January to August
at the Franklin Pierce Law Center (FPLC), Concord, USA, for fellows from Bhutan, Egypt, Jordan, and Kenya
The training was proceeding very satisfactorily and useful theoretical and practical
January to May
at the George Washington University, Washington, USA, for a fellow from Ghana
knowledge was being acquired by the fellows
January to June
at the University of Alicante, Spain for fellows from Cuba, and Venezuela
January to June
at the “Centre d’Etudes Internationales de la Propriété Industrielle” (CEIPI), Strasbourg, France, for fellows from Gabon, Mali, and Senegal
January to September
at the Queen Mary College, University of London, United Kingdom, for fellows from Kenya, Lesotho, and Tanzania
at the Gulf Institute for International Law (GIIL), Dubai, U.A.E., for fellows from U.A.E.
Fora on Intellectual Property for Policy Advisers
Prepared for three of the four Policy-level Academy Sessions planned for 1998: the English Academy Session for senior officials from Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Viet Nam, plus a representative each of Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina and the Organization of African Unity (OAU) (June); the Spanish Academy Session for senior officials from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela (July); and the Special Academy Session for certain countries in Europe and Asia on the subject of the TRIPs Agreement (June/July).
General Orientation and Learning Conferences
Awarded a total of six WIPO medals: two at the International Exhibition of Inventions in Geneva (one to a man from Guinea and one to a woman from Russia), and four at national competitions/exhibitions: Japan (young inventor), Republic of Moldova (outstanding inventor), and Iran (outstanding inventor and young inventor).
Organized a study visit for a delegation of the “Projeto Inventiva” from Brazil, in the framework of the Brazilian National Project which was being implemented by WIPO. The delegation visited European incubators (which are entrepreneurial centers to promote innovation), SME business, and innovation centers to exchange opinions and experiences related to innovative activity.
WIPO/IFIA International Symposium, Budapest
Organized the eighth consecutive WIPO/IFIA Symposium on Inventors and Information Technology with IFIA, March 1998. This symposium was attended by 160 participants from 38 countries, who discussed how inventors could benefit from the development of information technology and the active use of Internet. With the assistance of the Hungarian Patent Office and the Association of Hungarian Inventors, the participants were offered access to the Internet, and industrial property information data bases.