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AE - United Arab Emirates
International Center for Patent Registration, Ministry of Economy (United Arab Emirates)

Useful information

The PCT Applicant’s Guide is updated almost every week with information received by the International Bureau.
In case of question, please contact the Office or the International Bureau (
List of abbreviations used in this document:
Office: International Center for Patent Registration, Ministry of Economy (United Arab Emirates)
IPL: Federal Law No. 31 of 2006 Pertaining to the Industrial Regulation and Protection of Patents, Industrial Drawings and Designs
List of currencies used in this document:
AED (UAE Dirham)
Countries and Offices information:
The list of acronyms used for Offices is no longer shown as it has been integrated in the mouseover functionality for each ST.3 code shown in this document.
Refer to List of WIPO Standards, Recommendations and Guidelines formerly Annex K, List of country names and two-letter codes. It includes a list of short names and two-letter codes accepted for use in indicating States, other entities and intergovernmental organizations and their Offices in documents relating to international applications under the PCT. The list is as set out in WIPO Standard ST.3.
Also refer to PCT Contracting States formerly Annex A.
Office profile
For more technical information about the Office, refer to ePCT Office profile.
PCT Reservations, Declarations, Notifications and Incompatibilities
The Office does not have any reservations, declarations, notifications or incompatibilities.
Refer to the full list.
Office Closed dates
The Office is closed weekly on Friday and Saturday
Additional closed dates can be consulted on the Office Closed dates page

International Phase

Annex B - Information on Contracting States or Intergovernmental Organization

Contracting State:
United Arab Emirates
Two-letter code:
United Arab Emirates - International Center for Patent Registration, Ministry of Economy (United Arab Emirates)
Name of Office:
International Center for Patent Registration, Ministry of Economy (United Arab Emirates)
Dubai Office:
P.O. Box 3625
Sheikh Khalifa Bin Saeed Street
United Arab Emirates
Abu Dhabi Office:
P.O. Box 901
Liwa Tower
Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates
Mailing address:
Same as above
(971-4) 14 15 81
(971-4) 14 15 60
Abu Dhabi:
(971-2) 613 14 02
(971-4) 385 10 77
(971-4) 358 13 13
Abu Dhabi:
(971-2) 626 36 34
Does the Office accept the filing of documents by facsimile or the like means (PCT Rule 92.4)?
Would the Office accept evidence of mailing a document, in case of loss or delay, where a delivery service other than the postal authorities is used (PCT Rule 82.1)?
Is the Office prepared to allow applicants to make applications available to the WIPO Digital Access Service for Priority Documents (DAS) (PCT Rule 17.1(b-bis)?
Competent receiving Office(s) for international applications filed by nationals or residents of this State:
Refer to corresponding Annex C
International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) - International Bureau of WIPO
Does national legislation restrict the filing of international applications with foreign Offices?
Not applicable
Competent designated (or elected) Office(s) for this State:
Refer to corresponding National Phase.
United Arab Emirates - International Center for Patent Registration, Ministry of Economy (United Arab Emirates)
Types of protection available via the PCT:
Patents of addition
Utility models
Availability under the national law for an international-type search (PCT Article 15):
Provisional protection after international publication:
Information of interest if this Contracting State is designated (or elected)
Time when the name and address of the inventor must be given:
Must be in the request. If the data concerning the inventor are missing at the expiration of the time limit under PCT Article 22 or 39(1), the Office will invite the applicant to comply with the requirement within a time limit of three months from the date of the invitation.
Are there special provisions concerning the deposit of microorganisms and other biological material?

Annex C - Receiving Office

The Office does not act as receiving Office
This Office has delegated its RO functions to RO/IB. Refer to Annex C(IB) for more information.

National Phase

Summary of requirements for entry into the national phase

Time limits applicable for entry into the national phase:
Under PCT Article 22(1): 30 months from the priority date
Under PCT Article 39(1)(a): 30 months from the priority date
Translation of international application required into (one of) the following language(s): 1
Required contents of the translation for entry into the national phase: 1
Under PCT Article 22: Request, description, claims (if amended, both as originally filed and as amended), any text matter of drawings, abstract
Under PCT Article 39(1): Request, description, claims, any text matter of drawings, abstract (if any of those parts has been amended, only as amended by the annexes to the international preliminary examination report)
Is a copy of the international application required in particular circumstances?
National fees: 1
Patents and utility models
The amount in parentheses is applicable in case of filing by a natural person
Filing fee
2,000 AED
(1,000 AED)
Exemptions, reductions or refunds of fees:
Special requirements of the Office (PCT Rule 51bis): 2
Name and address of the inventor if they have not been furnished in the “Request” part of the international application 3
Appointment of an agent if the applicant is not resident in the United Arab Emirates
International application and translation thereof to be furnished in two copies
Instrument of transfer or assignment of the international application
Who can act as agent?
Any patent attorney or patent agent registered to practice before the Office
Does the Office accept requests for restoration of the right of priority (PCT Rule 49ter.2)?
Yes, please refer to the Office for the applicable criteria and/or any fee payable for such requests

