SHARJAH, -- The UAE is classified among the world's leading countries on protecting the intellectual property in terms of legislative and executive standpoints.

Dr. Mohammed Mahmoud Al Kamali, Director-General of the Judicial Training Institute, said in his opening speech at a judicial workshop held on Tuesday in Sharjah, that the country's constitution calls for protection of intellectual property and national laws have been enacted in this respect.

"The UAE has a global advanced position in fighting software piracy, which places it among the best countries in the world for protecting intellectual property," he added.

During the workshop organised by the Judicial Training Institute of the Ministry of Justice and the United States Patent and Trademark Office, over the course of two days and in co-operation with the United States Consulate, Al Kamali noted that the indicators confirm the existence of major global economic transformations during the coming years, adding that the UAE accommodated the inclusion of the national agenda in the UAE Vision 2021, for the country to play a major role in these transformations, and become an economic, tourism and trading capital for more than two billion people.

The UAE official noted that the UAE has achieved an important advancement in the Global Innovation Index for 2016 by occupying the first place in the Arab world and 41st internationally in terms of its overall performance on the index, after advancing from the second place in the Arab world and 47th place out of 128 countries.

"This is in line with the directive of the UAE government and its national agenda, and transforming to a knowledge-based economy according to the UAE Vision 2021. The Ministry of Justice and local judiciary initiated this achievement by forming special circuit courts for viewing cases of intellectual property, which requires intense training for judges that work in these circuits, as well as members of the Public Prosecution and law enforcement members," he said.

The workshop was held at the institute's headquarters at University City. It was attended by 22 judges and prosecutors, as well as a number of experts from the U.S. and the UAE who work in the field of intellectual property.

Source: Emirates News Agency