Microsoft Gulf recently conducted a training session on software piracy and intellectual property rights (IPR) protection for inspectors of Abu Dhabi’s Department of Economic Development (DED). Held at venue with the assistance of the Institute of Training and Judicial Studies, the session is part of ongoing efforts by Microsoft Gulf in collaboration with major governmental institutions to raise public awareness on the negative economic and social effects of software piracy and other IPR crimes. DED inspectors are now better equipped to protect the interests of the emirate’s businesses, consumers and citizens in line with the Abu Dhabi 2030 Vision. “Piracy costs the region significant economic losses each year so we want our inspectors to have a keen eye for possible violations against IPR and know when and how to act on these appropriately. Software piracy is a particular area of concern given our focus on developing Abu Dhabi as a technology hub so we appreciate the knowledge and expertise shared by Microsoft Gulf and the Institute during the training session,” said Mohamed R Alrumaithi Director of the commercial protection Division , Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development.“The DED is a key agent in fulfilling the development agenda of Abu Dhabi and so it is important that it is constantly updated on threats to businesses and the local economy in general. We are confident that the training its inspectors have received will significantly improve the Department’s ability to detect and address IPR violations particularly against software enterprises,” added Chancellor Dr. Mohammed Mahmoud Al Kamali, Director-General of the Institute of Judicial Training and Studies.
“We would like to thank the DED for cooperating with us to impart essential IPR knowledge and skills to its inspectors in this regard. We also highly appreciate the Institute of Training and Judicial Studies for its untiring support for our anti-piracy campaigns. Through the efforts of such distinguished organizations we go steps closer towards our shared vision of a piracy-free Gulf,” concluded Jawad Al Redha, Head of Government Interface for Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and Small and Mid Market Solutions and Partners (SMSP) Business Development at Microsoft Gulf.