Intellectual Property - FAQs
1. What can be patented?
An invention must fulfill the following three criteria in order to be considered patentable:
a. Novelty: The invention must be new and original. An invention is not considered novel if
it has been known, practiced, published, or disclosed by others anywhere in the world
before the date the invention was filed by the applicant.
b. Non-Obviousness: The invention must not, at the time it was filed, be considered obvious to a person
of “ordinary skill” in the field of the invention.
c. Industrial Applicability: Any invention which is capable for industrial use and is useful; so that it has
a practical application.
2. What does a patent protection grant the inventor?
Having a patent protection for your invention does not give you the right to exclude
others from practicing the invention. During the time a patent is in place, a patent
holder or licensee can exclude competitors from making and selling products similar
to the patented idea of invention.
3. How long is a patent good for?
The lifetime of a patent is mostly 20 years from the date of filing.
4. Can early disclosure of an invention compromise the right to protect my invention?
In most countries, the right of patent protection is lost or void if a public disclosure
is made prior to the filing of a patent application.
A public disclosure is information about the invention that is freely available to
the public and that is “enabling” – which means it describes the technology in enough detail that someone else in
the field would be able to make and use the invention.
Common forms of public disclosure include: publications, lectures, published abstracts and posters, conferences and symposia,
theses and dissertations.
Therefore, we strongly recommend you to contact our IP office once you become aware
of an impending public disclosure. We will work with you to evaluate and protect your
invention without affecting the timeline of your publication or conference proceedings.
5. How do I submit an invention to IPO at UAEU?
If you have an invention to disclose, please fill the UAEU IP Disclosure form on-line
via the “Patent System”.
Once your form is submitted to the system, it will be reviewed and the status of the
application will be updated, and you will receive an email with that.
After conducting a review of the technology to determine the patentability and opportunity
to commercialize your invention, we will provide a recommendation for the appropriate
type of protection for your invention and delegate it to one of our outsourced patent
attorneys who are specialized in the subject matter of your invention.
The technical background of the expert will help you to prepare state-of-the-art claims
of the invention and file a strong patent application. Our team will also engage with
you at a later stage to explore the potential market of your invention and the best
strategy to commercialize it to industry.
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