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On October 5 and 6, 2009 the government
officials will be at the WIPO headquarters and from October 7 to 9, 2009
at the WTO headquarters in Geneva.
Participants are from the following countries: Albania, Argentina,
Bahrain, Bangladesh, Botswana, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Egypt, El
Salvador, Fiji, Georgia, Germany, Jordan, Kenya, Malta, Mauritius,
Mozambique, Nepal, Netherlands, Nigeria, Peru, Sri Lanka and the European
The main objective of the course is to update participating government
officials on the activities and instruments of the WIPO and the WTO and
to provide a forum for an exchange of information and ideas between them
and the two secretariats on these matters. The course addresses a range
of topics, including: an overview of international policy and law in
intellectual property; the negotiating background of the TRIPS Agreement
and an overview on subsequent developments; intellectual property and
economic development; the WIPO development agenda; overviews of the
current international landscape in copyrights, trademarks, industrial
designs, geographical indications and patents; WTO Dispute Settlement and
TRIPS; IP Global issues; TRIPS and public health; innovation and
intellectual property; intellectual property and genetic resources,
traditional knowledge and folklore; the relationship between the TRIPS
Agreement and the Convention on Biological Diversity; and enforcement of
intellectual property rights.
The WIPO-WTO Advanced Course on IP represents a significant step in
work-sharing on a global scale and extends the growing need of IP
knowledge, which will increase quality knowledge in IP management on
global IP issues while building economic growth in the countries
concerned. With the IP knowledge imparted to them in this advanced
course, the participants will work with their IP officials and other
stakeholders to attain efficiency and higher use and management of IP.
This advanced course builds on the success of the WIPO-WTO Colloquium for
teachers of intellectual property which has been held annually since
2004. It is also a valuable addition to the other human resources
development programs offered by WIPO and the WTO.
This advanced course also forms part of the Geneva-based component of the
WTO's training and capacity-building program, which also comprises
3-month trade policy courses, 3-week introduction courses for government
officials from least-developed countries and advanced thematic courses on
other topics, including dispute settlement, technical barriers to trade
and sanitary and phytosanitary standards.
On October 9, 2009 Mr. Pascal Lamy, Director-General WTO, will address
the participants at the closing ceremony for this advanced course.
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