Participants were from: Argentina, Brazil, Cambodia, Cameroon, Egypt,
Estonia, European Union, Kenya, Lesotho, Malta, Montenegro, Pakistan,
Peru, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Swaziland,
Switzerland, Thailand, Uganda and Ukraine.
This advanced course, which is the second of its kind, embodies the
highest level of learning as part of the progressive learning strategy of
the WTO. The course sought to improve the participants' understanding of
WIPO and WTO rules on intellectual property (IP), improve their
understanding of important policy issues in the area of IP under
discussion in WIPO and the WTO and to improve their capability to assess
the implications of IP on their economies.
The course represents invaluable cooperation between the WTO and WIPO,
enabling the delivery of a programme that allows each organization to
complement the other's area of expertise as well as providing a platform
for the involvement of other key players in the field of IP. The course
is designed to ensure progressively higher levels of understanding in the
area of IP in order to equip the participants with the necessary tools to
help formulate policies that will facilitate the development process in
their respective countries. In addition, it will enable participants to
work together with other stakeholders in their constituencies to attain
efficiency and higher use and management of IP.
The course consisted of a combination of presentations followed by
discussion sessions, panel deliberations, as well as practical exercises
on a wide range of issues. These issues included, among others:
international policy and law in IP; the different agreements and
conventions governing IP; IP and its relation to economic development,
international trade, public health particularly with respect to access to
medicines, climate change and competition policy.
Overviews were given on the current international landscape in
copyrights, trademarks, industrial designs, geographical indications and
patents. The WTO dispute settlement and TRIPS (trade-related aspects of
intellectual property rights), traditional knowledge and folklore, IP
enforcement and technical assistance and capacity building in the area of
IP were also covered. In addition, the participants benefited from
sessions involving delegates dealing with different IP issues in Geneva
as well as staff from various entities including among others, the World
Health Organization (WHO), International Union for the Protection of New
Varieties of Plants (UPOV), General Electric, International Centre for
Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD). Participants also had the
opportunity to meet and pose questions to Mr. Pascal Lamy,
Director-General of the WTO.
Overall, the participants considered the course a success, particularly
due to the high quality of presentations and the rich content of the
subject areas covered. However, it was felt that extending the time
allocated to the course would enable more in-depth coverage of a number
of issues. Continued partnership between WIPO and WTO was strongly
This advanced course forms part of the Geneva-based component of the
WTO's training and capacity-building program, which also comprises
three-month trade policy courses, three-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. For more information,
WTO Biennial Technical Assistance Plan 2010-2011.
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