Intellectual property management for small and medium-sized enterprises in the United Arab Emirates

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Olwan, Rami. 2021. "Intellectual property management for small and medium-sized enterprises in the United Arab Emirates." Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice. 16 (3), pp. 278-288. https://doi.org/10.1093/jiplp/jpab036
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Intellectual property management for small and medium-sized enterprises in the United Arab Emirates

ERA Journal ID33494
Article CategoryArticle
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AuthorOlwan, Rami
Journal TitleJournal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice
Journal Citation16 (3), pp. 278-288
Number of Pages11
Year2021
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN1747-1532
1747-1540
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1093/jiplp/jpab036
Web Address (URL)https://academic.oup.com/jiplp/article/16/3/278/6139982
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This article studies the significance of IP for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and particularly Dubai, to promote innovation and increase business revenues. Many SMEs in the UAE are unaware of the importance of IP rights and are not utilizing them properly to formulate suitable management strategies to support business development and competitiveness. The article examines the initiatives, policies and programmes that were implemented by the UAE’s Federal and local governments to encourage the effective use of the IP system. It finds that these programmes are mainly providing general business assistance and IP awareness to entrepreneurs, not targeting SMEs in particular, with little coordination and few specific goals to be achieved. It proposes several suggestions and recommendations to strengthen and unify these efforts. These include reforming the UAE IP system to be ‘SME friendly’, the establishment of IP courts and the formulation of a national IP policy by the Federal Government that recognizes the importance of IP for fostering the innovation ecosystem, in line with the UAE Vision 2021.

Keywordsproperty management; United Arab Emirates; small and medium-sized enterprises; Dubai; entrepreneurs
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020480399. International and comparative law not elsewhere classified
Byline AffiliationsUniversity of Southern Queensland
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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