World Intellectual Property Day 2022 takes place in Dubai

Dubai Customs organized its annual World Intellectual Property Day 2022 celebration of IP under the theme ‘IP and Youth Innovating for a Better Future’ at the Museum of the Future.

 The celebration was attended by H.E. Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, Director General of Dubai Customs and Director General of the Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation, H.E. Ahmad Bin Lahej Al Falasi, Acting Director General of Customs – Federal Authority for Port Identification, Citizenship, Customs and Security, H.E. Saeed Al Nazari, Director General of Federal Authority for Youth Affairs, Ms. Qawtar Al-Khorusi, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International

 Sophia Bracknell – Deputy Ambassador, British Embassy, H.E. Frank Eggmann – Consul General of Switzerland in Dubai, H.E. Li Xuhang – Consul General of China in Dubai, representatives of foreign diplomatic missions in Dubai, executive directors and heads of customs departments and Dubai Customs centres were also present.

 In his opening speech, Musabih said: “There is no doubt that the protection of intellectual property rights is a major enabler of creativity and innovation, as well as a major catalyst to help young people develop their skills and competencies. Across the globe, young people are embracing innovative challenges, using their energy and ingenuity, curiosity and creativity to set the course towards a better future.

 The UAE is therefore focused on protecting intellectual property rights to empower individuals and companies to benefit from the ideas and innovations of young people, while at the same time protecting society from the dangers of counterfeit products.

 The UAE joined the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in 1975. The country has made great progress in supporting the trade and investment environment by helping trademark owners to combat and prevent counterfeit products, following the guidance of our wise leadership in supporting international trade and investment to strengthen the country’s position as a major global hub for traders and large international companies.”

 Musabih added: “Dubai Customs supports the country’s efforts and plans to empower young people and help them become an active part of economic achievements. To this end, the Department is focusing on raising awareness and organizing events for school and university students on the importance of intellectual property and its role in protecting society and the rights of inventors and creators.”

Last year, Dubai Customs organised 11 IPR awareness events for schools and universities and eight for the public. The government organisation also organised 10 awareness-raising workshops in cooperation with trademark owners to help inspectors identify counterfeit and genuine goods. A total of 29 events were held, attended by 2,400 participants from various segments.

Dubai Customs organized five awareness-raising events in the first quarter of this year, reaching 500 schools and university students. Dubai Customs has established the Dubai Customs Intellectual Property Award 2021-2022 for schools and universities to encourage and celebrate creativity.  The award was first launched in 2007 and since then some 31,000 students from 188 schools and 13 universities have participated.

Yousef Ozair Mubarak, Director of the IPR Department, delivered a World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) speech highlighting the role of intellectual property in nurturing creativity and innovation. WIPO’s statement focused on the enormous potential of young people, which, if supported and encouraged, can play a vital role in the development of the planet.

 In his statement, H.E. Saeed Al Nazari, Director General of the Federal Agency for Youth Affairs, highlighted the role of youth in creativity and innovation and how the protection of intellectual property rights can help them think freely and come up with revolutionary innovations.

 He said that the Federal Youth Agency had developed a number of initiatives to stimulate innovation and protect intellectual property rights. His Excellency presented a forward-looking perspective on developing the role of young people in presenting new ideas and innovations, calling for greater collaboration between the Federal Youth Authority and Dubai Customs to support intellectual property rights and encourage innovation.

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