RIYADH: The Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property (SAIP), in partnership with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), today launched the first phase of the National Network of Intellectual Property Support Centers.
The launch officially established 21 centers in five regions of the Kingdom: Makkah, Madinah, the Eastern Province, Al-Qassim and the capital, Riyadh.
Each intellectual property (IP) center is designed to better serve the Kingdom’s inventors, innovators and entrepreneurs with direct access to scientific and technological information from national databases. IP support centers can also provide related services needed to accelerate the growth of ideas, and to protect them when they have taken form.
During the launch, six agreements of cooperation were signed. From the public sector, King Abdulaziz University, Taibah University, King Fahad Medical City and the Saudi Health Council joined the National Network.
From the private sector, Effat University and the I-be Company also joined, in the presence of the SAIP CEO Dr. Abdul Aziz bin Muhammad Al-Swailem and WIPO representative Mossadak Hussain.
Public awareness about the importance of IP is on the rise, and the potential to transorm it into intellectual capital. The Kingdom’s best and brightest people can use the IP support centers to assist them in generating and utilizing their intellectual property rights, in accordance with global best practices.