Saudi Arabia’s intellectual property chief meets with business owners

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As part of a series of meetings to strengthen the partnership between the Authority and the business sectorThe Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property meets with business owners in the Council of Saudi Chambers. (SPA)
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As part of a series of meetings to strengthen the partnership between the Authority and the business sectorThe Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property meets with business owners in the Council of Saudi Chambers. (SPA)
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As part of a series of meetings to strengthen the partnership between the Authority and the business sectorThe Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property meets with business owners in the Council of Saudi Chambers. (SPA)
Updated 11 September 2018
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Saudi Arabia’s intellectual property chief meets with business owners

  • A meeting has been held between Saudi Arabia’s Authority for Intellectual Property and the Kingdom’s business sector
  • A historical background of intellectual property in Saudi Arabia was presented to the delegates

JEDDAH: A meeting has been held between Saudi Arabia’s Authority for Intellectual Property and the Kingdom’s business sector, in a bid to strengthen their ongoing partnership.
The Executive Chairman of the Authority Dr. Abdulaziz bin Mohammed Al-Suwailem stressed that it was the first in a series of meetings that the Authority intends to organize with the various private sector activities in Saudi Arabia to consult on intellectual property issues, the challenges facing the sector, and prospects for cooperation between the two sides.
A historical background of intellectual property in Saudi Arabia was presented to the delegates, showing its accession to the International Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in 1982, through to the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property (PARIS) and the issuance of a number of related regulations such as copyright, patent and trademark.
They also discussed the national strategy for intellectual property, the development of intellectual property systems, the efficient and high quality of products and services, the raising of awareness of intellectual property rights, as well as the direction of the intellectual property system in the Kingdom.


Christchurch Muslims praise King Salman’s Hajj offer

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Christchurch Muslims praise King Salman’s Hajj offer

  • The president of the Muslim Association of Canterbury Shagaf Khan said people will be both financially and spiritually supported during the journey
  • Khan said a trip to Makkah would normally cost around 10,000 New Zealand dollars ($6,769), but King Salman’s offer would cover pilgrims “from the time they leave their house and come back”

CHRISTCHURCH: King Salman’s Hajj offer to host families of those affected by March’s Christchurch terror attacks is “something really special,” said the president of the Muslim Association of Canterbury, Shagaf Khan.
The Saudi king has offered to host and cover the expenses of 200 Hajj pilgrims when they journey to Makkah this year.
Khan said people will be both financially and spiritually supported during the journey. “For some of them, it’ll be a great comfort feeling like they’ve fulfilled the obligations of being a Muslim,” he added.
Khan said a trip to Makkah would normally cost around 10,000 New Zealand dollars ($6,769), but King Salman’s offer would cover pilgrims “from the time they leave their house and come back.”
When asked what the offer would mean for Canterbury’s Muslim community, Khan said it is part of the solidarity and support that has been shown to them since the Christchurch terror attacks, which claimed the lives of 51 people.
“Four months on … people still feel supported and they feel they’re still being remembered,” he added.
Sheikh Mohammed Amir, who is working closely with the local community, Saudi Arabia’s Embassy and its Ministry of Islamic Affairs to implement King Salman’s offer, said it will be available for those who had lost family members or been injured in the mosque attacks.
Canterbury’s Muslims are “very appreciative” of the offer, added Amir, who is chairman of the Islamic Scholars Board of New Zealand.
“I’ll say with full confidence that this will be a big relief for the deceased’s families, for the victims, for all those who’ve been injured and affected,” he said.
When asked how the organization of the pilgrimage is going, Amir said “so far, so good,” but added that it has been challenging without official records to track everyone down.
He said it is an honor and a responsibility to help organize the pilgrimage, which he has been helping to plan since the end of Ramadan. “People are very excited about it,” he added.
He said he believed that the king’s offer had been made to help people’s rehabilitation after the terror attacks.
“The community believes he’s going to contribute in building Christchurch and bringing people to a normal life,” Amir added.