World Intellectual Property Organization

Regional Bureaus

As the main focal points for the coordination and development of technical assistance to countries in the Africa, Arab, Asia and the Pacific and Latin America and the Caribbean regions, the Regional Bureaus work closely with other specialized units and sectors within WIPO to respond to requests from Member States to enhance national capacity to more effectively use IP for development.

This assistance focuses on:

  • Developing national IP and innovation strategies, a cross disciplinary package of policy elements and implementation mechanisms to boost economic performance, based on strong linkages between IP, innovation, science and technology, investment and trade, education, health, agriculture, environment and national economic planning
  • Establishing development-oriented, balanced and country-specific regulatory frameworks, comprising policies and legislation designed to strike a balance between right holders and users, private and public interests, and incentives to create and access to knowledge;
  • Strengthening institutions with modern technical infrastructure to spur innovation, commerce and economic development;
  • Capacity building aimed at developing human resources and institutional capacity to better administer, manage and use IP as a strategic tool for economic development.

The Least Developed Countries (LDCs) Division, on the other hand, focuses on the design and implementation of tailored programs of technical assistance which address the specific needs of LDCs.

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