CarIPI — Overall and Annual Work Plans

CarIPI focuses on four expected results.

  1. Increased awareness of the value and contribution of innovation and IPR to economic and social development, among policy makers, private sector and the general public.
  2. A network of strengthened and more efficient IP institutions, delivering timely, high quality and accessible IPR administration and enforcement services, benefiting MSMEs in particular.
  3. Enhanced legal and policy frameworks in the area of Trade Marks, Designs and GIs, facilitating the participation in global protection systems in compliance with EPA provisions, and boosting regional harmonisation.
  4. Improved capacity of the productive sector to create, protect, utilise, commercialise and enforce their IP rights, thus stimulating innovation and new business models.

To achieve these results, the overall work plan sets a multiannual framework, complemented by four annual work plans to be developed each year.
A balanced approach is envisaged in terms of geographical distribution of activities in the CARIFORUM countries, different IP rights, and types of activities that can include, inter alia, studies, policy recommendations, workshops, conferences, peer-to-peer exchanges, technical support for IT tools, and promotion.
The activities are identified each year through a consultation process with the CARIFORUM States and the CARIFORUM Directorate, as well as other key stakeholders in the region.

   

2020

No.

Activities

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

WP1 - Raising awareness on the benefits of IPR

1

Project launch event and promotion of the importance of IPR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WP2 - Institutional strengthening and digitalisation

2

Specialized training on TMs for IPO staff [1] [2]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

Specialised training on GIs for IPO staff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

Registration Framework for Plant Variety Rights

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5

Regional TM database pilot integrations - and IT tools workshop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6

Develop a common classification of goods and services database (TMClass)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7

Regional IP Portal - proposal and exit strategy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

Creation of a regional GI database

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9

IPR enforcement seminar for customs officials

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WP3 - Regional harmonisation of law and practice

10

Review of draft IP legislation [1] [2]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11

Sub-PSC and Trade Mark Task Force meeting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WP4 - Generating value through IPR & business strategies

12

Support on IPR for business

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13

Support to GI producers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CarIPI focuses on four expected results.

  1. Increased awareness of the value and contribution of innovation and IPR to economic and social development, among policy makers, private sector and the general public.
  2. A network of strengthened and more efficient IP institutions, delivering timely, high quality and accessible IPR administration and enforcement services, benefiting MSMEs in particular.
  3. Enhanced legal and policy frameworks in the area of Trade Marks, Designs and GIs, facilitating the participation in global protection systems in compliance with EPA provisions, and boosting regional harmonisation.
  4. Improved capacity of the productive sector to create, protect, utilise, commercialise and enforce their IP rights, thus stimulating innovation and new business models.

To achieve these results, the overall work plan sets a multiannual framework, complemented by four annual work plans to be developed each year.
A balanced approach is envisaged in terms of geographical distribution of activities in the CARIFORUM countries, different IP rights, and types of activities that can include, inter alia, studies, policy recommendations, workshops, conferences, peer-to-peer exchanges, technical support for IT tools, and promotion.
The activities are identified each year through a consultation process with the CARIFORUM States and the CARIFORUM Directorate, as well as other key stakeholders in the region.

   

2020 - 2021

No.

Activities

Nov

Dec

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

WP1 - Raising awareness on the benefits of IPR

1

IP management for OLPs: case studies & communications actions [1] [2]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

IP awareness raising actions [1]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

Policy Level – Building IP awareness among National EPA Coordinators [1] [2] [3]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WP2 - Institutional strengthening and digitalisation

4

Support IPOs in digitization of their business processes and databases [1]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5

Specialised training for IPO examiners [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6

Specific technical support and training to the Haitian IPO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7

Training for judiciary on IP Dispute Resolution - IP Case Law Conference [1]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

Training on IP crime detection and enforcement for customs and police [1] [2]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WP3 - Regional harmonisation of law and practice

9

Support in drafting and implementing modernized IP laws

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10

GI Manual and Model law [1] [2] [3]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11

Registration Framework for Plant Variety Rights [1] [2] [3]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12

Support for accession to International Treaties [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13

Identify and document common practices in TM, Designs [1] [2]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14

Support deeper regional harmonisation efforts [1]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WP4 - Generating value through IPR & business strategies

15

Building capacity of BSOs and SMEs [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16

Mentorship programme for OLP/GI producer groups [1] [2]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CarIPI focuses on four expected results.

