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Prologue for this Special Issue on the Trademark Laws of
UAE, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Egypt

The purpose of this Special Issue of “lex arabiae” is to highlight to our esteemed readers, most of who are trading with or have business in the Middle East, important legal issues to protect their rights in the ME-Region effectively.

A trademark is a way of identifying a unique product or service. The trademark provides protection to the owner of the mark by ensuring the exclusive right to use it to identify goods or services, or to authorize another to use it in return for payment. Almost all countries in the world register and protect trademarks. Each national trademark office maintains a Register of Trademarks, which contains full application information on all registrations and renewals, facilitating examination, search, and potential opposition by third parties.

The spread of counterfeits of trademarks for products and services is an international concern. Hence, we prepared this special issue on the Trademark Laws of UAE, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran and Egypt to guide you to the best way to protect your trademark in these countries and to prevent you from  illegal competition by any second party.

Particularly in the Middle East, faked products and services are constantly penetrating the market. Each country, in the ME requires a separate registration. And the fight against counterfeit products starts with the registration of the trademark. Especially Iran will be considered as an El Dorado for infringers once the UN-Sanctions are lifted! Trading or doing business in the ME without registering your trademark is an open invitation for infringers.

This Special Issue is intended to support its readers to protect their Trademark by doing the right step at the right time.

December, 2015 Tarek Jairwdeh
Meyer-Reumann & Partners, Dubai Office
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