Date: Wednesday and Thursday, 28-29 February 2012                                  
Venue: WIPO Coordination Office at United Nations, New York (Two UN Plaza, Suite 2525)
Coordinator: Ms. Helene Gandois
Defined as "the legal rights which result from intellectual activity in the industrial, scientific, literary and artistic fields”, intellectual property is an integral part of economic development and interactions in modern society. In order to promote creativity and dissemination and application of its results, countries have enacted laws to protect intellectual property. While these laws guard the creators of intellectual goods and services, they also manifest the gap between developed and developing countries in terms of access to critical technologies and resources. Particularly with the 1994 Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property, intellectual property has become a flashpoint in many bilateral relations.
Spanning two days, the seminar will examine:
  • Basic principles of intellectual property, specifically patents, trademarks and copyrights;
  • Mandates and functions of WIPO;
  • Global challenges and intellectual property, including climate change; development, public health and traditional knowledge.
As an informative face-to-face event facilitated jointly by UNITAR and WIPO, this seminar features experts from WIPO, academia and other relevant institutions. Following their presentations, participants have an opportunity to engage in in-depth discussions with the speakers. All participants who successfully complete the seminar receive a joint Certificate of Completion from UNITAR and WIPO.  
The seminar is designed for members of Permanent Missions based in New York. For practical reasons, the number of participants will be limited. WIPO and UNITAR thus reserve the right to make a selection among the candidates if necessary. The selected candidates are requested to regard their participation as a firm commitment.
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