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

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

A ‘go-to firm for trade mark enforcement’, DLA Piper Middle East LLP’s practice is also active in copyright, franchising and licensing matters for clients such as Adobe, Duracell and Paramount Pictures. Paul Allen’s team also includes newly promoted partner Jamie Ryder.

Gowling WLG

At Gowling WLG, department head Jon Parker is 'an exceptional trade mark specialist’; he advises Sky Optical and CrossFit on trade mark portfolio management. The group is also hailed as ‘one of the few UAE firms with a significant patent resource’. Senior associate Vanessa Delnaud is also noted.

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

Simmons & Simmons Middle East is a popular choice for ‘complex TMT projects involving sophisticated IP commercialisation’, under the leadership of ‘technically excellent’ group head Raza Rizvi. Clients are also drawn from the financial services, energy and infrastructure sectors.

Allen & Overy LLP

Allen & Overy LLP’s focus on transactional IP issues translates into a steady stream of franchising, licensing and corporate-related instructions. The practice, led by Tom Butcher, also handles contentious matters. Clients include Kamal Osman Jamjoom and Ovascience.

Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla

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.

BSA Ahmad Bin Hezeem & Associates LLP

BSA Ahmad Bin Hezeem & Associates LLP’s ‘professional and responsive group’ is led by the ‘quick-thinkingMunir Suboh, who joined in 2017 from Hadef & Partners LLC. The growing practice advises regional and global clients on contentious and non-contentious matters.

Cedar White Bradley

Regional IP specialist Cedar White Bradley provides ‘great practical insight and astute legal guidance in a holistic manner’. Patents and disputes lead Brent Rasmussen and trade mark head Saba Al Sultani are the names to note.

Eversheds Sutherland LLP

At Eversheds Sutherland LLP, TMT head Nasser Ali Khasawneh is the key contact for IP; he recently advised a technology client on enforcement matters. IP litigation is also a notable strength.

The Bench

Client-focused, efficient and unstuffy’, The Bench scores highly for its ‘genuinely international understanding of IP issues’. Firm founder Joby Beretta ‘instils confidence’ and advised MSS Kits on the sponsorship of Tom Wrigley in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB.


Very specialist’ TMT boutique therightslawyers handles a wide scope of IP enforcement, infringement and franchising matters. Managing partner Mark Hill is recommended.