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Haiti - Economy : The Intellectual Property as a Tool of Development
24/03/2013 10:28:35

Haiti - Economy : The Intellectual Property as a Tool of Development
The Ministry of Trade and Industry (MCI), in collaboration with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the Office of the Haitian Copyright (BHDA) of the Ministry of Culture, organized this week a 2-days sub-regional (Caribbean) workshop on intellectual property. The workshop, whose theme was "intellectual property as a tool of development" is directly in the logic of government action to promote, manage and protect intellectual property.

During this workshop, the discussions were facilitated by experts of intellectual property including: Paul Régis, Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean WIPO ; Carol Simpson, Executive Director of the Office of Jamaica Intellectual Property ; Richard Aching, echnical Manager of the Office of Intellectual Property of Trinidad et Tobago ; Emmelie Prophète and Willems Edouard, of the Haitian Bureau of Copyright ; Barbara Stephenson and Me Christian de Lespinasse. The speakers began by establishing the link between intellectual property and economic development, while stressing the necessity of supervision and protection of intellectual property.

Was discussed: general aspects of industrial property, the fundamental principles of copyright and related rights, of the Law on intellectual property, of the administration and management of these rights, of the application and enforcement of intellectual property rights in Haiti, of counterfeiting, piracy and its economic and social consequences. Finally, speakers and participants ended the workshop by a sharing of knowledge and best practices of intellectual property offices in the Caribbean region, to consider solutions for a better collective management of copyright in Haiti, and how to integrate intellectual property into business strategies.

At the opening of the workshop, Wilson Laleau, the Minister of Commerce made ​​a plea for the Haitian creative ability is supervised and protected. By mutual agreement with the BHDA, the Ministry of Commerce began to think to see how to address three aspects, which are relevant to the issue of innovation: institutional phase, the legislative framework and the supervision of innovators.

Paul Régis affirmed that WIPO was ready to help Haiti, by relying in particular on the experiences of other Caribbean countries, which have succeeded in transforming their economies, through genuine supervision and protection of property intellectual.

For his part, Me Rodrigue Josaphat, Director of Legal Affairs of the MCI, indicated that "The Haitian Parliament must ratify no less than six international treaties on intellectual property. When this is done, Haiti will be obliged to harmonize its laws with these treaties."

The Ministry, in order to make understand to the general public and its partners on the necessity to promote, regulate and protect intellectual property, has produced a series of popular programs on the topic "The protection of innovation through intellectual property", which are broadcast every Tuesday at 9 p.m., since 19 March, on the Television Nationale d'Haiti (TNH)

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