IP AWARENESS PROGRAM
Many Papua New Guineans do not understand the importance of intellectual property. There is lack of appreciation of IP as an important tool in trade and investment and in everyday life. Due to this situation, there is widespread IP infringement activities, especially in the reproduction and sale of counterfeit and pirated products.
In order to educate people the IPOPNG adopted an IP Awareness program in 2004. Under this program, the Office will continue to carry out small workshops and seminars targeting specific audience groups in the main centres of the country.
The goal or aim of the program is to have increased awareness on the requirements/implications of the laws and the commercial use and benefits of protecting intellectual property.
MAJOR PROJECTSIPOPNG has embarked on four (4) major projects with which is explained briefly below;
World Intellectual Property Day:
This is celebrated every year on the 26 April by IP offices around the world. Each year, WIPO creates a theme to highlight a certain area of IP and notifies each member state for their purpose of commemorating that day.
Intellectual Property Information Center
The IP information centre was the initial part of an initiative requested by the office to set up a Patent Information Center . The office with the help of WIPO conducted a needs assessment with stakeholders and law agents in December 2008 and it was discovered that PNG needed more awareness on IP to facilitate one's understanding of its importance to development.
Intellectual Property Seminar/Workshop/Training
It is intended by the office to conduct awareness seminars, workshops and trainings for stakeholders, academics, researchers, law agents and particularly the general public whom are at an advantage to realise its importance and utilise the knowledge and skills learnt to build wealth for themselves.