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Published On: Fri, Sep 11th, 2015

Somaliland:Courts to start Hearing Intellectual property Crimes and infringement Lawsuits

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courtBy Goth Mohamed Goth

Infringement of intellectual rights, trademarks and copyrights can be criminal offences, as well as being actionable in civil law, Somaliland chief Justice discloses.

These is the first time ever IP crime case has being which was filed by the University of Hargeisa against a similar learning institution expected to be opened in Hargeisa and which goes by the same name.

Prof. Aden Haji Ali Ahmed speaking to members of the press said, “Country courts will from now on start persecuting those indulging in Intellectual property and infringement crimes have being on the rise

“The intellectual property regulation deals with the rules for securing and enforcing legal rights to inventions, designs, and artistic works. Just as the law protects ownership of personal property and real estate, so too does it protect the exclusive control of intangible assets”, he said.

Lastly the Chief Justice stated, “The main purpose of these laws is to give an incentive for individuals to develop creative works that benefit society, by ensuring they can profit from their works without fear of misappropriation by others.

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