U.S. administration praises Saudi intellectual property protection

February 25, 2010

Minister of Commerce and Industry Abdullah bin Ahmed Zainal welcomed a White House decision, announced today in Washington, to eliminate Saudi Arabia from a watch list of countries that do not adequately protect intellectual property rights.

In a statement, United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk explained that the Kingdom was removed from the Special 301 Watch List after it made “significant progress in improving protection for intellectual property rights during the past year.” He added, “Over the last several years, Saudi Arabia has stepped up its enforcement actions, strengthened its legal framework, and demonstrated a commitment to fostering innovation and creativity . . . This is a credit to the hard work done by Saudi Arabia, as well as to our close bilateral cooperation.”

Commenting on the decision, Minister Zainal said that it confirms the significant progress achieved by the Kingdom over the past 12 months in promoting the protection of copyrights. He attributed the achievement to the continuous instruction given by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz to governmental bodies in Saudi Arabia to provide the greatest possible protection to intellectual property rights.

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