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Somali Intellectual Property office SIPO is an authority for the protection and regulation of intellectual property domains , with its main headquarters in the capital , Mogadishu, under Industrial Department of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry. It is established by Somali trademark law No 3 of 22nd Jan 1955 as amendment by law No 33 of 1975 and No 66 1987, the latest amendment of the law was approved by the cabinet and it is in the pipeline of the parliament. The main responsibilities of SIPO is registering intellectual property rights, granting and enforcing protection documents, providing information related to intellectual property rights, making them available to the public, raising awareness of the importance of intellectual property and protecting its rights, representing Somalia in international and regional organizations related to intellectual property rights, defending its interests, and expressing opinion on international agreements related to Intellectual property rights, in addition to following up the implementation of the obligations arising from Somali’s accession to international conventions related to intellectual property, in addition to establishing information rules in the field of the authority’s work, and exchanging information with local, regional and global authorities, as well as licensing activities related to the authority’s field of work. Intellectual property protection is critical to fostering innovation. Without protection of ideas, businesses and individuals would not reap the full benefits of their inventions and would focus less on research and development. SIPO will develop Somali intellectual protection policies, laws, regulations and other important procedures to deliver Intellectual protection services. SIPO will also provide Technical infrastructure and capacity building programs to share knowledge.
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