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Dialogue among Japan and Arab Countries on Utilizing the IP System Held

October 31, 2019

On October 28 and 29, 2019, the Japan Patent Office (JPO), the Ministry of Economy of United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) held the Dialogue on "Utilizing the Intellectual Property (IP) System for Economic, Social and Cultural Development in the Digital Era - Japan and Selected Arab Countries" in Tokyo.

JPO Commissioner MATSUNAGA and Deputy Commissioner SHIMANO attended the Dialogue meeting. Mr. MATSUNAGA and His Excellency, Engineer, Mohammed Ahmed Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Shehhi, Undersecretary for Economic Affairs, Ministry of Economy, UAE, co-chaired the Dialogue.

At the Dialogue meeting, a total of 27 top-level officials attended, including ambassadors to Japan and the heads of IP offices from Bahrain, Egypt, Kuwait, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, and UAE; Senior Director NATSUME Ken-Ichiro of the PCT Legal and International Affairs Department, Patents and Technology Sector of the WIPO; Director Walid Abdelnasser of the Regional Bureau for Arab Countries, Development Sector of the WIPO; and Director Yuji OKUMA of the WIPO Japan Office (WJO). The participants discussed the best possible ways for utilizing IP in the digital era in which new technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT), have been developed, and the ideal business operations at the IP offices.

Also, following the Dialogue, Mr. MATSUNAGA had bilateral meetings with the top-level officials of the IP offices from Bahrain, Egypt, Kuwait, Morocco, and UAE. All confirmed their commitment to advance cooperation in the field of IP.

The JPO, by advancing cooperative initiatives with the IP offices of Arab countries, is fully committed to establish and improve frameworks, in which IP rights of Japanese companies can be ensured quickly and smoothly and be appropriately protected in the Arab region.

(photo)Group photo
Dialogue on Utilizing the IP System for Economic, Social and Cultural Development in the Digital Era – Japan and Selected Arab Countries
Photo: JPO Commissioner MATSUNAGA (fifth from the right in the front row) and JPO Deputy Commissioner SHIMANO (second from the right in the back row)

(photo)Commissioner MATSUNAGA
Commissioner MATSUNAGA delivering opening remarks

(photo)Participants
Dialogue meeting

(photo)Deputy Commissioner SHIMANO
Deputy Commissioner SHIMANO delivering a lecture

[Last updated 11 December 2019]