  1. Increased awareness of the value and contribution of innovation and IPR to economic and social development, among policy makers, private sector and the general public.
  2. A network of strengthened and more efficient IP institutions, delivering timely, high quality and accessible IPR administration and enforcement services, benefiting MSMEs in particular.
  3. Enhanced legal and policy frameworks in the area of Trade Marks, Designs and GIs, facilitating the participation in global protection systems in compliance with EPA provisions, and boosting regional harmonisation.
  4. Improved capacity of the productive sector to create, protect, utilise, commercialise and enforce their IP rights, thus stimulating innovation and new business models.

To achieve these results, the overall work plan sets a multiannual framework, complemented by four annual work plans to be developed each year.
A balanced approach is envisaged in terms of geographical distribution of activities in the CARIFORUM countries, different IP rights, and types of activities that can include, inter alia, studies, policy recommendations, workshops, conferences, peer-to-peer exchanges, technical support for IT tools, and promotion.
The activities are identified each year through a consultation process with the CARIFORUM States and the CARIFORUM Directorate, as well as other key stakeholders in the region.

   

2021 - 2022

No.

Activities

Nov

Dec

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

WP1 - Raising awareness on the benefits of IPR

1

Economic Impact Study: the contribution of IPR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

Creativity and IP in CS’ Schools: pilot project

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

Case studies and promotion of opportunities for research cooperation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

IP Awareness Raising actions for World IP Day and World Counterfeiting Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WP2 - Institutional strengthening & digitalisation

5

Support to IPOs in Digitisation of their Business Processes and Databases [1]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6

Specialised Training for IPO Examiners and IP representatives/lawyers 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7

Technical Assistance to Haiti: Road Map, focus on TMs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

Exchange of best practice on IP enforcement

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9

IP mediation and dispute resolution

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WP3 - Harmonisation of law and practice

10

Support to benefit from participation in International IP Treaties

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11

Identify and Document Common Practices in TM & Designs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12

Recommendations for enhanced regional cooperation in Industrial Designs and Trade marks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13

Model Laws and support in drafting and implementing modernized TM, DS and GI laws

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14

Assist in implementation of Plant Variety Rights Registration Frameworks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15

Exchange of best practices on protecting Plant Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore using the IP system

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WP4 - Generating value and innovation

16

Mentorship Programme: strategic use of IP tools to enhance competitiveness of CS entrepreneurs [1] [2]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

17

IP B2B training programme

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

18

Symposium on innovation, economic development and the role of IP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

17 Nov
Online

TMclass tool training for Saint Lucia

On 17 November, CarIPI joined forces with the Registry of Companies & Intellectual Property of Saint Lucia (ROCIP) in a training directed at trade mark agents of the Office.
11 - 31 Oct - Dec
Online

GI model law and GI manual

Caribbean GIs and speciality products have the potential to achieve a greater presence in international markets, particularly in the EU where consumers are willing to pay higher prices for origin-linked products (OLPs).
28 Sep
Online

Regional Plant Variety System webinar

On 28 September CarIPI hosted a webinar in collaboration with CPVO, UPOV and CARICOM Agricultural Division on a Regional Plant Variety System.
20 Sep
Online

WE-Xport Beneficiaries' Intellectual Property Workshop

On 20 September 2021, CarIPI and the Caribbean Export Development Agency (CEDA) jointly hosted a regional workshop to provide technical support in the area of international trade mark registration to selected companies led by women under
07 - 30 Sep
Online

