World Intellectual Property Organization

Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean

The Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean is responsible for providing technical assistance and capacity building programs to the 33 WIPO member states from the Latin America and the Caribbean region (LAC). These activities are provided in close cooperation with relevant sectors within WIPO and are aimed at facilitating the use of IP for social, cultural and economic development. In addition, the LAC Bureau administers Funds-in-Trust (FITs) of member states, which help to promote the effective use of IP in the region.

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Management

  • Senior Director: Juan Antonio Toledo (photo on Flickr)
  • Program 9: Africa, Arab, Asia and the Pacific , Latin America and the Caribbean countries, Least Developed Countries (2014/15 Program and Budget PDF, Program and Budget)
  • Reporting to: DDG, Geoffrey Onyeama
  • Sector: Development Sector

What we are trying to achieve

Our work aims to contribute to the following expected results in 2014/15:

  • Tailored and balanced IP legislative, regulatory and policy frameworks.
  • National innovation and IP strategies and plans consistent with national development objectives.
  • Enhanced human resource capacities able to deal with the broad range of requirements for the effective use of IP for development in developing countries and least developed countries (LDCs).
  • Strengthened cooperation mechanisms and programs tailored to the needs of developing countries and LDCs.
  • Enhanced access to, and use of, IP information by IP institutions and the public to promote innovation and creativity.
  • Enhanced technical and knowledge infrastructure for IP offices and other IP institutions, leading to better services (cheaper, faster, higher quality) to their stakeholders.

These in turn contribute to WIPO's Strategic Goal III: "facilitating the use of IP for development".

What we do

    Our activities include:

  • Development of national IP strategies, policies, and country plans, taking into account the priorities and specific needs of the countries;
  • Supporting member states in strengthening their IP systems by providing development-oriented technical assistance and capacity building programs, as required;
  • Management of member states’ Fund-in-Trust (FIT), which contribute to the use of IP for development in the region; and
  • Supporting horizontal cooperation initiatives among IP offices in the LAC region. By making the most of existing local capacities and resources, larger audiences can thus be reached.

 

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