Policy Discussions

FIT Japan IP Global organizes high-level events to help leverage the intellectual property (IP) system all over the world to drive innovation and creativity forward.

Such high-level events can bring together policymakers who play an important role in establishing and developing national IP systems. Additionally, the events can help keep lawmakers up-to-date on the latest developments in the field.

African parliamentarians viewing and discussing local produce at a side event
Side event on the promotion of local products at a WIPO conference in Tanzania, 2013 (Photo: Zainul A. Mzige)

Africa

  • Conference on Intellectual Property, Innovation and Value Addition for Business Competitiveness and Sustainable Development in Africa, November 5 to 8, 2019, Harare (Zimbabwe)
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  • Intellectual Property, Innovation and Branding: Strengthening Business Competitiveness in Africa, November 21, 2018, Windhoek (Namibia) and La propriété intellectuelle et l’innovation dans les économies à valeur ajoutée, December 11, 2018, Dakar (Senegal)
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  • Empowering Women Researchers and Entrepreneurs in Africa, November 15 to 17, 2017, Casablanca (Morocco)
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  • Study Visit: Intellectual Property Focal Persons of the African Regional Economic Communities and Executive Bodies of the African Union, May 17 to 19, 2016, Geneva (Switzerland)
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  • African Ministerial Conference 2015: Intellectual Property for an Emerging Africa, November 3 to 5, 2015, Dakar (Senegal)
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  • African Parliamentarians Discuss IP and New Treaties, March 25 to 27, 2015, Kampala (Uganda)
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  • Regional Policy Dialogue on the Importance of the Elaboration and Implementation of National Policies relating to Intellectual Property and the Promotion of Research and Innovation for Competitiveness, October 21 to 23, 2014, Casablanca (Morocco)
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  • African parliamentarians attend international meeting on intellectual property, June 10 and 11, 2014, Lomé (Togo)
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  • African ministers discuss innovation and IP at WIPO conference, March 12 and 13, 2013, Dar es Salaam (Tanzania)
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  • Policy Forum on partnership between WIPO, Japan Patent Office (JPO) and the African Regional Economic Communities (RECs) on Leveraging IP for Economic Development, May 10 to 12, 2011, Lusaka (Zambia)

Middle-East

  • Intersessional Meeting for the Second Arab-Asian Dialogue on Intellectual Property Between Japan and Selected Arab Countries, July 8, 2021, Geneva (Switzerland)
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  • Dialogue on Utilizing the IP System for Economic, Social and Cultural Development in the Digital Era – Japan and Selected Arab Countries, October 28 and 29, 2019, Tokyo (Japan)
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Asia

  • 30th Anniversary of the Japan Funds-in-Trust: WIPO High-Level Forum on Utilizing the Intellectual Property System for Economic, Social and Cultural Development, February 22 and 23, 2018, Tokyo (Japan)
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  • Heads of Intellectual Property Office Conference (HIPOC) for Countries in South Asia, Southeast Asia, Iran and Mongolia - Phase VI, February 19 to 21, 2018, Tokyo (Japan)
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  • Second Heads of Intellectual Property Office Conference (HIPOC) for Countries in South Asia and Southeast Asia, August 24, 2015, Singapore (Singapore)
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  • Head of Intellectual Property Office Conference (HIPOC) for Countries in South Asia and Southeast Asia – Phase I, June 29 and 30, 2015, Tokyo (Japan)
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Global

  • WIPO Conference on the Role of Intellectual Property Offices (IPOs) in Promoting Innovation, Business Competitiveness and Economic Growth, February 2 and 3, 2012, Tokyo (Japan)
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  • WIPO High Level Forum on the Global Intellectual Property Infrastructure for Promotion of Innovation, March 1 and 2, 2010, Tokyo (Japan)
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