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Office of Grants and Contracts Celebrates World Intellectual Property Day  
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June 2006 Vol. 7 No. 8

Office of Grants and Contracts Celebrates World Intellectual Property Day

One of the performing bands at Issam Fares Hall

The most unusually delightful and original of the Beirut Street Festival's mime performances was the one held on Hamra Street on April 29. Three mimes, completely dressed in white, distributed fliers and bookmarks inviting people to join in celebrating World Intellectual Property Day. The AUB program of events, held later that day at Issam Fares Hall, was organized by the Office of Grants and Contracts in cooperation with the Lebanese Ministry of Economy and Trade and the National Committee on Intellectual Property. Attracting almost 200 participants, the program's aim was to highlight the important role students can play in safeguarding the economy by being active agents in intellectual property (IP) protection.

The program began with a talk by renowned Lebanese actor Gabriel Yammine, who stressed that plagiarism in theater scripts can be an extremely painful experience for playwrights. Lawyer Roger Tanios then explained the technical distinctions between the different IP terms, like copyrights, neighboring rights, trademarks, patents, and industrial designs. Ibrahim Lahoud of the Adobe Software Company followed with a lecture about the severe piracy problem in Lebanon and the Middle East, saying that widespread piracy in Lebanon has led to its being blacklisted by the international community. Joelle Maalouf then spoke about her family's successful efforts in protecting their trademark after developing the Casper and Gambini franchises, which use a menu derived from her mother's own recipes. Other IP lectures and success stories were given by Mohammad Hamzeh, Jamal Krayem, Ali Harakeh, Sadek Sabbah, Kawkab Sinno, Raymond Andary, Fouad Ayyub, and Nabeel Gholam, as well as by Homeidan and Feghali from the Bicharaf Organization for Academic Integrity.

Companies participating in the event included Microsoft, Adobe, Orbit, Rotana, Sader Publishers, and the Sabbah Media Corporation. Tens of fliers, brochures, and posters about the brain drain caused by deficient IP protection and the legal and economic consequences of software and industrial design piracy were exhibited and distributed outside the conference hall.

Overall, the atmosphere of the event was highly interactive and motivational. The hope was to instigate a change in mentality among young people regarding IP protection by stressing that no enterprise can flourish if its ideas and products are constantly being pirated. The event concluded with an uplifting and entertaining IP festival, featuring new Lebanese and regional singers, among them Melhem Zein, Ranine Chaar, and Moustapha Choueikh from the Super Star program. The festival highlight was an Arabic rap song, specifically composed by Mounir Khawli for the event, entitled Haydee Hiyyi El Milkiyyi El Fikriyyi (This Is Intellectual Property), which was performed by Khawli himself.