Laws protecting different types of Intellectual Property (IP) has ushered in developments in the legislation of IPs in the State of Qatar, an official of the Qatar International Centre for Conciliation and Arbitration (Qicca) has said.
Speaking at a webinar titled ‘Development of Intellectual Property Legislation and Means of Resolving Disputes Related to its Applications’, Qicca board member for International Relations Sheikh Dr Thani bin Ali al- Thani said arbitration has many advantages relating to disputes of intellectual property.
Arbitration “is the best means” to resolve these type of disputes with the help of specialised arbitrators in all types of intellectual property disputes, said Sheikh Thani during the webinar, which was hosted by Qicca, in cooperation with the Kuwait Commercial Arbitration Centre (KCAC) and the Intellectual Property Centre at Qatar University’s College of Law.
The webinar deliberated on several topics pertaining to arbitration in intellectual property disputes, protection of intellectual property in light of Covid-19, and Qatari intellectual property laws and their impact on achieving of Qatar National Vision 2030, as well as the protection of industrial models in Qatari legislation and alternatives to intellectual property disputes settlement.
Dr Anas al-Tourah, the general secretariat of Kuwait Commercial Arbitration Center, and Engineer Eman Abdulla al-Badr, the head of Training at Intellectual Property Training Centre, shared their insights during the webinar, which was attended by many legal experts and lawyers.
Dr Anwar Ahmed al-Faze’a said IP “is of great economic importance,” and that there are a number of international conventions that are related to the various branches of IP, including patent, copyright, engineering designs, and trademarks, among others.
He noted that arbitration is considered “one of the best means” of resolving intellectual property disputes, as it allows parties to choose the law to be applied.
Dr Hanan Nahed said amidst the outbreak of Covid-19, scientists and researchers have sought to find solutions to the pandemic, invent early detection devices, innovate medical supplies, and develop a vaccine to eradicate the virus, making it essential to protect the intellectual property and patents.
Dr Salah Zainuddin shared his insights on the laws related to IP in Qatari law, which included all aspects of IP, and referred to the Industrial Designs Law of 2020 and the impact of these legislation in achieving economic development in line the Qatar National Vision 2030.
Dr Nival Mohamed Nabil reviewed the protection of industrial designs in Qatari laws, while Dr Nabil Taha’s discussion focused on alternations to IP disputes settlement, foremost of which is arbitration, and the suitability of these means for intellectual property disputes.
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