Monday, 6 June 2016

Korea to support the UAE Ministry of Economy's industrial property program

New from various sources of the signing of three MoUs between the UAe and South Korea. One of the MoUs deals with support of the UAE Ministry of Economy by the Korean Intellectual Property Office.

Khaleej Times (here) reports:

"......The most significant outcome of the committee meeting was the signing of three key memorandums of understanding (MoUs).....Another MoU involves the secondment of IT experts from the Korean Intellectual Property Office (Kipo) to the UAE Ministry of Economy in line with the latter's programme for industrial property......Participants discussed ways to strengthen cooperation in key sectors, including...intellectual property rights..." (here) reports:

"The UAE Ministry of Economy has launched a work plan for developing its Industrial Property sector at various levels in cooperation with the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) and the Korea Institute of Patent Information (KIPI). The move follows up on the MOU signed by the Ministry and Korea during the UAE-Korea Joint Economic Committee Meeting concluded recently in Abu Dhabi.

The work plan forms part of the Ministry of Economy’s preparations for establishing its ‘International Centre for Registration of Patents’ as well as the implementation of the recommendations of the UAE’s Ministerial Development Council presented in early May 2016.

In line with the plan, a delegation from the Ministry headed by Eng. Mohammed Bin Abdul Aziz Al Shehhi, Undersecretary of Economic Affairs, and accompanied by Dr Ali Al-Hosni, Assistant Under-Secretary for Intellectual Property Affairs, and Khalfan Al Suwaidi, Industrial Property Director, visited the Republic of South Korea last month. The group met KIPO representatives and discussed ways to enhance cooperation in developing Ministry procedures related to industrial property and to prepare a programme for the automation of industrial property applications as stipulated in the MoU signed between the two countries during the latest UAE-Korea Economic Joint Committee meeting.

The agreement with the KIPO includes dedicating IT experts at the Ministry for the automation of the industrial property applications project and providing consultation, training and technical support for the automated system. The two parties also agreed that the KIPO and KIPI will provide consultations and suggestions on the development of related regulations.

Al Shehhi said that the plan is part of the Ministry’s efforts to further develop national industries and create an environment conducive to innovation as well as the protection of intellectual property rights in the sector."

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