Intellectual property Brussels, 5 June 2008
Main IPR related technical assistance programmes
Here is a summary of the technical assistance programmes specifically dedicated to intellectual property issues as well as those with a broader range but with an IP component.
Below you can find more information about the main IPR related technical assistance programmes funded by the European Union. These programmes are managed and implemented from the EU Delegations in the third countries concerned:
- African Caribbean Pacific (ACP): TradeCom Facility : see in particular the report on IPR assistance to Uganda. ACP MTS Programme: project regarding the protection of Geographical Indications.
- ASEAN: third EU-ASEAN Intellectual Property Rights Co-operation Programme (ECAP III).
- A follow-up programme is currently under approval and is expected to start implementation in January 2009.
- Balkans: CARDS Regional IPR project.
- Central Asia: Programme for Border Management in Central Asia (BOMCA)
- Cambodia: Multilateral Trade Assistance Project (MUTRAP)
- China: EU-China project on the protection of intellectual property rights (IPR2)
- India: Capacity-building Initiative for Trade Development (CITD) - Trade Portal of India
- Indonesia: Trade Support Programme
- Laos: Trade Development Facility (project web site not yet established)
- Mexico: ProTLCuem project (including an IPR module)
- Thailand: Trade Development Facility
- Uganda: IPR-related cooperation (2009 report)
- Vietnam: Multilateral Trade Policy Assistance Programme (MUTRAP)
- IPR Helpdesk: The European Union also sponsors the IPR Helpdesk, a EU-funded service providing free-of-charge assistance regarding IPR issues to participants in the EU research Framework Programme (whose website also provides information on general IPR issues)
- International projects in which the European Patent Office is involved: consult a list of these projects
The Commission submits every year a report to the TRIPs Council regarding technical cooperation activities carried out by the European Communities and individual member States in favour of developing and least developed country Members (read the 2010 report).