Norway provides technical cooperation activities that are relevant to the implementation of the TRIPS Agreement through two institutions: The Norwegian Industrial Property Office (NIPO), a government entity – and The Norwegian Copyright Development Association (NORCODE), formed by industry organizations.
The Norwegian Industrial Property Office
The Norwegian Industrial Property Office (NIPO) has been offering training courses in the area of intellectual property rights and patent information services in collaboration with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) for a number of years.
The main objective is to contribute to economic growth and reduction of poverty in developing countries by providing practical and academic assistance to strengthen the infrastructure of the IP systems and increase the capacity and competence in the area of industrial property rights.
Training courses and information services are financed by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and free of charge for the participants and users. WIPO contributes to the organization of training courses e.g. by handling applications from the participants and covering travel and accommodation for contributing personnel from WIPO.
The target group is officials who deal with intellectual property rights at a practical level. The objective of the course is to contribute to a better understanding of different intellectual property rights, with a focus on the practical work and administrative management of industrial property applications. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these courses were temporarily suspended in 2021. NIPO is in the process of evaluating this programme.
In the same period the NIPO has offered preliminary search services in the area of patents, through the WIPO Patent Information Services (WPIS) scheme administered by WIPO. The target group for the service is users of industrial rights systems in developing countries (for example, businesses, research communities or individuals). More information can be found at this address: https://www.wipo.int/patentscope/en/data/developing_countries.html.
The Norwegian Copyright Development Association (NORCODE)
In addition to project funding, NORCODE organizes training programmes directed towards staff of collective management organizations and government representatives.
NORCODE's various training programmes draw on knowledge and competence in NORCODE's owner organizations, as well as national and international organizations working to protect intellectual property. As for project funding, the aim is to build cultural infrastructure in developing countries and strengthen the situation of the right holders.
The training includes a programme on exercise and management of copyright and related rights, as well as tailor-made training for specific purposes, study visits, regional activities, coaching and one-to-one-mentoring. More information can be found at this address: Building cultural infrastructure in developing countries. https://norcode.no/