Partner, Head of Competition and Intellectual Property
Al Tamimi & Co
Omar Obeidat is a Partner in Al Tamimi & Company and the Head of Competition and Intellectual Property and enjoys over 22 years of experience in this field.
Omar has overseen the Competition Law in the UAE from its inception initially commenting on the draft law to its adoption later on and implementation. In this regard, Omar is quite active in liaising with UAE Competition Authority in addressing compliance or defending clients’ interests. On Competition disputes, Omar was successful in defending a move distributor and cinema operator in the first of its kind Competition Law investigation in the UAE. On merger clearances, Omar was successful in obtaining approval for economic concentration decision by the Minister of economy for Uber acquisition of Careem assets. The significance of this transaction being in a dynamic ever-developing mobility sector and was the first merger control clearance worldwide for this transaction. On the legislative side, Omar assisted in drafting or commenting on Trademarks Regulation, Industrial Property (Design & Patent) Law, Trade Secrets Draft, Competition Law, Cyber Crimes Law, and Plant Varieties Law.
Omar has spoken at tens of seminars, conferences, round tables on mostly intellectual property and, is regularly hosted on Televised programs including BBC World; ‘Middle East Business report’, Dubai TV, One TV, Rotana and Abu Dhabi TV, and has extensive publications.
RASHA AL ARDAH
Al Tamimi & Co.
Rasha specialises in intellectual property rights with an emphasis on trademarks and copyright in the UAE and the Middle East region in general. Rasha advises both local and international clients across a range of sectors including FMCG, medial, auto manufacturing, real estate, electronics, technology, finance and hotels & leisure. Rasha advises clients on the protection of their trademarks and has assisted in building and developing their brands, through managing their trademark portfolio and advising them throughout the appropriate usages and enforcement of their rights. With Rasha’s vast experience in the trademark protection and enforcement, she manages the IP audit practice and has handled major projects for general IP audits for her clients and within commercial transactions, such as mergers and acquisitions, IPOs and joint ventures.
Rasha assists clients in drafting and reviewing franchise and licensing agreements and other IP commercial agreements. Considering Rasha’s extensive regional experience in the IP field and specifically in handling IP disputes all over the region, she is able to identify and highlight the gaps in the protection as well as advice on the best practices for enforceable and watertight agreements that ensure maximum IP protection for her clients.
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