ITIDA IPR Office Receives Renewal of ISO 9001:2008 Certification

The Intellectual Property Office (IPR), affiliated to the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA), has received a renewal of ISO 9001: 2008 certification till 2018, after passing inspection procedures necessary to renew the certification. The Office is the first in the Middle East and Africa to obtain this certificate for the quality of IP services and for applying the specifications and standards of comprehensive quality issued by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), based in Geneva, Switzerland.

The ISO 9001: 2008 is the most common certification in the world. It is related to systems and standards of quality management that the Office is keen to follow and apply to improve administrative performance levels, raise the efficiency of employees, bring the highest satisfaction rates of customers and strengthen investor confidence in the entity regarding efforts exerted in the field of IPR protection.

In January and February, the Office issued 256 licenses for software companies, internet cafes and PlayStation stores, and registered about 20 programs and databases on the Internet. This in addition to providing technical support to prosecutions and courts through 40 reports of technical expertise for lawsuits addressing violation of IPRs, as well as providing training for 265 artistic works investigation officers.

During 2015, the office had issued approximately 1368 licenses for software companies, Internet cafes and electronic games and PlayStation stores. It also supported start-ups and entrepreneurs in the field of protecting IPRs of programs, applications and project ideas, which amounted to around 170 programs and databases on the Internet. Moreover, it renewed 98 licenses for copying, selling and trading of educational and commercial programs.

At the level of supporting and developing capabilities of law enforcement officers, the Office held a number of workshops for training judges of economic courts, public prosecution staff, artistic works investigation and IPR protection officers. A number of 451 members of judicial bodies and 85 police officers were trained in coordination with the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Interior.

Source: Arab republic of Egypt