Make the most of the Intellectual Property system

In September 2021, CarIPI hosted a series of webinars to raise awareness of the benefits of intellectual property protection in creating and sustaining successful and competitive SMEs in the region.
14 Jul
Online

Workshop on the classification of goods and services

On 14th July, CarIPI organised a training session in Dutch on trade mark classification, for the Bureau of Intellectual Property of Suriname’s staff and the country’s relevant legal professionals.
26 Apr
Online

IP and MSMEs: Taking your ideas to market

CarIPI and the Jamaica IP Office (JIPO) collaborate on the implementation of a webinar targeting micro, small and medium sized enterprises (MSMEs).
10 Mar

Benefits of convergence of IP systems for cross-border trade

On 10th March CarIPI hosted a webinar directed at EPA coordinators, policymakers, and private sector representatives of CARIFORUM to raise awareness on the benefits – for the business sector and in particular to SMEs -  on the existing regional and international convergence efforts, as well
05 Mar
Online

Webinar “Design examination– practical aspects 2”

This webinar will close this first series of interventions aimed at enhancing the capacities of the Design Examiners of CARIFORUM IP Offices. This time focus was put on the graphical representation of designs and correct use of visual disclaimers. 
04 Mar
Online

Webinar “Design examination– practical aspects 1”

After a first training session aimed at enhancing the skills and capacity of design examiners of the CARIFORUM IP Offices on design examination, a second session was organised by CarIPI on 4th March to cover some practical aspects of design examination.
26 Feb
online

Webinar “Exchange of practice for design examiners”

With the objective of strengthening the technical capacities and skills of the CARIFORUM IPO staff examiners in the field of designs, CarIPI organised a series of online trainings on design examination (ref. Activity 5 of AWP2).
12 Jan
Online

Webinar ‘The Madrid System in Antigua and Barbuda’

This webinar aims to enhance knowledge and skills of the business sector in Antigua and Barbuda on the use of the Madrid International Registration System. In promoting the Madrid Sytem, CarIPI wants to promote global branding among A&B entrepreneurs.
16 Oct
Caribbean Region

Webinar: Boost your origin linked products

Nowadays, every country in the world claims that their agricultural or traditional products and foods belong to a cultural or gastronomic heritage, as a symbol of the history of a country or a community. Such ‘origin linked products’ have not only a social, but also an economic dimension.
14 Oct
online

Sub-PSC and Trade Mark Task Force meeting

On 14 October, the CARIFORUM Directorate along with Intellectual Property (IP) Offices of its Member States, the European Union, and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), will meet virtually to discuss present and future activities of CarIPI, a European Development Fund (EDF) i
22 - 23 Sep
Online

Search and Classification Platforms Workshop

In the framework of Act.5 of its Annual Work Plan, CarIPI will host an online workshop on TMclass and TMview, aimed at Registrars or Heads of TM departments of the Cariforum IPOs, with the objective to recap the benefits, as well as strategic and practical implications of the use of these tools.
04 - 06 Aug
Online

Support on IPR for business

Act. 12 is composed of different public awareness- and capacity building actions, intended to  stimulate the private sector (especially SMEs, micro-enterprises and indigenous communities), to create, protect and manage their own value chains, and use IPR as a competitive tool.
02 Jul
online

Interrelations between Trade Marks and GIs

The training aims at strengthening the technical capacities and skills of the CF IP Offices staff on TM and GI examination. The online training will particularly focus on the technical aspects regarding the relations between GIs and TMs (incl.
19 May
online

CARIFORUM IP offices - Webinar on trademark classification

On 19 May, the CarIPI project hosted a first large virtual meeting & training on trademarks classification delivered by a senior EUIPO legal expert, Mr Thom Clark, with the participation of representatives of almost all CARIFORUM countries, so as representatives from the CARIFORUM Directorate
04 Mar
Kingston, Jamaica

Workshop on the Hague System in Jamaica

CarIPI collaborated with the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) in conducting a sub-regional workshop on the Hague System for the International Registration of Industrial Designs, in Kingston (Jamaica) on 4-5 March 2020.