The United Arab Emirates was removed from the US Intellectual Property Protection (IPP) watch list following campaigns to combat the sale of counterfeit goods.
The decision was made by the Office of the United States Commercial Agent (USTR).
In April, Dubai Customs seized and recycled counterfeit goods worth Dh 1 million (US $ 272,000), including designer bags, watches, gloves and glasses.
More than 300,000 dummy filters, spark plugs and other engine parts were confiscated by officials in 2020.
We intend to build on this positive result and further strengthen and strengthen the strict IPP rights in the United Arab Emirates
Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh, Minister of State
The decision was welcomed by the UAE authorities.
“The USTR’s decision is encouraging news,” said Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh, Minister of State.
“Over the past year we have worked hard to strengthen the UAE IPP framework in many ways.
“This decision is a confirmation of our progress.
“The UAE is committed to implementing robust IPP regulatory standards, including a framework for violations and enforcement that complies with those standards.”
Protection of US inventors
The USTR Special Report 301 highlights foreign countries that fail to provide US inventors, developers, brands, manufacturers and service providers with adequate and effective protection of their intellectual property.
This year’s report highlighted several actions taken by the UAE to improve their national systems.
These included efforts by the Department of Health and Prevention to address concerns about IP protection of medicines and the role of Dubai Customs in curbing imports of counterfeit products.
Measures by the Ajman Ministry of Economic Development to reduce the availability of counterfeit goods in Ajman China Mall were also noted.
In recent years the UAE has stepped up inspection campaigns and is now using blockchain technology to prevent fraud and counterfeiting.
The UAE has also signed several international treaties for the protection of copyright, including the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property.
Work to protect the IPP continues, Al Sayegh said.
“We intend to build on this positive result and further strengthen and strengthen the strict IPP rights in the United Arab Emirates.
“We strongly believe that the process of creating and commercializing intellectual property enriches society and drives economic growth.”