Cooperation with Developing Countries
The activities described below were complemented by activities partly or wholly financed by extrabudgetary funds, namely those made available to WIPO by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); the Governments of Brazil, Costa Rica, El Salvador, France, and Japan; and the European Community (CEC).
Impending obligations under the TRIPS Agreement have increased the urgency of modernizing intellectual property systems and strengthening of administrative machinery. In addition, the impetus for change created by the international trading environment has led developing countries to strengthen national capacities for protection, creation, and management of intellectual property rights (IPRs).
Support national capacities and promote international cooperation for the development, modernization, administration, and utilization of the intellectual property system for the economic, social, cultural, and technological advancement of developing countries;
Provide assistance through action plans, legal and technical assistance, field missions, and a complete up-to-date collection of laws;
Promote the protection and development of industrial property, indigenous creations, and innovations;
Facilitate cooperation among governments, nongovernmental organizations, intergovernmental organizations, and others.
Modernization of the Intellectual Property System and Implementation of the TRIPS Agreement
Main Activities and Results
WIPO pursued the objective of capacity building and institutional modernization of the intellectual property systems of developing countries with a multi-faceted approach: the creation and implementation of nationally focused action plans (NFAPS); legal and technical assistance through field missions, the drafting of new laws or comments on current legislation; national, subregional, and regional training and learning conferences, seminars, and workshops; study programs and visits; and the provision of computer equipment and materials.
The following listing indicates the volume of services provided to developing countries by each type of approach:
: Algeria, Barbados, Bolivia, Cape Verde, Cuba, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Fiji, Guatemala, Guinea, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Indonesia, Jamaica, Jordan, Lebanon, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Nicaragua, Panama,