Implications of 3D printing technology on trademarks – the UAE perspective

By Fatima Qasim

3D printing could alter the traditional manufacturing, economic and legal landscape. However, this technology could be seriously disruptive to intellectual property in the United Arab Emirates which, while a financial hub, lacks a strong IP regime

In 1971 seven emirates combined to form the United Arab Emirates. Since then, this part of the Arabian Peninsula has evolved from a pearl-diving industry to a major financial hub. Today the country is home to the world’s tallest building, an indoor ski slope, a man-made island and several other architectural marvels. The country’s location, and investment in the technological and real estate sectors, have been key factors in the United Arab Emirates’ success. Its economic strength was further established when it won the opportunity to host EXPO 2020 for the first time ever in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia region. Dubai EXPO 2020 will be held under the theme of Connecting Minds, Creating the Future, which echoes the spirit of collaboration and cooperation that has led to the United Arab Emirates’ current success.

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