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Type: Privately Held
Industry: Intellectual Property Management
Founded: 1972
Founder(s): Talal Abu-Ghazaleh
Ownership: TAG-org
Headquarters: Queen Noor St.Shmeisani

P.O Box 921100, Amman

Country: Jordan
Key People
Charles Sha'ban, Executive Director

Khaled Battash, Manager

AGIP (Abu-Ghazaleh Intellectual Property) is a subsidiary of TAG-org committed to providing intellectual property and trademark registration, copyright, domain names and design for businesses.

In 2003, AGIP Executive Director, Charles Sha'ban, was elected to the GNSO council representing the Southwest-Asia and Africa seat in ICANN's Business Constituency.

Company Background

AGIP was launched in Kuwait in 1972 as TMP agents when issues regarding Intellectual Property just started to develop in Middle East. Since its establishment, AGIP has become the region's leader in the field of Intellectual Property, serving over 30,000 clients. A majority of the company’s clients are members of Fortune's Global 500. [1]

It has 28 offices located in the countries in the Middle East, plus offices located in China, Cyprus, India, Pakistan, Turkey and Russia. The company also has liaison offices throughout Europe, and Canada, and 180 correspondent offices around the world.[2]

AGIP helped the governments of Bahrain, Lebanon, Yemen, Oman, Tunisia and United Arab Emirates to draft and revise new laws and regulations regarding intellectual property rights to be implemented in their respective countries.[3]

International Organizations Involvement

AGIP is also actively involved with international organizations as part of its dedication in promoting intellectual property protection, such organizations as:

1. World Intellectual Property Organization
2. World Trade Organization
3. International Trademark Association
4. International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property
5. International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys
6. Arab Society for Intellectual Property
7. Licensing Executives Society-Arab Countries
8. Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition
9. American International Property Law Application
10. Chartered Institute of Patent Agents
11. Institute of Trademark Attorneys

ICANN Involvement

Since 2001, AGIP is also an active member of ICANN, including the Business Constituency, IP Constituency and Registrar Constituency. In 2003, the company chaired a workgroup on IDN and IP related issues. It was elected as a member of the country code Names Supporting Organizations in 2004; its term expired in 2007. [4]

AGIP Publications

The company has published relevant IP references for the Arab region, including an English translation of all Arab IP laws, and an IP dictionary with a comprehensive list of English-Arabic translations and definitions of terminology. [5]

AGIP also created the Legal Cases Database, which contains information related to all closed and current IP legal cases handled by the company and its competitors in the Arab region. It also compiled the Intellectual Property Published Registrations, a databank of all the registered trademarks in Middle East; which is comprised of records of renewals, assignments, and all other recorded actions made during the trademark filing process.[6]