IP development organization helps kick off the first event to address economic importance of IP rights protection in the Middle East

Washington,DC The International Intellectual Property Institute (IIPI) announced today the successful completion of Jordan Intellectual Property (IP) Week. IIPI consultants worked closely with the Jordanian Intellectual Property Association (JIPA) to bring together more than 300 participants from government, academia, and industry to discuss protection mechanisms in Jordan to safeguard healthy economic growth and attract investment.

“Jordan’s bid to become a regional investment hub has been greatly advanced by enhancing its IP system,” notes David Barth, the Acting Mission Director and Regional Legal Advisor for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). “Jordan IP Week is a culmination of all of the effort extended by the Jordanians and several international organizations over the past several years to help this country meet the requirements of their Free Trade Agreement with the United States.”

Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein kicked-off Jordan IP Week at an opening ceremony in Amman on August 11th. Peter Fowler of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Sharif Saadallah of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and IIPI President and former U.S. Patent and Trademark Commissioner Bruce A. Lehman also discussed efforts to promote IP issues in Jordan.

“The Jordanians understand that unlicensed or counterfeit products lead to lost revenue, threaten consumer health and safety and tarnish corporate images,” observes Lehman. “IIPI is pleased to have played a role in establishing this informational event.”

Critical issues discussed during IP Week included:

• IP Protection and enforcement
• Intellectual assets as a vehicle for economic growth and business expansion
• Negotiating license agreements with targeted groups of music users
• Knowledge management
• Compliance with international trade treaties

The IIPI delegation to Jordan included the Honorable Ralph Oman (former Registrar of Copyrights), the Honorable Judge Randall Rader (US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit), Professor Michael P. Ryan (Georgetown University), and Professor Martin J. Adelman (George Washington University).

Jordan IP Week is organized by JIPA in cooperation with IIPI with support from the USAID-funded AMIR Program. IP Week is sponsored by the USPTO, WIPO, Georgetown University McDonough School of Business, and George Washington University Law School.