UAE Ministry of Economy promotes IPR

HE Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi addresses first Arab Intellectual Property Forum in Abu Dhabi

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By  Mark Sutton Published  January 8, 2008

HE Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, the UAE Minister of Economy, has called for greater co-operation between public and private sectors to protect intellectual property rights in the region.

Speaking at the first Arab Intellectual Property Forum (AIPF) which is being held today and tomorrow in Abu Dhabi, H.E. Sheikha Lubna stressed the importance of respect and protection of IPR to the development of the UAE's economy.

"The AIPF ushers in a new and exciting age in intellectual property protection in the Arab World and I am very pleased to see representatives from varied interests gathered here to take proactive measures that will protect our nation's sustained economic growth. To see tangible results, it is essential that the private sector, governments and the public develop closer cooperation to develop and promote IPR protection initiatives that complement the efforts of events such as this Forum," H.E. Sheikha Lubna said.

"As trade exchange increases between the various countries of the world based on the transport of goods, investment, technology, knowledge and services in various sectors, intellectual property and intellectual property laws will certainly form the cornerstone of our new global economy," she added.

The AIPF, which is jointly organized by World Intellectual Property Organization and Khasawinah & Co. Legal Consultancy, also includes addresses by Pushpendra Rai, Acting Director, Intellectual Property and Economic Development Division, WIPO; and Jawad Al-Redha, Intellectual Property Rights Manager, Microsoft Gulf.

H.E. Mohammed Ahmed Bin Abdulaziz Alshihhi, Undersecretary -Planning Sector, UAE Ministry of Economy, also led two workshop sessions on the economic impact of piracy and counterfeiting and licensing, franchising and brand management.

"We have spared no effort to make sure that all the pertinent issues related to IPR, IP laws, and enforcement in the region are brought to the table. The initial speeches, breakout sessions and workshops are just the beginning of more productive discussions on the state of IP in the Arab World that will continue beyond this Forum. The Ministry is honoured to be part of this momentous event," H.E. Alshihhi said.

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