Establishing an effective Omani intellectual property system: an Omani cultural perspective

Al Kharusi, M., 2018. Establishing an effective Omani intellectual property system: an Omani cultural perspective. PhD, Nottingham Trent University.

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Abstract

Intellectual property rights (IPR) are vital to economic growth in modern societies but societies vary in matters such as culture. Within the constraints of Islamic law, this thesis considers the Omani legal IP framework and how it can be enhanced through a wider cultural perspective. Developing a cultural, religious and internationally compatible approach to IPR may serve as a catalyst for Oman's future economic development and underpin external relations.

The research introduces an Islamic approach to activating
Oman's intellectual property system and includes an empirical study of the current legal framework and present weaknesses in its implementation. This approach takes into account Omani culture and the role played by national IP administrative institutions. The approach advocated in the thesis is intended to raise IP awareness among small and medium-sized enterprises in Oman, considered to be the backbone of the developing national economy as well as providing a roadmap for the effective implementation of an IP system in Oman.

The thesis highlights how the largely Western approach to IPRs can be positively incorporated, adapted and regulated into Islamic law and culture. Accordingly, this thesis argues that the existing Omani IP system in terms of copyright, patent and trademark law can be applied to interact positively with Islamic law by respecting Omani culture, in particular public order and morality, while at the same time satisfying the demands of international agreements. The thesis puts forward policy recommendations for the Omani government with the aim of bringing about a more efficient and effective system. Developing a new and compatible approach for Omani IPR may serve as a comparator for the wider context of economic development in the Sultanate and potentially serve as a model for other Islamic countries.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Al Kharusi, M.
Date: September 2018
Rights: This work is the intellectual property of the author. You may copy up to 5% of this work for private study, or personal, non-commercial research. Any re-use of the information contained within this document should be fully referenced, quoting the author, title, university, degree level and pagination. Queries or requests for any other use, or if a more substantial copy is required, should be directed to the owner(s) of the Intellectual Property Rights.
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Law School
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 14 May 2019 13:42
Last Modified: 14 May 2019 13:42
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/36533

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