University of Georgia at Athens, USA – LL.M. degree 1997
Admission Details/Call to Bar
Jordan Lawyers Bar Association 1997
Omar Obeidat is a Partner in Al Tamimi & Company and the Head of Intellectual Property Department and enjoys over 18 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 specialisation is in Intellectual Property, Competition, Media, Data Protection, Regulatory Affairs and Compliance, Consumer Protection. In the UAE and also in the Arab region.
He has extensive experience in IP Audit Due Diligence having managed the entire IP Audit for Qatar Rail, Emaar Malls and Meraas Holding IPO.
Omar helped his clients protect their managing intellectual property rights in the UAE, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt and Iraq, by way of managing trademark portfolios and advised 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 in-market. 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.
Omar is also particularly strong on pharmaceutical regulatory affairs and acted for the main organisation and members of the pharmaceutical organisation (PhRMA) on challenging unauthorised 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 intellectual property and, is regularly hosted on Televised programs including BBC’ World; Middle East Business report, Dubai TV, One TV and Abu Dhabi TV and has extensive publications.
Omar is member to many organisations locally and internationally including Dubai Quality Group, Board member of Brand Owners Protection Group (BPG). Jordan Bar Association and International Trademarks Association. (INTA) and chaired and sat on various committees with INTA. Omar is on the editorial board of the Trademark Lawyer Publication. He is also a Trustee and Board member to the Dubai Advisory Board for Intellectual Property. This Board advises the Dubai Government on high level matters and strategies in relation to Intellectual Property. In addition to be a member of the Advisory Board for the Middle East North Africa Franchise Association (MENAFA).
Omar is ranked Band 1 in Chambers and Tier 1 in Legal 500, The World Trademark Review ranked Omar as Gold and states “IP head Omar Obeidat is the star of the show; he is strongly endorsed for his anti-counterfeiting know-how and his in-depth understanding of IP law”. Omar was also a Winner of the Client Choice Awards 2015 under the practice Intellectual Property-Trademarks. He was also chosen by Managing Intellectual Property in the IP Stars Handbook of 2014 and 2015.