Symposium of IP Academies - Beijing, China

May 8 to 9, 2008

The second Symposium for Heads of Intellectual Property Academies within the framework of the Global Network on Intellectual Property Academies (GNIPA), was held in Beijing, China on May 8 to 9, 2008.

Representatives of Academies, Training and Research Institutions from Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia (IPRIA), National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI) of Brazil, State Intellectual Property Office of China (SIPO), China Intellectual Property Training Center (CIPTC), State Intellectual Property Office of Croatia (SIPO), Industrial Property Office of Cuba (OCPI), National Center for Industrial Property Information and Training (INPIT) of Japan, Intellectual Property Research and Training Institute of the Philippines (IPRTI), International Intellectual Property Training Institute (IIPTI), Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) of the Republic of Korea, Turkish Patent Institute (TPI), IP Academy of the University of Khartoum of Sudan, Department of Intellectual Property (DIP) of the Ministry of Commerce of Thailand, United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), National Office of Intellectual Property (NOIP) of Viet Nam, together with representatives of international and regional organizations, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO), African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI), and the European Patent Academy (EPA) took part in the Symposium.  As an outcome for this Symposium, the Heads of IP Academies agreed on the need to cooperate in various ways including in the offering of face to face education, distance or e-learning programs and in carrying out IP research.

Apologies were received from the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI) and National Institute of Industrial Property of Portugal (INPI).

Representatives from national and regional institutions discussed recent growth and development of IP Academies in the world, the cooperation, coordination and support between Intellectual Property Offices and IP Academies, challenges faced by newly-established IP academies and their responses, strategies and methodologies for designing IP education and training programs for diverse target groups, strategies for mobilizing human and financial resources from the public and private sectors and academic institutions.

Actionable Elements

Under the framework set out in the Rio Declaration PDF, Rio Declaration adopted at the first International Symposium on Intellectual Property Academies held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on March 21 and 22, 2007, the second symposium for Heads of IP Academies held in Beijing on May 8 and 9, 2008 examined the implementation of the Rio Declaration and adopted the following action plan for the next period until its next meeting in 2009.

  • Secretariat of GNIPA:
    • Formally recognized the secretariat of GNIPA. The secretariat is composed of WIPO and two other members of GNIPA (comprising of the current host and the next host). The term of the secretariat is one year. The WIPO Worldwide Academy shall be responsible for the day to day administration of the work of the secretariat of GNIPA that will be agreed upon by all members.
    • Any applicant to the GNIPA for membership should be made through the secretariat.
  • Create a GNIPA website, to be linked to and administered by the WIPO Worldwide Academy and which shall contain inter alia:
    • an international survey agreed upon by the GNIPA of key figures and facts with regard to IP education, training and research;
    • educational materials and documents which result from mutual cooperation;
    • Provide a questionnaire to cover all substantive issues concerning the operation of GNIPA. The representatives from Brazil agreed to provide a draft of the questionnaire that will be circulated to all Members of the GNIPA for their input or comments and Brazil will further coordinate the collection of the responses to the questionnaire.
  • The WIPO Worldwide Academy, in cooperation with partners of the Network, will carry out a comprehensive study on the feasibility of the creation of an International Journal on Intellectual Property Education Training and Research. The journal shall be a peer reviewed publication of scholarly articles and serve as a source of contemporary IP issues.
  • Partners of the Network will exchange educational materials, in either electronic format or hard copy as appropriate;
  • The WIPO Worldwide Academy, in cooperation with partners of the Network, will carry out consultations on the feasibility of adopting a compatible e-learning management platform; and/li>
  • The WIPO Worldwide Academy will coordinate the provision of translation services on IP educational material as appropriate.
  • Internships in IP Academies for LL.M. students from the Members of the GNIPA should be facilitated.
  • Inter-Academy Cooperation, synergies etc should be encouraged among the GNIPA members.
  • Compilation of the list of IP books and publications to be donated by the Members of the GNIPA should be communicated to the WIPO Worldwide Academy. The list will be posted on the GNIPA websites. The GNIPA Members will share these materials for IP education, training and research.

Next Meeting

Representatives took note with appreciation, the proposal of EPA to host the third Symposium for Heads of Intellectual Property Academies, in 2009 in Europe. The participants expressed interest in discussing, during the third Symposium, specific topics on IP teaching, training and research. A draft program with suggested topics will be circulated to the members for their comments.

The Representatives of the GNIPA undertook to communicate the outcome of this Symposium to the press and to invite other national and regional IP Academies and similar institutions to join the network.