UAE for more co-operation on IP
Abu Dhabi, January 9, 2008
The UAE Ministry of Economy called for more co-operation between governments and private sectors to advance intellectual property rights (IPR) protection in the Arab World.
Speaking at the first Arab Intellectual Property Forum (AIPF) in Abu Dhabi, Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, the UAE Minister of Economy,
emphasised the importance of the forum in promoting proactive discussions among industry, authorities and regulators.
“The AIPF ushers in a new and exciting age in intellectual property protection in the Arab World. To see tangible results, it is essential that the private sector, governments and the public develop closer co-operation to develop and promote IPR protection initiatives that complement the efforts of events such as this forum,” the minister said.
Sheikha Lubna discussed the importance of raising awareness about IPR and associated laws in building the country’s new economy, highlighting the detrimental effects of counterfeiting and piracy on the economy and society.
“As trade exchange increases between various countries based on the transport of goods, investment, technology, knowledge and services in various sectors, IP laws will certainly form the cornerstone of our new global economy,” she added.
The forum, being held under the patronage of Sheikha Lubna, is jointly organised by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and Khasawinah & Company Legal Consultancy.
Pushpendra Rai, Acting Director, IP and Economic Development Division, WIPO; and Jawad Al-Redha, IP Rights Manager, Microsoft Gulf; led the roster of seasoned speakers who tackled three themes: 'IP and its interface with economic development; IP as a tool for developing national branding strategies; and creative industries and their contribution to national economies.'
The first of two running workshops on the economic consequences of counterfeiting and piracy, and licensing, franchising and brand management, were delivered by 10 distinguished speakers, led by Mohammed Ahmed Bin Abdulaziz Alshihhi, Undersecretary -Planning Sector, UAE Ministry of Economy.-TradeArabia News Service