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  • Opportunities within the creative industries and strategies to grow and protect the sector are the primary focus of the conference.
  • The conference will include representatives from intellectual property (IP) offices across the region.
  • Keynote speaker at the opening ceremony on Monday, February 10, will be Chairman of BOP Consulting in London, UK, John Howkins.

Opportunities within the creative industries and strategies to grow and protect the sector are the primary focus of the Regional Conference on Intellectual Property and Creative Industries, slated for February 10 to 12 at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Regional Headquarters, at Mona.

The conference, to be hosted by the Jamaica Intellectual Property Office (JIPO), in collaboration with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), will include representatives from intellectual property (IP) offices across the region, such as Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago.

Keynote speaker at the opening ceremony on Monday, February 10, will be Chairman of BOP Consulting in London, UK, John Howkins. Other presenters during the conference will be from Switzerland, Finland and the United States of America (USA).

“Our focus is on economic growth…it is not just about the theoretical aspect of intellectual property and where the creator fits in, but the conference is completely surrounding economic growth, how is IP a form of currency? How is it that our creative industries can actually begin to make hard cash off intellectual property?” Manager of Copyright and Related Rights Directorate at JIPO, Marissa Longsworth, told JIS News.

She noted that the conference is open to the public, free of cost, but is especially targeted at creative professionals, such as animators, graphic designers, craftsmen, painters, sculptors, artisans, CEOs, bankers, stock exchange professionals and academia.

The conference proceedings will take the form of panel discussions, with day one focusing on creative industries as a factor for economic growth, and monetizing intellectual property.

Day two will feature the legal infrastructure for creative industries, digital opportunities and developments for creative industries, and putting creative economy on the policy agenda.

The conference will wrap up on Wednesday, February 12 with discussions on intellectual property and digital publishing, gaming and animation and protection of Caribbean popular music.

“We need to begin to put a monetary value on our creativity… we want people to have reliable sources of information on the value of their work and that way they will be more confident in trading, selling and licensing their work,” Miss Longsworth reasoned.

She added that the conference will bring together key stakeholders from various sectors to discuss and work on proper regimes and structures for the creative industries.