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Conference on intellectual property laws underway – Fighting intellectual property crimes, trafficking

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KUWAIT: The Ministry of Interior has worked to consolidate efforts and cooperate with the Interpol to take advantage of the expertise, successful experiences, and exchange of information in all types of crimes, especially intellectual property crimes, a senior ministry official said yesterday. “The State of Kuwait had issued several laws and legislations that protect intellectual property rights and fight illicit trade over 50 years ago,” said Undersecretary Lieutenant General Suleiman Fahad Al-Fahad in his opening speech at the inauguration of the first Intellectual Property Law Enforcement Regional Conference for the Middle East and North Africa. At Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel under Lt Gen Fahad’s patronage, the opening ceremony was attended by the guest of honor, Lt Gen Dahi Khalfan Tamim, deputy chairman of police and security in Dubai, Michael Elis, assistant director for the Interpol, and by a number of participating delegations from Middle East and North African countries.

Constant evolution
“[Kuwait] is in constant evolution based on the guidance of His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, who transformed the country into a financial and commercial center, and encouraged and supported creativity, protected consumers rights, and provided opportunities and possibilities to attract different projects,” Lt Gen Fahad said. Meanwhile during the conference, Lt Gen Khalfan noted that “Most of the world is witnessing, the United Arab Emirates, in particular, a growth and development in the communications and information technology, which represents a fundamental pillar of economic and social development in the twentieth century, that is why we will find piracy and violations of intellectual property rights, which represents a real threat and hampers the overall development and the march of digital transformation towards a knowledge economy.”

Urgent demand
Khalfan pointed out that protection of intellectual property has become an urgent demand, to maintain the rights of cultures and civilizations and protect technological, intellectual and scientific achievements; underscoring the need to intensify joint efforts to build a stimulating work environment and to encourage innovation. “Perhaps this conference is one of the leading initiatives in this area and is reliable in supporting the ambitious plans to build a society that supports innovations, research, and science and technology, and pushes entrepreneurs to work in an environment that value intellectual property, and encourage active partnerships between the public and private sectors.”

Finding solutions
Michael Elis, assistant director of the trafficking in illicit goods and counterfeiting sub-directorate at the Interpol, explained Interpol’s role in supporting criminal investigations with local authorities in Kuwait for the fight against intellectual property crimes and trafficking of illicit goods. “During this conference, we will try to find a solution to protect the intellectual property rights, and from my experience, we know that a lot of private sectors support these crimes and benefit from it, and I’m grateful to the Kuwaiti authorities who helped in finding these criminal,” noted Elis. At the end, the Lt Gen Fahad honored Lt Gen Khalfan and Michael Elis. The Intellectual Property Law Enforcement Regional Conference for the Middle East and North Africa is held for three days ending tomorrow, and is open from 9:00 am to 2:20 pm


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