||Mission to Kathmandu for the national consultation meeting on the preparation of a draft IP Policy for the Kathmandu University.
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in cooperation with the Swedish Patent and Registration Office (PRV) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) organize joint training program for the benefit of Least Developed Countries from Asia and Africa in two phases in Stockholm, Sweden and in a LDC. The program entails three weeks intensive IP training in Stockholm, including, formulation of IP related project proposals.
With a view to facilitate achieving positive impact at the country level, the training program agreed upon on the importance of project based approach from WIPO to support national capacity building in the area of science, technology and innovation as follow up to this training program.
In view of the above, it is proposed to start the national implementation of this project based approach with the University of Kathmandu where several activities will be taken up on policy issues related to invention and innovation in cooperation with some of the above mentioned organizations. The first of this approach will focus on a development oriented IP policy for the University as an institution which at a later phase will lead to more focus policy and other related support from WIPO to sectors and issues such as, agriculture, health, industry, trade, education, culture, as well as environment, NGOs and community representative organizations and related national development agencies.
Nepal is a regular beneficiary of this training program. During the training program held in 2015 and 2016, Nepal participant discussed and identified the priority need for the formulation of IP policy for University and accordingly discussions took place between Kathmandu University and Division for Least Developed Countries. The Department of Industry (DoI) of Nepal (National IP Offic