Intellectual Property Rights Office (IPR)
One of the priorities for the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology’s (MCIT) is to support the development of software industry, while increasing social awareness of intellectual property issues. Part of this objective includes reforming the Copyright Law, which saw a new Intellectual Property Law introduced in June 2002. The Intellectual Property Rights Office (IPR) was established to reinforce these changes and to administer a national copyright system.
Since its conception, there has been an increase in the number of seminars, workshops, and training sessions carried out, signifying a shift in the popular manner of dealing with intellectual property in the country. As a result, Egypt managed to reduce its level of software piracy to 59% in 2009 according to the seventh annual BSA and IDC Global Software Piracy Study.
The Office guarantees efficient protection to IPR and administers the deposit of computer programs and databases, providing licenses for the legal-reproduction and translation of these for educational purposes. In addition, the IPR Office works with different bodies concerned by intellectual property rights on both national and international levels and is committed to raising awareness and understanding of intellectual property rights among the software community and general public.
Training is a vital part in the education process and ITIDA has conducted advanced training courses with 1960 judges representing various courts around the country as well as 1013 general prosecutors. The aim of the training was to familiarize them with sound procedures that guarantee law enforcement to its full extent. ITIDA offered additional courses to over 258 law enforcement officers from around Egypt to ensure their full knowledge of the technical aspects related to the application of the law.
ITIDA works closely with the Ministry of Culture to promote the Copyright Law and has subsequently carried out campaigns tailored to increase awareness of IPR and its role in sustaining economic growth and attracting direct foreign investment. The campaigns were designed and carried out in cooperation with various government entities, NGO’s such as the Egyptian Center of Information Technology and Intellectual Property Rights (ECIPT), and multinationals, working in same fields as Microsoft and Auto Desk amongst others.
The Egyptian Center of Intellectual Property and Information Technology (ECIPIT): www.ecipit.org.eg
The World Trade Organization: www.wto.org
The World Intellectual Property Organization: www.wipo.org