Licensing Practices: Patents and Trademarks Commercialization workshop


Licensing Practices: Patents and Trademarks Commercialization workshop



Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Knowledge Forum Hosts "Licensing Practices: Patents and Trademarks Commercialization " Workshop


AMMAN –------ December 2014 –------- The Licensing Executives Society – Arab Countries organized a workshop titled " Licensing Practices: Patents and Trademarks Commercialization” at Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Knowledge Forum (TAG-Forum), with Mr. Arnud Michel, President  of the Licensing Executive Society International (LESI), HE Dr. Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, President  of Licensing Executives Society – Arab Countries, and members of the Higher Council of Science and Technology, and an elite group of experts in the field of patents and trademarks.

The workshop aimed at highlighting the significance of technology marketing and supporting inventors and innovators by providing all the necessary tools to motivate them and to build their capacities.

Mr. Michel illustrated the role played by LESI which was founded 50 years ago and comprises ten thousand members, in spreading awareness regarding the importance of technology and knowledge transfer, stressing the strong ties between LESI and the international organizations concerned in Intellectual Property protection in general of which most prominent the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

In addition, he illustrated the tendency adopted by LESI to engage youth in more sectors in matters related to knowledge, technology transfer through what he called "Youth Congress", and called for forming a similar entity in the Arab region.

Meanwhile, Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh welcomed Mr. Michel and appreciated his choice of Jordan to be one of his major destinations after being elected last June to chair the international organization. Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh indicated his extensive attempts to change the name of LESI to become more indicative of the global role it plays in the field of technology transfer.

He added, "We should prioritize capacity building in the field of licensing, knowledge and technology transfer, and we should direct inventors, investors and experts to invest in inventions which are a culture needed in the Arab region".  

Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh also stressed the importance of setting licensing agreements in order to protect software, and other computer programs and Internet applications in the knowledge era which witnesses unprecedented technology revolution which requires all involved parties’ cooperation to access this revolution and benefit of its outcomes.

Dr. Wissam Rabadi, Chief of Party of Jordan Competitiveness Program funded by USAID, highlighted the role and objectives of the program in enhancing competitiveness in the Kingdom and encouraging the participation of the private sector in economic development.

Ms. Maral Nersessian, coordinator of the Key Area Coordinator in Energy at SRTD, talked about the role of the Higher Council for Science and Technology in supporting research, technological development and innovation. While Mr. Jamil Al-Khatib talked about innovation: Incentives and Barriers in the economic system.

About Licensing Executives Society – Arab Countries (LES-AC)

LES-AC is the first regional Arab society in the field of licensing and technology transfer which is the only regional representative of LESI in the Arab countries. Dr. Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, chairman of LES-AC is a board member of LESI. LES-AC is concerned in intellectual property licensing issues both theoretically and practically and about consultancy related to technology transfer through licensing aiming at spreading awareness in the business community about the economic significance of licensing, intellectual property protection and investment in research and development.

About Jordan Competitiveness Program funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID)

Since it was launched in 2013, the Jordan Competitiveness Program – USAID has been working on enhancing business environment and increasing the Competitiveness of Jordan. The main objectives of the program are to create job opportunities, to increase direct foreign investment and to increase exports. The program makes the emphasis on three key sectors: information and communication technology, clean technology, and medical services and life sciences.