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26 Nov, 2023

IP Community’s Unified Response to Dr. Abu Ghazaleh’s Disturbing Statements

In the aftermath of the tragic Hamas attack on October 7, the IP community was alarmed by horrific statements from Dr. Talal Abu Ghazaleh. IPAA swiftly responded, garnering support from global IP organizations.

In the aftermath of the brutal Hamas attack, where more than 1,200 Israelis lost their lives and over 200 were kidnapped into Gaza, including babies and children, our attention was drawn to the interview given by Dr. Talal Abu Ghazaleh, the chairman of the well-known IP firm Abu Ghazaleh Intellectual Property (AGIP) and the Chairman of the Arab Society for Intellectual Property. In this interview, he made horrific statements, including the assertion that “Hitler left some Jews alive on purpose so that the people would understand that the Holocaust was justified.” 

IPAA has responded by publishing a LinkedIn post, already shared by hundreds of our colleagues in Israel and the international intellectual property community.



Intellectual property serves as a contemporary economic currency, transcending borders, and is grounded in human ingenuity and creativity, inherently linked to fundamental human rights. Among the fundamental principles upheld by those engaged in intellectual property (IP) is the commitment to treating all individuals equally, irrespective of their origin, race, religion, or political beliefs.

In light of this commitment, we could not stand idly by when confronted with a prominent figure in the IP arena whose voice contravenes the universal and acceptable moral standards embraced by the IP community. The Israel Patent Attorneys Association (IPAA) and other members of the Israeli IP community took proactive steps, reaching out to various international IP organizations to bring attention to the alarming and unimaginable statements made by Dr. Abu Ghazaleh.

We are pleased to report that a majority of these organizations promptly condemned his words and took decisive actions, including the removal of his name from their lists or the cancellation of membership and/or sponsorship of his firm. This collective response demonstrates the shared commitment within the global IP community to upholding ethical standards and fostering an environment of inclusivity and respect.

Below are some of the public statements made in this regards:

The statement made by IAM about the removal of Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh from their Hall of Fame:

 

The statement of Managing IP:

It was also brought to our attention that Chambers and Partners removed their recommendation of AGIP in their website.

On behalf of the entire Israeli intellectual property community, IPAA expresses gratitude to all the intellectual property organizations and colleagues who have shown support during these challenging times.