Welcome to the Saudi Arabia focus edition of Law Update.
One of the key markets in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) that continues to lead from the front is the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). As the largest country in the Middle East and the 18th largest economy in the world, the progress KSA continues to make is underpinned by its Vision 2030 that envisions developing the country as an investment powerhouse and hub that ultimately connects Asia, Europe, and Africa. Given Saudi Arabia’s significance to the regional economy, our team of experts have prepared a range of pertinent articles that provide insights into new laws, regulations, and the legal landscape in the Kingdom.
This edition will provide you with an up-to-date guide on matters such as; the framework issued by the Saudi Central Bank on IT governance, the anti-corruption landscape under Vision 2030; we also provide practical tips for dispute avoidance. This is only a snapshot; there are many more articles within the KSA focus section for you to read, which we hope you will find valuable and enjoyable.Read the edition
Ahmad is a Canadian attorney and engineer with over 12 years of higher education studies in law, engineering and management and over 15 years of international and regional experience in Intellectual Property, Patents, Innovation and commercial law. Prior to joining Al Tamimi in September 2013, he worked for reputable Canadian and International law firms.
Ahmad is the designer, founder and lead of the Innovation & Patents practice of Al Tamimi & Company, a cutting-edge practice designed based on a pioneering 3IP service model offering unique and innovative 3IP services combing legal, business and technical consultancy to our clients throughout the entire innovation life cycle. Our practice stems from our deep knowledge of the innovation ecosystem and addresses the most pressing challenges facing key stakeholders in the innovation ecosystem which the traditional system fails to achieve.
In addition to his Legal and engineering backgrounds, Ahmad has education in General Management, Innovation & Technology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Sloan School of Management, which adds a substantial plus value to his already very heavy kit of qualifications and skills. Ahmad has also earned a certificate in Artificial Intelligence for Business Strategies from MIT. Ahmad brings to the benefit of clients a rich three- dimensional expertise combining legal, technical and business.
Ahmad’s experience and knowledge extend to a wide range of sectors, with a special focus on high technology industries including ICT, computer/software, electrical/electronics, telecommunications, healthcare, aerospace & defence, optics, biomedical, mechanical, transport, education, energy, financial, artificial intelligence, blockchain and oil & gas. He represents a wide range of clients in these sectors, ranging from individual inventors and entrepreneurs to multinational companies and Universities, in the protection, management and enforcement of their innovations locally and internationally.
Ahmad regularly advises governmental entities, research institutions and consultancy firms in a wide range of innovation related matters including, high level innovation strategies, legislative, regulatory, innovation policies, processes, innovation fostering, and setting legal frameworks for the implementation and deployment of innovation projects and organizations inside the country.
He also assists clients in the private sector in a wide range of IP and commercial-related matters, including advising on regional and international patent protection strategies, advising on the patentability, freedom-to-operate and the validity/infringement of inventions, conducting due diligences in the frame of technology transfer and rights acquisitions, negotiating and drafting technology transfer and other innovation related agreements, advising in dispute resolution matters involving IP conflicts including patent litigation, managing global patent portfolios, and drafting and prosecuting patent applications worldwide including, MENA, the US, Europe, Canada and the Far East.
Ahmad is one of the most experienced patent lawyers and innovation councils in the Middle East and is widely recognized for his strategic and visionary thinking and leadership. Ahmad sits on various committees and advisory panels including, the Global Advisory Panel of the UAEU Science & Innovation Park, the UAEU Pavilion Word Expo 2020 Advisory Board, the Global Entrepreneurship Monitoring (GEM) UAE Steering Committee, the Innovation Advisory Board of the Dubai Healthcare Authority, and Herriot Watt Advisory Board. Ahmad is the founder and chair of the Technology Transfer Business Group (TTBG) regrouping key members from Academia, Governments and Innovation Parks with the objective of strengthening R&D driven innovation and its monetization/commercialization inside the UAE. He regularly mentors start-ups throughout their business cycles, from the incubation stage to advanced maturity stages. Ahmad is regularly invited to speak at innovation events and has been interviewed on various television channels, newspapers and magazines in relation to innovations, entrepreneurship and intellectual property, including Dubai TV, Emarat TV, Fujairah TV, the National, International Bar Association, Thomson Reuters and has an extensive library of publications.
2019 – Executive Program in General Management, Innovation & Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Sloan School of Management
2019 – Certificate in Artificial Intelligence for Business Strategies, MIT, Sloan School of Management
2010 – Common Law (DESS), University of Montreal
2005 – Civil Law (L.L.B.), University of Montreal
2004 – Electrical Engineering (M.A. Sc.), Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal
2002 – Computer Engineering (B.Eng), Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal
2006 – Quebec Bar
2002 – Orde des Ingenieurs du Quebec