Latham Co-Sponsors Forum on IP Reform in the UAE

November 11, 2010

Latham & Watkins was honored to be a co-sponsor of the Abu Dhabi Technology Development Committee (TDC) forum on “Strengthening the Intellectual Property Environment of the UAE.” The IP Forum was held on 2 November at Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi as part of the TDC’s efforts to develop a vibrant science and technology sector in the Emirate. More than 100 representatives from companies within various industry sectors, academia and government entities participated in reviewing the current IP environment and discussed initiatives on how to strengthen the creation, attraction and protection of innovation in Abu Dhabi and the UAE.

“Protecting intellectual property rights of companies located in the UAE is an important driver of innovation because it gives confidence to companies generating new technology that their intellectual property rights and their investment will be protected,” said Larry Cohen, partner and Global Co-Chair of the Intellectual Property Practice Group at Latham & Watkins. “Latham & Watkins has been working with the TDC to do a comparative analysis of intellectual property laws across leading jurisdictions and has consulted with UAE government stakeholders to formulate various initiatives and recommendations on how the current intellectual property eco-system could be strengthened.”

Going forward, the TDC will be working with key stakeholders from government, academia and industry to explore practical ways to implement the forum’s recommendations. This will contribute to strengthening the UAE’s IP environment and help meet Abu Dhabi’s vision of building a sustainable and diversified knowledge economy that is well integrated into the global ecosystem. For more information on the TDC and its intellectual property reform, click here to read the TDC’s press release.

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Notes to Editor

1 Latham & Watkins operates as a limited liability partnership worldwide with affiliated limited liability partnerships conducting the practice in the United Kingdom, France and Italy and affiliated partnerships conducting the practice in Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore. Latham & Watkins practices in Saudi Arabia in association with the Law Office of Mohammed Al-Sheikh.   


Laurence Cohen, Global Co-Chair of the Intellectual Property Practice Group, +44.20.7710.4735

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