The Patent Office in the United Arab Emirates recently designated the Korean Intellectual Property Office as a competent International Searching and Preliminary Examining Authority. This update concerns international applications filed on or after January 6, 2019, by nationals and residents of the UAE with the International Bureau as Receiving Office.

By way of background, in 2014, the UAE signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the KIPO seeking to strengthen cooperation in protecting Intellectual Property. We expect that having the application examined in the national phase in UAE by an authority that performed the search in the international phase may be beneficial and possibly accelerate the procedure.