EC & WIPO Launch Project for Modernization of the Intellectual Property System in Bangladesh

Geneva, November 4, 2008

The European Commission (EC) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) launched on November 2, 2008, a project which aims to modernize the intellectual property (IP) system in Bangladesh and to help the country maximize the benefits of IP protection.   The project is designed, through various capacity-building measures, to promote effective management of the intellectual property (IP) system, and its strategic use in supporting wealth creation and social and cultural development.  It will address the challenges faced by Bangladesh in meeting its international obligations and will support the evolution of the national IP system in line with the country’s development objectives.  

Two main clusters of activities will be implemented under the project. The first cluster aims to support Bangladesh in modernizing its IP legislation and in strengthening the country’s IP administration systems for improved service delivery. This would be achieved by streamlining, simplifying, and where appropriate, automating administrative functions in IP offices.  The second cluster aims at maximizing the use of IP as a tool for economic, social and cultural development. The project will roll out a public outreach program to promote IP awareness in key sectors including universities, R&D institutions, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), creative industries and the business community. It will also promote IP teaching and education through fellowships, course development and linkages with WIPO’s distance learning programs.
The overriding objectives of the project are to develop and strengthen the IP system to operate efficiently and effectively, and to promote a culture of innovation and creativity. The project is also expected to foster a favorable environment to attract foreign investment to Bangladesh and to facilitate technology transfer, and thereby, contribute to the achievement of the overall economic and developmental goals of the country.
The successful completion of the project will enable IP users in Bangladesh - including the business community, researchers, inventors, authors, artists and musicians - to acquire and protect their rights with greater ease and efficiency.
The project was launched in Dhaka, on November 2, 2008, in the presence of Ms. Rasheda K. Choudhury, Advisor, Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Mr. Debapriya Bhattacharya, Ambassador and Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva and Mr. Stefan Frowein, Ambassador and Head of the Delegation of the European Commission to Bangladesh. The ceremony was also attended by Mr.  Sheikh Enayet Ullah, Secretary, Ministry of Industries and other senior officials from the Government of Bangladesh.
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