Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Investment Promotion (MoCIIP) has recorded more than 30 registration requests under intellectual property rights (IPR) in fields of virus prevention, sterilisation, disease surveillance devices, treatment methods, protective clothing and other solutions to control and fight the coronavirus outbreak, said a press statement.
Nidaa bint Yaqoub al Tamimieh, a specialist of patent inspection in the National Intellectual Property Office at MoCIIP, said that the requests received by the ministry since the beginning of the pandemic, “were varied in various sectors, particularly in the health field, in addition to other sectors such as the technology and communications fields”.
During the pandemic, Nidaa said the MoCIIP “exerted its efforts to address the challenges facing the innovators by receiving and registering applications electronically, which contributed to encouraging many inventors to protect their creative rights”.
The pandemic period has witnessed presentation of many creative ideas through individual, group and corporates efforts aimed at confronting the pandemic in the sultanate, she emphasised.
“These efforts included inventions submitted by small, medium, large enterprises and emerged students’ companies.”
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