THE University of the South Pacific Lautoka Campus conducted the Intellectual Property Rights and the Knowledge Society Workshop in Lautoka on 29th June.
Held at the Lautoka Campus, the one-day program was presented by USP Copyright and IP Officer Kathy Moore from the Laucala Campus in Suva.Moore has recently been employed by USP to provide policy and procedural advice on copyright and IP issues, to facilitate copyright compliance within USP and to consider whether the development of a regional licensing agency is viable proposition.
The workshop was attended by close to 50 participants from the western division comprising librarians from high schools, primary schools and tertiary institutes; few academics from tertiary institutes; high and primary school teachers and a couple of NGO officers.
Participants were made aware of Intellectual Property Rights and Regional IP laws; Copyright, Copyright Compliance & Copyright Collectives; and Protecting Traditional Knowledge and Cultural Expression. The workshop was well appreciated and thoroughly enjoyed by the participants. They thanked USP Lautoka Campus for taking the initiative to organize such an important program.
Lautoka Campus Director Dr Pramila Devi said the workshop was part of the campus’s Continuing and Community Education (CCE) outreach program that focused on creating awareness on contemporary issues.
Dr Pramila said she was motivated to organize a workshop on IP and Copyright following her participation in an IP workshop conducted by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and organized by Faculty of Arts and Law at the University of the South Pacific’s Laucala Campus recently.
“During the workshop, I realized the importance of information on IP and the need to disseminate the information to the communities in the Western Division. In this knowledge-based society, we need to constantly upgrade our knowledge in IP and create awareness on these issues,” Dr Pramila said.
“Now that we have an IP and Copyright officer, I thought it was good to utilize her expertise for the benefit of communities in the Western Division,” she said.