United Arab Emirates

With Expo 2020 in full swing, the UAE economy is gaining momentum and entrepreneurial spirits are high. Innovation is a primary focus for the government, which has kickstarted several initiatives and incubators – such as Smart Dubai and Hub71 – to promote R&D and improve opportunities for budding start-ups. These efforts are directly translating to the IP space, where well-thought-out business strategies are a must, patent applications are on the rise and practitioners continue to handle an increasing volume of exciting, tech-forward mandates.

Firms

Al Tamimi & Company

The UAE branch of Middle Eastern giant Al Tamimi & Company offers a comprehensive service, combining premium legal, technical and business expertise under one roof. For those seeking solutions-oriented, commercially sound protection, it is hard to find a better advocate than Ahmad Saleh. The high-tech maven leads the 24-strong team by example; governmental entities, research institutions and consultancy firms alike routinely rely on this visionary thinker for advice. Admitted to the Quebec bar and with rights of audience before the local courts, Saleh also provides invaluable assistance to rights holders on all manner of cross-border briefs. A new name in the IAM Patent 1000, Xiaodi Wang has a knack for devising worldwide filing strategies for businesses of every shape and size. The German, Chinese and European patent attorney plays an active role in China-UAE dialogues and cultivates fruitful relationships with international clients.

Cedar White Bradley 

“Cedar White Bradley comes highly recommended to those in the life sciences arena who are seeking a professional, reliable and cost-conscious service. The team is excellent at researching legal frameworks and produces opinions that counsel can take to the C-suite in an accurate and timely fashion.” The set takes its cue from David Harper, who recently assumed the captaincy of the patent department. With over a decade of regional experience, Harper tackles complex challenges with alacrity – his filings are meticulous and enforcement strategies ironclad. Armed with extensive IP know-how that extends to Saudi Arabia as well as the United States, Brent Rasmussen makes light work of even the most complex multi-jurisdictional portfolio management and dispute resolution matters. Resident biochemistry and petrochemical guru Richard Gaugeler has Gulf Cooperation Council and PCT applications down to a T. He is consistently sought after for his litigation support and top-drawer freedom to operate opinions. With a rare command of patent portfolio mechanics, Tamara El-Shibib leverages her previous experience as IP portfolio lead at the Qatar Foundation to avoid minefields in foreign battlegrounds.

Gowling WLG 

A prime choice for global innovators, full-service firm Gowling WLG houses over 100 patent professionals across nine countries; the Dubai squad “is efficient, proactive and acts on instructions quickly”. Talisman Jon Parker “is recommended without reservation to anyone looking for assistance in the Middle East”. His advice is invariably practical and business focused, maximising the potential of each patent and achieving results even when time is of the essence. “He also has a network of highly skilled practitioners both locally and internationally” – a boon for clients with cross-border interests, especially in the oil and gas, mechanical and electronics sectors.

Rouse & Co International

The patent ensemble at Rouse & Co offers a 360-degree service characterised by the most exacting quality standards. As a result, both inbound and outbound engagements are growing exponentially; and as long as Sara Holder is around, this trend looks set to continue. Qualified in New Zealand and formerly employed in China and Indonesia, she has a holistic view of intellectual property and complete control of every case in her grasp, whether contentious or non-contentious. South African patent attorney Paul Muscat is another leading light: “He is completely confident in his approach and clearly explains every stage of a patent application. Paul’s guidance is superb – he lists the probabilities of success for each scenario and navigates the intricacies of each jurisdiction’s processes in the most efficient and cost-effective way.” This year, Muscat joined forces with Holder on repeat instructions for the United Arab Emirates University. Newly minted in the IAM Patent 1000, Rami Filfil speaks the language of innovators – his résumé includes positions as a researcher and technology developer, as well as in-house counsel for an engineering company. Filfil’s depth of knowledge, widespread expertise, “personal touch and unique attention to detail” are appreciated by the likes of Senso Technologies and A&I Services.

Other recommended experts

Heading Clyde & Co’s IP team in the Middle East and North Africa, Rob Deans is a courtroom powerhouse – companies from around the world have tasted victory under his command. With a mind firmly aligned with business objectives, Joycia Young brings a different set of skills to the Clyde & Co table, consistently developing first-class commercialisation and monetisation strategies for companies’ crown-jewel assets.

Individuals

  • Sara Holder - Rouse & Co International
  • Jon Parker - Gowling WLG
  • Ahmad Saleh - Al Tamimi & Company
  • Rob Deans - Clyde & Co LLP
  • Tamara El-Shibib - Cedar White Bradley
  • Rami Filfil - Rouse & Co International
  • Richard Gaugeler - Cedar White Bradley
  • David Harper - Cedar White Bradley
  • Paul Muscat - Rouse & Co International
  • Brent Rasmussen - Cedar White Bradley
  • Xiaodi Wang - Al Tamimi & Company
  • Joycia Young - Clyde & Co LLP