Prof. Jeremy de Beer, in conjunction with Prof. Chidi Oguamanam, publishes a timely paper addressing the burgeoning issues of the demand for and quality of intellectual property training in developing countries.
Profs. de Beer and Oguamanam published their paper, Intellectual Property Training and Education: A Development Perspective, to address a growing area of interest in the domain of intellectual property (IP) law. The adoption and implementation of the TRIPS Agreement has led to increasing demand for intellectual property education, notably in developing countries. Given the fundamental differences between developed and developing countries, the paper seeks to address the ways in which IP training can take into account socio-economic considerations in different developing countries.
The paper points to the World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) Development Agenda as a source of recommendations to address these issues, and strives to identify action items for those involved in IP training. They include strengthening the base of scholarly and academic materials available for IP education around the world by supporting further multidisciplinary research, and evaluating the ongoing activities of the WIPO Academy.
Prof. Oguamanam, currently associate professor and director of the Law and Technology Institute at Dalhousie University’s Schulich School of Law, will be a professor at the University of Ottawa beginning in January 2011.