Partner, Head of Patents & Designs (R&D and Innovations) | UAE
Ahmad is a Canadian attorney and engineer with over 12 years of higher education studies in law,
engineering and management and over 15 years of international and regional experience in Intellectual
Property, Innovation 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.
In addition to his Legal and engineering backgrounds, Ahmad has education in General Management,
Innovation & Technology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Sloan School of
Management, which adds a substantial plus value to his already very heavy kit of qualifications and skills.
Ahmad has also earned a certificate in Artificial Intelligence for Business Strategies from MIT. Ahmad
brings to the benefit of clients a rich three– dimensional expertise combining legal, technical and business.
Ahmad’s experience and knowledge extend to a wide range of technologies, with a special focus on high
technology industries including ICT, computer/software, electrical/electronics, telecommunications,
healthcare, aerospace & defence, optics, biomedical, mechanical, transport, education, energy, financial,
artificial intelligence, blockchain 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 internationally.
Ahmad regularly advises governmental entities, research institutions and consultancy firms 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 organizations 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,
freedom–to–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, the UAEU Pavilion Word Expo 2020 Advisory Board, the Global Entrepreneurship Monitoring
(GEM) UAE Steering Committee, the Innovation Advisory Board of the Dubai Healthcare Authority, and
Herriot Watt Advisory Board. Ahmad is the founder and chair of the Technology Transfer Business Group
(TTBG) regrouping key members from Academia, Governments and Innovation Parks with the objective
of strengthening R&D driven innovation and its monetization/commercialization inside the UAE. 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, Fujairah TV, the National, International Bar
Association, Thomson Reuters and has an extensive library of publications.