Qatar has participated in the 65th series of meetings of the Assemblies of the Member States of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), currently being held in Geneva from July 9 to 17.

Qatar's Permanent Representative to the UN Office and other international organisations in Geneva HE Dr Hind bint Abdulrahman al-Muftah led Qatar's delegation at the meetings.

Delivering a statement before the WIPO's inaugural session, HE Dr al-Muftah said the co-operation between Qatar and WIPO has witnessed a new year of growing partnership in multiple areas of intellectual property, extending sincere thanks to the general-directorate's efforts in advancing this co-operation in the areas of higher education, entrepreneurship, and alternative means of dispute settlement.

She noted Qatar's efforts to accelerate the process of joining numerous international WIPO-run conventions, affirming that the document of the State's accession to the Madrid Protocol for the International Registration of Marks has been recently delivered and will enter into force on Aug 3, along with the ongoing efforts with the WIPO's general-directorate to continue to comport with the national measures in line with the requirements of this accession.

She underscored Qatar's determination to continue to modernise the legislative framework for the intellectual property protection, congratulating the success of the Diplomatic Conference on Genetic Resources and Associated Traditional Knowledge, along with its significance in promoting transparency in the patent system and achieving equitable benefit-sharing, especially with indigenous peoples and local communities.

HE Dr al-Muftah underlined that Qatar's delegation backs the ongoing negotiations in a variety of WIPO's committees and looks forward to constructively working with the member states in order to ensure the success of the Diplomatic Conference to Conclude and Adopt a Design Law Treaty, due to be convened in Saudi Arabia, from Nov 11-22, emphasising that Qatar countenances the proposals submitted by the Arab Group to incorporate the Arabic language into all WIPO's works and systems.

Qatar's delegation has actively participated in the series of Meetings of the Assemblies of the Member States of WIPO.

WIPO is one of the oldest professional agencies in the UN system and the largest international organisations in Geneva, the global forum for intellectual property (IP) services, policy, information, and co-operation. It has 193 member states and primarily develops a balanced and effective international intellectual property system that encourages innovation and creativity for the benefit of all.

The organisation was established through the signing of the WIPO Convention in Stockholm on July 14, 1967, and entered into force in 1970, was amended in 1979, with Qatar joining the organisation in 1976.
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