Qatar's efforts to promote intellectual property rights has helped in protecting the national economy from the repercussions of the negative trade practices, HE the Minister of Economy and Commerce Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim bin Mohamed al-Thani said on Thursday.
“The country has worked on developing and modernising the legislations and laws that aim to protect intellectual property rights, in compliance with the standards set by global conventions and international laws in the field,” he explained.
The minister made the remarks at a ceremony organised by the ministry in co-operation with the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) to mark the World Intellectual Property Day.
The event sought to promote dialogue on the importance of intellectual property rights and their role in developing an encouraging and motivating environment for innovation and creativity in the society.
QF vice-chairperson and chief executive HE Sheikha Hind bint Hamad al-Thani attended the event along with HE the Minister of Education and Higher Education Dr Mohamed Abdul Wahed Ali al-Hammadi and a number of senior officials from different government entities.
HE Sheikh Ahmed pointed out that intellectual property rights in Qatar is a main factor and motivation for investment, especially in light of the country's directives to diversify income and encourage components of the private sector, including national small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), to innovate, create, and increase their production, which in turn contributes to strengthening these enterprises' capability to help in diversifying the national economy.
The minister highlighted the initiatives launched by the Ministry of Economy and Commerce for the protection of intellectual property rights and trademarks through following the highest international standards in this area, and providing a comprehensive electronic system to support and enable authors, copyright owners, trademarks, inventors and innovators to preserve their rights and protect their work and inventions.
The ministry's World Intellectual Property Day ceremony, held under the theme *Empowering Change: Women in Innovation and Creativity, is consistent with the prominent achievements by Qatari women and their efforts in raising Qatar's name in the different international forums, such as the 10th International Invention Fair in the Middle East, held recently in Kuwait.
Qatar won seven medals in the fair, with three Qatari women winning bronze medals for their inventions.
In addition, a number of Qatari innovators won six medals – four gold and two silver – at the International Exhibition of Innovations Geneva, a new achievement for Qatar in the field of sciences, technology and innovation, the minister added.
HE Sheikha Hind said that this year's celebration is focused on the role of women in the vital field of research and development.
She said that the QF has taken upon itself since its inception to contribute strongly to the advancement of Qatar and achieve the vision of the wise leadership to build a knowledge-based and diversified economy.
“The QF is a role model in terms of employing women's capabilities as researchers, inventors, and innovators,” she stated while highlighting that women form an integral part of the organisation's integrated research teams as the number of female researchers in three research entities has reached 68, and their efforts contributed to 13 patents.
On the sidelines of the opening ceremony of the accompanying exhibition, participants from the QF, Qatar University and the Qatar Scientific Club presented their inventions and innovations in the different fields.
The celebration featured panel discussions that highlighted a number of important topics, notably the role of women in the creation of intellectual property, promotion of investment, the importance of intellectual property in developed countries, and the role of education in supporting scientific research and developing intellectual property.
The panel discussions also touched on the role of SMEs in supporting and encouraging innovation and innovators, the role of inventors in the diversification of economy, the appropriate timing to establish an emerging company for a patent holder, in addition to addressing the latest technologies that may help in this area.
The celebration of World Intellectual Property Day, which was first launched in 2000, aims at spreading the culture of intellectual property, and to educate the public and encourage them to innovate in the field of inventions as well as artistic and literary works, and give them access to more information by experts and officials to encourage them to protect their creations from infringement.
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