UAE has become a member of PCT (Patent Cooperation Treaty) and has made provisions for filing of international applications and/or national phase applications based on PCT applications; thereby patents may be deposited within the National Phase of the PCT.

According to the UAE Patent Law, letters patent shall be awarded to any new invention resulting from an innovative idea or inventive step in all fields of technology, provided that such an idea or inventive step has a scientific basis and is capable of industrial application. The invention shall be deemed industrially applicable in its broadest term if used or utilized in such fields as agriculture, Fisheries, handicrafts, and services.