The Department of Economic Development building, which also houses the Dubai Land Department and the Real Estate Regulatory Agency (Rera). Image Credit: Gulf News Archives

Dubai. The number of trademark protection cases filed on the Dubai Economy’s portal increased by 63 per cent year-on-year in the first six months of 2019 as more companies sought to protect their branding.

The Commercial Compliance and Consumer Protection sector in Dubai Economy (otherwise knowns as the Department of Economic Development) said that trademark owners worldwide registered 4,735 brands on its portal while commercial agencies registered another 29 in the first half of this year.

The Intellectual Property Protection section in Dubai Economy also resolved 186 cases relating to trademark infringement in the first half.

Mohamed Rashid Lootah, chief executive officer of the Commercial Compliance and Consumer Protection sector, said the increase in the number of filings reflects the strength of the retail sector and competition among brands. He added that Dubai Economy continues to cooperate with law firms and trademark representatives to ensure vigil against counterfeiting.