Oman inks technical deal on intellectual property rights

MUSCAT — Oman’s Public Authority for Craft Industries (PACI) has signed a technical cooperation deal with the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) which, officials said, would considerably benefit students of craft training centres in the sultanate.

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Published: Sun 26 Sep 2010, 11:29 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 8:39 AM

It will also contribute to the country’s plans to draw up a national strategy for intellectual property rights, they added.

The agreement was signed in Geneva by Shaikha Aysha bint Khalfan bin Jumayel Al Siyabiyah, Chairperson of PACI, with Francis Gurry, the WIPO Director-General.

The PACI chief said the joint programme “will have a positive impact in the long-run, particularly for the graduates of craft training centres”.

The PACI chief noted that introducing intellectual property in the curriculum of the training centres would “raise the awareness of craftsmen about the importance of traditional crafts and knowledge”.

She added that the sultanate had been commended by WIPO for its efforts in the field of intellectual property rights.

Gurry said the new programme would support the sultanate’s efforts to draft a national strategy for intellectual property. Praising steps taken by Oman in the sphere of intellectual property, he pointed out that the Gulf state had joined most of the global agreements being implemented by WIPO.

He added that WIPO would assist the sultanate in building up capabilities to enforce the agreements in such a way that they brought economic benefits to the country.

Under the terms of the Oman-WIPO deal, the world organisation will provide the sultanate with technical support to protect its traditional knowledge and organise technical training courses and programmes on intellectual property for Omani officials.

Information in English about traditional Omani crafts would be displayed on the WIPO website and updated regularly, together with the sultanate’s laws and regulations governing intellectual property and handicrafts.

Also, WIPO will organise an international seminar in Oman on protection and documentation of traditional crafts and knowledge.

Meanwhile, Shaikha Aysha opened an Omani craft exhibition in Geneva organised by PACI in the presence of Gurry and other dignitaries. The show, which will last until September 29, features craft and heritage products of Oman.

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