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Cooperation in South America for the Promotion and Protection of Patents and Trademarks - the PROSUR Initiative

On Wednesday April 3, the Wilson Center convenes a panel to discuss intellectual property rights through the Prosur initiative.

Date & Time

Apr. 3, 2013
3:00pm – 5:00pm ET


6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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The role of intellectual property in technological development has been increasingly recognized and incorporated in national policies of South America’s leading economies. Building on a traditional of regional cooperation, six years ago the Intellectual Property offices of the  governments of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador , Paraguay, Peru, Suriname  and Uruguay launched a cooperative effort to jointly strengthen the quality and efficacy of national IP regimes. The result was the Prosur initiative.   Supported by the Inter-American Development Bank, Prosur fosters operational cooperation among participating IP offices through action guidelines in the fields of patents, trademarks, technologic information and informatics.  One of the group’s main purposes is to identify and implement common solutions for common problems found in the execution of their shared task of promoting and protecting intellectual property.

On April 3, from 3 to 5 PM, the Wilson Center’s Brazil Institute, Canada Institute, Latin American Program and Program on America and the Global Economy will host a workshop with the heads of participating IP offices to review progress made by Prosur, as well as plans to further collaboration and challenges ahead. They will be joined by colleagues of the United States and Canada, who will share experiences of comparable initiatives such as IP5, a forum of the world’s five largest intellectual property offices – United States, European Union, South Korea, China, and Japan - , and the Vancouver Group, a similar collaborative project by  Canada, United Kingdom, and Australia.


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Brazil Institute

The Brazil Institute—the only country-specific policy institution focused on Brazil in Washington—works to foster understanding of Brazil’s complex reality and to support more consequential relations between Brazilian and U.S. institutions in all sectors.  Read more

Latin American Program

The Wilson Center’s prestigious Latin American Program provides non-partisan expertise to a broad community of decision makers in the United States and Latin America on critical policy issues facing the Hemisphere. The Program provides insightful and actionable research for policymakers, private sector leaders, journalists, and public intellectuals in the United States and Latin America. To bridge the gap between scholarship and policy action, it fosters new inquiry, sponsors high-level public and private meetings among multiple stakeholders, and explores policy options to improve outcomes for citizens throughout the Americas. Drawing on the Wilson Center’s strength as the nation’s key non-partisan forum, the Program serves as a trusted source of analysis and a vital point of contact between the worlds of scholarship and action.  Read more

Canada Institute

Bound by common geopolitical interests and strong economic and cultural ties, Canada and the United States enjoy the world's most successful bilateral relationship. The Wilson Center's Canada Institute is the only public policy forum in the world dedicated to the full spectrum of Canada-U.S. issues. The Canada Institute is a global leader for policymakers, academics and business leaders to engage in non-partisan, informed dialogue about the current and future state of the relationship.     Read more

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