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UAE Trademarks law

FAQs on Trademark/s Oppositions-United Arab Emirates

Trademarks law in the United Arab Emirates has recently undergone several changes including provisions concerning opposition/s. We have formulated and provided answers to some of the relevant frequently asked questions (FAQs) which specifically deal with the opposition/s as laid down under the UAE Trademarks law. These are as follows: 1- Does the UAE trademarks law …

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Sharia’ Governance Framework for Islamic Financial Institutions in the UAE

1- The United Arab Emirates (the “UAE”) has a comprehensive Sharia’ governance framework for Islamic financial institutions issued by the Central Bank of the UAE (the “Central Bank”). The framework provides in detail for the Sharia’ governance bodies and requirements related to Islamic financial institutions and Islamic windows. Branches of foreign financial institutions that provide …

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UAE data protection law

UAE – New Law for Protection of Personal Data

In today’s day and age where the world is moving towards conducting trade through e-commerce and online transactions, foremost requirement for enabling such digitized transaction/s is to register subjects as users with one’s personal data. Resultantly, such personal data has become a valuable intangible asset for any commercial venture/s which has its online presence. It …

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UAE: Rent, unpaid loans, custody battles… 7 reasons you could have a travel ban placed on you

Mohamed Elmasry’s recent contribution to the Gulf News focuses on how travel bans may be placed due to administrative or legal reasons.  AS PUBLISHED IN GULF NEWS Dubai: Have you defaulted on your bank loan or have a case pending against you in UAE courts? If so, you may be worried if you have a travel …

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International judicial delegation

International Judicial Delegation in Criminal Matters As the means of communications advanced among various persons and entities, transportation and travel among countries have become easier along with the conclusion of transactions of all kinds including commercial transactions and banking transfers, and other cross-border transactions that can be completed in a matter of minutes or less …

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Leading Corporate Law Firm In Dubai

Alsuwaidi & Company ranked band two in Chambers & Partners Global 2022

We are delighted to share with you that Alsuwaidi & Company has been ranked Band 2 law firm in Chambers and Partners Global 2022 research. Why are the Chambers Rankings Important? Chambers and Partners is recognized as the worldwide leader in legal performance insights, and their rankings are considered the gold standard for firms and attorneys in …

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Leading Arbitration Lawyers in Dubai

Alsuwaidi & Company Legal Guide to the DIFC and ADGM Courts

Alsuwaidi & Company handles all matters before the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM). The off shore legal system operates independently to the onshore system. This short guide aims to give you an overview of the various courts the operate in the DIFC and ADGM. For further information, please …

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From the 02 of January 2022 a Bounced Cheque will be considered an execution deed

Federal Decree Law No. 14 of 2020 was issued to amend certain provisions of the Federal Commercial Transactions Law No. 18 of 1993 and was published in the Official Gazette in Issue 687 (Supplement) issued on September 30, 2020. This law will come into force on 02 January 2022, and a number of provisions have …

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Legal Business Week interview with Mohammed Alsuwaidi, September/October 2021

Read Legal Business Week’s  interview with Managing Partner Mohammed Alsuwaidi where he talks about the role of technology in the legal profession, what sets Alsuwaidi & Company apart from other law firms in the region, and how the firm navigated the pandemic so that it provided continuous support to all its clients. You can view …

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Financial cybercrime since the COVID-19 Pandemic:

CRIMINALS HAVE BEEN BUSY: The COVID-19 pandemic dominated 2020. Cybercriminals have been busy exploiting vulnerabilities as a result of the pandemic, disrupting companies with remote working becoming a reality. We are all more exposed to cyber fraud due to the inevitable digital dependence, and this has resulted in cases of financial cybercrime being at an …

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Abu Dhabi to allow 100% foreign ownership of professional companies

Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) has enacted new Intellectual Property Regulations with effect from 5 July 2021 under DIFC Law No. 4 of 2019 (IP Law). The new regulations will enable DIFC to increase innovation by identifying and protecting IP rights, important to technology and start-up companies.  Moreover, these regulations allow Commissioner of Intellectual Property …

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Dubai International Financial Centre: New Intellectual Property Regulations

Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) has enacted new Intellectual Property Regulations with effect from 5 July 2021 under DIFC Law No. 4 of 2019 (IP Law). The new regulations will enable DIFC to increase innovation by identifying and protecting IP rights, important to technology and start-up companies.  Moreover, these regulations allow Commissioner of Intellectual Property …

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Award for Dispute Resolution in Middle East

Congratulations to Robert Sliwinski for achieving the award for Dispute Resolution lawyer of the year for the Middle East Robert primarily deals with claims for professional negligence, property, landlord & tenant, delay analysis, costs, variations, defects, interpretation of contracts, repudiation, and many other aspects of contract in the areas of building, civil engineering, mechanical & electrical, …

