Heralding their shared commitment to the training, enforcement and prosecution of Intellectual Property infringement crimes, the ME-IPG recently signed anMoU with the EIPA establishing a strategic alliance between the two institutions and pledging their cooperation regarding IPR protection endeavors throughout the UAE. The MoU was signed on November 07, 2017 at the 7th Regional Intellectual Property Crime Conference in Middle East and North Africa. The event was held at the Armani Hotel and hosted by EIPA in association with INTERPOL.

Affirming a shared resolution to dealing with IPR infringement-related affairs, the MoU was signed by Major General Dr. Abdel Qudous Al Obaidli, Chairman of the EIPA, and Mr. Akinobu Fujino, Vice Chairman of ME-IPG- an IP group comprised of Japanese companies and organized by JETRO Dubai - to end counterfeiting in the Middle East.

With a barrage of counterfeit products making their way to the Middle East every year, a range of related implications are being highlighted in the new partnership. Not only are economics affected by counterfeits, there is also a great potential for health and security to be significantly impacted too. The MoU envisages a synergy between the EIPA and the ME-IPG, mutually advancing the development of IPR protection strategies and best-practices throughout the region.

Mr. Masao Goto, Director of Intellectual Property Rights, JETRO Dubai, said: "We are very grateful that the first MoU of Middle East IPG has been signed with EIPA. ME-IPG,having 26 Dubai-based Japanese company members,was established on 24th February 2016 with Dr. Almuaini, EIPA’s Secretary General, as the Keynote Speaker. Since then, we have enjoyed a strong relationship between EIPA and ME-IPG.  With this newly signed MoU, we look forward to a deeper collaboration with the EIPA in combating IP crimes through raising public consumers’ awareness in this region. This will also definitely build a bridge of better communication in terms of IP protection between the related government authorities in the UAE and Japanese stakeholders represented by ME-IPG."

Through their joint efforts, the EIPA and the ME-IPG aim to uphold IPR and to suppress illicit trade and the circulation of counterfeit Japanese products in the UAE and the wider Middle East.

 

About Interpol

The International Criminal Police Organization; Interpol is an organization that facilitates worldwide police cooperation. Interpol was created in 1923 as an international criminal police commission has been helpful in curbing international criminal networks.

 

About Emirates Intellectual Property Association

EIPA is an NGO public interest association established in Dubai on the 25th of November 2010. It aims to prevent IP crimes through awareness campaigns directed at citizens and residents of the UAE, with the added objective of strengthening related partnerships with international ministries, local governments and other relevant IP groups.

 

About Middle East International Property Group

Middle East Intellectual Property Group (ME-IPG) is a non-profit organization coordinated by the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) and was established on 24th of February 2016. ME-IPG consists of 26 Dubai-based Japanese companies and the Consulate General of Japan in Dubai. Activities of ME-IPG are funded by the Japan Patent Office with the main purpose of strengthening the network of Japanese companies and IP related organizations for IP protection in the Middle East.

 

About JETRO

The Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) is a government agency that seeks to promote mutual trade and investment between Japan and the rest of the world through a global network spread over 70 regional offices abroad and over 40 offices in Japan.

JETRO, which was established in 1958 to primarily promote Japanese exports abroad, now has an expanded mandate that is focused on promoting foreign direct investment into Japan and assisting small to medium size Japanese firms maximize their global export potential.

JETRO’s core activities also include the program for Japanese high-tech startups and innovators to accelerate their business to overseas through business matching and so on.

 

Source: AETOS Wire