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Ministry of Economy and Trade Working on National Strategy for Protecting Intellectual Property.

Damascus, (SANA) -- The Ministry of Economy and Trade, in cooperation with authorities concerned, is working to devise a general strategy for protecting intellectual property to protect investors and attract foreign agencies.In a statement to SANA, Director of the Department of Commercial and Industrial Property Protection at the Ministry of Economy and Trade Jamil al-Asaad said the general strategy for protecting intellectual program is based on a five-year plan leading to developing activities for registering intellectual property rights, thus providing effective protection and guarantee for the owners of these rights.Al-Asaad pointed out that this step will help encourage investments, as it will protect companies, projects and creativity, establishing an integrated national infrastructure.Aa This plan takes into account the special needs of each sector, establishing a network among various sectors, he added.The strategy will work to spread awareness about intellectual property via a program that the ministry began carrying out two years ago, in addition to cooperating with the Syrian chambers of commerce and industry to make guide books about trademarks and industrial schematics and models according to the directives acquired from the Word Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).Spreading awareness about intellectual property will be carried out using the DL-101 distance learning program with the help of WIPO, to help integrate the teaching of intellectual property into universities. Cooperation with the Ministry of Education is also underway to include educational material that encourages innovation and develops talents.Syria achieved a new stage in the field of competitiveness in protecting property according to the 2009 Global Competitiveness Report due to several developments in this field such as issuing new laws and amending old ones, modernizing the infrastructure, facilitating the process of obtaining patents, caring for protection of trademarks, and reducing piracy.Some of the new laws include the law of the industrial marks of identification, schematics and models of 2007. Syria also signed a number of agreements in the field of intellectual property.Statistics show that counterfeit goods around the world are estimated at around USD 780 billion, making up 5 to 10% of international trade circulation, which is due to the recent increase in piracy of copyrighted material and counterfeiting of trademarks and industrial schematics and models.H. Sabbagh / Kh. Aridi

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Date:Oct 31, 2009
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