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Contact:  Kerwin Xavier


Friday 1 July 2011 Public education on the tenets of intellectual property rights was the focus of a workshop held here recently.  The 3 day workshop was jointly organized by the Ministry of Justice and Attorney General's Chambers in collaboration with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). 


Registrar of Companies and Intellectual Properties, Desma Charles explained the rationale for the public sensitization campaign.


“We have realized that intellectual property is not an area that many persons are aware of, so the reason for this mission was really to set in motion an awareness campaign to build an awareness among Saint Lucians and really to gain an understanding and an appreciation for the work of inventors, creators and entrepreneurs.”  


In addition to Private Sector participation, Public Officials and the Cabinet of Ministers received information from the (WHY – PO) consultant on Intellectual Property rights.  According to Charles, intellectual property embraces every aspect of our lives. 


“Intellectual property refers to creation of the human mind and how these creations can be applied in the commercial world.   Under Intellectual Property we refer to two broad categories:  Industrial Property which covers trade marks, patents, industrial design, geographical indications, and it also covers copyright and related rights; which refers to the work artist, musicians, poets, authors, writers, and entrepreneurs.


The Ministry of Justice and the World Intellectual Property Organization hope that the recently held 3 day public sensitization exercise will encourage people to respect the intellectual property rights of others.


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