By Bernd Debusmann Jr
American brands led in terms of trademarks registered in 2019, with 1,585 files
There has been a 34 percent increase in trademark files and a 127 percent increase in commercial agency files at Dubai Economy’s commercial compliance and consumer protection (CCCP) sector, it was announced on Sunday.
Trademark files registered at the CCCP in 2019 amounted to 5,157, with 50 commercial agency files also registered during the same period. In 2018, the figures were 3,844 and 22, respectively.
American brands led in terms of trademark files registered in 2019, with 1,585 – or 31 percent of the total.
The UAE followed, with 818 – or 16 percent – of the total files, compared to German brands, which rose 7 percent to 373 files.
France, the UK, Italy, Switzerland, Japan, the British Virgin Islands, India, China, Saudi Arabia, South Korea and Canada were also in the top 15 source countries for files registered in 2019.
“The rising number of trademarks and agencies registered shows the importance of Dubai Economy, not only in attracting the best and highest-quality brands from around the world but also in providing multi-channel intellectual property protection,” said Mohammed Ali Rashed Lootah, the CEO of CCCP.
“The 34 percent increase in trademark files also indicates brand owners recognising the importance of the retail sector and purchasing power in Dubai, as well as the healthy competition among them and their confidence in Dubai Economy in protecting their rights,” he added.
Additionally, the Intellectual Property Protection Department in Dubai Economy received 298 complaints relating to trademark infringement in 2019, a one percent increase over 2018.
Meanwhile, infringement cases from commercial agencies showed a 17 percent fall – from 42 to 35 – between 2018 and 2019.
US trademarks were involved in 58 of the trademark infringement complaints in 2019, while Emirati and French brands were involved in 43 cases.
Of the total, perfumes were the leading category involved in complaints, with 35 cases. This was followed by cosmetics (32), personal care products (30) and jewellery, clothes, phones and accessories, with 28 cases each.