DED to host IP protection awareness programme in Singapore

DUBAI, 3rd September, 2018 (WAM) — The Dubai Intellectual Property Training Centre of Dubai SME, the agency of the Department of Economic Development (DED) in Dubai mandated to develop the small and medium enterprise (SME) sector, and the Commercial Compliance & Consumer Protection (CCCP) sector in DED, have launched an ‘IP & Innovator’s Guide’ programme in co-operation with the IP Academy Singapore.

The three-day programme, to be held 24th to 26th September 2018, is aimed to bring administrators and experts from the public and private sectors in the UAE together to share best practices and innovations in intellectual property (IP) protection with business owners, entrepreneurs, professionals and other specialists concerned.

The programme is designed to provide an overview of the fundamentals of IP as well as the importance of confidential information and trade secrets, copyright, trademarks, patents, registered designs and geographical indications towards enhancing competitiveness and transparency among businesses in Dubai and across the UAE.

Abdul Baset Al Janahi, CEO of Dubai SME, said, “We are delighted to launch the second programme on IP protection in Singapore following the success of the first programme. The new course focuses on IP and innovation, as innovation is one of the most important elements that support business growth and excellence. Our effort is to harness all forces necessary to support SME development and overall business development in the UAE. “

The Dubai Entrepreneurship Academy, the educational arm of Dubai SME, will implement the programme, which includes a series of training sessions and field visits to key IP protection agencies, innovation centres and leading companies.

“The Dubai Entrepreneurship Academy is playing a key role in imparting necessary education and training to help entrepreneurs and business owners achieve success, thereby supporting continuous innovation while also moving to the next level of their development,” added Al Janahi.

Mohammed Ali Rashid Lootah, CEO of CCCP, said, “We are delighted to be part of the ‘IP & Innovators’ Guide’ programme as it supports our approach to elevating Dubai as a competitive commercial hub. IP protection is a necessity and this programme promotes the culture and concept of IP and innovation across companies so that they focus on protecting their ideas and creativity.”

Lootah added that the programme will also help create a better understanding of IP and trademark within the government thus enabling officials to deal with intellectual property in a way that contributes to sustainable business activity.

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