Intellectual Property Training and Education: A Development Perspective

International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, Issue Paper No. 31, 2010

59 Pages Posted: 16 Jul 2013  

Jeremy de Beer

University of Ottawa - Common Law Section

Chidi Oguamanam

University of Ottawa - Common Law Section

Date Written: 2010

Abstract

Since the TRIPS Agreement, IP training and education activities have become more prominent. The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)'s Development Agenda and other IP reform efforts have included recommendations for IP education. WIPO and the WIPO Academy are prominent actors in IP education, engaging a wide audience in developing countries. WIPO has been particularly influential in Nigeria, but by focusing mainly on piracy and the enforcement concerns of rights holders, training and education activities have yet to facilitate more context-sensitive discourse about broader socio-economic and cultural implications of IP issues and human development. Most or all IP education activities currently fail to integrate a development dimension, despite its centrality in the WIPO DA. The DA provides an opportunity to re-evaluate the design and delivery of IP training and education, drawing on emerging best practices in development-oriented IP courses. The authors conclude by exploring next steps for improving training and education on IP and development.

Keywords: TRIPS, international, intellectual property, law, legal, WIPO, world, organization, WIPO Academy, education, developing, development, Nigeria, piracy, rights, training

Suggested Citation

de Beer, Jeremy and Oguamanam, Chidi, Intellectual Property Training and Education: A Development Perspective (2010). International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, Issue Paper No. 31, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2283296

Jeremy De Beer

University of Ottawa - Common Law Section ( email )

57 Louis Pasteur Street
Ottawa, K1N 6N5
Canada

Chidi Oguamanam (Contact Author)

University of Ottawa - Common Law Section ( email )

57 Louis Pasteur Street
Ottawa, K1N 6N5
Canada

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