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.
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.