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AMAZON LAUNCHES INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ACCELERATOR IN THE UAE

Amazon has launched the Intellectual Property Accelerator ( IP Accelerator ) programme in the UAE , making it easier and more cost-effective for small and medium-sized businesses ( SMBs ) to obtain trademarks , protect their brands and tackle infringing goods on Amazon . ae .

“ We are excited to launch the IP Accelerator programme , another tool that will help businesses save time and effort , as they safeguard their brands and gain customer trust . We are thrilled to launch this new programme as sellers prepare to delight customers during the end-of-year shopping season .”
The expansion of the IP Accelerator programme into the UAE will enable businesses to connect with law firms and file a trademark with the UAE ’ s Ministry of Economy , making it easier and more cost-effective for SMBs to obtain IP rights , protect their brands and tackle counterfeit goods .
The programme facilitates the process by working with lawyers who are skilled in drafting trademark applications and can help remove common obstacles that could otherwise further delay the issuance of a registration .
Available to any brand selling on Amazon . ae , IP Accelerator directly connects SMB owners in the UAE with a curated network of local law firms charging reduced , pre-negotiated rates on key services , giving SMBs access to expert legal and general IP advice that may otherwise be costprohibitive or hard to find .
To date , participating law firms in the UAE are SABA IP and Cedar White Bradley ( CWB ).
Ronaldo Mouchawar , Vice President for Amazon Middle East and North Africa , said : “ At Amazon , we are committed to supporting sellers of all sizes , innovating and introducing new resources to help them confidently grow their business online and continue to connect with millions of customers .
In addition to IP Accelerator ,
Amazon ’ s brand protection tools help businesses of all sizes protect their brand and IP even while their trademark application is pending .
Amazon ’ s Brand Registry is a free service that provides SMBs with powerful tools that help them manage and protect their brand and IP rights in Amazon stores .
Participants benefit from Amazon ’ s automated , datadriven protections that proactively remove suspected infringing or inaccurate content as well as tools that enable brands to report suspected infringement .
Enrolment in Brand Registry also provides brands with greater influence over product information displayed on Amazon ’ s product detail pages to help customers make confident , informed purchasing decisions . �
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