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United Arab Emirates

Dubai’s vision to become a hub for healthcare tourism, the rapid expansion of local and expat populations across the Middle East, as well as the region’s unique demographics, give rise to opportunities and challenges for investors in the lifesciences and healthcare sectors.

We work with and have established long-term relationships with the top 100 lifesciences companies in the areas of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, biotechnology, agriculture and food, including the top 20 global pharmaceutical companies and nine out of the top ten global medical device companies.  We also support clinics, hospitals, and other service providers active in the healthcare sector, and private investors in such businesses, across the Middle East. Our experts advise leading global business groups in the sector on transactions, commercial agreements, compliance, investigations and litigation, very often across multiple jurisdictions in the region and beyond. We can help you to navigate the regulatory landscape and to ensure compliance with both local laws and global policies.

With over 150 international specialist lawyers across CMS, we understand the scientific and commercial as well as the legal imperatives affecting your lifesciences and healthcare businesses. Our experts, many of whom have worked in-house in your sector, have developed a shared capability in the areas of pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices and diagnostics. With active memberships in major industry associations such as the ABPI, ABHI, BIVDA, PAGB, EUCOMED and EFPIA, we help shape the legal frameworks impacting the lifesciences sector. We regularly advise our clients on their day-to-day operational needs such as support with advertisement and promotion of medicine, public sector procurement, pricing and reimbursement, patent enforcement, commercial and clinical trial agreements as well as regulatory advice.

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High­lights of our ex­per­i­ence in Lifes­ci­ences in UAE
An In­ter­na­tion­al Health­care Ser­vices pro­vider on its con­tract for the pro­vi­sion of health­care ser­vices to the UAE Mil­it­aryZentiva NV on its ac­quis­i­tion of 75% of Ecza­cibasi Gen­er­ic Phar­ma­ceut­ic­als in...

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23 March 2021
The En­larged Board of the European Pat­ent Of­fice has giv­en a mo­ment­ous...
The En­larged Board of the European Pat­ent Of­fice heard or­al ar­gu­ments in Ju­ly 2020 con­cern­ing pat­entab­il­ity of a com­puter soft­ware in­ven­tion.  This rare event was video streamed to over 1600 pat­ent stake­hold­ers...
10 February 2021
MENA na­tions most keen to in­vest in so­cial, di­git­al in­fra­struc­ture and...
Pan­dem­ic viewed as cata­lyst to re­newed em­phas­is on Health Silk Road­So­cial in­fra­struc­ture, lo­gist­ics1, as well as smart city pro­jects are the top three most cited sec­tors where busi­nesses in the Middle...
28 September 2020
High Court con­firms that the class of in­ven­tions cre­ated by AI ma­chines...
The High Court has con­firmed that the class of in­ven­tions cre­ated by AI ma­chines is not pat­entable. The de­cision po­ten­tially leaves the door open for hu­man own­ers of AI ma­chines to list them­selves as...
13 August 2020
Sus­tain­able food pro­gress may close glob­al reg­u­lat­ory gap
In­nov­a­tion in the sus­tain­able food sec­tor is for­ging ahead at a re­mark­able pace. Our cur­rent food sources ac­count for nearly one-third of glob­al GHG emis­sions while con­sumers are in­creas­ingly bet­ter edu­cated...
08 July 2020
“WIPO PROOF”: WIPO’s new on­line ser­vice which helps in­nov­at­ors and cre­at­ors...
The World In­tel­lec­tu­al Prop­erty Or­gan­isa­tion (WIPO) re­cently launched its new on­line busi­ness ser­vice, “WIPO PROOF”. The plat­form aims to help in­nov­at­ors and cre­at­ors safe­guard their in­tel­lec­tu­al...
22 May 2020
For­eign in­vest­ments in Ger­man life sci­ence com­pan­ies be­come sub­ject to...
In re­sponse to the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic, Ger­many has widened the scope of its in­vest­ment con­trol to in­clude nu­mer­ous life sci­ence com­pan­ies. The amend­ments to the For­eign Trade and Pay­ments Or­din­ance ("AWV")...
11 May 2021
AI in Life Sci­ences
Ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence is not new: the term it­self was coined over 60 years ago. However, the con­ver­gence of data volume, pro­cessing power and tech­nic­al cap­ab­il­ity has con­vinced many that the AI era...
04 May 2020
EPO Board of ap­peal re­mits to ex­amin­ing di­vi­sion when pri­or art search...
In Mod­el de­term­in­a­tion sys­tem/Ac­cen­ture Glob­al Ser­vices Lim­ited (Case T-1159/15), the board of ap­peal finds that need to per­form a pri­or art search con­sti­tutes a spe­cial reas­on to re­mit the ap­peal ap­plic­a­tion...
30 April 2020
USPTO finds an in­ven­tion cre­ated by an AI ma­chine is not pat­entable
The US Pat­ent and Trade Mark Of­fice has found that DABUS is not a per­son and so can­not be con­sidered an in­vent­or of a pat­ent. DABUS is an ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence (AI) ma­chine. The USPTO ac­cep­ted the in­dic­a­tion...
20 April 2020
Phar­ma­ceut­ic­al ad­vert­ising reg­u­la­tion and med­ic­al device ad­vert­ising in...
1. Which laws are ap­plic­able re­gard­ing ad­vert­ising of medi­cines and med­ic­al devices? Fed­er­al Law No.8/2019 on Med­ic­al Products, Pro­fes­sion of Phar­macy and Phar­ma­ceut­ic­al In­sti­tu­tions (“2019 Law”).The...
20 April 2020
Can­nabis law and le­gis­la­tion in the UAE
Med­ic­al use Can­nabis pos­ses­sion is il­leg­al in the United Ar­ab Emir­ates. Art­icle 7 of Law No 14 of 1995 and its amend­ments (the Anti-Nar­cot­ic Psy­cho­trop­ic Sub­stances Law) provides that “ex­cept in the...
07 April 2020
Coronavir­us and the food in­dustry: The UAE’s law to reg­u­late the stra­tegic...
Cor­rect as of 9am, 6th April. This art­icle is not be­ing main­tained. While the food and ag­ri­cul­tur­al sec­tor should in prin­ciple be less af­fected by the Cov­id-19 pan­dem­ic than oth­ers, la­bour short­ages...