The opening session was headed by Ms.
Hoda Serag El Din who gave a welcome speech to the audience
followed by welcome speeches from representatives from the
above organizations in addition to Counselor Hisham Ragab
who represented the Ministry of Industry and Trade in Egypt
by giving a speech on behalf of the Minister.
The audience totaled around one hundred and twenty (120)
participants from different sectors involved in the IP field
(patent attorneys, lawyers, industrialists and government
officials responsible for IP).
Intellectual Property Serving
Moderator: Dr. Mustafa Abou El Enein
Head of the Commercial Registry
i) WIPO’s Role in Enhancing IP for Small and Medium
Speaker: Counselor Amr Abdel Aziz
ii) IP Serving Small and Medium Enterprises (Practical
Speaker: Mr. Abdul Motei Lotfi
||Vice Chairman, Federation of
Economic Development Associations, and Chairman,
Metallurgical and Construction Chemical Co(MCC)
Reporter: Mr. Tamer El Hennawy
Helmy, Hamza & Partners Law F
The main topic of that session was
Intellectual Property Serving Entrepreneurship.
The first speaker was Counselor Amr Abd El Aziz and he
addressed WIPO’s role in enhancing IP for small and Medium
Counselor Abd El Aziz highlighted WIPO’s mandate in
protection and promotion of IP, the large membership base
(182) states. WIPO has a number of treaties administered by
WIPO (23) treaties which aim at protecting IP. Counselor Abd
El Aziz then highlighted the relationship between IP and
market development and the fact that such intangible asset
in today’s economy plays a great role and has a great value.
Counselor Abd El Aziz thereafter explained that IP may be
used by Entrepreneurs in a pathologic manner, i.e. basically
to fight counterfeiter and in a dynamic manner to develop
IP requires management to acquire, control the use thereof,
manage (i.e grant licneses), and utilize as an asset.
WIPO assists SME by proving information and support through
its web site, publications, news letter and by means of
distance learning. Therefore, SME may receive information
and take procedure without need for a mediator/third party
to save costs.
The second speaker was Mr. Abdul Motei Lotfi. Mr. Lotfi’s
speech revolved around practical examples in IP serving SMEs.
Mr. Lotfi focused in his speech on a very critical and
sensitive issue namely using IP to protect SMEs from
employees and customer misuse.
Mr. Lotfi cited the actual experience he had with employees
resigning and then competing with the former employer using
IP such employer owns. Naturally, the ability to prohibit
such use of IP would differ based on whether the IP is
protected or not.
The same issue arises when a customer being a distributor
decides to utilize a supplier IP (trade mark/design) and
promote a product the distributor decides to produce.
IP and Successful Technology Licensing for Small and Medium
Enterprises (Practical and Legal)
Moderator: Dr. Ashraf Mohamed Shehata
||Vice Chairman, Egyptian Junior
Chairman of Sheta Tex
Professor of Management at the German University in
Speaker: Mr. Ali
||Head, Innovation and Technology
Transfer Section, Patent Division
IP and Transfer of Technology
Speaker: Mr. Samir
Hamza (in the absence of Dr. Hossam Lotfi)
Attorney at Law and Vice President of AEPPI
Reporter: Mr. Gamal Ahmed
Hassouna & Abou Ali Law Firm - AEPPI
Mr. Ali Jaiziri’s presentation tackled
the impact of Successful Technology Licensing (STL) for
Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) on economic growth. To
reach a STL, a party must own a valuable IP licensed to
another party in the context of a business relationship. The
interests of the parties are typically different but a
successful agreement can be reached when the following four
(4) key terms are negotiated and well addressed: (i) subject
matter: what is licensed?; (ii) scope: what can you do with
it?; (iii) financials: what value does it have and means of
compensation?; and (iv) upgrades: what will happen with it
in the future?
