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Title: Establishing an effective Omani intellectual property system : an Omani cultural perspective
Author: Al Kharusi, Mohamed
ISNI:       0000 0004 7965 8912
Awarding Body: Nottingham Trent University
Current Institution: Nottingham Trent University
Date of Award: 2018
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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.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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