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Abu-Ghazaleh Launches Four Major Initiatives in Intellectual Property

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DUBAI - HE Dr. Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, chairman of Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization (TAG-Org) and chairman of the Arab Society of Intellectual Property (ASIP), delivered the keynote speech at the first Intellectual Property Forum entitled “Towards Fair and Safe Trade” held at Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai.

The two-day Forum, organized by UAE Brand Owners Protection Group (BPG) in a strategic partnership with the Dubai Economic Council, aims at promoting awareness in the business community, rights holders and all other stakeholders on the need to be familiar with the IPRs protection.

The Forum addressed vast IP-related issues from different aspects and represents an exceptional interactive platform that gathers representatives from the public and private sectors, decision makers, businessmen, IPRs experts from regional and international organizations.

In his speech, Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh highlighted the fundamental and rapid transformations are underway in the economic, environmental, social, technological and political spheres which are deeply affecting and are affected by every aspect of human activity at the individual, social, local, national, regional and international levels. 

“The greatest challenge before all of us in this highly fluid and complex environment is to keep abreast of, to adapt and, eventually, to master the forces at play in the world today. The Internet has been a world altering force,” he addressed the Forum’s attendees.

He underscored the need for an Internet economy agreement and an IPR on the Internet agreement and underlined a number of pioneering initiatives conducted by Organization and ASIP to enhance IP protection.

“The Arab Society for Intellectual Property (ASIP) launched on September 2012 an initiative aiming at highlighting Arab trademarks worldwide. Participants from 54 countries took part in the first e-questionnaire that was circulated to all communication channels. Information was collected and analyzed electronically to issue two lists: one includes the most famous Arab trademarks in general, and the second contains the most famous Arab trademarks by sector,” he pointed out.

Moreover, he highlighted the First Geographical Indications Symposium that was held in Abu-Dhabi from April 12th to April 13th 2005.  ASIP co-sponsored the event with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI).  It was the first Geographical Indications Symposium in the Arab region, and brought increased awareness of GIs in the Arab region.  Furthermore, it stirred interest in a topic that had not gained much attention in the past. 

From another hand, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Board of Directors has approved the proposal submitted by the Arab Center for Dispute Resolution (ACDR) to be an official dispute resolution service provider for the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP). The Center will start operating in January 2014 – a first in the Arab region and the 5th globally.

The ACDR is jointly established by the Arab Intellectual Property Mediation and Arbitration Society (AIPMAS) and the Arab Society for Intellectual Property (ASIP), with headquarters in Amman, Jordan and offices in other Arab countries.

As the ACDR is the fifth accredited center in the world, and being in the Arab region, the Center has particular significance for focusing on domain name-related disputes capable of being settled by arbitrators proficient in many languages.

Moreover, Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh announced the launch of TAG Knowledge and Wealth Creation (TAG-Creation); a member of Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization (TAG-Org) family, the global organization for professional services and education.

“TAG-Creation aims to provide the necessary support that innovators and entrepreneurs need through introducing them to investors, funding agencies, mentors, and business planning experts. On another level, TAG-Creation works closely with companies looking to establish a presence in the Arab world. It conducts market research and identifies credible partners, licensees, franchisees, and agents to facilitate technology transfer in the Arab world.”

TAG-Creation fosters national and international partnerships and acts as a global co-incubator. We also give entrepreneurs the opportunity to acquire the services and experiences required to protect and develop their inventions/products. TAG-Creation complements the comprehensive services provided by TAG-Org through a fresh approach to connect with potential partners, franchisees, licensees and dealers in MENA region.


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