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Conducted or organized the following courses and seminars, which included the use of patent documents as a source of technical information, and particularly the use of IPC CLASS (International Patent Classification) CD-ROM disc, ESPACE collections as a digital library, BULLETIN discs as a legal data base. Case studies were also included which involved strategies for prior art search using the CD-ROM medium, and a hands-on workshop.

-  WIPO/Benelux Trademark Office (BBM) on the Legal and Administrative Aspects of Trademarks.  The Hague and Geneva, April/May 1998 for 12 officials from Benin, Brazil, Cameroon, Chile, Costa Rica, Guinea, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Central African Republic, Tunisia and Viet Nam.

-  WIPO/EPO Training Seminar: Streamlining Patent Search & Examination Procedure, Munich and Geneva, March 1998, for 25 examiners from Argentina, Armenia, Bangladesh, Belarus, Brazil , Colombia, Cuba, Egypt, Georgia, Ghana, India, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Philippines, Republic of Moldova, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Swaziland, Tajikistan, Thailand, Ukraine, Uruguay, Viet Nam and Zimbabwe.

-  WIPO/EPO/Swiss Federal Intellectual Property Institute Training Seminar on the Use of CD-ROM Technology for Patent Information & Search, Bern, Geneva,  and Vienna (EPO), March/April 1998, for 14 officials from  Brunei Darussalam, Cuba, Egypt, Jordan, Kenya, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nigeria, Panama, Saudi Arabia, Tanzania, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The above three training events provided useful training, especially in hands-on techniques, to the participants in the various fields described in the name of each event.

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April

WIPO officials visited the China Industrial Property Training Center (CIPTC), Beijing, China

Established an agreement between the CIPTC and the WWA on joint training activities

March

WIPO/EP6 Training Seminar “Streamlining Search and Examination Procedure”, Munich, Germany and Geneva

25 participants trained in the new patent search and examination procedures

March/April

WIPO/EP10 Training Seminar “Use of CD-ROM Technology for Patent Information and Search”, Bern & Geneva, Switzerland, Vienna, Austria

12 participants introduced to the use of CD-ROM technology for patent information and search (job simulations)

May

WIPO/BBM Training Course on the Legal and Administrative Aspects of Trademarks, The Hague, Netherlands, and Geneva

12 government officials familiarized with the handling of trademark applications (case studies and practical exercises)

Fellowships

Maintained 16 long-term fellowships in six tertiary educational institutions in France, Dubai, Spain, United Kingdom, and the United States of America (2 institutions) to promote teaching and research in the field of intellectual property.  Those fellowships were awarded to nationals of Bhutan, Cuba, Egypt, Gabon, Ghana, Jordan, Kenya (2), Lesotho, Mali, Senegal, Tanzania, United Arab Emirates (2) and Venezuela.

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