E-gateway to protect Intellectual Property in Dubai

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Commercial Compliance & Consumer Protection (CCCP) sector in the Department of Economic Development (DED) in Dubai has recently announced the launch of an ‘Intellectual Property Gateway’ –  the gateway will be the very first-of-its-kind electronic gateway in the region.

It will be used for receiving complaints on trademarks infringement through the DED website (www.dubaided.gov.ae).

E-gateway

An e-card makes it possible to bypass standard passport control at Dubai, Al Ain and Abu Dhabi airports using just a thumb scan and a flash of a card.

E-gate was launched in the UAE in 2002, and the Dubai International Airport was the first airport to implement it in the region. It was also the third airport in the world to have done that.

The electronic gateway automates all procedures relating to intellectual property (IP) issues; from receiving complaints and opening files to receiving reports from field officers and even submitting those reports to trademark owners.

Intellectual Property

Intellectual property covers a broad range of business assets, for instance, copyright to trademarks and patents to design rights. It is imperative to protect one’s intellectual property rights and to avoid contravening the rights of other intellectual property owners.

Intellectual Property enables people to own the work created by them. It can be any work at all, e.g. brands and logos, inventions, software, music, paintings, designs and any other kinds of creative work.

Trademark rights

The IP intends to protect the rights of trademark owners and helps businesses grow to achieve Dubai’s overall economic development strategy and to reinforce the trust between the public and private sectors. This initiative also echoes DED’s acquiescence with the decrees of the Dubai government, which intends to replace all manual procedures with smart systems hence enhancing economic competitiveness and viable development.

Government auditors

According to CCCP’s CEO Mohammed Ali Rashed Lootah the IP Gateway falls in line with the vision and directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. He also added that the gateway will help achieve the goal of reducing government auditors in Dubai by 80% by the year 2018, as the smart system can eliminate the need for review visits from law firms and brand owners.

Mohammed Ali Rashed also noted that the Gateway ensures added value for trademark owners, law firms, IP agencies and dealers.

Filing complains

Applicants will be able to file a complaint and get the case file opened electronically on www.dubaided.gov.ae around the globe within 10 minutes.

The applicant also has the right to see details such as the action taken and confiscated goods, without having to visit the offices or submitting applications manually.

The portal will start addressing complaints from September onward.

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