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EIPA, DCG to partner in fighting software piracy

Local industry bodies plan to reduce software piracy levels in the UAE

EIPA, DCG to partner in fighting software piracy
Major General Dr Obaidli wants EIPA and DCG to cooperate in fighting software piracy in the UAE.

More than two years after the Emirates Intellectual Property Association (EIPA) was established, the IP industry body has revealed that it would like to work with the Dubai Computer Group (DCG) in tackling the challenges that the United Arab Emirates is facing with software piracy.

The move by EIPA to cooperate with the DCG, a local IT trade industry association, which comes under the umbrella of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, aims to promote the use of genuine software and uphold all aspects of IP law including Trademarks, Patents, Designs and Copyright in the UAE.

In addition, EIPA is aiming to work with various industry stakeholders, law enforcement agencies and communities in the country to promote a culture of using genuine software and other computer programs.

According to EIPA, the strategy to forge an alliance and work closely with members of the DCG is in line with the UAE's Government's plan and vision to increase the country's economic competitiveness through technology and business innovation.

Addressing the first EIPA-DCG networking forum, Major General Dr Abdul Quddus Abdul Razak Obaidli, president of EIPA, said as an industry body that aims to protect the IP laws in the UAE, the association is delighted to establish this network of collaboration between the two local industry bodies. "We want to work together with IT resellers in not only addressing software piracy and other IP infringements, but we would also like to encourage and promote ethical business conduct. We are very keen and look forward to working closely with the DCG in protecting IP in the country," he said.

Obaidli said EIPA aims to raise awareness through concerted country-wide education campaigns in schools, colleges and universities as doing so will inculcate a culture of valuing genuine products among the younger generation. "We are keen to share, listen and work with all IT resellers on how we can improve and raise ethical standards not only in business, but at end-user level as well," he said.

He explained that through these initiatives, EIPA is upbeat it will contribute immensely to making the UAE's ranking in the field of IP protection admirable globally in the coming years.

Hesham Tantawi, vice president, Asbis Middle East and DCG board member, said as a local IT body, the strategy that EIPA has embarked on should be supported and embraced. "We are enthused by EIPA's plans and keenness to work with DCG members in addressing a thorny issue of software piracy. This will go a long way in encouraging members to promote ethical standards to end-users," he said.

Tantawi appealed to DCG members to support EIPA's programmes and hoped many would pledge to uphold the highest ethical standards in their IT businesses.

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