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Study focuses on need of intellectual property rights in Yemen

National Yemen

Mahmoud Al-Naqeeb

By NY Staff

A recent study has called for the establishment of an independent institution focused on intellectual property ownership in Yemen. The proposed institution would be in charge of establishing an inclusive system for intellectual property ownership and would help to economical, social and cultural development in the country.

The study, put forward by Mahmoud Al-Naqeeb – the recipient of a partnership degree from the Higher Military Academy college – included a vision of establishing intellectual property rights with the hope that they would enhance the ownership experience in Yemen. According to the study, ownership will reach a good level of efficiency in 2022 and will contribute to local development throughout the nation.

The study stated that intellectual property rights would assist Yemen’s ability to meet international and regional standards.

In his study, Mahmoud Al-Naqeeb stated that the issue of the ownership is now of great importance within the new international economy, as international interest in such rights has only increased in recent times.

Al-Naqeeb suggested in his study that intellectual property rights enhance innovation, production, agriculture and trading in general, and also that they represent a vital component of knowledge transference and technological innovation. In addition, stated Al-Naqeeb, ownership protection encourages investment and innovation in literary arts and music. It further explained that both developed and underdeveloped nations depend on ownership protection to assist economic development, especially in new systems that depend heavily on innovation.

According to the study, the development of the ownership rights depends on the extent to which a country and concerned institutions can tackle new challenges and find new ways of dealing with them.

Al-Naqeeb pointed out that Yemen’s accession to certain international agreements such as the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property in 2006, and the Berne Convention on Copyrights in 2008, enhanced confidence in Yemen’s intellectual property system.

The study noted that underdeveloped countries like Yemen possess wealth, traditional knowledge, genetic resources and forms of cultural expression. Such resources need to be studied from the perspective of social and economic development, making protection of intellectual property rights a national necessity.

Finally, Al-Naqeeb’s study pointed out that an awareness campaign targeting all segments of society would help lead to the adoption of an intellectual property rights system.