GPCA, SABIC and EQUATE organise 4th GPCA IP Awareness Workshop in Kuwait

As part of development through joint training, the 4th Intellectual Property (IP) Awareness Workshop was organised by the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) in collaboration with SABIC and EQUATE Petrochemical Company, during 12-13 December 2018.

Participants of the 4th Intellectual Property (IP) Awareness Workshop, organised by GPCA in collaboration with SABIC and EQUATE Petrochemical Company, during 12-13 December 2018.
Participants of the 4th Intellectual Property (IP) Awareness Workshop, organised by GPCA in collaboration with SABIC and EQUATE Petrochemical Company, during 12-13 December 2018.

The workshop was aimed at promoting awareness about the practice and implementation of IP. Attendees discussed important issues related to IP, such as applications and disclosures, as well as strategies in protecting IP within the region and around the world.

The Dr Abdulwahab Al-Sadoun, secretary general of GPCA, said: “The GCC chemical industry’s patent applications have increased significantly over the years, reaching close to 2,400 in 2017. Over the past decade, the number of chemical patents obtained in the region grew by 6% per annum, almost on par with global growth of 5.6%. This trend is an indication of the industry’s continuous drive towards innovation and the need to create awareness about the importance and protection of IP.”

“In line with this, GPCA is proud to be organising the 4th edition of the IP Awareness Workshop, dedicated to the practice and implementation of IP and the best-in-class strategies for protecting it within the region and the world. Special thanks goes to our partners EQUATE and SABIC for their extensive support in making this another successful edition,” Dr Al-Sadoun added.

EQUATE CFO Dawood Al-Abduljalil said: “IP is a key element of innovation in any industry that aspires to grow and develop by having new practices. Through the collaboration of various organisations from around the world, this forum is of essential significance in creating awareness about the importance and steps relevant to protecting intellectual property.”

This successful series of IP awareness workshops was attended by a number of professionals from the chemical and petrochemical industry, as well as IP strategists, lawyers, innovators, researchers, patent officers, marketing and business development practitioners.

Previous GPCA IP workshops were held in the UAE and Saudi Arabia. The workshop series aims to create awareness on this important topic amongst the regional industry and related value chain partners.

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