The Committee on Development and Intellectual Property (CDIP) approved at its Seventeenth Session (Geneva, April 11 to 15, 2016) the implementation of a project entitled Cooperation on Development and Intellectual Property Rights Education and Professional Training with Judicial Training Institutions in Developing and Least-Developed Countries .
This pilot project aims to assist the Judicial Training Institutions of four pilot countries in delivering effective continuing education programs on IP for judges and other members of the judiciary. By the end of 2018 – each pilot country will have a dedicated IPR Toolkit for Judges which will serve all the members of the judiciary in the respective country.
The IPR Tool kit for Judges involves:
- Continuing education modules on intellectual property rights (IPRs) customized to the exact needs and legal context of the pilot country
- Continuing education manual on IPRs for judges
- Continuing education sessions on IPRs and practical exercises
- Selected publications and reference materials
- Free access to a specialized database on IPR court cases
- Electronic network for judges for information sharing and peer-to-peer learning
- Dedicated platform for online continuing education through the WIPO Academy platform
The WIPO Academy will consider rolling out the project to other countries seeking such assistance.
The following four pilot countries have been selected, following a consultation process undertaken by member states, to represent their regions in the project launch: