Interview: Timothy Trainer, Global Intellectual Property Strategy Center
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
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.
Why did you leave the
International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition?
I left the IACC partly out of frustration. I spent 16 years
doing enforcement-related work and after a...
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