Intellectual property in United Arab Emirates
Al Tamimi & Company
‘High-quality performer’, Al Tamimi & Company is commended for its ‘responsive and business-oriented advice’. The ‘fully comprehensive IP practice’ shines in contentious matters and is also highly regarded for prosecution and portfolio management. Omar Obeidat has ‘strong judgement’ and heads a team that includes patent and design lead Ahmad Saleh and senior associate Stephen Jiew. Caterpillar and Fifa are representative clients.
Clyde & Co LLP
Clyde & Co LLP’s ‘top-tier practice’ stands out as 'a comprehensive solution for all commercial law needs in the Middle East’. Joycia Young is ‘very strong’ and advises a major airline on trade mark protection. The group also includes litigation and enforcement expert Rob Deans and registration specialist Mark Devaney, who provides ‘meaningful analysis to guide decision making’.
‘Top tier in IP litigation’, Rouse also excels in non-contentious matters to ‘impress across the full suite of IP law-related services’, according to sources. On the patent front, Sara Holder advises United Arab Emirates University on global patent drafting and prosecution. Bassel El Turk is a key contact for IP litigation, while Samantha Grainger and Edward Hardcastle are noted for trade mark matters.
Bird & Bird acts for a diverse stable of multinational clients — particularly on the trade mark side, where it packs a punch in contentious and non-contentious matters. Practice head Melissa Murray, who represented a toy company in a cancellation action, and trade mark attorney Sau Lin Wan are recommended.
DLA Piper Middle East LLP
Hadef & Partners
Hadef & Partners LLC is distinguished by its ability to draw upon its dispute resolution team to advise on contentious IP matters in local courts. Other key attributes include its specialist trade marks and brand protection unit, which is led by James Dunne. Victoria Woods, who heads the commercial practice, is also a senior figure.
Simmons & Simmons Middle East
Allen & Overy LLP
In 2018, Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla boosted its practice with the hire of new IP head David Harper from Cedar White Bradley. The team, which advises on transactional, advisory and contentious matters, acts for a diverse range of regional and multinational clients, with strong showings in the tourism, TMT and healthcare sectors.