The Head of the ARIPO Academy conducted a benchmarking exercise with the Global Intellectual Property Academy (GIPA) at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in Alexandria, Virginia, USA from 25 to 28 September, 2017.
Mr Outule Rapuleng met with Ms Miriam DeChant, the Director of GIPA, to deliberate how ARIPO could leverage its advantage/position as a regional center of excellence for Africa to coordinate training for its Member States as well as how to manage growth and track quality of training.
Other items discussed were the programs and target groups to be trained, including ARIPO Members States and non-Member States, and the impact and outcome of the training interventions.
The meeting also talked about the bilateral cooperation between the ARIPO Academy and GIPA within the broader context of the Memorandum of Understanding signed by ARIPO and USPTO in 2015.
Mr Rapuleng also got a chance to meet the Patent Attorney for USPTO, Africa Team of Office of Policy and International Affairs (OPIA) at USPTO, Senior Trade Counsel, Senior Attorneys/Advisors for the respective departments of the office namely Copyright, Trademarks, the Academy, Enforcement and Patents as well as the GIPA Distance Learning Team.
GIPA is managed by OPIA and provides intellectual property training in a variety of different topics primarily that focus on enforcement, patents, trademarks, and copyrights.