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Ministry of Economy launches new intellectual property system

The Ministry of Economy announced the launch of its new intellectual property (IP) system, which includes 11 integrated initiatives in various fields and applications of intellectual property.

The initiatives aim to improve the innovation and creativity landscape in the country by providing a competitive and conducive environment for inventors and creators to convert their business ideas into innovative business opportunities and enabling national creative competencies to effectively use proprietary applications. intellectual.

The launch event was organized by the Ministry in the presence of Abdulla bin Touq Al Marri, Minister of Economyand Abdullah Ahmed Al Saleh, Undersecretary of the Ministry, as well as representatives of various federal and local government entities and academic and research institutions in the country. These include the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology, the General Sports Authority, the Community Development Authority, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, the Department of Human Resources from the Government of Dubai, the Dubai Center for Economic Security, Mohammed bin Rashid. Center for Government Innovation, Dubai Courts, Shurooq – Sharjah Investment and Development Authority, Emirates Intellectual Property Association, Emirates Publishers Association and University of Sharjah.

He Economy Minister saying,

“The UAE has made great strides in developing its intellectual property sector in line with global best practices, recognizing it as a fundamental pillar and key to promoting economic growth. The launch of the new intellectual property system is a milestone in our efforts to improve the country’s quality transition towards a knowledge and innovation economy and develop a national incubation environment for intellectual property, innovation and patent activities, in accordance with global best practices and in line with the objectives of the “We, UAE 2031” vision to establish the UAE as a global hub for the new economy and strengthen its position among the top 15 countries in the Global Innovation Index.

In his speech at the event, Bin Touq aggregate,

“The new system is based on four main themes: promoting the comprehensive protection offered to intellectual property rights; reducing violations faced by patent holders and innovators; resolving disputes; and developing the services provided by the Ministry to people and institutions seeking to register patents will be based on artificial intelligence technology, allowing enablers and facilities to support the growth of R&D-based projects, exploit the fruits of intellectual property protection and market them as national exports to foreign markets.

He continued:

“The new system will play a leading role in increasing the income of the domestic intellectual property sector by facilitating the export of advanced domestic products and services based on innovation and modern technology to foreign markets. It will also stimulate the attraction of investments in intellectual property by supporting trademark and patent registration, as well as working on technology transfer from advanced sectors to emerging sectors by granting licenses for the use of technology and knowledge, which will contribute to increasing the sector’s contribution to growth of the national economy and its competitiveness at regional and global levels.”

He highlighted that the UAE recognizes the importance of establishing an integrated legislative framework that promotes creativity, innovation and comprehensive intellectual property protection for talented people, skilled professionals, creators, innovators and entrepreneurs in the country. These efforts also highlight the country’s active advocacy for the protection of intellectual property rights through various innovative and innovative initiatives. To this end, the UAE has implemented a number of economic policies and laws, including laws relating to the protection of industrial property rights, trademarks and copyrights and related rights.

Initiatives within the framework of the new intellectual property system

The newly launched intellectual property system comprises 11 initiatives, all of which were thoroughly examined during the event. In close collaboration with its strategic partners from various federal and local authorities in the country, the Ministry has been working diligently to develop and implement these initiatives in line with international best practices. These concerted efforts aim to further enhance the UAE’s leadership position in the Global Innovation Index.

Innovation Center: This initiative offers an online incubation platform for UAE creators to provide technical guidance and assistance with the patent registration process. The initiative will be carried out in collaboration with the Emirates Talent Association.

Patent Hive Initiative: This initiative aims to increase the number of patents granted and promote the participation of innovators and talents in filing patent applications in the UAE. Establishes the goal of achieving 6,000 new patent registrations in the country by 2026, in collaboration with relevant academic and research institutions.

Emirati ‘Fahes’ initiative (examiner): The Ministry of Economy, in partnership with the Emirates Talent Competitiveness Council (Nafis), has undertaken this initiative to enhance the skills and competitiveness of Emirati talents in the field of intellectual property. It will offer high-level training and awareness programs that will not only create job opportunities for them but also encourage the private sector to hire and train them in various fields related to innovation and creativity.

InnovLAB Initiative: In partnership with the Minister of State for Government Development and the Future, InnovLAB focuses on strengthening the capacities of innovation incubators and supporting their competitiveness, as well as evaluating the effectiveness of incubators in local educational and federal establishments.

InstaBlock Initiative: InstaBlock It is an immediate service offered by the Ministry in collaboration with the Ministry of Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority, dedicated to addressing complaints related to live streaming copyright infringements. The main objective of this service is to quickly enforce the protection of intellectual property rights.

IP SPORTS Initiative: The Ministry of Economy, in collaboration with the General Authority of Sports (GAS), will launch the initiative, which aims to increase the number of registered brands in the UAE sports sector. The aim is to raise awareness about intellectual property rights in the sports industry and conduct awareness campaigns during the UAE Innovation Month.

One-day TM initiative: A collaborative effort between the Ministry of Economy and the Ministry of Finance, offering a service aimed at expediting the issuance of a trademark registration certificate, completing it in a single business day. This initiative aims to increase the rate of trademark registration in the UAE and generate additional revenue.

IP Platform Initiative: A consolidated digital platform that will be developed during the next phase to connect and integrate data from various government departments responsible for enforcing intellectual property rights. This initiative will take advantage of the latest cutting-edge technology in this field and Ministry of Economy will implement this project in collaboration with relevant government entities.

‘Hayyakom’ initiative: The Ministry plans to introduce this initiative in conjunction with the UAE’s holding of the INTA Meeting, one of the largest brand-focused gatherings. The aim is to increase the UAE’s attractiveness to global companies and improve its brand image.

IP School Initiative: This initiative aims to develop a comprehensive portfolio of intellectual property training programs, which will be supported by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). It also involves designing suitable training programs for students in collaboration with the Organization, Brand Owners Protection Group and Dhahi Khalfan Intellectual Property Centre.

Virtual character ‘Aisha‘: A virtual personality whose main objective is to raise awareness about intellectual property rights, interact with the public and answer their queries. This will be done through participation in events or social media platforms.

Indicators of intellectual property, trademarks and patent registration

In 2023, there was a significant increase in the number of trademark registration applications, as recorded by the Ministry, with an increase of 9.6 percent compared to 2022. There was also a 29.5 percent increase in the registration of intellectual works.

Regarding patents, the Ministry received 3,415 patent applications in 2023, an increase of 19.5 percent compared to 2022. The total number of patents registered in 2023 reached 5,108, an increase of 13.7 percent.

News source: Emirates News Agency

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