Posted on April 27, 2018

Minister of Economy and Commerce HE Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim bin Mohammed al Thani said Qatar's efforts in promoting intellectual property rights have helped in protecting the national economy from the repercussions of the negative trade practices.

The minister added that the country has worked on developing and modernising the legislations that aim to protect intellectual property rights, in compliance with the standards set by global conventions and international laws in the field. The minister made the remarks at a ceremony organised by the ministry in cooperation with Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) to mark the World Intellectual Property Day. 

QF Vice Chairperson and CEO HE Sheikha Hind bint Hamad al Thani attended the event along with Minister of Education and Higher Education HE Dr Mohammed bin Abdul Wahed al Hammadi and a number of senior officials from different government entities. The event seeks to promote dialogue on the importance of intellectual property rights and their role in developing and encouraging innovation and creativity in the society.

Sheikh Ahmed added that intellectual property rights in Qatar is the main factor and motivation for investment, especially in light of the country's directives to diversify income and encourage the components of the private sector, including national small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), to innovate and create and increase their production. He highlighted the initiatives launched by the MEC for the protection of intellectual property rights and trademarks through a comprehensive, high-quality electronic system. He added that the ministry's World Intellectual Property Day ceremony, held under the theme 'Empowering Change: Women in Innovation and Creativity' is consistent with the prominent achievements of Qatari women and their efforts to raise Qatar's name at international forums such as the 10th International Invention Fair in the Middle East, held recently in Kuwait.

Qatar won seven medals in the fair, with three Qatari young women winning bronze medals for their unique and creative inventions. In addition, a number of Qatari innovators won six medals; four gold and two silver, at the International Exhibition of Innovations Geneva, a new achievement for Qatar in the field of sciences, technology and innovation, HE the minister added. On her part, HE Sheikha Hind said that this year's celebration focuses on the role of women in a vital field, which is research, development and innovation that QF has taken upon itself since its inception to contribute strongly to the advancement of the State of Qatar and achieve the vision of the wise leadership to build a knowledge-based and diversified economy.

She added that QF is a role model in terms of employing women's capabilities as researchers, inventors and innovators, highlighting that women form an integral part of the organisation's integrated research teams as the number of female researchers in three research entities has reached 68, and their efforts contributed to 13 patents. On the sidelines of the opening ceremony of the accompanying exhibition, participants from QF, Qatar University and Qatar Scientific Club presented their inventions and innovations in the different fields.