IPTI Update: Training of Trainers Program on Creative Industries with Trinidad and Tobago

April 21, 2021

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) just launched the first training of trainers program (ToT) on creative industries.  The ToT is organized as part of the WIPO Academy’s ongoing project to establish a National Intellectual Property Training Center (NIPTC) in Trinidad and Tobago, in the framework of the Intellectual Property Training Institutions (IPTIs) Project. The ToT program will take place over a period of 10 online sessions from April 14 to May 14, 2021, for the benefit of approximately 40 national experts who will serve as the future trainers of the NIPTC.

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This landmark activity is held in context of the International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development.  The ToT program will provide participants with the knowledge and skills to train and promote the use of intellectual property protection among creators and other stakeholders in the creative industries.

This initiative is particularly long overdue in the specific case of one aspect of the Creative Industries, i.e. music, performing and visual arts, an area recognized as one of voluminous ongoing content creation and innovation here in the Caribbean.  A higher degree of competence in applying the mix of IP protection tools and techniques is required to protect the integrity of original works as well as the brand and business ideas of the artists.

Professor Brian Copeland, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Campus Principal of the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus

The program was designed by the WIPO Academy in close cooperation with the WIPO Copyright and Creative Industries Sector and the Intellectual Property Office of Trinidad and Tobago.

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