Copyright protection in United Arab Emirates


IP Kat published an article by Vanessa Delnaud of the Dubai office of Gowling WLG regarding the copyright protection in United Arab Emirates.

One of the interesting facts about this legislation is that it is much closer to the French one than to UK one, which in turn set a number of special features some of which are:

  • rights over works created by employees or independent contractors can be transferred only through written agreements, where it should be specified explicitly the purpose for the assignment of the rights, what exactly rights are transferred, the term and the territory;
  • it is not possible to transfer copyrights over works which will be created in the future;
  • it is nor possible the moral author’s rights to be transferred, however, the author can undertake in writing not to exercise his rights, provided that an agreement specifies the work and specific uses to which the undertaking applies;

More information here.



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Donald Trump registered a trademark in China


WIPR reports about the fact that the new elected US President Donald Trump received a trademark registration regarding his name in China. According to this information he possesses another 49 pending trademark applications in the country.

Some lawyers in US  (The Independent и The Washington Post.), however, consider that this could create a problem with the US Constitution which bars civil servants from accepting anything of value from foreign countries without the consent of Congress.

Apart from this the case is interesting in light of the recent successful trademark battle over Michael Jordan name in China which was ended after many years fighting with a local company.

More information here.


Companies are concerned about the role of intellectual property

intellectual-propertyThe Telegraph published an interesting article on various worries expressed by some of the most innovative companies in the world such as BAE Systems, Siemens, Philips and Bayer regarding the role of intellectual property in the contemporary business world.

Intellectual property management as part of the entire business management is not always on the necessary level. Many problems are cited, for example a lack of clear valuation of intellectual property which in turn reflects on unclear knowledge about the real company’s market value. In addition, there is a problem with the information on intellectual property protection  which is a threat to the innovation process as a whole. Some companies are concerned about the IP risks which go hand in hand with innovations and how to overcome them so as to escape any lawsuits for instance.

More information can be found here.

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Cambodia will accept European patents


The European Patent Office announced an agreement with Cambodia according to which European patents will be valid on its territory. Cambodia becomes the first Asian country which acknowledge the validity of European patents. The agreement will enter into force on 01.07.2017.

In this way applicants of such patents will be able to seek protection on the territory of 43 European or Non-European countries.

The main reason for Cambodia to accept EU patent is the opportunity to boost an interest from European companies to make a business in the country.

More information here.