Regional Symposium on Copyright, Broadcasting and New Technologies for Latin American and Caribbean Countries, Cancun (Mexico), was organized in cooperation with the Government of Mexico and the Broadcasting International Association (AIR ) for 15 officials from 15 Latin American and Caribbean countries and over 60 other participants.
WIPO sponsored the participation of 11 officials from Argentina, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Kenya, Malaysia, Nigeria, Peru, the Philippines, Syria, Togo, and Trinidad and Tobago, respectively, to the WIPO/IFIA International Symposium on Inventors and Information Technology organized by WIPO in Budapest in March in cooperation with the Government of Hungary and the International Federation of Inventors Associations (IFIA) on various questions of topical interests to inventors including access to industrial property information databases via the Internet.
Advisory services were provided on the use of the intellectual property system by specific users groups or potential beneficiaries were provided to Morocco, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia.
Study visits were organized for seven government officials from Brazil and China. Those from Brazil benefited from observing work in various European innovation centers. The Chinese officials learned about the impact of new technology on the protection and management of copyright and neighboring rights.
: 146 state-of-the-art-searches based on patent information to requesters from 14 developing countries; 11 reports were prepared for seven developing countries under the International Cooperation on the Search and Examination of Inventions (ICSEI) program. Other industrial property information services included the performance of 227 on-line searches for 17 developing countries and the provision of 1,700 copies of patent documents to 27 countries. Such information was of direct use in the research and development work of the enquirers.
Strengthening Cooperation Among Member States and with Other Organizations
Main Activities and Results
During the January-May period, WIPO officials participated in a variety of national, subregional, regional and international fora concerned with intellectual property issues of topical interest. These 13 fora facilitated useful exchanges of information and identification of opportunities for enhanced cooperation among developing countries in various areas of intellectual property:
-African Regional Conference on Industrial Property (ARIPO )(Mangochi, Malawi); -Workshop on the Asia and Pacific Industrial Property Office in the New Millennium (Canberra); -First ASEAN Intellectual Property Association Conference (Kuala Lumpur); -International Kuwait Information Highway Conference (Kuwait); -UNDP/UNCTAD/ ESCWA (Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia) High-level Meeting for Arab Officials in Preparation of the WTO Second Ministerial Conference (Beirut); -Second Meeting of the Organizing Committee of the Fourth Afro-Arab Fair (Dakar); -First Annual Meeting of the Intellectual Property Commission of the Countries of MERCOSUR (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay) (Puerto Madryn, Argentina);