The pilot Project for the Establishment of National Intellectual Property (IP) Academies was approved during the third session of the Committee on Development and Intellectual Property (CDIP) in 2009. The objective of the Project is to “test a new model to help developing countries and least-developed countries establish an IP training institution with minimum resources to meet their increasing demand from IP specialists, professionals, government officials and other stakeholders.”
During Phase I of the project WIPO received 20 official requests to explore possible cooperation in the establishment of local IP training institutions.
During Phase II (expected to end in December 2013),WIPO is assisting Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Egypt, Ethiopia, Peru and Tunisia in the establishment of self-sustainable IP training centers.
The project entails:
- General assistance for the institutional set-up of the national IP training institution with the collaboration of ad hoc consultants: creation of specific country documents with consulting and advice.
- The Training of Trainers Program, which would result in a core group of at least five core committed experts with developed teaching skills able to create and deliver training programs on IP.
- The Training of Academic Coordinators Programs, wherein the professional(s) designated by the national authorities to act in the coordination of the national IP training institution receive training on a specific set of skills for the undertaking of activities aimed at the long-term self-sustainability of the institution.
- The Assistance in the establishment of an IP library within the local IP training center (if applicable) by facilitating the national IP training institution’s adhesion to the WIPO Depository Libraries’ program and purchasing relevant bibliography identified in the training curricula of the pilot ongoing training programs
- The launch of two pilot ongoing training programs on IP, whereby the national IP training institution is expected to launch two pilot training programs taking into account the curricula developed and using the human resources (trainers and academic coordinator) and facilities (virtual or physical) of the institution.
- Development of tools and guidelines for reference to countries which are not participating in the project and who are willing to establish their own national IP training institutions.