Patent is a set of exclusive rights granted by a state to an inventor or their assignee for a limited period of time in exchange for a public disclosure of an invention.
Under the World Trade Organizations (WTO) Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights, patents should be available in WTO member states for any inventions, in all fields of technology, and the term of protection available should be the minimum 20 years.
UAE is covered under the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) which also covers IPR Protection in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kingdom of Bahrain, Sultanate of Oman and State of Kuwait.
Patents are granted in UAE if the application meet the criteria of Novelty, Inventive Concept (also known as non-obviousness) and Industrial Applicability. A Provisional Certificate of Protection can be issued for a maximum period of six (6) months prior to any exhibition organized in the UAE, for any interested party that may wish to apply for a provisional or temporary protection of any matter that under process to receive patent protection or certificate of benefit.