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In the United Arab Emirates the law which deals with the registration and protection of Industrial Designs and Models is the Federal Law No. 17 of 2002 on Regulating and Protecting Industrial Property for Patents, Designs and Industrial Models. This law came into effect in November 2002 and repealed the Federal Law No. 44 of 1992.

The UAE is a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and this legislation of 2002 has brought UAE up to the criteria of the agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Industrial Property Rights (TRIPS)
The UAE is also a member of the Paris convention for the Protection of industrial Property (1967).
The duration for the protection of the Industrial Designs and Models is ten years from the date of filing the application.