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A Palestinian delegation representing An-Najah National University, ‎‎Birzeit University, Palestine Polytechnic University, and the Ministry of ‎‎National Economy recently participated in a study visit on the ‎‎Establishment of Technology and Innovation Support Center (TISC) ‎‎Network in Palestine held at the World Intellectual Property Organization ‎‎‎(WIPO) in Geneva over the period 25-26 November 2019. ‎


The delegation from An-Najah included Dr. Yahya Saleh, Director of ‎An-Najah's Business Innovation and Partnerships Center (NaBIC). ‎

The study visit was organized by the World Intellectual Property ‎Organization (WIPO), and the Ministry of National Economy of ‎Palestine.

Mr. Walid Abdelnasser, Director, Regional Bureau for Arab Countries, ‎Development Sector, WIPO inaugurated the meeting, and talked about the ‎WIPO Technology and Innovation Support Center (TISC) program's ‎goals. ‎He noted that the World Intellectual Property Organization provides ‎innovators of the technology and innovation support centers in the ‎Palestinian Universities with access to local based, high quality ‎technology information and related services, helping them to exploit their ‎innovative potential and to create, protect, and manage their intellectual ‎property (IP) rights.‎

The visit included an intensive training program on innovation, patents, ‎,intellectual and industrial property. The training program commenced ‎with a workshop that included several ‎presentations given by international ‎specialists and experts from WIPO about their Program on the ‎Establishment of Technology and Innovation Support Centers (TISCs), ‎the implementation of TISC Project in Palestine, the importance of patent ‎information and search tools, using international patent classification ‎‎(IPC) for searches, and searching patents using PATENTSCOPE. ‎

On the second day, the training program facilitated a workshop that ‎included two presentations about searching patents using Espacenet, accessing and using TISC resources. Following the presentations, the ‎speakers led a dialogue with the ‎attendees on the above topics. ‎

The visit included an intensive training program on innovation, patents, ‎,intellectual and industrial property. The training program commenced ‎with a workshop that included several ‎presentations given by international ‎specialists and experts from WIPO about their Program on the ‎Establishment of Technology and Innovation Support Centers (TISCs), ‎the implementation of TISC Project in Palestine, the importance of patent ‎information and search tools, using international patent classification ‎‎(IPC) for searches, and searching patents using PATENTSCOPE. ‎

On the second day, the training program facilitated a workshop that ‎included two presentations about searching patents using Espacenet, accessing and using TISC resources. Following the presentations, the ‎speakers led a dialogue with the ‎attendees on the above topics. ‎

On the last day of the visit, the training program covered several topics ‎most important of which are trademarks as a tool for promoting business, ‎and the importance of patents in the economic sector. The visit was ‎concluded with a session that included an overview of WIPO IP policy ‎for universities, and with a bilateral meeting with the Regional Bureau for ‎Arab Countries. ‎

During his visit, Dr. Saleh met with Ambassador Dr. Ibrahim Khreisheh, ‎Permanent Representative of the State of Palestine to the United Nations – ‎Geneva.  Dr. Saleh shared ‎with the Palestinian ambassador the latest news ‎‎‎of the University, and briefed him about An-Najah's international ‎participations with the aim of promoting innovation and creativity in the ‎University as part of its strategic plan. ‎


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