Saudi Arabia intellectual property authority signs MoU with South Korea

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The Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the South Korean Intellectual Property Office. (SPA)
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The Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the South Korean Intellectual Property Office. (SPA)
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The Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the South Korean Intellectual Property Office. (SPA)
Updated 25 September 2018

Saudi Arabia intellectual property authority signs MoU with South Korea

  • The MoU was signed on the sidelines of the 58th General Assembly of the Member States of the World Intellectual Property Organization in Switzerland
  • It was signed by Dr. Abdul Aziz bin Mohammed Al-Swailem, executive chairman

JEDDAH: The Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the South Korean Intellectual Property Office to cooperate in the protection of intellectual property rights.
The MoU was signed on the sidelines of the 58th General Assembly of the Member States of the World Intellectual Property Organization in Switzerland.
It was signed by Dr. Abdul Aziz bin Mohammed Al-Swailem, executive chairman of the Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property and Kim Tae Man, the Korean commissioner for Korean Intellectual Property Office in South Korea.
The MoU aims to establish a general framework for intellectual property cooperation between the two countries and the development of automation systems, including workflow mechanisms, information systems and administrative processes.

This is done through the exchange of information on the policies, strategies and plans related to automation systems, as well as the development of the licensing program for intellectual property agents of the authority.
It also aims to enhance bilateral cooperation between the two nations to support the environment of creativity and innovation, to increase coordination and synergy in order to increase public awareness and enhance the knowledge of the community on the content and applications of intellectual property, and exchange of experiences in the fields of intellectual property and cooperation in the conduct of studies and research in fields and topics of common interest.


TheFace: Deema Al-Jaafari, Saudi entrepreneur

Updated 24 January 2020

TheFace: Deema Al-Jaafari, Saudi entrepreneur

  • I truly believe that if you set limits to your abilities you will never be able to exceed them
  • I founded Teak Woodwork in Alkhobar which has extended its services to cities including Jeddah and Riyadh

For nine years, I was the only child in my family. My father was a very independent, strong character and I learned a lot from him.

Having started from zero, he taught me to work hard, seek perfection and always believe that anything was possible if you set your mind to it. 

My mother was very easy going and encouraging. She really believed in me and was always supportive. There was a balance at home for me with these two different characters.

Some people might think that being an only child for quite some time, I was spoiled and dependent. But that was never the case and I have an amazing relationship with my little sister Maha; she is my best friend.

My father works in pharmaceuticals and is chairman of the board of directors at Al-Dawaa Medical Services.

My mother was a schoolteacher before entering the world of business, and my sister is a chemical engineer. Though we are a very diverse family, we all have an appreciation for art which is evident in our household. My mother is an artist and art collector too.

I do not have a role model; there are many people I look up to in the business world and in my social life. 

I studied software engineering and worked in that field for almost a year, but although I learnt a lot I wanted more from my career. Software engineering made me think and solve problems in a different way and it played a major role in how I operate in the field of business.

I worked at Al-Dawaa for almost two years and found that I was more attracted to business and marketing than the technical side of things. That is when I decided to take on the family business, Waleed Al-Jaafari Establishment.

I run PIECES, a retail store I founded in Alkhobar in 2012 and later opened a branch in Riyadh in 2014. Now, we are working to make it an online business too.

I noticed that there was a demand in the Kingdom for custom-made furniture, and although some stores offered the service there was little choice. So, I decided to provide high-quality furniture made in Saudi Arabia.

In 2015 I founded Teak Woodwork in Alkhobar which has extended its services to cities including Jeddah and Riyadh. My father has other branches dealing with different fields, but I opted to run the retail store and woodwork services. 

I truly believe that if you set limits to your abilities you will never be able to exceed them. Once you realize that there are no limits, all doors will open for you.