The objective of the course is to enhance skills of decision-makers in the field of industrial property and to provide a forum for discussion of industrial property issues. Illustration of various aspects of international treaty negotiations in the field of industrial property are carried out. In addition, the course offers to participants the opportunity to share relevant experiences with Swedish officials and fellow participants.
The course is organized in four phases:
- the preparatory phase consists in the preparation by participants of an inventory of needs and problems in the respective country;
- the second phase consists of a two-week course in Stockholm with the content detailed below;
- After the Stockholm phase, participants are expected to develop a project in the home country; and
- the forth phase consists in a one-week seminar, normally in a developing country, whose main objective is to review the projects developed by the participants.
Content and Structure
- Swedish Patent and Registration Office: tasks and organization;
- IP and development: (1) basics and rationale of IP law; (2) the industrial property system; (3) IP as an effective policy tool for economic growth;
- WIPO’s progressive development in international property law: recent developments in the IP system; presentation of WIPO-administered conventions;
- WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on IP and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore; enforcement of IPRs; customs issues;
- IP in the information age: copyright and database protection; IP and public policy issues;
- the international trading system: general aspects and the WTO; the role of the National Board of Trade; open trade gate; WTO and dispute settlement;
- Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS), including multilateral environment agreements (MEA) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD);
- enforcement provisions of IPRs; enforcement provisions in the TRIPS Agreement;
- country reports and projects; global patent system - legal aspects and developments;
- global system for trademarks, industrial design and utility models;
- industrial property system in Sweden: the Acts; teaching of IPRs: the University of Stockholm;
- trademark protection: criteria, procedures; trademark searches; national, community (Office of Harmonization for the Internal Market)(OHIM) and international (Madrid) systems;
- copyright administration: Swedish copyright organizations - their roles and interrelations;
- Swedish Patent and Registration Office’s service to industry, inventors and attorneys;
- promoting awareness of IPRs, relevance for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs);
- IP and transfer of technology, foreign direct investment; TRIPS Agreement and health;
- IP and competition law; agriculture and genetic resources in the TRIPS Agreement.