Daily Archives: March 29, 2010

A Snapshot Guide to Intellectual Property (IP) Systems in countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America

From Benin to Thailand, Burkina Faso to Tanzania – the National Partners Initiative (the NPI, launched and coordinated by CAS-IP) has produced a unique collection of “insiders’ info” about the IP systems of the countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Please note the disclaimer that this compendium is not an official representation for these IP systems. However, links are provided so that the proper governmental offices can be contacted.

You can view the publication posted on the CAS-IP slideshare site by clicking on the image.  This document is a first draft and the group will update over time.  However, such a wealth of information should be shared – so please forward this link to whoever you feel might benefit from the information!

Victoria Henson-Apollonio, Manager of CAS-IP introduced the paper as follows:

Those of us that work in the area of intellectual property (IP) often long to find sources that cover a collection of information where it is easy to find what we want, is dependable, and is concise. This Compendium is that sort of work, (that we hope to update on an annual basis). The IP systems of thirteen countries located in Asia, Africa and Latin America are briefly described, with a chapter on the European and U.S. system for comparative purposes. Links for official governmental (on-line) sites are provided for those that need official information. It represents the work of members of the National Partners Initiative (NPI), a community of intellectual property (IP) practitioners. The NPI is supported by its members and the funding generosity provided by the Directorate-General for International Cooperation (DGIS), Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands and the Centers of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), through the CGIAR-Central Advisory Service on Intellectual Property (CAS-IP).

CAS-IP launched the National Partners Initiative in 2007.  Since then this group of international IP practitioners has met twice a year to share experiences and leverage one another’s knowledge.  Again, special thanks to DGIS who provided the financial support to make this initiative possible.  Below is the most recent photo of the group taken at the skills workshop that took place earlier this year.

Building Negotiation Skills Workshop & Interim National Partners Initiative Meeting