The procedure in the national Phase

Errors in the translation of the international application can be corrected with reference to the text of the international application as filed (refer to National Phase, paragraphs 6.002 and 6.003).
The manner of payment of the fees indicated in the Summary and in this Chapter is outlined in Annex AE.I.
IPL Art. 7.3, IPL Art. 12, IPL Art. 13
The Office examines international patent applications as to substance. Within 60 days after publication of the decision to grant a patent, any interested party may file a petition to oppose the grant before a Committee set up in accordance with IPL Art. 66.1. If there is no opposition petition the patent shall be granted.
IPL Art. 14, IPL Art. 38
Annual fees are payable in advance each year on the anniversary of the international filing date, beginning with the second year. Annual fees not paid within the applicable time limit may still be paid within six months from the expiration of that time limit but will be subject to payment of a surcharge. If annual fees are not paid within six months from the due date the patent shall lapse. The amounts of the annual fees are indicated in Annex AE.I.
PCT Art. 25, PCT Rule 51, PCT Rule 82ter
The applicable procedure is outlined in paragraphs 6.018 to 6.021 of the National Phase.
IPL Art. 12, IPL Art. 67
In case of a negative decision of the Office during the national phase, such decision may be appealed to the competent Court within a period of 60 days from the date of the notification.
PCT Art. 24(2), PCT Art. 48(2), PCT Rule 51
Reference is made to paragraphs 6.022 to 6.027 of the National Phase.
IPL Art. 5
If the applicant wishes to obtain a utility certificate instead of a patent or in addition to a patent, the applicant must, within the time limit applicable for the entry into the national phase, so indicate to the Office and pay the fees (refer to Annex AE.I).


Annex AE.I - Fees
The amount in parentheses is applicable in case of filing by a natural person
Filing fee:
2,000 AED
(1,000 AED)
Appeal fee:
1,000 AED
(500 AED)
Publication fee:
800 AED
(400 AED)
Correction fee:
400 AED
(200 AED)
Annual fees:
— for the 2nd year:
800 AED
(400 AED)
— for the 3rd year:
840 AED
(420 AED)
— for the 4th year:
880 AED
(440 AED)
— for the 5th year:
920 AED
(460 AED)
— for the 6th year:
960 AED
(480 AED)
— for the 7th year:
1,000 AED
(500 AED)
— for the 8th year:
1,040 AED
(520 AED)
— for the 9th year:
1,080 AED
(540 AED)
— for the 10th year:
1,120 AED
(560 AED)
— for the 11th year:
1,160 AED
(580 AED)
— for the 12th year:
1,200 AED
(600 AED)
— for the 13th year:
1,240 AED
(620 AED)
— for the 14th year:
1,280 AED
(640 AED)
— for the 15th year:
1,320 AED
(660 AED)
— for the 16th year:
1,360 AED
(680 AED)
— for the 17th year:
1,400 AED
(700 AED)
— for the 18th year:
1,440 AED
(720 AED)
— for the 19th year:
1,480 AED
(740 AED)
— for the 20th year:
1,520 AED
(760 AED)
Surcharge for late payment of the annual fee:
400 AED
(200 AED)
Utility certificates
Filing fee:
2,000 AED
(1,000 AED)
How can payment of fees be effected?
All fees must be paid to the Office in United Arab Emirates dirhams, by online payment. All payments must indicate the application number (national, if already known; international, if the national number is not yet known), the name of the applicant and the category of fee being paid.
Please refer to the office.
1 a b c Must be furnished or paid within the time limit applicable under PCT Article 22 or 39(1).
2 a If not already complied with within the time limit applicable under PCT Article 22 or 39(1), the applicant must comply with the requirement within 90 days after entry into the national phase. The Office will not issue an invitation to this effect.
3 a This requirement may be satisfied if the corresponding declaration has been made in accordance with PCT Rule 4.17.
Special edition as of 31 October 2023, prepared for EQE candidates printed on 15 Jul 2024