World Intellectual Property Organization

Symposium of IP Academies - Washington, USA

August 23 to 25, 2011

The 5th Symposium of the Global Network on Intellectual Property (IP) Academies (GNIPA) was held in Washington D.C., United States of America, in collaboration with the Global Intellectual Property Academy (GIPA) of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) from August 23 to 25, 2011.

The participating institutions at the meeting were:

  • BRAZIL - National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI), Rio de Janeiro
  • BULGARIA - University of National and World Economy, Sofia
  • CHINA - China Intellectual Property Training Center (CIPTC), State Intellectual Property Office of China (SIPO), Beijing
  • COLOMBIA - Intellectual Property Academy, Superintendence of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Bogota
  • COSTA RICA - Administrative Board of National Registry, San Jose
  • CROATIA - State Intellectual Property Office of the Republic of Croatia, Zagreb
  • EGYPT - Egyptian Patent Office, Cairo
  • INDONESIA - Intellectual Property Academy, International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA), Banten
  • JAPAN - National Center for Industrial Property Information and Training (INPIT), Tokyo
  • KENYA - Kenya Industrial Property Institute (KIPI), Nairobi
  • KOREA - Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO), Daejeon
  • MEXICO - Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI), Mexico
  • NIGERIA- Nigerian Copyright Institute (NCI), Abuja
  • PERU- National Institute for the Defense of Competition and Protection of Intellectual Property (INDECOPI), Lima
  • RUSSIAN FEDERATION - Russian State Academy of Intellectual Property (RGAIS), Moscow
  • SINGAPORE - Intellectual Property Academy of Singapore, Singapore
  • TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO - Intellectual Property Office of the Ministry of Legal Affairs, Port of Spain
  • TURKEY - International Affairs Department, Turkish Patent Institute, Ankara
  • UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - Global Intellectual Property Academy (GIPA), United States Patent And Trademark Office (USPTO)

REGIONAL INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OFFICES:

  • Center Denis Ekani, African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI), Yaoundé, Cameroon
  • Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) Alicante, Spain
  • European Patent Academy (EPA), Munich, Germany

INVITED LOCAL IP FACULTIES:

  • Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property, Concord, New Hampshire, United States of America
  • University of Maryland, School of Law, Maryland, United States of America


The Meeting

At the 5th Symposium, representatives from national and regional institutions addressed: development of critical mass of expertise within developing countries, LDCS and countries in transition to a market economy; measuring of long-term impact of IP training;  development of Training of Trainers programs (TOTs) to tackle local and regional IP teaching challenges;  technical assistance provided under the establishment of the Development Agenda Projets (Start-UP Academies), national policies focusing on financial sustainability of IP Academies;  eLearning.  The presentations of the 5th Symposium were distributed to the participants and the same would be made available on the GNIPA Website (accessible to members only - please contact gnipa@wipo.int)
 

Actionable Elements

1)  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 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. 

For the period 2011-2013, the secretariat will be composed of WIPO, Global Intellectual Property Academy (GIPA) of the USPTO and, the host of the 2013 meeting, the National Center for Industrial Property Information and Training (INPIT) .
 

2) Promotion of GNIPA

Any applicant to the GNIPA for membership should be made through the secretariat (gnipa@wipo.int). Current members of GNIPA are invited to promote GNIPA and to invite other potential IP training institutes to apply for membership.
 

3) GNIPA website

Linked to and administered by the WIPO Academy, the site may contain, inter alia, previous projects and presentations with a view to sharing information among the members.  Commissioned case studies on IP Management (WIPO Academy) were made available on the Website for use by the members. An international survey was conducted (INPI Brazil) on IP education, training and research and was discussed during the 4th Symposium.   Members will be invited to join the new GNIPA platform In October 2012.

Members are invited to provide information to the above-listed items to ensure the completeness of the content of the Website. This information should be sent to
Marcelo.dipietro@wipo.int.
 

4) Projects for the 6th Symposium

1. Multidisciplinary IP Teaching and Practices
Project Members:

Centre for Industrial Property Information and Training (INPIT) - Japan
Brazilian National Industrial Property Institute (INPI) - Brazil

2. Data Collection from IP Training Activities within GNIPA
Project Members:

Brazilian National Industrial Property Institute (INPI) - Brazil
Peruvian National Institute for the Defense of Competition and Protection of Intellectual Property - Peru

3. Financial Sustainability of IP Academies
Project Members:

Intellectual Property Academy of Singapore
European Patent Academy (EPA)

4. Local Participatory Approach to IP Teaching: IP Corners in Modest Industrial Sites
Project Members:

Indonesian Intellectual Property Academy
Egyptian Start-Up Academy
Kenya Industrial Property Institute
Turkish Patent Institute
Korean Intellectual Property Office
Colombian Intellectual Property Academy, Superintendence of Industry, Commerce and Tourism,
Centre for Industrial Property Information and Training - Japan
Global Intellectual Property Academy, United States Patent and Trademark Office

5. IP Teaching and Training in the Areas Related to Global Challenges
Project Members:

Centre for Industrial Property Information and Training- Japan (INPIT)
China Intellectual Property Training Center (CIPTC), State Intellectual Property Office of China (SIPO)
European Patent Academy (EPA)
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

6. Preparation of GNIPA Profile
Project Member: WIPO Academy 
 

5) Conclusion

The Directors of the WIPO Academy, Mr. Marcelo di Pietro, and GIPA-USPTO, Mr. James Housel, concluded by summarizing the projects that the Members elected to carry out and the importance of close collaboration among the Members during the year 2012. 

The distinguished Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO, Ms. Teresa Stanek Rea, closed the meeting, highlighting the importance it gives to GNIPA in enhancing international cooperation between and among developed and developing countries.

Members expressed appreciation for the new format of the Symposium which increased the networking among them, and the participation of new members as reporters in plenary sessions.

The delegates expressed their appreciation to the USPTO, IIPTI and WIPO for the excellent organization of the Symposium and hospitality extended to the participants.


Next Meetings

The GNIPA members agreed to collaborate on the above-mentioned Washington Action Plan at the 6th symposium.  Following the agenda of the meeting it was decided that the next Symposium will be hosted by the Centre for Industrial Property Information and Training (INPIT), Tokyo, Japan.

The Members further agreed that the 7th Symposium will be hosted by the Academy of the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM), Alicante, Spain.
 

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