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Qatar wins membership of 4 offices of WIPO’s bodies and unions

Qatar wins membership of 4 offices of WIPO’s bodies and unions

Tribune news network
Doha
Qatar has won the membership to four offices of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)’s bodies and unions during the 59th session of the assemblies of the member states of WIPO, held in Geneva recently, Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI) announced in a statement on Monday.
The Qatari delegation was chaired by Ali bin Khalfan al Mansouri, Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the United Nations and other international organisations in Geneva.
The Qatari delegation, which actively participated in all work sessions, secured consensus from the member states of the organisation to elect four members of the Qatari delegation as members of WIPO bodies and unions for a two-year tenure until the end of the WIPO Assemblies’ term in 2021.
Amna al Kuwari, Director of the Intellectual Property Protection Department at the MoCI, was elected president of the Union of the Budapest Treaty on the International Recognition of the Deposit of Microorganisms for the Purposes of Patent Procedure, while Saleh al Mana, head of Qatar Office at the Geneva-based WTO, was elected vice-president of the Assembly of the Union of the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property, including patents, trademarks, industrial designs, utility models, service marks, trade names, geographical indications and the repression of unfair competition.
Ahmed al Sulaiti, Commercial Attache in Geneva, was elected vice- president of the Union of the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works. Kassem Fakhro, Commercial Attache in Geneva, was elected vice-chair of the WIPO Copyright association, which supervises the protection of works and the rights of their authors in the digital environment, and grants some economic rights to authors.
The WIPO Assembly is the main decision-making and policy-making body of WIPO. The Assemblies and the 12 other bodies of Member States and of the Unions administered by WIPO meet in ordinary or extraordinary session, usually in the autumn.
WIPO is one of the oldest UN specialized agencies and one of the largest international organisations in Geneva. The agency is a global forum for services, public policy and cooperation in the field of intellectual property, with 192 members.
The agency works on developing a balanced and effective international IP system that encourages innovation and creativity for the benefit of all parties.

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