One of MCIT priorities is to support the development of software industry, while increasing social awareness of intellectual property issues. Part of this objective includes reforming the Copyright Law, which saw a new Intellectual Property Law introduced in June 2002.
The Intellectual Property Rights Office (IPR) was established to reinforce these changes and to administer a national copyright system.
Since its conception, there has been an increase in the number of seminars, workshops, and training sessions carried out, signifying a shift in the popular manner of dealing with intellectual property in the country.
The Office guarantees efficient protection to IPR and administers the deposit of computer programs and databases, providing licenses for the legal-reproduction and translation of these for educational purposes. In addition, the IPR Office works with different bodies concerned by intellectual property rights on both national and international levels and is committed to raising awareness and understanding of intellectual property rights among the software community and general public.