Qatar MoCI, HBKU, WIPO unite to foster intellectual property law education

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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Qatar’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to promote education in intellectual property (IP) law.

According to the statement, the goal of the MoU is to contribute to the development of IP law human resources through teaching and developing practical skills in HBKU’s various law degree programs. WIPO will provide expertise under the terms of the agreement.

Furthermore, the MoU intends to achieve long-term educational goals by strengthening cooperation and partnership among the governmental, international, and educational sectors, and by focusing on IP education in Qatar and abroad.

Sheikh Mohamed bin Hamad bin Qassim Al-Thani
Sheikh Mohamed bin Hamad bin Qassim Al-Thani
Minister of Commerce & Industry

“Qatar’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry is pleased to conclude this Memorandum of Understanding that upholds our national strategy for IP protection in order to provide services and academic programs in Qatar that effectively develop IP capacities and support Qatar’s ongoing efforts in building a knowledge-based economy. This partnership is also vital in enhancing our long-term co-operation with the World Intellectual Property Organization.”

Mr. Daren Tang, Director general of WIPO said that, “WIPO is pleased to continue its co-operation with Qatar by sharing its expertise in the building of innovation and IP related skills and knowledge with HBKU, an institution that is a strong advocate for innovation in Qatar and abroad, and to support Qatar’s expansion of its knowledge-based economy.”

“Working with WIPO and MoCI will enable HBKU to lead a conversation about IP law in Qatar among a broad constituency, including the government, international organizations, researchers and educators, business, and the legal profession. Further, it will help establish Qatar as a regional IP educational hub, and this is particularly key as Qatar has become a magnet for research and technology with HBKU at the forefront of this effort,” commented Dr. Ahmad Hasnah, President of HBKU.

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