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  • Jamaica has been selected to host the Intellectual Property and Creative Industry conference in mid-November
  • Jamaica has been pushing for its national laws and policies regarding intellectual property to be developed
  • The conference will facilitate discussions and sessions on various IP-related issues

Jamaica has been selected by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to host the Intellectual Property and Creative Industry conference in mid-November, at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus.

Biennially, various countries bid to become the host country of the conference and this year, the Jamaica Intellectual Property Office (JIPO) bid was deemed successful.

“Jamaica is highly regarded by WIPO as they see the potential here and the work by JIPO,” Copyright and Related Rights Manager at JIPO, Marissa Longsworth, told JIS News.

She added that Jamaica has been pushing for its national laws and policies regarding intellectual property, to be developed in order to enhance its business environment.

In terms of attendance at the upcoming conference, Ms. Longsworth outlined that Latin American nations, all the English and Spanish speaking Caribbean countries as well as Haiti are expected to participate.

“It will definitely benefit us (Jamaica) to have such a collection of experts and knowledgeable persons who can contribute ideas and concepts that can create the environment necessary for a successful creative industry and IP usage, especially with the birth of animation in Jamaica,” she said.

WIPO, she noted, will provide the speakers, experts and sponsor some of the delegates from the various IP organizations in the Caribbean, which will attend the conference.

The conference, which will last for three days, will facilitate discussions and sessions on various IP-related issues, including Valuation and Collateralization of Intellectual Property, Choreography & Intellectual Property and Benefits of IP.

Jamaica will also host the Ministerial Conference in November 2014, with representatives from the various WIPO nations converging to discuss pertinent IP issues.