US embassy cable - 01ABUJA2017

NIGERIA: USG TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE UNDER THE TRIPS AGREEMENT

Identifier: 01ABUJA2017
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Origin: Embassy Abuja
Created: 2001-08-13 09:13:00
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Tags: KIPR ETRD OEXC KPAO USTR FCUL
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UNCLAS ABUJA 002017 
 
SIPDIS 
 
 
DEPT FOR EB/TPP/MTA/IPC: LCHING 
 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: KIPR, ETRD, OEXC, KPAO, USTR, FCUL 
SUBJECT: NIGERIA: USG TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE UNDER THE TRIPS 
AGREEMENT 
 
REF: STATE 129187 
 
 
1. As requested Reftel, in accordance with Article 67 of the 
TRIPS Agreement, the US Mission in Nigeria has provided the 
following technical assistance to the GON during the period 
from September 2000 to August 31, 2001 in the area of 
intellectual property rights protection: 
 
 
-- The Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) of the 
Department of Commerce, with funding from USAID, sponsored 
the participation of two officials from the Federal Ministry 
of Commerce to attend the Visiting Scholars Program on 
Intellectual Property, October 30 - November 9, 2000 and the 
follow-on program on IPR Enforcement, November 13-17.  These 
two programs were conducted jointly by the USPTO and WIPO. 
-- CLDP, with USAID funding, organized the "Administration of 
Intellectual Property Conference", held from December 13-15, 
2000 in Abuja.  The Ministries of Commerce and Culture and 
Tourism, the Intellectual Property Law Association of Nigeria 
(IPLAN), the Nigerian Office of Technology Acquisition and 
Promotion (NOTAP), entertainers and scientists helped to 
convene the conference.  The conference focused on the 
egregious state of Nigeria's industrial property laws and 
procedures and raised the issues of Nigeria's intellectual 
obligations in the area of intellectual property rights. 
 
 
-- CLDP, with USAID funding, organized the "Intellectual 
Property Rights Workshop" at the ECOWAS Secretariat April 
4-6, 2001.  This conference was attended by lawyers and 
government officials from several ECOWAS member-states, 
including Nigeria.  The focus was primarily on what member 
states must do to become compliant with TRIPS and the WIPO 
treaties.  A diagnostic tool was used to compare national 
laws with the TRIPS agreement and identify amendments needed 
to bring the national laws in compliance with TRIPS. 
 
 
-- CLDP, with USAID funding, brought USPTO's Chief of 
Trademark Services to Nigeria from July 8-20, 2001, to 
provide technical assistance.  Through the USPTO officer, the 
USG provided expertise and advice on the procedural and 
technical administration of an intellectual property office. 
The visitor made site visits and held consultations in order 
to conduct an assessment and review of the current 
infrastructure and procedures in the Nigerian Trademarks, 
Patents and Designs Registry, and to review the proposed 
harmonized structure and procedure for all intellectual 
property administration in Nigeria. 
Jeter 

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