Dubai – 29 March 2020: Within their efforts to enhance cooperation on intellectual property right and supporting legitimate trade, Dubai Customs’ IPR Department received a delegation from the French Consulate who were eager to learn more about the leading experience Dubai Customs has in intellectual property rights.
Yousef Ozair, Director of Intellectual Property Rights Department (IPR) received the delegation which included Jinan Kabara, IPR regional consultant, RafiqHanas, Customs attaché, and Sally Jarjour, assistant of customs attaché.
The meeting was attended by Mohammed bin Nasser, Manager of IP Dispute Section,Mahbooba Baqer, Head of Awareness and Education Section, Noora Ahmed Manager – Trade Marks & Agencies recording section, Sara Al Suwaidi, Manager of External Relations Sectionand Kholoud Al Hawsani, Awareness Senior Officer.
Ozair briefed the French delegates on Dubai Customs’ rich experience in protecting intellectual property rights.
“We continually develop the skills of our employees to best protect intellectual property rights. We organize workshops and invite brand owners who explain the way their brands are violated and how best to tackle this.
“Dubai Customs also coordinates with other customs administrations in the GCC under the unified customs law. We are very interested in cooperating with the French brand owners to better tackle counterfeiting. This comes within Dubai Customs efforts to facilitate trade and support businesses around the world” he said.
The delegates viewed the procedures taken by Dubai Customs in recording brands and the smart services it provides to its customs. A presentation that included a list of all the recorded French brands since 2017 and the Department’s future plans. They include the annual IPR Award which the IPR Department launched to raise awareness around the importance of protecting rights of intellectual property, especially among school and university students. Last year, 89 workshops and activities, which targeted 46,000 people, were organized.
The IPR team explained the steps and procedures required from brand owners to help them record their brands and ensure full protection of their brands.
The French delegation applauded the efforts of the IPR Department in protecting intellectual property and preventing counterfeiting.
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