People and places
Intellectual property in Jordan is protected through a number of modern laws, including laws on copyright, trademarks, patents, industrial design, trade secrets and unfair competition. Ministries also have the authority to issue regulations and instructions. The country’s first trademark law was brought about in 1952, but the first modern law, say lawyers at Al Tamimi & Co., was the 1992 Copyright Law.
“Given the importance of intellectual property to the country’s economy, Jordan signed several international conventions for the protection of these rights and to implement the IP laws to the point where an investor feels confident to invest in Jordan,” lawyers at the firm say. “The government is working very hard on this issue, especially with regards to trademark registration and copyright and as a firm with a great strength in this area, we look forward to contributing to the work being done.”
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Established in 2000, Abdullah & Partners is a full-service firm offering a variety of IP, litigation and dispute resolution services. Managing partner Abdullah Jaradat and senior associate Muawyeh Hourani are key contacts for IP matters.
Amro Hattab is executive director of the Amman office of Abu-Ghazaleh Intellectual Property (AGIP), a regional IP firm with its roots in Kuwait, and its current headquarters in Jordan. Hattab is noted for his work, particularly in matters of strategic IP consultancy. The firm has been involved in revising and drafting important IP laws and regulations in at least half a dozen Arab countries, including the United Arab Emirates. The firm has offices spread across more than 30 predominantly Muslim jurisdictions, as well as in China, India and Russia, each with their own significant Muslim minority populations.
In 2008, regional firm Al Tamimi & Company opened its first office in Amman. Ala’a Mohammad Al Bataineh is head of intellectual property in Amman; he focuses on all aspects of IP, provides general corporate and business law advice and advises on Free Zone areas in Jordan. He has undertaken various litigation cases in the High Court of Justice for clients including Mubadala and Caterpillar, and handles other IP work for Range Rover and Walmart.
Baianat Intellectual Property has been an IP specialist since 1964; today, the firm handles mostly IP and IP legal services, but does also advise on some matters of corporate and commercial law. Jihad Al Kharouf leads the Amman office; he brings more than 24 years’ experience in the IP field.
In January 2022, Basma Alaydi Advocates & Legal Consultants joined Clout to form Alaydi & Clout, a UAE-based law firm which provides a broad range of legal services for clients seeking to expand into the MENA region. The firm boasts a growing cryptocurrency practice, noting that “cryptocurrency businesses are still a novelty in the UAE [and] finding the right information on the subject can often be challenging.” Turki A. Zuraikat is a senior lawyer in the firm’s Jordan office; he has represented regional corporations from various industries in complex litigation in Jordan.
Based in Amman, full-service law firm International Business Legal Associates (IBLAW) was established in 1997 by Salaheddin Al-Bashir. Nancy Dababneh is a partner and head of IP at the firm. She litigates the rights of high-profile clients and has played a major role in shaping the legislative framework for Jordanian intellectual property by drafting, reviewing, proposing, changing, and introducing IP legislation and/or regulations that are compatible with WTO requirements, international agreements and international practices. She has been recognized in several landmark IP judicial decisions and has participated in analyzing the information technology sector in Jordan and provided analysis and recommendations for regulatory reform in this area. She is one of the kingdom’s key IP trainers.
Jaradat Lawyers is a full-service firm founded in 2000; the firm boasts capable practices in IP, TMT and personal data protection, as well as in dispute resolution and litigation. Founder and managing partner Mohammad Jaradat is respected by his peers throughout the region. Prior to founding the firm, he held several judicial posts as a judge and public prosecutor in the Jordanian judiciary and courts.
Khalifeh & Partners is an Amman-based full-service law firm with specialty practice areas including technology, media and telecommunications and sports and entertainment. The firm has provided legal services to a variety of local and international sports bodies and entertainment companies, including drafting and reviewing relevant laws and contracts, revising foreign law contracts to comply with local law requirements, and providing advice and opinions on regulatory issues. It has experience representing corporations, federations, committees, associations, and individual athletes and advising them on sponsorship and partnership agreements, and litigation experience on claims relating to sports federations and committees. Senior partner Ziad Khalifeh started the firm in 1983 as a sole practitioner is today deemed one of the most experienced lawyers in Jordan.
NJQ & Associates is a well-established IP firm handling trademarks, patents, copyrights, industrial designs, domain names and other related matters. The firm offers global coverage through a combination of branch offices and a network of agents and representatives. Headquartered in Amman, the firm boasts offices across the Middle East and Africa, as well as in Shanghai and Toronto. NJQ heads up Famous Arab Brands, a free, not-for-profit project that aims to prepare a list of the most famous Arabic brands in order to create a list of the most valuable, the most popular and the most reliable brands in the Middle East and North Africa, with the ultimate goal of enhancing the linkage between brands and customers, increasing trust in Arabic brands and establishing a healthier trading marketplace in the region.
The Right Choice IP was formed in 2011 by Mazen Al Tamimi, a senior intellectual property expert and specialist, with more than 23 years in the field. The firm offers the range of IP services from its headquarters in Amman and in branches in Cairo, Palestine, Dubai and Muscat.
Saba & Co. Intellectual Property, also known as Saba IP, is led in Jordan by Mohammad Al Masri, who joined the firm in 2001 and has previously served as Egypt country manager; today, he is country manager of the firm’s Jordan office. The firm’s offices stretch from the Middle East to Central Asia and throughout much of Africa.
Safwan Moubaydeen Law Firm in association with Dentons provides a range of legal services, including intellectual property and corporate finance. Partner Ala’ George Musleh, who regularly drafts commercial contracts for intellectual property and franchise arrangements, is based in Amman. Office managing partner Safwan Moubaydeen is a well-respected veteran corporate lawyer who brings long-term in-depth TMT experience to the firm; he splits his time between Amman and Doha.
The Sanad Law Group in association with Eversheds Sutherland provides advice on IP, IT, licensing and franchising through its commercial practice group. Managing partner Ghaleb Al Faraj is based in Amman and has leading regional expertise in the commercial and regulatory aspects of a wide range of TMT-related transactions. His other specializations include franchising and distribution.
Other Notable Firms
- Abdullah & Partners
- Abu-Ghazaleh Intellectual Property
- Al Tamimi & Company
- International Business Legal Associates
- Jaradat Lawyers
- Khalifeh & Partners
- NJQ & Associates
- Saba & Co. Intellectual Property
- Safwan Moubaydeen Law Firm in association with Dentons
- Sanad Law Group in association with Eversheds Sutherland
- The Right Choice IP