Gov’t committed to protecting intellectual property — Halawani –

The Jordan Times

By Mohammad Ghazal – Apr 28,2013 – Last updated at Apr 28,2013 –

AMMAN — The government on Sunday stressed its commitment to protect intellectual property rights (IPR) in an effort to enhance the business environment and support innovation in different fields.

“Protecting IPR, trademarks and patents is important to strengthen the market. It is important to attract investments and enhance businesses in the Kingdom,” Hatem Halawani, minister of industry, trade and supply, said at a ceremony marking World Intellectual Property Day, annually celebrated on April 26.

At the event, held by the Arab Federation for the Protection of IPR, Halawani, who is also ICT minister, said the protection of IPR was key to creating jobs and motivating creativity among young Jordanians.

“Businesses look for secure environments to invest in… violating copyrights threatens the economies of major countries,” the minister noted.

Osama Bitar, head of the federation’s regional branch in Jordan, called for more public awareness on the benefits of IPR protection, commending Jordan’s efforts in safeguarding IPR by endorsing several relevant laws.

The Jordanian Copyright Law stipulates that it is a crime to download software, music or movies that are protected under the legislation.

In 2012, there were 750 IPR violations in various sectors, compared to 850 in 2011 and 1,000 in 2010, according to the Jordan Customs Department.

The Jordan Institute for Standards and Metrology’s anti-counterfeit unit destroyed more than 100,000 fake trademark items in less than one year including watches, chemicals, electronics, industrial material and toys.

The Kingdom registered a 58 per cent software piracy rate in 2011, compared with 57 per cent in 2010 and 2009, according to the ninth annual BSA Global Software Piracy Study.

The theme of this year’s World Intellectual Property Day — Creativity — the next generation — honours the talented and ingenious creators and innovators who are imagining how the world will look tomorrow, according to the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO).

WIPO’s member states initiated World IP Day in 2000 to raise public awareness about the role of IP in daily life, and to celebrate the contribution made by innovators and creators to the development of societies across the globe.

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