The League of Arab States (LAS) celebrated on Tuesday World Intellectual Property Day at its headquarters in Cairo by hosting a discussion forum on intellectual property.
The theme of the forum – organised by the department of intellectual property and competition at LAS and Saudi SMAS Intellectual Property Group – was 'Reach for Gold: Intellectual Property and Sports.'
"Sports have a big role in increasing income and are an important economic, industrial, investment resource in all countries, this is why intellectual property rights are considered important," Maha Bakhait, the head of the department of intellectual property and competition at LAS said in the opening session of the forum.
Bakhait explained the importance of raising awareness about intellectual property and the trademark registration of sports products.
The event discussed how sports and sports technologies have become important trademarks that need to be protected to preserve the rights of their owners.
The event was attended by a number of current and former Arab officials as well as legal and intellectual property experts.
The event also witnessed the honoring of four Arab personalities for their contributions in the field of intellectual property and sports, including Egyptian Saeed Abdullah, the aide to Egypt's Minister of Trade and Industry, Judge Hassan Badrawy, the deputy head of the cassation court in Egypt, and El-Amry Farouk, former minister of sport sand current deputy president of Ahly Club.
Every year, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) leads the global celebration of World Intellectual Property Day, which falls on 26 April.