Building on Mr. Jaiziri’s presentation, Mr. Samir Hamza went
on to discuss how the Egyptian Commercial Code No. 17 of
1999 addresses technology transfer contracts (TTC). At the
outset, TTCs must be in writing and its duration should not
exceed five (5) years, subject to renewal. The Code
prohibits a number of practices, unless otherwise agreed by
the parties, and imposed obligations on both parties, which
aim to (i) protect what the law sees as the weaker party,
the licensee; and (ii) distribute responsibilities and risks
among the contracting parties. Finally, the Code requires
the application of Egyptian law and grants exclusive
jurisdiction to Egyptian courts; an issue that caused a lot
IP and Technology Management (Theoretical and Practical)
Moderator: Counselor Amr Abdel Aziz
Speaker: Mr. Ihab H. Youssef
||Board Member, Egyptian Junior
Business Association, and
Managing Director, Serraj Worldwide (S.A.E.)
Speaker: Mr. Mohamed Elnawawy
Vice President Corporate Strategy, Telecom Egypt
Speaker: Mr. Ali Jaiziri
The Role of IP in Stimulating Creativity and
Speaker: Mr. Stephan Freischem
Deputy Secretary General – AIPPI
Reporter: Mr. Waleed Shoukry
Helmy, Hamza & Partners Law Firm - AEPPI
Main points raised in IP Technology Management
(Theoretical and Practical) – Speeches of the first
part of the Session were presented by:-
1. Mr. Ihab Youssef – stressed on the following
- The importance of regulations in encouraging
investors through protecting their rights.
- The importance of IP in protecting the consumers (i.e
trade mark infringements).
- IP added value may be reflected in the price of
- Investors and private sector should encourage
innovation and creation (i.e. Intel and Microsoft).
- Emphasized the importance of exporting
Intellectual Property rights not only using same as
2. Mr. Mohamed El Nawawy addressed the following
- The potential Market of the Digital transmission
is a growing market in Egypt.
- Egypt has been establishing global networks for
- It is important to provide the means for
transmitting digital content and more essential to
protect such digital content.
3. Mr. Ali Aljaziri covered Intellectual Property
and Technology Management
He outlined the following issues of his
presentations IP Assets and its effect on human
- Current Technology Transfer Trends.
- The need of University IP infrastructure to
- IP and Technology Management in general.
- The role of WIPO support by emphasizing on the
University Initiative Program.
4. Mr. Stephen Freischem
He spoke in the second part of the session covering
the Role of IP in stimulating creativity and
innovation from a historical, point of view up to
the current situation in Europe and court decisions.
He touched especially on the pros and cons of IP in
which it protects investment and provides
substantial assets to the Company, by eliminating
competition during the period of protection and on
the other hand hampers competition through vigorous
The creation of unjustified monopolies which may
block sequential innovation and fair competition
must be avoided.
Importance of IP in Promoting Innovation within
Universities, Research Centers and Public Scientific
Chairman Bavaria Egypt
Vice President, AEPPI
Counselor Amr Abdel Aziz
Dr. Bassem Awad
Judge and Lecturer of IP Law at the Egyptian
Mr. Bowman Heiden
Qatar Science and Technology Park
Ms. Heba El Toukhy
Helmy, Hamza & Partners Law Firm – AEPPI
This session of the Symposium
covered a vital role of intellectual property and
explored the important role of intellectual property
in developing countries like Egypt and other Arab
countries in the region through the utilization of
academic research and protection of inventions that
result from scientific researches to support such
The speakers started their vision by stating the
facts and statistics of the ever diminishing rate of
researches vis-à-vis the educated population in the
Arab region, and clarifying the reasons that
resulted in such decrease such as the lack of
attention to developing education and science and
lack of investment in innovation, effectively
showing the audience our current stance.
Secondly, the speakers expounded examples from other
countries that had helped increase the number of
researches, such as in Korea which subsidies
universities and offers incentives to researchers
and students in an effort to promote research and
The question then arose on how this role can be
carried out and what entities will be responsible?
Primarily, universities and research centers shall
have the responsibility for hosting researchers and
developing science which all speakers concurred as
being essential for teaching youth the importance of
IP development, how it can be protected through
registering patents and the means of commercializing
such protected products to harness their economic
benefit. Such research would then be employed by the
policy makers in order to achieve the utmost benefit
on an economic and social level. Policy makers
include officials from the government, the private
and public sectors, researchers and financial
institutions who shall work on the most efficient
means of utilizing innovations, exploring market
requirements and obtaining the necessary financing
to convert scientific researches and inventions into
products that will benefit the community and
contribute towards the welfare of nations.