The Inter-Regional Symposium was organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), in cooperation with the Industrial Property Office of the Czech Republic (IPO CZ) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), on November 2 and 3, 2010 in Prague, Czech Republic.
More than 60 participants representing 28 countries covered wide range of expertise since the specialists were coming from different territories of enforcement of IPRs, including customs, police and market surveillance.
The objective of the Inter-Regional Symposium was to exchange experience and discuss the outlines and assist the finalization of a Toolkit, the elaboration of which was requested by previous inter-regional consultations devoted to the duties of enforcement of IPRs, in Sofia (2008) and Skopje (2009), respectively.
A great number of countries have been working towards comprehensive national enforcement strategies, as well as regional cooperation. Issues of common concern were, inter alia, the lack of sufficient resources to be dedicated to IP enforcement; the constant need for capacity building; the need to develop information sharing among agencies at the national and regional levels and how to establish mechanisms to facilitate the process; and, of primary importance, the growing need for enhanced right holder cooperation in, inter alia, the areas of border applications, the determination of risk indicators, product identifications, etc.