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UAE removed from U.S. Anti-Counterfeiting Watch list

20-05-2021

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is removed from the “watch list” due to the Ministry of Health and Prevention resolving concerns with IP protection of pharmaceutical products. The UAE also made progress on longstanding IP enforcement concerns.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is removed from the Watch List this year due to the Ministry of Health and Prevention resolving concerns with IP protection of pharmaceutical products by issuing Decree 321 that, among other things, provides protection against unfair commercial use, as well as unauthorized disclosure, of test or other data generated to obtain marketing approval. The UAE also made progress on long-standing IP enforcement concerns, particularly with Dubai Customs which was a major cause of industry complaints given its role in the global movement of goods, including counterfeit goods. The UAE increased transparency this past year as many authorities published their IP enforcement procedures and Federal Customs began publishing annual IP enforcement statistics. Recently, the Ajman Department of Economic Development cleared the Ajman China Mall, a notorious market for the past several years, 9 of a substantial number of counterfeit goods and are monitoring the Mall to ensure continued compliance.

Source: ustr.gov