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Nov 2, 2015

Intellectual Property Rights Workshop for Judges and Lawyers

A two-day workshop on the enforcement of intellectual property rights for the judiciary and law enforcement officials is underway in Belize City.  The seminar, organized by the Belize Intellectual Property Office, features guest speaker Louise van Greunen, an Advocate of the Supreme Court of South Africa.  Justice Louis Harms of the Supreme Court of Appeal in South Africa is also present to address the gathering of judges and lawyers.  This morning, News Five spoke with Deputy Registrar of Intellectual Property Rights at BELIPO on the purpose of the workshop.


Candice Westby-Fisher, Deputy Registrar, BELIPO

“Everything that we use has some part of intellectual property in it and intellectual property does not only cover copyright which most people are familiar with. It also covers patterns, trademarks; the brands that we use like Coca Cola, Brodies brand, Belikin brand. So it covers trademarks as well as and designs which includes the shapes of goods. So it is important that we enforce intellectual property rights because everything that we use has some parts of intellectual property rights in it.”


Isani Cayetano

“Now I noticed that you guys have brought in a judge of the Supreme Court to be able to impart some knowledge to the participants as to the importance of this particular knowledge.”


Candice Westby-Fisher

Candice Westby-Fisher

“Well we have today present with us the Director of the Building Respect for Intellectual Property Division at WIPO, which is the World Intellectual Property Organization stationed in Geneva Switzerland. And then we also have the honorable judge LTC Harms from South Africa and both of these persons are experts in the enforcement of intellectual property rights and they will be giving the participants topics based on the enforcement of IPs; namely trademark counterfeiting, investigating intellectual property crimes and topic such as these.”


Isani Cayetano

“For the participants in attendance, what is the primary take away from this exercise?”


Candice Westby-Fisher

“The primary take away from this exercise is how to deal with intellectual property enforcement. As the internet moves forward and we have more cyber crimes and crimes that have become harder to enforce and I guess you can say that the criminals have become a little bit smarter with the use of technology; the main take away is how do you deal with these new advances and how to effectively enforce intellectual property rights with the emergence of these new advances.”


The session concludes on Tuesday.

Viewers please note: This Internet newscast is a verbatim transcript of our evening television newscast. Where speakers use Kriol, we attempt to faithfully reproduce the quotes using a standard spelling system.

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1 Response for “Intellectual Property Rights Workshop for Judges and Lawyers”

  1. Ricky Malthus says:

    While a legal system in all countries must protect all rights, not only intellectual property rights, this training shows what the white man’s world will do to safeguard its scientific, technical, and military edge from those condemned to serve.

    I hope Belizeans can see through this new form of slavery and colonialism, however, the first world intellectuals like to perform a charade in getting the enslaved to feel empowered while the spiked boot of repression causes misery.

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