Copyright violators in Dubai face thousands in fines

All trademark owners are advised to register their brands with the DED

Businesses in Dubai using international trademarks are fined $4,087 (AED 15,000), a senior Department of Economic Development (DED) official has said.

On Monday, the department announced social networking service Twitter and its live video streaming service Periscope registered five of their brands with it as part of protecting them from intellectual property rights violations.

The brands registered included the name Twitter in English, the Twitter logo, the word tweets as used by Twitter, the Periscope logo and the word Periscope as used in the logo.

In an interview with Arabian Business, Ibrahim Behzad, director of intellectual property protection management, DED, said all trademark owners are advised to register their brands with the DED to safeguard them against intellectual property violations.

“While the UAE Ministry of Economy is the federal authority entrusted with trademark protection, the DED has initiated a number of knowledge-sharing and partnership initiatives with the objective of combating counterfeiting and enhancing the intellectual property environment in the emirate,” he said.

“Accordingly, we work closely with the registered brands on identifying counterfeits in the local market and tracking the counterfeit product supply chain,” Behzad said.

The official revealed that the first time infringement of intellectual property results in a fine of $4,087 (AED 15,000), which doubles to $8,174 (AED 30,000) for a repeat offence.

“A growing number of brands are being registered at the DED and we will continue to launch different initiatives and platforms for greater collaboration with global brands in protecting intellectual property,” Behzad said.

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