After a company is started and the business operations begin to roll, specific due diligence must be done to successfully mark your place in the market. Incorporating a company is the first step in the whole process of starting and running a business.
The moment you start to distribute your goods and services in the market, it will attract the attention of potential consumers, and at that very moment, you need to be able to provide a distinct identity for your commodities.
To make the consumer aware of your product's distinct features and identity, you must go through the process of registering a trademark for your products and services. After you have successfully completed offshore company formation in RAK, you must start the legal procedure to obtain a trademark.
Registration of a trademark in the UAE covers all the seven Emirates of Abu-Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al-Khaimah, Ajman, Fujairah, and Umm Al-Quwain. So, to register a trademark in RAK, you will have to undergo the same process that is prescribed for all the Emirates.
What is a trademark?
Trademarks act as a brand name, logo, or symbol used to differentiate a company's goods or services from others. A trademark can be in the form of
Trademarking in RAK should be done to protect your brand and ensure that other companies are not taking advantage of the goodwill you have earned in the market. Learn more about registering your brand and trademark in the UAE on our blog.
Ineligible Trademarks under UAE law
There are some limitations set to what the trademark can contain. It must not contain any of the following:
- Should not be offensive to public morals or a religion
- No flags can be used in symbol
- Names or mention of third parties
- Translations of well-known trademarks
- Red Cross and Red Crescent symbol
Steps to Register Trademark for a company in RAK
1.Making sure there is no conflict
The first thing you need to do is check in the registry that the mark you are thinking to register doesn't exist already. If some other company is already using the trademark, you won't be able to make it your own.
There are multiple tools to check that there is no conflict with an existing trademark. Once you make sure that your mark is unique and not in conflict, you can go ahead with the rest of the procedure.
You must fill an online application form on the website of the Ministry of Economy; this particular government branch acts as the official authority that governs trademark applications. Once you head over to the website, click on services, then select 'e-services' from the menu. After the previous step, click on trademarks, and then when the page loads, click on 'Trademark Registration.'
On the page that is shown after that, you will have to fill out the application form and upload the required documents.
The documents required would be:
- Logo sample of the trademark
- Copy of the Trade Licence
- Power of Attorney
- Copy of Passport
- List of goods and services to be placed under protection
- Priority Document
Generally, these are the documents that will be required from you, but they may differ sometimes depending on the case.
3.Pay the fees
After you have submitted the application, you will be prompted to pay a fee of AED 8,700 for the trademark registration in the UAE. The Ministry of Economy website is well equipped to process your payment.
4. Review of Application
If your application is proper and all the requirements have been met, the Ministry of Economy should revert back to you with approval within 30 days. After the approval has been given, you will need to announce your trademark registration in the official journal and two local Arabic- language newspapers.
The Ministry of Economy will charge you AED 1,000 to post about your trademark in the official trademark journal.
After it has been published in the newspapers, the general public has 30 days to raise an objection to your trademark. The proper authorities will review the objection, and the result of the investigation will be given to you once completed.
5.Trademark Registration Certificate
Once all of the above has been dealt with, and there are no further objections, the Ministry of Economy will give you an official certificate providing proof of your trademark registration in the UAE.
The certificate will include details like:
- Registration Number
- Trade name along with owner's name
- Representation of the trademark
- Description of goods and services falling under that trademark
Legal formalities can be quite burdensome if not done without proper aid and guidance. We here at Business Setup Worldwide provide excellent customized business solutions to easily help you and your company get through the tedious processes.
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