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


December 10-11, 2018
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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. 

Session Spotlight

The Role of Free Trade Zones to Promote Economic Growth

Balancing the benefits of free trade zones (FTZs) to promote economic growth in an underserved area of a country with their vulnerability to exploitation by counterfeiting remains an ongoing struggle for brand owners and governments. 

This session features experts from Louis Vuitton Middle East FZCO, the Nigeria Office of Trade Negotiations, and Dubai customs who will share insights and strategies to help brand owners and intermediaries navigate
 these complexities and successfully enforce their IP rights in free trade zones. 

 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.

Thank you to our Platinum and Silver sponsors!

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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