IP Workshop in Lebanon

01 Nov 2002

The European Patent Office (EPO), in collaboration with Abu-Ghazaleh Intellectual Property (AGIP) and the Arab Society for Intellectual Property (ASIP), has conducted a workshop on (The Current Situation and Perspectives of Institutional Capacities of IP Offices in the Near East) in Beirut, October 28th -29th, 2002. The workshop was held under the patronage of H.E. Dr. Basil Fleihan, the Lebanese Minister of Economy and Trade. It is worth noting that this is the first workshop that the EPO holds jointly with a private entity, instead of a governmental one. The workshop aimed at exchanging expertise, activating the potential of the Arab trademarks and patents offices in the Arab countries, and providing assistance to develop its works. The basis of the cooperation with the European Patent Office was also discussed, as well as the extent of benefit from the Office’s expertise.

It also discussed the needs of the Arab patent offices vis-à-vis technical cooperation with the EPO. Participants in the workshop included several speakers from Arab patent offices, the EPO, ASIP and AGIP, in addition to representatives from the French Embassy in Lebanon, France Telecom, and Boehmert & Boehmert. This professional gathering represented an important opportunity to build and develop the Arab intellectual property capacities and to get familiar with the world experience. The EPO presented an overview of its own activities and capacities as a major player regarding technical assistance in the IP field worldwide. Abu-Ghazaleh Legal Services (ABLE) presented a regional perspective on the development of IP legislations and enforcement.



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