E wo/pbc/23/3 original: english date: june 4, 2015 Program and Budget Committee Twenty-Third Session Geneva, July 13 to 17, 2015


STRATEGIC GOAL VI INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION ON BUILDING RESPECT FOR IP



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STRATEGIC GOAL VI INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION ON BUILDING RESPECT FOR IP


Building respect for IP embodies a broader approach than that covered by the enforcement of IP rights alone. It calls for a focus on international cooperation where WIPO can make a difference. This is a broad, crosscutting goal, supported by many different areas of WIPO’s activities. The WIPO Advisory Committee on Enforcement (ACE) serves as a mechanism for Member States to coordinate work towards this goal. Work under this Strategic Goal is guided by DA Recommendation 45.





Expected Results

Performance Indicators

Responsible Program(s)

VI.1 Progress in the international policy dialogue among WIPO Member States on building respect for IP, guided by Recommendation 45 of the WIPO Development Agenda

Continued agreement by Member States on the substantive work of the WIPO Advisory Committee on Enforcement (ACE), incorporating development-oriented concerns

Program 17

VI.2 Systematic, effective and transparent cooperation and coordination between the work of WIPO and other international organizations in the field of building respect for IP

No. of strategic collaborations or other joint activities with partner organizations on building respect for IP

Program 17


PROGRAM 17 BUILDING RESPECT FOR IP


PLANNING CONTEXT




  1. Respect for IP is a basic principle shared by all WIPO Member States. Yet its full realization remains elusive as IP infringing activities – most notably counterfeiting and piracy – represent a prevalent phenomenon in many parts of the world. In order to devise appropriate responses, it is necessary to have a solid understanding of the motivations of producers and consumers of IP-infringing goods and the impact IP infringements have on the welfare of societies. A broad spectrum of both curative and preventive measures may then be adopted in light of national strategic needs, targeting, for example, improvements in legislation and enforcement frameworks, awareness and cultural change recognizing the value of IP, business and technology solutions that foster legal alternatives, or institutional collaboration.




  1. A multiplicity of actors influence international and national IP policies in the area of building respect for IP, often with varied interests and perspectives. In parallel, Member States endeavor to adopt measures attuned to the diverse social and economic realities in their respective countries. The challenge for Program 17 will be to safeguard WIPO’s continued relevance in steering the debate on the proper balance in the protection and enforcement of IP rights. The Program will seek to ensure that WIPO’s contributions to building an environment respectful of IP have a sustainable impact. The contributions aim to strengthen the capacities of Member States to reinforce legitimate markets for IP protected goods and services and improve IP compliance, in the interests of broader societal benefits, especially consumer protection, and development-oriented concerns.




  1. Program 17 continues to facilitate policy dialogue on building respect for IP among Member States through the Advisory Committee on Enforcement (ACE) and engages in systematic, effective, and transparent partnerships to achieve synergies in this area. In its demand-driven technical assistance activities, Program 17 focuses on providing balanced legislative and policy advice, enhancing national capacities to promote respect for IP, offering strategic support for the incorporation of respect for IP in national strategies, and encouraging consumer participation, including by young people, with a view to fostering a shared understanding of the social benefits of a solid IP ecosystem.

IMPLEMENTATION STRATEGIES




  1. In all its activities, Program 17 is guided by DA Recommendation 45. Valued as a “marketplace of ideas”, the ACE provides a forum for the exchange of national practices and experiences. The Program will facilitate Member States’ continued agreement on a theme-based work program that advances the building respect for IP discourse and explores it in all its complexities. Based on the ACE discussions, Member States may individually configure national strategies for building respect for IP relying, as the case may be, on preventive or curative measures and taking full account of the social and economic realities in the country concerned as well as its level of development.




  1. With the aim of achieving international policy cohesion and maximum impact through shared resources, Program 17 will build strategic collaborative partnerships, develop joint building respect for IP activities, and participate in relevant activities of its partners. In addition, the sharing of practical experiences in building respect for IP will be facilitated by creating fora that bring together a broad array of relevant international actors and field experts. The collaborations, which mainstream WIPO’s development-oriented approach to building respect for IP, are informed by DA Recommendation 40.




  1. Program 17 continues to assist Member States, on request, in formulating tailored and balanced legislative, regulatory, or policy frameworks for building respect for IP, in line with a country’s specific characteristics and needs. Assistance is equally provided to a variety of audiences in the form of capacity building activities on building respect for IP. To achieve sustainable results, a particular focus will be on increasing the capacities of national legal training institutions, such as police or judicial academies, to act as multipliers, supplemented by making available specifically designed training material on building respect for IP. Program 17 will also support the development of national awareness raising strategies aimed at reducing IP infringement through behavioral change. This will be complemented by activities aimed at increasing popular understanding of the value of IP, such as competitions on the occasion of the annual IP Day and the WIPO Awards Program, with a particular focus on helping young people appreciate the benefits of IP for society.  Technical assistance activities are guided by DA Recommendations 1, 6, 12, 13, 14, 17 (legislative, regulatory, and policy assistance), 45 (legislative, regulatory, and policy assistance) and 3, 10 and 11 (capacity building and awareness raising).




