Partner / Head of Intellectual Property Department, Al Tamimi & Co.
Omar Obeidat is a Partner in Al Tamimi & Co. and the Head of Intellectual Property Department and enjoys over 14 years of experience in this field.
Omar obtained his LL.B degree in 1996 from Yarmouk University, Jordan, and his LL.M. degree in 1997 from the University of Georgia at Athens, USA. His main field of specialization is in Intellectual Property, Unfair Competition, Media law, Data Protection, Regulatory Affairs and Compliance, Consumer Protection as well as Free Trade issues in the UAE and also in the Arab region.
His experience in this field started at Abu Ghazaleh Legal Services in Jordan in 1997 where he was mainly a trademark attorney until heading their Jordan’s Intellectual Property office. He later joined the law firm of International Business Legal Associates in a project of legal consultancy to Jordan’s Government on accession to the World Trade Organization. When Omar joined Al Tamimi & Co. in 2000, he advised on Regulatory Affairs as well as Intellectual Property Protection for industries, including Tobacco, Mobile phones, Energy Drinks, Pharmaceuticals, Foodstuffs, FMCG.
Omar helped his clients protect their managing intellectual property rights in the UAE as well as in Oman, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt and Iraq, by way of managing trademark portfolios and advise on protection of IP rights, and enforcing trademarks and copyright throughout the region whether through Customs authorities for in-bound and out-bound shipments or through local police and administrative authorities in respect of offending goods inmarket. His experience in the field of intellectual property enabled him to train Judges, Police officers and Custom officials on the laws and practice of enforcement and prosecution of rights. For the past three consecutive years, Omar’s Department has ranked No.1 every year in the number of successful seizures against counterfeit goods in the UAE.
Omar is also particularly strong on pharmaceutical regulatory affairs and acted for the main organization and members of the pharmaceutical organization (PhRMA) on challenging unauthorized marketing approvals. Omar also advises tobacco clients on standards and specifications conformity and also in acting against Contraband and illicit trade. Omar further advises on Marketing Campaigns and Promotions and clearances for advertisements. Omar also took on high profile cases of defamation in favour of major broadcasters and advises on false advertisement and unfair commercial practices. On the legislative side, Omar assisted in drafting or commenting on Trademarks Regulation, Industrial Property (Design & Patent) Law, Trade Secrets Draft, Competition draft, Cyber Crimes Law, Plant Varieties Law, and E-commerce Law.
Omar has spoken at tens of seminars, conferences, round tables on mostly free trade issues, intellectual property and information technology, is regularly hosted on Televised programs including BBC’ Middle East Business report and has extensive publications on intellectual property and Information technology issues.
Omar is author to many publications and speaks in most key regional events. Omar is member to many organizations in the UAE and also internationally including Dubai Quality Group, Board member of Brand Owners Protection Group. Arab Society for Intellectual Property, Jordan Bar Association and International Trademarks Association. (INTA).