Updates from UAE IP office and courts in response to Covid-19

Amid the spread of COVID-19 and the call for social distancing, the UAE Intellectual Property Office, the courts and other government bodies involved in the registration and enforcement of IP rights have taken certain precautionary measures. The key take aways for IP rights holders in the UAE are as follows.

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