United States of America
United Arab Emirates
Undisclosed Information
22. Please describe in detail how the laws of the United Arab Emirates provide for the protection of undisclosed information as required by Article 39.2 of the TRIPS Agreement and provide citations to the relevant provisions of law.
The 1992 Patent and Industrial Design Law No. 44 (Article 39-42) governs the protection of know-how. Within this Law, protection of undisclosed information related to the know-how is ensured through a contract concluded for this purpose. The Civil Service Act prevents from any disclosure of information made by public servants. In all cases, the holder shall take the necessary steps to preserve the confidentiality of its information. Article 39 of the 1992 Patent and Industrial Design Law No. 44 indicates that know-how is protected against any unlawful use, disclosure or communications by third parties unless it has been published or made available to the public. And in order to enjoy protection, the holder of this information shall take the necessary steps to preserve the confidentiality of it.