Dr Tedros thanked WIPO for its support to Ethiopian Intellectual Property Office

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Addis Ababa, 8 February 2014 (WIC) - Foreign Minister, Dr. Tedros Adhanom, met with the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Dr. Francis Gurry, on Thursday.
Dr. Gurry noted WIPO’s readiness to work in close cooperation with Ethiopia in the areas of intellectual property, and said that despite the challenges of multilateralism, WIPO had been able to welcome the signing of the Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performance and the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons who are Visually Impaired due to assistance from counties like Ethiopia.
Dr. Tedros thanked WIPO for its support to the Ethiopian Intellectual Property Office (EIPO) and underlined the need to further strengthen the partnership between the two institutions.
He also discussed Ethiopia’s bid to join the World Trade Organization and the importance of close partnerships to expedite the accession process.
WIPO is supporting EIPO in the Industrial Property Automation System project in the Patents Registry, and currently, the Automation is being extended to the Trademarks Registry System.
WIPO has also supported the establishment of the Technology Innovation Support Center which is helping Ethiopians to access technological information among other initiatives. 
The discussions also covered protection offered to genetic products and traditional knowledge.
Dr. Gurry explained the negotiation process of a treaty on protection in these areas. It also offers a database to help developing countries track abusers.
He also noted that countries could learn from others with genetic products on ways to control abuse by implementing export controls and improving design capacities to save products from illegal exploitation.(MoFA)