534. Mexico would like to thank the Friends of Intellectual Property and Innovation for including this item on the agenda, for the document IP/C/W/692, for yesterday's event and for their very interesting presentations. Mexico recognizes and concurs on the importance of protecting intellectual property rights as a key element in enabling start-ups to obtain financing. At present, Mexico does not have any similar government programmes owing to a lack of resources and because, outside of intellectual property related departments, there is a lack of awareness of the benefits that protecting intellectual property rights can bring to the wider economy. 535. However, the Mexican Institute of Intellectual Property (IMPI) provides advice to the general public, on a personal and individual basis. Appointments can be requested on the Institute's web page. Moreover, the IMPI carries out campaigns to encourage companies to protect their intellectual property rights through tariff reductions, up to 90% for micro-, small- and medium sized enterprises.
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