  1. Program 17 collaborates primarily with other Programs as illustrated below:

MAJOR RISKS AND MITIGATION STRATEGIES


Risk

Mitigation

Lack of agreement among, and of political support by, Member States in the work of WIPO in the field of building respect for IP.  WIPO’s role in building respect for IP may be compromised.  

Engage in regular consultations with Member States aiming at facilitating the convergence of Member State views on the relevance, the work and the policy function of the ACE and related capacity building activities.  Rigorous standards are applied in all activities, ensuring high quality, transparency, neutrality and a balanced approach.

Countries/stakeholders turning away from WIPO to look towards other international or regional organizations developing activities in the area of building respect for IP.

Leverage partnerships, identify and build synergies with clear, delineated roles between the partners.
Integrate activities and strategies on building respect for IP into IP national policies in cooperation with WIPO regional bureaus and the Department for Transition and Developed Countries.
Focus on policy-oriented activities where WIPO can offer a distinct role and competitive advantage.

RESULTS FRAMEWORK




Expected Results

Performance Indicators

Baselines

Targets

I.2 Tailored and balanced IP legislative, regulatory and policy frameworks

No. of countries/regional organizations having adopted or amended relevant frameworks towards effective IP enforcement in the light of Part III of the TRIPS Agreement, or being in the process of doing so, further to WIPO assistance

13 countries in the process of amending and/or adopting relevant frameworks towards effective IP enforcement
(as at February 15, 2015)

1 country/regional organization having adopted and/or amended relevant frameworks towards effective IP enforcement

No. of countries that have adopted and/or implemented a national strategy on Building Respect for IP, or are in the process of doing so, with WIPO assistance

2 countries in the process of adopting such strategy


2 countries have adopted such strategy

III.2 Enhanced human resource capacities able to deal with the broad range of requirements for the effective use of IP for development in developing countries, LDCs and countries with economies in transition

% of trained participants reporting satisfaction with the usefulness and relevance of the training provided for the exercising of their professional duties

Relevance : 90%
Usefulness : 90%
(as at February 15, 2015)

Relevance: >85%
Usefulness: > 85%

VI.1 Progress in the international policy dialogue among WIPO Member States on building respect for IP, guided by Recommendation 45 of the WIPO Development Agenda

Continued agreement by Member States on the substantive work of the WIPO Advisory Committee on Enforcement (ACE), incorporating development-oriented concerns

Agreement on the work program for the 10th session of the ACE

Agreement on the work program for the next ACE session

VI.2 Systematic, effective and transparent cooperation and coordination between the work of WIPO and other international organizations in the field of building respect for IP

No. of strategic collaborations or other joint activities with partner organizations on building respect for IP

6 strategic collaborations; 24 other joint activities (as at February 15, 2015)

6 strategic collaborations; 25 other joint activities

VIII.1 More effective communication to a broad public about intellectual property and WIPO’s role

No. of Member States participating in the WIPO Awards Program

38 (in 2014)

45 in 2016/17

RESOURCES FOR PROGRAM 17




  1. The overall resources for Program 17 in the 2016/17 biennium remain at the same level as the 2014/15 Approved Budget (the decrease compared to the 2014/15 Budget after Transfers reflect a temporary assignment of a legal officer in 2014/15 to the Program).




  1. A shift in resources from Expected Result III.2 to Expected Results I.2 and VIII.1 can be observed. This reflects a better balance among the various Expected Results, with (i) the assignment of resources for the assistance rendered, based on increasing requests from Member States, in relation to legislative assistance and national strategies on building respect for IP, and (ii) the assignment of resources for the WIPO Awards Program to Expected Result VIII.1 (rather than Expected Result III.2 in the biennium 2014/15).



Program 17: Resources by Result

(In thousands of Swiss francs)


Program 17: Resources by Object of Expenditure

(In thousands of Swiss francs)

Funds in Trust Potentially Available for Programming in 2016/17 (BY PROGRAM) 1

(in thousands of Swiss francs)

1The figures do not include interest and exchange rate adjustments. It should also be noted that these funds generally provide for activities spanning a period of time exceeding or overlapping a single biennium, as income is received and expenditure incurred.

2These figures are purely indicative and are based on previous funding patterns. They do not represent Member States' commitments except in those cases where the FIT Agreement includes such a commitment.





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