Experts Mull Ipr Issues In Open Dialogue

01 Nov 1999

The U.S. Embassy on Monday used satellite links to host an open dialogue on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in Jordan.
International Intellectual Property Alliance (IPA) official Michael Schlesinger took part in the event, as did the insurance director of Merck and Company, Thomas Bombelles, Deputy Osama Malkawi, and the director of the
University of Jordan Centre for Strategic Studies, Salah Bashir.
Schlesinger said that the Jordanian market had witnessed remarkable progress and development in the IPR field since the government amended property laws, saying that this was considered part of the Kingdom's efforts to join the World Trade Organization (WTO).
He added that the government and the private sector had played a pivotal role in improving IPR legislation.
Schlesinger pointed out that representatives of some international companies were in the Kingdom monitoring progress in this field. He added that the adoption of IPR laws in 1992 had shed new light on the issue in
Jordan.
Meanwhile, Bombelles said that
Jordan's presence on the so-called Priority Watch List 301 came as a result of complaints by some U.S. firms about piracy by Jordanian companies, as well as loopholes in the 1953 patent law that led to many IPR violations, particularly in the fields of pharmaceuticals, film production, software, cassettes and video recordings.
Bombelles said that the recent changes
Jordan had made regarding IPR had brought it closer to the Bern and Paris agreements on raising awareness of IPR issues.

JORDAN TIMES NEWSPAPER, October 19, 1999, Jordan



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