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Knowing and understanding the UAE Court system: a comparison of the legal civil procedures between the DIFC and Dubai Courts’ systems

Introduction Over the past 14 years, Dubai has embraced both civil and common law legal systems within its borders. In order to understand the concepts involved I have set out below the fundamentals of each system ending with a comparative look at the two systems as they are currently in use at this time. Dubai …

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Arbitration and Mediation in Saudi Arabia & MENA Region Webinar – By ArbDB Chambers & SCCA

“On 17 September 2020 Robert Sliwinski of Alsuwaidi & Company joined distinguished speakers from the Saudi Centre for Commercial Arbitration and ArbDB Chambers discussing ADR in the GCC Region (and in particular KSA) as well as the importance of Arbitration and Mediation to Family-Owned Business, Energy and Infrastructure. The event has assisted in raising awareness …

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Does COVID-19 really result in a force majeure claim under FIDIC?

Now that many construction and engineering contracts have recommenced after a period of shut down or slow down due to the issues surrounding Covid-19, many Contractors and Employers are having to assess and deal with the effects on their projects including whether extensions of time and damages should be awarded to the Contractor.  In this …

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In the UAE, is the spread of the coronavirus considered as a force majeure in construction contracts?

The question which many in the construction industry are asking during this time, is whether the current pandemic can be deemed a force majeure event. If so, what impact does this have on construction contracts? Should parties be in agreement, is it acceptable for them to continue with an existing contract irrespective of the force …

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Cyber Blackmailing

Cyber blackmailing is the threat of disclosing certain information about a person, or doing something to harm a threatened person if the threatened person does not respond to certain requests. This information is usually embarrassing or socially destructive. A common form of blackmail is threatening the victim to share private pictures or videos or expose …

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The enforcement of arbitral awards and foreign provisions within three days in United Arab Emirates

Article 85 of the Regulations of the Civil Procedures Law issued by Cabinet Resolution No. 57 of 2018 (“Regulation”) regarding the regulations of Federal Law No. (11) of 1992 regarding civil procedures, enumerates the procedures that the applicant shall take to enforce foreign provisions, orders and bonds within the state. In addition, Article 86 of …

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Law No. (2) of 2019 Amending Some Provisions of Law No. (21) of 2015 Concerning Judicial Fees in Dubai Courts

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister, in his capacity as Ruler of Dubai, has issued an amendment to Law No. 21 of 2015 regarding the new fees of the Dubai Courts. The amendment replaced the provisions of Articles (8), (14) and (35) with provisions relating to non-payment of fees, …

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A Judgment by Dubai Court of Cassation to stop infringement of international trademark

A Judgment issued by the Dubai Court of Cassation to stop the infringement of a well-known trademark in a case that presents a unique precedent because of the difficulty in these types of cases to ascertain the conditions and reasons for stopping the infringement of trademarks and prevent it. The case is that the claimant …

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Parallel Import in light of UAE Commercial Agencies Law

Parallel importation is genuine product importation from another country without the permission of the intellectual property owner. Parallel import is based on the idea of consuming the intellectual property rights. When a product is first sold on the market territory, parallel importation is authorized to all residents in that state. Some countries allow it, but …

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United Arab Emirates Reduction In Trademark Registration And Renewal Fees

The United Arab Emirates officially announced changes in the official fees for services offered by the Ministry of Economy. As regards to intellectual property fees, the following reductions were made: – Trademark registration fees were reduced from AED 10,000 to AED 6,700. No changes to filing and publication fees. – Trademark renewal fees were reduced …

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The Legitimacy of Arbitration as a Means of Dispute Resolution

Islam has legitimized the arbitration method in order to simplify the process of litigation. Islamic jurisprudence has given the subject of arbitration utmost attention and organized a well-established rules and regulations. The advantages of arbitration lie in streamlining its procedures, confidentiality of its hearings, and legal basis in particular if those in charge are recognized …

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Demystifying the Local Courts, The Seminar by K&L Gates and Alsuwaidi &Company

Our Firm’s Managing Partner Mr. Mohammed Alsuwaidi conducted a seminar along with K&L Gates at the Ritz Carlton in Dubai on Monday 10 Dec. 2018 whereby he spoke about “Demystifying the UAE Local Courts”. Mr. Alsuwaidi explained to all the attendees about the insights into the UAE Civil & Criminal Courts including structure, procedures, applicable …

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The 2018 Multilaw Annual Global Meeting event (“AGM”) held in Bangkok, Thailand from 25-28 October 2018.

Our Firm represented by Mr. Mohammed Alsuwaidi (Managing Partner) and Ms. Stephanie Mouanes (Associate) have attended the 2018 Multilaw Annual Global Meeting event (“AGM”) held in Bangkok, Thailand from 25-28 October 2018. – More than 100 lawyers from 90 independent law firms have attended this event, all coming from different Regions (America, Asia Pacific, Europe, …

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