Muscat, The Sultanate will join the rest of the international community in marking World Intellectual Property Day, which falls on April 26th every year. 

     This year the event is themed “Innovate For A Green Future”.

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) was inducted on the international arena (on April 26th, 1970) as an agency that promotes public understanding about property rights.

     Ali bin Hamad al-Ma’amari, Director of Intellectual Property at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, said that the Sultanate’s annual marking of the event alongside other countries of the world resulted in spreading awareness among individuals and institutions.

     The aim is to support various segments of society, particularly innovators, irrespective of whether they are individuals or private establishments or public institutions, said al-Ma’amari.

He added that the National Innovation Strategy came around as a result of institutional cooperation and that this strategy serves as a point of reference or link between innovators and promoters of property rights.

    The Council of Ministers’ approval of the National Innovation Strategy led to better institutional cooperation that fed aspirations for social and economic development in a manner that responds to the Royal directives of His Majesty Sultan Haitham Bin Tarik to foster an innovation-encouraging environment.

     In his turn, Eng. Khalid bin Hamoud al-Hina’ee, Head of Patents and Designs at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, said that the foundation stone has been laid for the National Innovation Strategy.  To this effect, a strategy committee has been formed under the chairmanship of the Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, he added.

He explained that the committee will seek the assistance of experts in the field with a view to configuring a comprehensive schema incorporating all institutions pertaining to intellectual property and liaise all activities related to the development and protection of innovation.  The objective is to establish a solid system of intellectual property and to generate economic value from innovation.

     During the first quarter of this year (2020), a total of 2,834 trademarks were registered, in addition to 152 applications for patents, 5 applications for industrial designs and 55 applications for copy rights.

      The Ministry of Commerce and Industry stressed the significance of innovators’ benefiting from Ministerial Decision No. 206/2018 which stipulates 90% discount of fees of intellectual property services for students (school, college, university) and researchers, as well as 50% discount on fees for small and medium enterprises.

Source: Oman News Agency

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