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In conjunction with World Intellectual Property Day and the 40th anniversary of the World Intellectual Property Organization, King Saud University hosted an educational workshop Monday on the licensing of intellectual property and technology to raise awareness of IP in our lives and celebrate the contribution of innovators throughout the world.

The workshop was developed to encourage talented and creative students of all levels.

Other activities, organized by King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology, included the airing of a program titled “Political and Economic Affairs” on the news station Action, the dissemination of information about intellectual property in local newspapers and the placing of information from WIPO in Arabic and English on the website of King Abdul Aziz city for Science and Technology.

Dr. Francis Gurry, Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization, addressed the workshop on global connectivity, how rapidly it has expanded and how the worldwide communication network will impact our future.

He noted that accelerating pace of innovation and speed of data management and exchange will benefit all – from corporate entities to research institutions to individuals.

Dr. Khaled bin Saad Al-Saleh, supervisor of intellectual property and technology licensing at King Saud University, gave a talk titled “Technology Transfer at King Saud University,” which addressed the university’s system of innovation and dissemination of intellectual property, and objectives of the program.

Dr. Abdul Rahim Antar, legal counsel of intellectual property and technology licensing, followed with a talk on historical and contemporary legal aspects of intellectual property.

The workshop included a roundtable discussion by participants from King Saud University’s women’s department and science and technology, law and business administration programs. They proposed cooperation between the intellectual property program and Ministry of Education to promote invention and innovations by students of all ages.

The World Intellectual Property Organization, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, was established in 1967 as a specialized agency of the United Nations. Its mission is to develop “a balanced and accessible international intellectual property system, which rewards creativity, stimulates innovation and contributes to economic development while safeguarding the public interest.”

For the past 10 years, many of its 184 member nations have marked the anniversary of the founding of WIPO with special events.