The celebration was held at NBO headquarters in Azaiba beneath the patronage of H E Dr Muna bint Salim al Jardaniyah, Undersecretary for Technical Education and Vocational Training in the Ministry of Manpower.
Dr Hilal bin Ali al Hinai, secretary basic of TRC, mentioned, “As intellectual property and knowledge transfer is one of the four pillars of the National Innovation Strategy, the team responsible for the activation of programmes of this pillar developed a national plan for education and training in the field of intellectual property, in cooperation with the World Intellectual Property Organization Academy, and intellectual property institutions in the sultanate. The plan is expected to start this year.”
He added, “The Intellectual Property pillar had successfully managed to achieve one of its important initiatives which is the establishment of the Omani Intellectual Property Society that held its first meeting recently.”
Sherif Saadallah, executive director, WIPO, mentioned, “Based on a Unesco report, women are still a minority in the field of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.”
He added, “Though female Arab researchers comprise only 37 per cent of the total quantity of Arab researchers, the percentage is nevertheless larger than that of their counterparts in the European Union.
“WIPO’s reports focused on the empowerment of women in intellectual property.”
According to the report of Global Indicators of Intellectual Property, issued in 2017, the total quantity of applications for acquiring patents submitted by female innovators elevated 3 instances from 22,600 to 62,400.
Information Source: Muscat Daily