Protection of Property Rights

The UAE government has shown a strong commitment to strengthening Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) enforcement in its ongoing bid to attract regional and international investment and trans-shipment. The UAE is a signatory to the World Trade Organization (WTO) and Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property. The UAE government has passed new IPR laws and stepped up enforcement actions aimed at reducing or eliminating such practices, and bringing its IPR regime up to international standards. In the area of software, the UAE is often mentioned by industry watchers as having one of the best records on copyright protection in the region.