“You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore”-Christopher Columbus. DCMMI (Dubai Council for Marine and Maritime Industry) has to say same about the UAE Marine Industry. Dubai is leading in ship repairing, manufacturing jack-up rigs, and building semi-submersible drilling rigs-vessels and also in the offshore engineering and conversion of FPSO and FSO units. The Maritime industry encompasses the manufacturing of ships & boats and transporting the world’s largest volume of cargo sailing through the crest and trough in all the seasons. IPR is a weapon to stop theft or copying of innovations in marine industry and acts as the shield and sword to the newly developed technologies, which may be comprised of the following arms:-
- Patents–The patent is the right granted to the ‘owner’ of the invention, and it can be anything ranging from product to services. A patent gives its owner the right to prevent others from making, using, importing or selling the invention without approval. As we know Patents protect novel inventions and can be as diverse as protecting the process for novel methods or design of a vessel capable of providing a distinct technical advantage over similar vessels or use of a material which provides both advantage and novelty to the design.
- Industrial Designs:– An industrial design is that aspect of a useful article, which is ornamental or aesthetic. It may consist of three-dimensional features such as the shape or surface of the article or two-dimensional features such as patterns, lines or color. By protecting an industrial design, the owner is ensured an exclusive right against its unauthorized copying or imitation by third parties for a specific period (10 years).
- FTO & Infringement: Additionally, new technology and designs can also be protected through FTO. It is advisable to conduct a ‘freedom to operate’ search before a project commences in order to check for existing technology. Freedom to operate”, is the ability to proceed with research, development, and commercialization of a product, without infringing valid intellectual property rights of others. For Example: – If you have invented a “ship” with propeller and someone else had a patent on propeller your ship would infringe their patent. “Propeller patent” is technology belonging to them and this will restrict your FTO with regard to the ship you are willing to patent. Mainly, FTO is advised to support the clearance of your products, technologies, or processes, to conduct patent infringement risk assessments, uncover licensing needs and to provide direction for your product development programs.
The Maritime Industry must consider Intellectual Property protection in the form of Patents, Designs and Copyrights for any inventions or designs that it creates or under the creation.
Our ADAM lawyers are experienced in all procedures starting from registration for the Intellectual Property Services till the enforcement of the right and the inhibiting of infringing practices.
If you need assistance with registering a Patent or an Industrial design or Copyrights ADAM Global can assist you in the same matter as we have an experienced team of experts who can understand your query and make your long-term Intellectual Property Strategy so that you concentrate on your business development instead of spending your time on protecting you creation.