The Government of Egypt has set up a specialised digital forensic lab for intellectual property (IP) as part of its enforcement schemes of combating software piracy in that country.
The new lab, the first of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), is mainly designed to resolve business software and internet-based piracy cases. It authentically recovers data from digital devices and unearths new fraud techniques.
According to the government, the latest measures aim to enhance the investigative capabilities and ease the digital forensic evidence acquisition, analysis, and reporting.
"Over the last couple of years, Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA's) IPR office has undertaken comprehensive actions to increase IP enforcement with all the stakeholders like the economic courts including judges and prosecutors, police officers, and copyright owners," said Dr. Mohamed Hegazy, Egypt's IPR office manager.
Aiming at develop the necessary skills, the fully dedicated IPR office has delivered extensive training and capacity-building programmes in legal, technical and practical aspects during 2017 to more than 900 police officers, 97 journalists from the National Broadcasting Authority, 125 employees from different software companies, in addition to 473 judges and prosecutors in the economic courts.
Hegazy added that: "We are committed to sustaining our success in combating IP infringement and expanding IP rights. The launch of this lab enables us to achieve our targets."
He said in 2017, ITIDA delivered technical expertise reports of 96 cases to the economic courts and registered 203 computer software programs and issued 267 licences for the first time.