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Interview: Timothy Trainer, Global Intellectual Property Strategy Center

Eileen McDermott, New York

Timothy Trainer, founder of the Global Intellectual Property Strategy Center, spoke with Managing IP about why we need to change the IP conversation, how to help global Customs authorities enforce IP rights and what went wrong at the Uruguay Round

Timothy TrainerSince founding the Global Intellectual Property Strategy Center (GIPSC) in 2005, Timothy Trainer has been travelling to countries including Bosnia, Peru and the Republic of Georgia in an effort to change common perceptions about IP. "These countries are trying to become EU members or want to be part of the international community, but meeting all of their obligations under the various treaties becomes very difficult," says Trainer. But rather than employ the traditional approach emphasising enforcement and the perils of IP crime – which he says is usually counterproductive in developing countries - Trainer wants to educate people on the economic potential of IP. "We tend to make this rhetorical statement that IP is good, but we don’t connect the dots for people," he says.

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