Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property uncovers IPR violations during Inspection Campaign

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SAIP has warned against the promotion or sale of any products or any activities that violate intellectual property rights. (supplied)
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SAIP has warned against the promotion or sale of any products or any activities that violate intellectual property rights. (supplied)
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SAIP has warned against the promotion or sale of any products or any activities that violate intellectual property rights. (supplied)
Updated 03 October 2019

Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property uncovers IPR violations during Inspection Campaign

RIYADH: Saudi Authority for IntellectualProperty (SAIP) carried out an extensive inspection campaign to uncover   stores,  which   violate   intellectual   property   rights   (IPR), specifically the copyright protection system.

SAIP has warned against the promotion or sale of any products or any activities that violate intellectual property rights, and reiterated that it will be strictly imposing relevant penalties to ensure IPR protection,   especially   concerning   digital   and   paper   literary,   art products, and trademarks. The inspection follows several awareness campaigns, conducted by SAIP   in partnership with competent entities to raise awareness of intellectual property protection and penalties as per relevant laws and regulations.

Complementing SAIP’s ongoing efforts to protect intellectual property rights, the campaign resulted in uncovering some Riyadh-based   stores   involved   in   selling   devices,   constituting IPR infringement.

"The SAIP campaign is an extension of our periodic unscheduled inspection on public establishments and stores, which circulate or deal with products that violate intellectual property rights on any as part of its operations. We are determined to establish the principles of   respecting   intellectual   property   rights,   and   combating   the infringement of these rights in the Kingdom," said Yasser Al Dabbasi, Executive Director of the Intellectual  Property   Rights   Protection Department at SAIP.

"Cooperating with partners from the Kingdom's government and private sectors, SAIP is determined to monitor the activities of service providers and companies that involve intellectual property rights to ensure that the rights are honored, through ongoing awareness   campaigns   and   inspections   aimed   at   apprehending violators," added Al-Dabbasi.


New IHG office, leadership to drive growth in Saudi Arabia

Updated 26 January 2020

New IHG office, leadership to drive growth in Saudi Arabia

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), a global hotel company, has announced plans to open an office in Riyadh in March. The news comes as IHG continues to expand its portfolio in the Kingdom in response to Vision 2030 and the opportunities it presents to the tourism and hospitality sector. The new office will also drive the performance of IHG’s existing estate further in the country and simultaneously support the expanding portfolio, as well as the company’s ambition toward leading Saudization efforts in the industry, a statement said. 

To lead IHG’s business in Saudi Arabia, Bastien Blanc has been appointed as managing director, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, effective March 1. In his current role with IHG, Blanc is responsible for leading the operations across IHG’s portfolio of hotels in the Middle East and Africa, including Saudi Arabia. He will also be responsible for driving both growth and performance for IHG in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. With extensive experience of working in the Kingdom, Blanc has been deeply ingrained into the market. He has also been leading IHG’s Saudization efforts, which he will continue to drive further in his new role. Blanc will continue to report to Pascal Gauvin, managing director, IMEA, IHG. 

IHG has also appointed Saad Al-Ahmari as director of HR and government affairs, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. Al-Ahmari joins IHG from Boeing, Saudi Arabia where he served as the head of human resources. As a senior HR practitioner and Saudi national, he is well versed with the transformation taking place in the Kingdom and has expertise in HR strategy, Saudization, change management, employee engagement, government relations, employment law, and talent management. 

HIGHLIGHT

The Riyadh office will be further supported by new roles, across functions including commercial, financial and procurement, learning and development and IT. 

Managing director Gauvin said: “Saudi Arabia is a key market for IHG in the Middle East. With Saudi Vision 2030 and the rapid socioeconomic transformation in the country, we believe the tourism and hospitality industry will continue to be presented with unparalleled opportunities. We are therefore, pleased to solidify our presence in the country with the opening of a new office in the capital city, and appoint a talented team led by Bastien, to drive our growth and performance in the market. We also have strong commitment and an ambition toward leading Saudization in the industry and the new structure will help us engage with and facilitate the development of Saudi talent.”

He added: “This is an important next step in our growth in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and is a truly significant move to solidify IHG’s position as one of the leading hospitality companies in the country.”