Patent Substantive Examination
The UAE Patent Office has just started the examination of the patent applications. In a circular letter issued recently, the PO has been advised that the priority of examination will be given to valid patent applications for pharmaceutical preparations which is considered in line with the TRIPS agreement.
Furthermore, substantive examination fees of AE7000 (US$2000) have been decided.
Now applicants are requested to be provided with details of their valid patents in order to be advised later regarding the date of payment of examination fees.
Submitting Legalized Power of Attorney
The Head of Trademark Administration at the Ministry of Economy has issued a circular letter on 12 June 2008 to all trademark attorneys requesting them to comply with submitting legalized authorizations within 60 day from the date of filing, otherwise examination will be suspended. However, an additional 30 days extension can be obtained through a written petition.