Active IP filing sees 14% rise in H1 2020: Dubai Economy

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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Dubai Economy’s Commercial Compliance and Consumer Protection (CCCP) sector have revealed that the number of active trademark files on its ‘IP Gateway’ grew 14 percent to touched 5,126 in the first six months of 2020 compared to H1 2019.

The first six months of 2020 saw a 29 percent decrease in the number of complaints registered for infringement of intellectual property (IP) compared to H1 2019.

Commercial Agency filings 

The number of active commercial agency files grew 119 percent from H1 2019 to reach 57 in H1 2020. Moreover, registrations of infringement complaints marked a decrease of 44 percent to just nine against commercial agencies in H1 2020, compared to H1 2019.

Dubai Economy encourages owners of trademarks, and intellectual property as well as commercial agencies in the country to register their files on its IP Gateway and ensure the protection of their rights, especially since intellectual property is one of the prime requisites for building an innovation-driven and knowledge-based economy.

Breakup of Trademarks 

US trademarks still constitute the largest share of files (1,543) registered in the ‘IP Gateway’ digital platform of Dubai Economy since its launch, followed by Emirati (785), German (339), French (322), and British (290) files.

New Trademarks 

Swiss trademarks topped the increase in registration of new trademarks (44 percent) in the IP Gateway in H1 2020 compared to H1 2019, followed by trademarks from the British Virgin Islands (30 percent ), France (25 percent ), UAE (18 percent), and Germany (16 percent).

IP infringement complaints

The largest share of IP infringement complaints involved Swiss trademarks (23 percent) in H1 2020, followed by US (20 percent), and German, French and Emirati (13 percent each) ones.

Category breakdowns on complaints 

The leading category of goods involved in the complaints was clothes (17 percent), followed by non-metallic jewelry (13 percent), watches (10 percent), as well as sunglasses, bags and leather products (8 percent each).

Ibrahim Behzad
Ibrahim Behzad
Director – IPR Management
CCCP Sector, Dubai Economy

“The results achieved during H1 2020 reiterate the vital role played by Dubai Economy and CCCP in protecting investor rights, thus enhancing business confidence and the economic environment in the emirate. The increase in IP related files reaffirm that Dubai is an attractive destination for the leading trademarks around the world. It also reflects the growing global role of the retail sector in the emirate in enhancing competitiveness among trademark owners and commercial agencies.”

Customers can access the IP Gateway through the dedicated website or via the IP Gateway app available on the Apple and Google stores.

All IP transactions are completed smartly through the IP Gateway without the need for customers to visit Dubai Economy, and services are available in five languages: Arabic, English, Japanese, French, and Italian.