Dubai Customs completes resolution of 85 cases of intellectual property disputes, with an estimated value of 24 million dirhams

On the occasion of World Intellectual Property Day 2022, Dubai Customs organized its annual celebration of this event at the Museum of the Future in Dubai under the slogan “Intellectual Property and Youth: Innovation for a Better Future.” The celebration was attended by Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, Director General of Dubai Customs, CEO of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation and Ahmed Abdullah bin Lahej Al Falasi, Acting Director General of Customs at the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Port Security, Saeed Al Nazari, Director-General of the Federal Youth Foundation, Kawthar Al Kharousi, Representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and Major General dr. Muhammad Abdullah Al Murr, Vice President of the Emirates Intellectual Property Association, and Frank Agman, Consul General of the Consulate, attended the ceremony. Swiss General Li Zhang, Consul General of the Consulate General of the Republic of China, Sophia Bricknell, Deputy Ambassador to the British Embassy, ​​representatives of a number of foreign diplomatic bodies, executives and directors of customs departments and centers at Dubai Customs.

Ahmed Mahboub Musabih delivered a keynote address at the celebration, emphasizing that the protection of intellectual property rights is one of the most important stimuli for creativity and innovation and represents a key pillar for the development of youth energy and the upgrading of their abilities, by enabling talented people. and innovators to make the profits they owe for their efforts in development and excellence. The United Arab Emirates attaches great importance to the protection of intellectual property rights to enhance the ability of individuals and companies to benefit from their efforts to develop new ideas, innovations and brands, and at the same time work to protect society from the damage and risks of counterfeit goods.

He added: “The UAE joined the World Intellectual Property Organization in 1975, and the country has made great strides in supporting the trade and investment environment by enabling brand owners to confront counterfeit goods, in implementing ‘s the precepts of our wise leadership in international trade and investment to consolidate the country’s position as a global center.The country’s unparalleled success with the presentation of Expo 2020 Dubai and the number of visitors reaching more than 24 million visitors’ a new start for the UAE to compete for the global leadership of international trade and investment centers, supported by the state’s ambitious plans to develop the national economy through fifty projects that set new paths for economic growth over the next 50 years .

He said: “Based on Dubai Customs’ commitment to supporting the country’s efforts and plans in economic development and the department’s efforts to enable young people to keep up with the economic achievements achieved by our pioneering development process and their ability to take advantage of the great opportunities offered by the economic development of the UAE in all fields and business sectors, we constantly strive to support efforts Through the ongoing awareness-raising activities we organize in schools and universities on the importance of protecting intellectual property rights and their role in protecting society and preserving the rights of creators and innovators, we contribute to the spread of awareness among young people to be able to protect their innovations and creative ideas for new projects. ”

He explained that last year the department organized 11 awareness events for the protection of intellectual property rights in schools and universities, and 8 community awareness events, and 10 workshops were organized to raise awareness of ways to identify counterfeit goods in collaboration with trademark owners, which bringing the total number of awareness initiatives to 29 initiatives attended by 2,413 participants. From various segments of society, and in the first quarter of 2022, 5 awareness events were organized, which were attended by 500 participants, including schools, universities and community awareness. A workshop was also arranged for inspectors and customs officers, attended by 26 participants, and the Department introduced the 2021-2022 school year cycle for the Dubai Customs Royal Award. The number of students participating in the award since its launch in 2007 has reached approximately 31,000 students, spread among 188 schools and 13 participating universities. Thank you and appreciation to all schools and universities that participate in the competition.

Ahmed Mahboob Musabih confirmed that Dubai Customs’ efforts to improve collaboration with partners and dealers of trademark owners have led to a significant development in the protection of intellectual property rights, as Dubai Customs continues to face efforts to cross counterfeit goods in the UAE across the border to import. crossings in the Emirate of Dubai. Intellectual property dispute cases resolved by the department in the year 2021 were approximately 390 dispute cases with an estimated value of approximately 15 million dirhams. Two million and one hundred thousand pieces of counterfeit goods were recycled for 221 brands, and in the first quarter of 2022, the number of intellectual property disputes reached 85 disputes with an estimated value of approximately 15 million dirhams, and two million and one hundred thousand pieces were recycled

Youssef Uzair Mubarak, Director of the Department of Intellectual Property Protection at Dubai Customs, delivered a speech
The speech issued by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) on the occasion of World Intellectual Property Day for the year 2022, where the speech emphasized that the celebration of this event is aimed at informing the public about the role that intellectual property play to encourage innovation and creativity. World Intellectual Property Day 2022 recognizes the tremendous potential of young people to find new and better solutions that support the transition to a sustainable future, where young people, around the world, face innovation challenges through their energy, ingenuity, curiosity and creativity use. to build a better future. Innovative, active and creative thinking helps to drive the changes we need to move towards a more sustainable future. A reason to explore how intellectual property rights can support tomorrow’s youth to create a better future.

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