About Ahmad Saleh
Ahmad is a Canadian attorney and engineer with 12 years of higher education studies in law and engineering and over 12 years of international and local experience in IP and commercial law. Prior to joining Al Tamimi in September 2013 as Head of Patents & Designs (R&D Innovations), he worked for reputable Canadian and International law firms.
He is particularly experienced and knowledgeable in high technology industries including ICT, computer/software, electrical/electronics, telecommunications, healthcare, aerospace & defence, optics,
biomedical, mechanical, transport, education, energy and oil & gas. He represents a wide range of clients
in these sectors, ranging from individual inventors and entrepreneurs to multinational companies and
Universities, in the protection, management and enforcement of their innovations locally and
Ahmad regularly advises governmental entities and research institutions in a wide range of innovation
related matters including, high level innovation strategies, legislative, regulatory, innovation policies,
processes, innovation fostering, and setting legal frameworks for the implementation and deployment of
innovation projects and organisations inside the country.
He also assists clients in the private sector in a wide range of IP and commercial-related matters, including
advising on regional and international patent protection strategies, advising on the patentability, freedomto-operate and the validity/infringement of inventions, conducting due diligences in the frame of technology transfer and rights acquisitions, negotiating and drafting technology transfer and other innovation related agreements, advising in dispute resolution matters involving IP conflicts including patent litigation, managing global patent portfolios, and drafting and prosecuting patent applications worldwide including, MENA, the US, Europe, Canada and the Far East.
Ahmad is one of the most experienced patent lawyers and innovation councils in the Middle East and is widely recognized for his strategic and visionary thinking and leadership. Ahmad sits on various committees and advisory panels including, the Global Advisory Panel of the UAEU Science & Innovation Park and the Innovation Advisory Board of the Dubai Healthcare Authority. He regularly mentors start-ups throughout their business cycles, from the incubation stage to advanced maturity stages.
Ahmad is regularly invited to speak at innovation events and has been interviewed on various television channels, newspapers and magazines in relation to innovations, entrepreneurship and intellectual property, including Dubai TV, Emarat TV, the National, International Bar Association, Thomson Reuters and has an extensive library of publications.