Special to ag-IP-news Agency
AMMAN – HE Dr. Talal Abu-Ghazaleh chaired the meetings of the Board of Directors and the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Arab Society for Intellectual Property (ASIP) and the Arab Intellectual Property Mediation and Arbitration Society (AIPMAS).
During the meetings, attended by members of the Board of Directors and the General Assembly, several topics were discussed and decisions approved.
The attendees approved the agendas of the meetings and that of the previous meeting. The financial statements were read and the auditor’s (Al Faysal Audit) report for the year ending 31/12/2015 was unanimously accepted by the General Assembly.
It was decided to shore up the AIPMAS’s balance with a JD10,000 donation from Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh, and to reassign the auditor for next year.
During the meeting, Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh recommended entering into agreements with training or educational institutions in Arab countries to offer training courses that would be co-managed and delivered by the society and similar associations. He also recommended offering training courses for school and university students, to raise awareness of intellectual property concepts.
The manager of AIPMAS and ASIP, Ms. Hasibah Shaaban, briefed the attendees on its administrative report and highlighted the most important achievements and activities, including internal and external cooperation, and in particular joint ventures with Saudi Arabian Airlines, the Saudi Patent Office (SPO), the Waljat Colleges of Applied Sciences, the Libyan Investment Fund and the Dubai Customs Authority.
As stated in the report, the Arab Certified Intellectual Property Practitioner Program (ACIPP) was launched and several workshops were held. The relaunching of the Famous Arab Brand Names initiative for the second time was due to commence at the beginning of 2017. The initiative, which was first launched in 2012, votes to select the top ten brands in the Arab world. For the purpose of re-launching the enterprise, its website was updated to make the survey questionnaire more comprehensive to include all well-known and less known commercial brands. The questionnaire is divided into 14 professional and service sectors and all the brands are listed in their respective categories.
It was also agreed to establish an association for the owners of famous brands, in particular the ones that were selected as the top ten brands. The association is designed to be a platform for the exchange of ideas, raising awareness and helping the brand owners to register, manage and protect their brands regionally and internationally.
During the meetings, the AIPMAS’s Arab Center for Dispute Resolution (ACDR) was activated as a Dispute Resolution Service provider by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). In addition, the administrative and regulatory law and procedural rules, as well as the website, social media platforms and training programs, were set up.
The number of AIPMAS and ASIP members reached 261 in early 2016. These numbers include 31 new members from 2015/2016. In view of the significant increase in numbers, it was decided to approve the establishment of a magazine to be available to the members and affiliates, where they would be able to express their views on issues related to intellectual property rights.
During the meeting, the Board ratified the inclusion of the 31 new members. It was also decided to prepare a letter to be signed by the Chairman to be sent to officials in intellectual property- related organizations in all Arab countries, offering them the ACIPP program and its computerized exams, which are provided by ASIP, making them both available at the international level, in association with Talal Abu-Ghazaleh University.