x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

Talks under way to establish Arab intellectual property rights centre

Publishing association in talks to establish an intellectual property rights centre in the UAE.

Talks are under way to establish an intellectual property rights centre that would be the first of its kind in the Arab world.

"We have met the Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations to discuss progress," Sheikha Bodour said.

"We believe that it is extremely important to register the presence of a centre such as this in the UAE as it will help to guarantee the rights of publishers and authors while serving as a reminder of the perils of copyright violation."

The EPA signed a memorandum of understanding this year with the Emirates Intellectual Property Association.

The EPA president's second term ends in February but she is considering seeking re-election.

* Colin Simpson