Research and development is one of the fastest areas of commercial growth in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, as governments look to move towards knowledge economies. With this development, it means that protecting patents and innovation in the MENA region is crucial in order to obtain and maintain your commercial advantage. You need lawyers who can help you to confidently stake a claim and mitigate long-term risk. Gowling WLG is well placed to assist local and international companies who are looking to secure and commercialise innovation. Our United Arab Emirates (UAE) based intellectual property (IP) team handles patent matters throughout the MENA region, including work before the GCC Patent Office (GCCPO).

The MENA team works closely with Gowling WLG's award-winning group of patent agents and patent lawyers in Canada, China, the Russian Federation and Singapore for technical patent work, such as the drafting of patents. With the support of Gowling WLGs international patent team, we can cover all technical areas of potential interest. Across Gowling WLGs global platform, we manage tens of thousands of patent and industrial design files in over 100 countries. The global patent team combined files over 5,500 new patent applications annually.

This means Gowling WLG has rightfully earned a reputation as the go-to team for those seeking ironclad protection for their most valuable innovations in the MENA region and further afield.

Areas we cover include:

  • Patent filing and protection strategies, and IP audits
  • Patent portfolio management
  • Patent drafting
  • Industrial designs
  • Licensing and transactional
  • Patent litigation/enforcement (contentious)
  • Trade secrets and confidential information (including non-disclosure agreements (NDA))

We're a part of one of the world's most-respected IP practices. Whether you need protection in the MENA region or anywhere in the world, we work seamlessly as part of our global team, which comprises nearly 200 IP professionals.

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Protect your patents and promote your business in the UAE and wider MENA region. We're looking forward to helping you make the most of the opportunities.