Twenty- two officials from Jordan, Mongolia, Syria, and Sudan studied the modernization of intellectual property legislation and administration and implications of accession to certain WIPO-administered treaties. Visited the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology (ASRT) in Cairo, the Japanese Patent Office, the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property in Bern, and WIPO headquarters.
Provided to the industrial property administrations of Algeria, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Fiji, Jordan, Guyana, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Lebanon, Morocco, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Qatar, Sudan, Uruguay, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates, Venezuela, Viet Nam, and the Palestinian National Authority.
Began development of a common software for an industrial property automated management system for Arab countries. When available, the software would be offered free-of-charge to all Arab countries.
Completed and installed an automated system for the electronic handling of trademark applications based on the new provisions of the Protocol of Amendments of the Central American Convention on Trademarks in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.
Completed and installed automated trademark and/or patent administration systems for Caribbean countries in Trinidad and Tobago and in Honduras.
Collecting, updating and making accessible intellectual property legislative texts, services in connection with the notification of laws and regulations under Article 63.2 of the TRIPS Agreement and offered under the WIPO/WTO Cooperation Agreement.
In the period covered, 20 laws (464 pages) were communicated by WTO’s Secretariat to WIPO, and 18 laws (340 pages) were communicated by the WIPO Secretariat to WTO. Continued the development of a computerized database of intellectual property legislative texts destined for the Internet (CLEA), and, pending the completion of the said CLEA project, legislative texts continued to be published by WIPO in paper form (over 400 printed pages of text in English and French). Copies of legislative texts on intellectual property were provided from WIPO’s collection to 12 developing countries.
Development and Promotion of Industrial and Social Uses of Intellectual Property
Main Activities and Results
Training and awareness programs were designed for users and potential beneficiaries of the intellectual property system, in coordination with activities under Programs 05 and 08. They enabled the some 1,100 direct participants to gain an insight into one or more aspects of intellectual property, and its application in different situations, including the market place.
National training and awareness programs were organized in Brazil, Colombia, Egypt, Sudan, Tunisia, and Viet Nam. The programs increased awareness of over 1,000 individuals of, inter alia, the importance of the administration, protection, and use of