The Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan (METI) Host Two Intellectual Property (IP) Events to Promote Cooperation between UAE and Japan

Published: 2017-12-04 3:42 PM | Yesgulf

The Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan (METI) host two events in Dubai to promote mutual understanding between UAE and Japan on judicial affairs and operations relating to IP infringement and counterfeiting

The Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan (METI) held two events to discuss the development of appropriate collaborative measures for tackling IP infringement and counterfeiting in the region.

IP Judicial Workshop – 26 November 2017

The first event aim to promote mutual understanding of judicial system protocol and operations between the UAE and Japan. The workshop emphasised the importance of IP, and was attended by a broad selection of court judges, prosecutors, government officials and lawyers from the two countries, including Dr. Mohamed Alkamali, General Manager of the Institute of Training and Judicial Studies (ITJS), Mr. Jawad Al Redha, a board member of the EIPA, Mr. Kunihiko Shimano, Deputy Commissioner of the Japan Patent Office (JPO), and Mr. Toru Takano, a METI affiliate and Japan-based attorney at law.

In his keynote speech, Dr. Alkamali explained details of judicial system, laws and regulations regarding Intellectual Properties in UAE. Mr. Al Redha introduced EIPA’s activities towards IP protection, including IP awareness campaign. Mr. Shimano made keynote speech on details of the trial and appeal system employed by JPO which specifically concerns patents, industrial design and trademarks. The purpose of which is to increase the credibility of IP rights and to provide timely resolutions of any related disputes. Mr. Takano explained the overview of IP court and IP judicial procedures in Japan.

Anti-counterfeiting Seminar – 27 November 2017

The second event focused on Japanese brands presenting to a range of government authorities on how to distinguish counterfeit items from genuine ones. The seminar was attended by the Dubai Police, Department of Economic Development (DED), the Sharjah Economic Development Department (SEDD), Dubai Customs, Sharjah Customs, Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA), and the EIPA, as well as Japan’s METI, Customs Authority, JETRO, and a host of Japanese companies.

With one of the largest economies and markets in MENA region, the UAE deals with a vast quantity of cargo, making IP a particularly vital asset in need of protection. In 2016, the DED seized 67 million fake products in Dubai alone worth AED 1.6 billion.

The seminar was created in order to strengthen cooperation on anti-counterfeiting in the UAE, including endeavours across the market, border and free trade zone, by providing relevant information to the related authorities, as well as sharing experiences and pitfalls of the past.

This important series of events continues ongoing efforts to build upon the promotion of mutual understanding on judicial system and operation related to anti-counterfeit between UAE and Japan, as well as the growing importance of IP.

About METI

The Ministry of International Trade and Industry of Japan (METI) was established in 2001 and has jurisdiction over a broad policy area, containing a range of areas including Japan’s industrial and trade policies. METI’s mission is to develop Japan’s economy and industry by focusing on promoting economic vitality in private companies, as well as smoothly advancing external economic relationships and securing stable and efficient supply of energy and mineral resources.

For more information, please visit: www.meti.go.jp/english/

About JETRO

The Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) is a government agency that seeks to promote mutual trade and investment between Japan and the rest of the world through a global network spread over 70 regional offices abroad and over 40 offices in Japan.

JETRO, which was established in 1958 to primarily promote Japanese exports abroad, now has an expanded mandate that is focused on promoting foreign direct investment into Japan and assisting small to medium size Japanese firms maximize their global export potential.

JETRO’s core activities also include the program for Japanese high-tech startups and innovators to accelerate their business to overseas through business matching and so on.

For more information, please visit: https://www.jetro.go.jp/en/

Contacts:

Melwyn Abraham,  melwyn@matrixdubai.com

Liane Fernandes, liane@matrixdubai.com

Tel: 043430888

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