The final Law Update of 2022 is here, and it’s packed full of articles. The double edition features two focus areas, first is a spotlight on Energy and Resources and second we feature a collection of articles on Transport and Logistics. The developments occurring in these sectors in the MENA region are unprecedented and our lawyers cover vast themes for you.
The Energy and Resources focus features topics such as diversifying energy resources, solar PV, mining in the Middle East, renewable energy and green hydrogen. From a transport perspective, we draw attention to the Bahrain metro project, discuss the challenges and remedies associated with the repossession of an aircraft, and there is advice on what to consider should a party vary the terms of a shipping contract.
This edition navigates you through updates from across jurisdictions such as, Oman, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Iraq, Qatar, and the UAE. Each article is timely and provides insights into legal issues and cases that are affecting these sectors across the region.Read the full edition
Martin Hayward - Head of Digital & Data - Digital & Data
At the end of 2019, seven out of the world’s top ten largest companies, by market value, were technology based companies. Central to the success of many of these companies is their intellectual property (‘IP’) assets and their ability to both protect and exploit these assets to deliver new technology products and services.
Technology and IP have always been closely intertwined and never more so than now as new disruptive technologies emerge and never more so than in the Middle East & North Africa (‘MENA’) where new technology companies are establishing themselves and an ever increasing number of international technology companies are entering the MENA market.
As more companies adopt new technologies as part of digital transformation efforts critical to their future growth and success, there is an ever-greater need for lawyers who understand these technologies and the IP that underpins it.
Al Tamimi & Company’s IP and Technology, Media and Telecommunications (‘TMT’) teams work closely together supporting both technology companies as they develop and grow their MENA businesses and their customers as they license and use technology. This issue of the Law Update demonstrates the depth and breadth of expertise within these teams with articles ranging from the basics of IP protection of software innovations to the UAE approach of regulating AI and what Data Monetisation means for organisations. Our Patent Team also prepared an article on insights into legal concepts of Inventorship vs Ownership.
We also cover developments in the region and look at the new legal framework offered for Cloud Computing in Bahrain and in Saudi Arabia. We explore the Diplomatic immunity it offers for Data stored in Bahrain and the Cyber Security control and challenges in Saudi Arabia.
Our Team also gives a refresher on traditional topics such as an Insight into protection and enforcement of IP rights in Egypt, as well as 10 quick short notes on copyright claims in the Middle East.
Our experts also look at the newly issued DIFC Intellectual Property Law and its implications for UAE businesses.
We also touch base on the transformation of our industry and the advantage of Document Automation.
We hope you will enjoy reading this issue and find it interesting as much as we did preparing it; if you have any queries related to Intellectual Property matters or Technology, Media & Telecommunications, please do not hesitate to contact our experts.