EIPA and Interpol hold IP conference in Dubai
Regional Intellectual Property, IP, Crime Conference underway to address IP crime issues
Interpol and the Emirates Intellectual Property Association (EIPA) have opened the seventh Regional Intellectual Property, IP, Crime Conference in Middle East and North Africa (MENA) today.
The conference, which continues tomorrow in Dubai, is intended to provide a forum to discuss ways to address the challenges brought about by IP crimes.
The event is being held under the patronage and the presence of Lieutenant-General Dahi Khalfan Tamim, Deputy Chairman of Police and Public Security in Dubai and Honorary President, EIPA. It is organised in collaboration with Dubai Police, Dubai Customs, Institute of Training and Judicial Studies, the Brand Owners' Protection Group, BPG, and UL, a global independent safety science company.
Today's sessions included panels on counterfeiting, the legal situation for UP, and the importance of collaboration, while tomorrow will include technology in IP protection and the use of the internet to promote counterfeit goods.
Major General Dr. Abdel Quduos Alobaidli, Assistant Commander-in-Chief for Quality and Excellence, Dubai Police and Chairman of EIPA, commented: "This conference is part of our commitment to support the country's development process on innovation, which our wise leadership believes to be the secret of government survival and renewal and a key factor to achieve progress.
"Our cooperation with Interpol and other authorities in charge of IP rights in the UAE is a step forward to protect creativity and encourage innovation, which in turn can help build a new generation of scientists, thinkers and innovators who are qualified to create and explore a better future. We are looking forward to seeing positive results from this conference, which include supporting the efforts to create an environment that can host and encourage innovation and creativity and serve humanity. EIPA is keen to share the UAE's leading experience in the field of intellectual property rights protection, and remains steadfast in its support for regional endeavours aimed at adopting clear-cut policies and approaches to combat IP Crimes in MENA region."
His Excellency (H.E.) Abdul Aziz Obaidullah, Head of the NCB Coordination for MENA, Interpol said: "Participants of the 7th Regional Intellectual Property, IP, Crime Conference in Middle East and North Africa (MENA) will now have an increased awareness of the consequences of counterfeiting and trading in illicit goods. The conference also highlights the importance of regional partnerships and its impact on these illegal activities, as well as the importance of exchanging information and strengthening cooperation among various law enforcement entities.
"We are committed in keeping the region abreast of all the developments, updates and services provided by Interpol to our members, from databases and methods of investigation, workshops, conferences and other activities." "We are confident that we will be able to make our region and the world safer by working together through concerted efforts and sufficient resources for the benefit of all," he added.