[Air-l] International Symposium on Intellectual Property (IP) Education and Research
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International Symposium on Intellectual Property (IP)
Education and Research
June 30 - July 1, 2005
Background and objectives
In the knowledge based society of the 21st Century,
intellectual property (IP) comprises not only valuable
economic assets of private firms, but also social and
cultural assets of society. The impact of IP assets
has become so crucial that it may have a great impact
on our daily life and on the development and
prosperity of the nation. The lack of awareness about
IP and its importance in the past is understandable
because IP was generally limited to legal and
technical experts working in specialized arenas.
However, times have changed; the information
technology revolution, and the Internet in particular,
have expanded the use and horizons of IP, the circle
of users, as well as categories of beneficiaries of
the IP system. The lack of awareness about IP makes it
difficult for the people and many nations to leverage
their knowledge, innovation and imagination for the
purpose of enhancing their wealth, their rate of
economic, cultural and social growth and development,
and their quality of life.
Against this backdrop, the critical role of academic
institutions, such as universities, public learning
centers for economic and social studies, and
specialized IP training, which have traditionally
contributed to the education element of valuable human
resources, as well as to the IP research capacity,
over many years, now requires an in-depth review and a
The area of IP education and IP research are
relatively new to many academic institutions,
particularly those located in developing countries.
Emerging challenges in different countries require
nationally focused and tailor-made solutionsone size,
as usual, does not fit all. However, some challenges
facing academia and research operations could be
better addressed through international cooperation
underpinned by coherent approaches and recognition of
common challenges and opportunities. On-going efforts
can be greatly enhanced, where appropriate, to
strengthen and expand partnerships and strategic
cooperation among academic institutions. The
cooperation between academic institutions and the
different stakeholders (e.g., private enterprise and
government agencies) will also have to be developed
and expanded, since there is a growing need for an
interdisciplinary approach to IP education and IP
WIPO, in its capacity as an international forum for IP
subject, will produce an international, in-depth forum
in its first international symposium in the area of IP
education and IP research. This symposium will provide
a structured opportunity for many of the major players
in these two areas to assess the current situation,
identify the challenges ahead, explore the various
possibilities for enhancing international cooperation,
and suggest appropriate actions to the international
community for further development of IP education and
The International Symposium on IP Education and
Research is intended to provide a forum in which
discussion on IP education and IP research could be
further developed and advanced. It is of particular
* Managers, administrators, advisors, professors
of academic institutions.
* Policy makers responsible for national programs
for assisting academic institutions in the area of IP
education and IP research.
* Business managers of the private firm who are
responsible for IP education of their staff members.
* IP professionals.
* Students and researchers who are studying IP or
other fields relevant to knowledge assets.
* Representatives of national, regional and
international organizations who are interested in
assisting activities in the area of IP education and
Venue and date
The Symposium will be held at the headquarters of the
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), 34,
chemin des Colombettes, 1211 Geneva 20, Switzerland.
It will run from 9 a.m. to 5.15 p.m. on June 30 and
9.30 a.m. to 4.45 p.m. on July 1, 2005. Participants
should arrive before 8.30 a.m. on the first day of the
Symposium, in order to complete their registration. A
reception will be offered to participants in the lobby
of the WIPO headquarters building at the end of the
first day of the Symposium.
The Symposium will be conducted in English, French and
Spanish, with simultaneous interpretation to and from
each of those languages.
The Symposium is open to all interested persons.
Participation will be limited to 250 persons. Those
wishing to register are requested to return the
Further information may be obtained from:
WIPO Worldwide Academy
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
34, chemin des Colombettes
1211 Geneva 20
Tel: (41-22) 338 9111
Fax: (41-22) 740 14 17
Email: meetings.academy at wipo.int
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