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The Office of Patents and Intellectual Property at OVPR Participates in the 12th International Inventions Exhibition in the Middle East

Under the patronage of his highness the Amir, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, and in the presence of Sheikh Talal Al-Khalid Al-Sabah as his representative, the Office of Vice President for Research represented by the Office of Patents and Intellectual Property at Kuwait University participated in the 12th International Inventions Exhibition in the Middle East in Collaboration with the Geneva International Fair, which was held from the 16th till the 19th of February at the Marriot Courtyard Hotel – Al-Raya Hall.

This International Inventions Exhibition is considered the second largest exhibition following the Geneva International Fair according to global rankings, receiving Arab, regional and international attention, it also highlights inventions and creations by Kuwaiti youth, highlighting the contemporary side of the State of Kuwait and its role in supporting inventors. Within the framework of research collaboration between Kuwait University and Scientific Institutions, in supporting inventors and inventions, the Office of Vice President for Research represented by the Office of Patents and Intellectual Property nominated the two inventors Dr. Mohammad Al-Ansari from the Department of Biochemistry at the Faculty of Medicine for his invention entitled: علاج موضعي طبيعي جديد لعلاج البهاق والبروتوكول العلاجي الجديد
(New Natural Topical Treatment for Vitiligo and the New Treatment Protocol)
And Prof. Imtiyaz Ahmad and Dr. Mohammed Al-Failakawi from the Department of Computer Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering and Petroleum for their invention entitled: تمديد العمر الافتراضي لخلية الذاكرة المغناطيسية المتعددة المستويات عن طريق تقليل الكتابة ذات المراحل الثنائية وذات التيار المرتفع
(Extending the Life Span of a Multi-Level Magnetic Memory Cell by Reducing High-Current and Two-Stage Writing) to attend the exhibition and display their inventions to highlight the role of Kuwait University in supporting research and inventors.

General Secretariat of the GCC also nominated Prof. Mariam Yousef from the Department of Pharmacology at the Faculty of Medicine on behalf of her research team, which consists of Dr. Ahmad Al-Hashim, Dr. Evan Edaviogo and Dr. Samuel Combian, to participate in the exhibition for their funded and registered patent at the Office of Patents and Intellectual Property entitled: الخصائص المضادة للسعال وضيق الشعب الهوائية لعقار Q8-KU001
(Anti-Cough and Bronchial Properties of the Drug Q8-KU001)

On this occasion, Dr. Mohammed Al-Ansari explained that his invention is part of his research project at the Faculty of Medicine which he conducted in 2016, and was registered in the Office of Patents and Intellectual Property at Kuwait University. His project consists of two separate treatments of natural ingredients, and the creation of a new method for treating vitiligo through the use of this device and exposure to optical spectrum A UVB, UVA through sunlight. He emphasized that vitiligo is hard to treat; however, this invention was tested for four years. The treatment has proven to be effective and the results are very satisfactory. The treatment has also been approved by Kuwait’s Ministry of Health and is ready for marketing.

Dr. Al-Ansari also explained that Kuwait University communicates with international companies regarding this invention, and the treatment will be released in markets within the upcoming year, stressing Kuwait University’s continuous interest in supporting research and facilitating the researcher’s mission between the Ministry of Health and University.

In this context, Dr. Mohammad Al-Failakawi expressed his pride in Kuwait University, as he considered their participation an embodiment of the Office of Vice President for Research efforts, especially the Office of Patents and Intellectual Property, which have always been a pioneer in supporting inventors and facilitating all means of obtaining patents, as well as supporting Kuwait University’s participation in this exhibition. Dr. Al-Failakawi explained on behalf of the research team, which consists of three inventors, Prof. Imtiyaz Ahmad, Dr. Mohammad Al-Failakawi and MA student Mr. Mahmoud Al-Moudawikh, that the concept is based on an MA project and a research that has been published in a scientific journal, and the concept was developed into a patent which is an electronic circuit design in which data is stored in order to achieve two goals: the first is extending the memory’s expected shelf life, and the second is to reduce electricity consumption. Dr. Al-Failakawi elaborated that the reasons that led to this invention are mainly the increasing use of portable devices, for one of the basic needs that must be achieved is energy saving.

The two inventors, Dr. Mohammad Al-Ansari and Dr. Al-Failakawi received, on behalf of their research teams, a golden medal, while Prof. Mariam Yousef won the Best Invention submitted by the Scientific Club, and a golden medal. They were all honored by the representative of his highness the Amir, Shaikh Talal Al-Khalid.

The Office of Vice President of Research, represented by the Office of Patents and Intellectual Property, extended its congratulations to the winning inventors, as RS takes pride in serving young researchers and elevating the status of Kuwait among international forums.

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