Dubai: President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has issued Federal Decree No. 52 approving the unified GCC States Trademark Law that covers the registration and protection of trademarks.
The decree is in line with the recommendations of GCC leaders with regard to the process of regional economic integration and unification of trade policies and systems.
Mohammad Ahmad Bin Abdul Aziz, undersecretary for the planning sector, UAE Ministry of Economy, said the technical committee of the GCC Council drafted the law embracing the GCC's commitments to international treaties.
"During the 27th session of the Supreme Council of the GCC States held in Riyadh in 2006, the law was approved as obligatory legislation for adoption by all GCC states six months after the executive charter of this law was issued," Bin Abdul Aziz said in a statement.
The law comprising six sections defines the process of protection and registration of trademarks.
It defines words and phrases relating to trademarks, their meaning, the conditions and procedures to register a trademark, authorisation, trademarks of the bodies and entities, penalties for violation of a trademark.
It also includes the role of the GCC States' Commercial Cooperation Committee in issuing the executive charter of the law and its right of further explanations and modifications.