Barbados to host regional intellectual property workshop

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Sept 24, CMC – Senior officials from the Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM) and the European Union (EU) will meet here on Monday to discuss potential cooperation opportunities in the Caribbean region in the area of intellectual property (IP).

The one-day forum, entitled “CARIFORUM-EU Workshop on Intellectual Property (IP) Tools, Networks and Cooperation Opportunities,” is jointly organized by the CARIFORUM Directorate of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), in partnership with the Delegation of the European Union to Barbados, the Organisation Eastern Caribbean States, OECS and CARICOM/CARIFORUM.

Director-General of the CARIFORUM Directorate, Percival Marie, said “the expectation is that the workshop will foster exchange of knowledge and experience”.

The workshop is being funded by EUIPO and the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) Caribbean Regional Indicative Programme (CRIP).

Marie said the forum is designed to bring together a cross-section of stakeholders and will ultimately contribute to enhanced cooperation.

“This cooperation is especially pertinent in the context of the CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), which was signed in 2008. The Agreement includes a chapter on Innovation and Intellectual Property,” according to a CARIFORUM statement.