[Ip-health] New ICTSD issue paper: Intellectual Property Training and Education: A Development Perspective

Ahmed Abdel Latif aabdellatif at ictsd.ch
Thu Nov 25 04:03:00 PST 2010

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*Intellectual Property Training and Education:*

* A Development Perspective*

*by Jeremy de Beer and Chidi Oguamanam*


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The ICTSD Programme on IPRs and Sustainable Development is pleased to
announce the availability of issue paper No. 31 entitled: *Intellectual
Property Training and Education: A Development Perspective* by Jeremy de
Beer and Chidi Oguamanam (http://ictsd.org/i/publications/96914/).

The adoption of the TRIPS Agreement, and its subsequent implementation, gave
rise to a growing demand for intellectual property (IP) training and
education, particularly in developing countries. However, this issue has
been the subject of relatively little research and analysis.

Should IP training and teaching activities be the same for audiences in
developed countries and in developing countries? Should they be the same in
all developing countries? How can they take into consideration differences
in levels of development and in socio-economic circumstances? What is the
best way to give effect to the letter, and more importantly the *spirit*, of
the relevant WIPO Development Agenda (DA) recommendations dealing with IP
training and education activities?

These are some of the challenging and complex questions this paper seeks to
address. To do so, the paper examines, for the first time, IP training and
education activities, particularly those carried out by WIPO, the most
important IP technical assistance provider at the multilateral level. It
identifies some key issues and recommendations for effective design and
delivery of IP training and education from a development perspective. The
paper uses Nigeria as a case study in its substantive analysis of these

ICTSD welcomes feedback and comments to this document. These can be sent to
Ahmed Abdel Latif, Programme Manager for Intellectual Property and
Technology (aabdellatif at ictsd.ch).

For more information about ICTSD’s Programme on IPRs and Sustainable
Development, visit our website at http://ictsd.net/programmes/ip/ and

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