Saudi Arabia launches campaign to promote intellectual property rights

The Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property aims to organize, support, sponsor, protect and promote IP in the Kingdom. (Shutterstock)
Updated 28 April 2019

Saudi Arabia launches campaign to promote intellectual property rights

  • Events will be staged in shopping malls throughout Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: The Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property has launched a major awareness campaign to coincide with an international promotional event.

The government body has organized a range of activities to mark its first participation in World Intellectual Property Day, which this year is themed “Reach for Gold: IP and Sports.”

Events will be staged in shopping malls throughout the Kingdom with awareness messages promoted under the slogan “#I_respect_intellectual_property_rights.”

Intellectual property (IP) refers to creations of the mind, such as inventions, literary and artistic works, designs, and symbols, names and images used in commerce. IP is protected in law by patents, copyright and trademarks which enable people to earn recognition or financial benefit from what they invent or create.

The Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property aims to organize, support, sponsor, protect and promote IP in the Kingdom in line with local and international standards, and in cooperation with other bodies has organized workshops and run social media and newspaper initiatives to push its messages.

Dr. Abdul Aziz bin Mohammed Al-Swailem, the authority’s CEO, said the agency was working with the World Intellectual Property Organization to celebrate international IP day and help promote a culture of protection and respect for IP rights by raising awareness in society.

This year’s “Reach for Gold: IP and Sports” campaign explores how innovation, creativity and the IP rights that encourage and protect them support the development of sport and its enjoyment around the world.

Business relationships built on IP rights help to secure the economic value of sports which in turn stimulates growth of the industry by financing events and promoting grassroots development of sports.
 


Passionate Saudi musicians Jwa ready to take the world by storm

The group has plans to perform in Jordan, Egypt, Dubai and Bahrain, as it awaits the release of its first album before exploring new horizons. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 19 February 2020

Passionate Saudi musicians Jwa ready to take the world by storm

  • Jwa’s first album is due to be released on Feb. 25
  • The word “jwa” in Arabic means the “highest levels of passion and love,” which embodies how the quintet feel about Indie music — the thing that brought them together

RIYADH: The music scene in the Kingdom is exploding, with young, talented Saudis taking full advantage of the developments in the country by showcasing their talent.
 In a limited time, young Saudi musicians have proven that they are equal to any other young cohort of musicians anywhere in the world.
 One of those talents is a young band from Dhahran, Jwa. Currently performing locally in Riyadh, Jeddah and other cities in the Eastern Province, the group has plans to perform in Jordan, Egypt, Dubai and Bahrain, as it awaits the release of its first album before exploring new horizons.
 The band, formed in 2018, is composed of Methgal Al-Shammari on drums, Mohammad Al-Nahas (bass and vocals), Arkan Al-Zahrani (guitar), Mansour Al-Gallaf (guitar) and Fawaz Baasem (keyboard).
They have had two local hit singles, “Ya Safina” and “Min Jadeed.” Methgal and Mohammad, the founders of Jwa, say that at first they “performed at numerous local events and parties” across the Kingdom. It did not take them long to become popular among Saudis.

FASTFACTS

• Jwa was formed in 2018.

• Since its launch it has two local hit singles.

• The band’s first album is due to be released on Feb. 25.

The word “jwa” in Arabic means the “highest levels of passion and love,” which embodies how the quintet feel about Indie music — the thing that brought them together.
However, they have faced many challenges in the last two years. Methgal and Mohammad said initially a “lack of support for independent bands” and “weakness of the nurturing music environment” within the country halted their progress.
However, due to the steps taken by the General Entertainment Authority, bands like Jwa have become able to make their voices and music heard. In the future, they are looking to go international, to “make their band known not only to different regions of Saudi Arabia but also abroad to gain more momentum and attraction.”
Jwa’s first album is due to be released on Feb. 25.