Delegates to the Follow-Up Session posed with IPOPHL Director Carmen G. Peralta (seated at the center), WIPO Academy Acting Deputy Director Mr. Tshimanga Kongolo (4th from left), Special Government Adviser of Stockholm Ministry of Justice Henry Olsson (4th from right), and SPRO Director Christian Nilsson (3rd from right) after the Opening Ceremonies.

IPOPHL Hosts the Follow-Up Session to the WIPO-Sweden Advanced Training Course on Industrial Property in the Global Economy

The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines hosted the five-day follow-up session to the WIPO Sweden Advanced Training Course on Industrial Property in the Global Economy that was held from October 8 to 12, 2012 at the Manila Peninsula Hotel, Makati City.

The WIPO-Sweden Advanced Training Course on Industrial Property in the Global Economy is a course given regularly to enhance skills of decision-makers in the field of industrial property and to provide a forum for discussion of industrial property issues. 

The training is usually a four phase course thatincludes: 1) preparatory part, an identification of a national project, consisting of a preparatory inventory of participants’ needs and problems in their home country; 2) course in Sweden, the course deals with issues related to the national and international protection of industrial property in the global economy; 3) interactive project work in the homecountry where participants should be able to implement a plan or project in their own country; and 4) a follow-up session that will take place in one of the participating countries. 

The course is organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the Swedish Patent and Registration Office (SPRO) in cooperation with the Government of Sweden and with the assistance of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).

For this year, the Philippines was chosen to be the venue for the fourth phase, which is the Follow-up session to the WIPO-Sweden Advanced Training Course on Industrial Property in the Global Economy. The participants had their opportunity to report and update the organizers and their co-participants on the development of the projects that they have launched in their countries.

Included in the whole week schedule was also a plant visit to a Philippine-owned corporation, Splash Corporation, where they learned how this company has grown into a multi-billion peso company and a store visit to the Philippines largest fast food chain company, Jollibee.