Developing economies in the APEC Region are increasing their capacity to protect and enforce intellectual property rights at a workshop that began in Hong Kong today.
Jointly hosted by IP Australia, the Intellectual Property Department of Hong Kong and the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore, the "APEC IPR Public Education and Awareness Platform - Workshop on Effective Strategies for IPR Public Education" is being held from November 8-10.
Senior departmental officials from developing economies are attending the workshop to enhance skills to assist local entrepreneurs.
Mr. Sivakant Tiwari, Chair of APEC Intellectual Property Rights Experts Group welcomed the initiative of Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore to strengthen IPR capacity in developing areas of the APEC Region.
"This IP workshop will share the skills, tools and resources required to implement public education and awareness campaigns in their economies," Mr. Tiwari said to delegates at the workshop.
"Well organized, transparent and properly enforced intellectual property regimes are essential for developing economies to be competitive in the global economy.
"Delegates at this workshop will leave with increased skills to educate others in their economies and develop creative industries.
"This includes the capacity to implement public awareness campaigns that ensure that business people are more aware of the IPR and avenues available to enforce these rights."
Topics to be covered during the three day workshop include:
  • Planning and Implementation of Effective IP Public Education Campaigns
  • Measuring the Effectiveness of Public Education Programs
  • Regional Cooperation and Sharing of Resources
  • The Critical Role of IP Public Education in a Knowledge-Based Economy
  • Developing Strategies for IP Public Awareness Campaigns

Guest speakers from APEC's Intellectual Property Rights Experts' Group, government administrators and officials from the APEC member economies responsible for planning and implementing public education and awareness programs will lead discussion at the workshop.