The 13th session of the Advisory committee meeting on Enforcement of Intellectual property Rights was held at the World Intellectual property Organisation Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland from September 3 to 5, 2018.
I represented NIPO in the capacity of Programme Officer in this meeting. The session was attended by representatives of 77 Member States, 1 Non-State Member and 25 Observers.
The agenda of the meeting revolved around exchange of information on national experiences on awareness building activities and strategic campaigns as a means for building respect for IP among general public, especially the youth, in accordance with Member States’ educational or any other priorities; Exchange of information on national experiences relating to institutional arrangements concerning IP enforcement policies and regimes, including mechanism to resolve IP disputes in a balanced, holistic and effective manner and exchange of information on national experiences in respect of WIPO’s legislative assistance, with a focus on drafting national laws of enforcement that take into account the flexibilities, the level of development, the difference in legal tradition and the possible abuse of enforcement procedures, bearing in mind the broader societal interest and in accordance with Member States’ priorities. Lastly exchange of success stories on capacity building and support from WIPO for training activities at national and regional levels for agencies and national officials in line with relevant Development Agenda Recommendations and the ACE mandate were also discussed.
We interacted and shared information about our experience on International Best Practices with various International Organisations such as the Global Anti Counterfeiting Group, European Union, International Federation Of Phonographic Industry, Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy Ukraine, National Institute for the Defence of Competition, Peru among others.
I also interacted with Senior Officials of WIPO to discuss the possibility of Collaborative effort in Capacity building Initiatives and organising awareness programs in India to further the cause of Effective enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights.
NIPO intends to work further on these issues in consultation with Corporates, Government and other non governmental Organisations.
– Amreen Taneja