Dubai Customs settles intellectual property disputes worth 24 million dirhams

Dubai: Dubai has made a significant step forward in the protection of intellectual property rights in the country by resolving intellectual property disputes worth 24 million dirhams this year.

Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, director general of Dubai Customs, said his department resolved 85 intellectual property disputes in the first quarter of 2022, worth an estimated 24 million dirhams, and 254,000 counterfeit items from 27 brands. had been recycled.

“Our successful partnership and cooperation with partners and brand owners has helped protect intellectual property rights. We are fighting against all attempts to smuggle counterfeit goods into the country through the city’s ports,” Musabih said during the department’s celebration of World Intellectual Property Day 2022 at the Museum of the Future.

“On World Intellectual Property Day, we are celebrating our long journey of protecting the rights of creators and trademark owners in the United Arab Emirates.

Last year, Dubai Customs resolved 390 intellectual property disputes worth 15 million dirhams and around 2.1 million counterfeit items were recycled.

Musabih said the protection of intellectual property rights is a major catalyst in helping young people develop their skills and competencies. “Young people are rising to the challenges of innovation, using their energy and creativity to move towards a better future. The UAE pays great attention to the protection of intellectual property rights to improve the ability of individuals and businesses to benefit from young people’s ideas and innovations, while protecting society from the dangers of counterfeit products,” said added Musabih.

When the UAE joined the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in 1975, the country made great strides in supporting the trade and investment environment by helping brand owners fight and to prevent the counterfeiting of goods. The UAE’s success in hosting Expo 2020 Dubai is a stepping stone for the country to compete for global leadership in international trade and investment.

Dubai Customs works to empower young people and help them actively participate in economic achievements by organizing awareness-raising activities for school and university students on the importance of intellectual property rights and their role in protecting society and the rights of inventors and creators.

Last year, Dubai Customs organized 11 outreach activities for schools and universities and 8 outreach campaigns for the community.

The department also held ten awareness workshops in cooperation with trademark owners to help inspectors identify counterfeit and genuine products. A total of 29 initiatives benefited 2,400 participants.

“Dubai Customs held five outreach activities this year, which targeted 500 schools and university students,” Musabih added.

Dubai Customs has launched the Dubai Customs Intellectual Property Award 2021-2022 for Schools and Universities to encourage and celebrate creativity.

“Protecting intellectual property rights is a priority and raising awareness will help curb this rogue counterfeit industry and protect our society from its dangers in support of business and investment activities in the country.”

During the ceremony, Musabih, who is also the CEO of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation, honored Dubai Customs partners for the protection of intellectual property rights.

Dubai Customs Intellectual Property Award

The department awarded schools and universities that won the Dubai Customs Intellectual Property Award.

Wasit Youth Center-Sharjah won first place for its ecological waste disposal site, created by Moza Eisa Khalifa Al-Mazroui, Rayyan Mohammed Ali Al-Mazmi and Ahmed Jamal Al-Jasmi. Kalba Youth Center came second for its electric car charging project, created by Zayed Ali Al-Qaidi.

In third place came Al Qudwa School for its green school project, which was created by Saif Khalalf Al-Zaabi. Al Majd Model School won fourth place for its Advance Rov project, which was carried out by Saif Hassan Ibrahim, Ahmed Yassir Mohammed and Mustafa Jamal Al-Jasmi.

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