Programs and Events
Programs and Events
2018 Middle East and Africa Conference: Innovation, Investment, and IP
December 10-11, 2018 — Dubai, United Arab Emirates

2018 Middle East and Africa Conference: Innovation, Investment, and IP


December 10-11, 2018
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Online registration will be available through December 7. No onsite registration available.

The Middle East and Africa regions contain some of the world’s major developing economies and a growing number of multinational trademark owners recognize burgeoning opportunities for growth in this part of the world. Steady commercial activity and innovation have led to an increased need for harmonization of trademark protection as well as effective strategies to protect consumers and guard against infringement and the counterfeiting of goods.

Join us December 10-11 in Dubai for two days of inspiration and robust discussion about the opportunities and challenges of attracting investment into the regions, how innovation is re-shaping the economy, and the importance of a thorough IP strategy for effective protection and enforcement in these regions. 

A very special opening keynote
Mr. Haddad battled back from a spinal cord injury stemming from a Jet Ski accident at age six, which left him paralyzed from the chest down, and through a collective effort to raise awareness on climate change, water pollution and marine life, and reforestation; accomplished three world records in walking, climbing and snowshoeing in Lebanon’s extreme environments.

Mr. Haddad’s athletic achievement became a “game changer” for the spinal cord injury research field and with his participation and collaboration has led to studies and advancements in exoskeleton technology.

Hear this inspiring story, which is living proof of what technology and innovation can do in our daily lives.

On the agenda

Leading trademark experts and government officials will discuss:
  • The importance of prioritizing IP to support an innovation-based economy
  • The growing need for harmonization
  • Cross-border enforcement
  • Fighting counterfeits—online and offline
  • The interplay between IP and regulations and how to develop the right strategies for the region
  • And more!

Thank you to our Platinum and Silver sponsors!

 Interested in becoming a sponsor? Please contact Lyonel Yu, at

Who should attend?

Brand owners, in-house counsel at all levels, law firm practitioners, government officials, trademark professionals, brand protection managers, business development experts, and investors are encouraged to attend.

This conference qualifies for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points.

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