Intellectual Property in the UAE with Alketbi

At Alketbi, we are a team of pragmatic, creative, and experienced professionals who are dedicated to finding exceptional opportunities and effective mechanisms to safeguard your intellectual property. Our primary focus is on providing specialized services in Trademark Registration, Patent Registration, Licensing, Trademark Search, Trademark Prosecution, Assignment matters, and other related areas in the UAE.

Alketbi team specialize in handling a wide range of concerns related to intellectual property, and our team can make a significant difference in ensuring that your ideas and inventions receive the protection they deserve. We are committed to providing a comprehensive Trade Mark Registration service by leveraging the expertise of our experienced team to guide you through the process of registering your trademarks, copyrights, and patents in the UAE.

Registration of Trademarks, copyrights, and Patents

We at Alketbi are pragmatic, creative, capable, and experienced in finding outstanding opportunities and mechanisms to protect your intellectual property. We specialize in Trademark Registration, Patent Registration in UAE. Licensing. Trademark Search, Trademark Prosecution, Assignment matters, and more.

We believe that freedom of operation from IP claims is at the heart of a business. We also believe that intellectual property needs to be clarified so that all our clients can make strong business decisions with regard to their most important business assets. We actively help our clients achieve their commercial aims, advising on effective intellectual property, protective measures, and providing suggestions for practical solutions.

Alketbi specializes in handling a wide variety of concerns related to the handling of your intellectual property. Our team can make a huge difference in the protection of your ideas and invention receives. We are dedicated to providing a comprehensive Trade Mark Registration service by combining the skills of our experienced team who can advise you on how to register trademarks, copyrights and patents in UAE.

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Intellectual Property Litigations

In case a potential infringement or dispute arise, we have considerable experience in enforcement proceedings with the relevant government departments and the UAE civil and criminal courts. Our dispute resolution team in the UAE, with rights of audience before the UAE courts, as well as the DIFC Courts, we present our clients with the full spectrum of options should a dispute arise.

Our team has successfully protected and enforced the clients' interests in high-stakes litigation and counselling. Our team has the experience and knowledge to handle any matter with IP implications, and specializes in matters involving patents, trade secrets, trademarks, copyrights. We represent both Intellectual Property owners and accused infringers in every key intellectual property litigation court in UAE

The breadth of knowledge gained from our experience enables us to provide well informed and practical advice, addressing international requirements and standards, while addressing specific laws, regulations, practices and market customs of the UAE.

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Advice on Branding

Our team of skilled professionals offers strategic guidance on brand development, commercialization, and protection for businesses. A company's brand is often one of its most valuable intellectual property assets, and we understand the importance of safeguarding it. Our experienced specialists work closely together to provide clients with seamless, coordinated advice on managing and protecting their brand portfolios

We provide comprehensive trademark law services, including trademark clearance, registration, maintenance, licensing, and associated rights like design rights. As trusted advisors, we help our clients protect, monetize, and enforce their brands and trademarks, minimizing risks and maximizing their brand value and identity.

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News & Insights

Trademark enforcement in UAE

The owner of a duly registered trademark can file administrative governmental action or a court action, i.e., a criminal action or a civil action.Administrative actionThe IPPD at the Ministry of Economy and/or the DED in the UAE have the authority to enforce IP rightsThe available remedies for administrative actions are:• Fines to be determined by the Dubai DED, and to the destruction or confiscation of the infringing products. Criminal actionIn Dubai, the economic development at Dubai police is dedicated to infringement cases:• Upon filing a complaint, the police officers will investigate and check whether the infringing products are available or not;• The public prosecution will carry out the necessary investigation and take the testimonies of the parties. It will refer the matter to the Dubai court of first instance to follow the same procedure as a criminal case.The available remedies for criminal actions are:• Fines from AED 50,000 to AED 1,000,000, and/or• Imprisonment up to one year• The destruction of the infringing products Civil actionsThe claimant must file the civil lawsuit along with all the supporting documentary evidence, and, in response, the infringing party must submit a counterstatement along with their evidence. Thereafter, the court will hold several hearings, and the parties will be allowed to submit their written memorandums and pleadings.The available remedies in civil actions include:• The precautionary measures and attachment• Destruction of counterfeit or infringing products• Compensation for the damages resulting from the trademark infringement• Closure of the infringing business, and • Publication of the judgment

Privacy is the New care!

Following The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in EU and the Confidentiality of Medical Information Act ("CMIA") in the USA, UAE enacted Federal Law No. 2 of 2019 (Health Data Law) in February 2019, which governs the use of information technology and communications (ITC) in the healthcare sector-hence for the first time focusing on sector-specific Data protection.   What is Heath Data under the law? Any "visual, audible or readable indication, and that may be attributed to the health sector, whether related to the health or insurance facilities or to the health services beneficiaries." This implies that details such patient names, dates of birth, and other data gathered during consultations and other medical procedures will be considered to be "health data."   Who does it affect? The Health Data Law applies to all entities operating in the uae and Free Zones that provide healthcare, health insurance, healthcare IT, and other direct or indirect services linked to the healthcare sector, as well as those engaged in activities involving electronic health data management (Health Service Providers).   What Should the Healthcare Organizations do? Healthcare organizations should start thinking about how they'll comply with the Health Data Law. A feasible first step for organizations would be to perform a data discovery exercise to compile an inventory of all data that falls under the law's purview. Organizations will also need to make modifications to their policies, and systems in order to comply with the law.   1. Perform a data mapping exercise. Starting with a data mapping exercise, we will be able to understand exactly where an organization stands when it comes to collecting and storing patient data. This pretty simple activity can demonstrate, the following points: • The origin and information regarding data that is collected, processed, stored, and transferred. • Why was the information gathered in the First Place? Is it essential to gather the information? • How will it be stored and transferred? • Are the Data Handlers aware regarding the requirement of confidentiality? • With who do you disclose the personal information of the patient?   2. Determining the Legal Basis for Personal Data Processing The legal bases for processing personal information is to safeguard a patient’s right to privacy, and any organization processing personal data should have processes in place to ensure the following: • Personal Data is processed by obtaining informed consent from the patient • Personal data processing is required for medical reasons. • Personal data processing is required for legal or security reasons. • For the interests of scientific, historical, archival, and statistical research • Personal data processing is required for data handlers to comply with the law. • Any other instances that the Executive Regulation may emphasize in the future   3. Creating a Consent Mechanism and Appropriate Policies Consent is used as a legal basis for processing, and an organization must comply with all consent standards. The right use of language is key, and obtaining proper consent has become even more important as a result of the new law. Not only must the wording used to request consent be explicit, but it must also be tailored to the purpose for which we intend to utilize the data collected. It ensures that all data subjects whose information is being collected are fully aware of the processing activities that will be carried out on their behalf. Furthermore, it allows to specify the intended purpose and manner of processing data. Simply training data subjects on these issues can make a significant difference in the company's overall data compliance.   4. Create a procedure for dealing with data breaches. This is going into "worst-case scenario" territory, but it's critical to have a robust data breach procedure system in place. With this in mind, all relevant personnel must be aware of their specific roles in launching a counter-response to the data breach. And only if an organization has a complete, detailed, and successful data breach response plan in place will it be able to comply with the regulations of data protection.   Conclusion: The Health Data law is the starting point for data protection in the healthcare industry and businesses in healthcare should be aware that patient data and other types of data that are commonly recognized as sensitive personal data in other parts of the world must be considered more carefully in UAE than in the past and each organization has to implement processes in place that make compliance to the law more systematic.

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