Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority conference held

Islamabad, November 16, 2012 (PPI-OT): Conference of SMEDA Regional Business Coordinators held at SMEDA Head Office. During the conference a special session on Intellectual Property was organized which was participated by the IP experts and representatives of business entrepreneurs.

The Director General IPO-Pakistan Mr. Sajjad Ahmad and CEO SMEDA Mr. Yousaf Naseem Khokhar jointly chaired the session. Mr. Muhammad Ismail, Deputy Director IPO-Pakistan given a presentation about the importance of IP for SMEs. He elaborated registration process for different IP rights and briefed about the facilities provided by IPO-Pakistan for assistance of right owners.

The Director General IPO-Pakistan Mr. Sajjad Ahmed addressing on the occasion said that Intellectual Property Organization of Pakistan (IPO-Pakistan) since its establishment in 2005 is in close collaboration with Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA); Chambers of Commerce and Industry; Business Associations; and Women Business Enterprises for development of SME sector in Pakistan. At international level, IPO-Pakistan has linkages with SME Division of WIPO; European Commission (EC); World Trade Organization (WTO) and other intergovernmental bodies for effective use of IP system by SME sector in Pakistan. IPO-Pakistan has launched a number of activities in collaboration with SMEDA for public awareness; improvement in service delivery; protection and promotion of IP rights of SME sector in Pakistan. Both the organizations have signed an MOU in the year 2011 for collective approach to protect IP rights of SMEs.

IP Facilitation Desks have been launched at SMEDA Head Office, Lahore and Regional Office, Karachi. About 50 workshops/seminars/training sessions have been jointly organized by IPO-Pakistan and SMEDA at local level during last 6 years. Free consultancy services are also proposed to be provided by IPO-Pakistan and SMEDA to SMEs for better use of their intangible assets in economic growth.

CEO SMEDA Yousaf Naseem Khokhar said that SMEDA will continue its cooperation with IPO-Pakistan for management of national IP Assets.

For more information, contact:
Haji Ahmed Malik
Principal Information Officer
Press Information Department (PID)
Tel: +9251 925 2323 and +9251 925 2324
Fax: +9251 925 2325 and +9251 925 2326
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