Office finalizing preparations to establish academy

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Addis Ababa November 20, 2012 (WIC) - Ethiopian Intellectual Property Office said preparations are nearing completion to establish a national intellectual property academy, which is the first of its kind in the country.

Office Director-General, Berhanu Adelo said at the opening of a four-day training of trainers here Tuesday that the institution provides trainings related to trade mark, copy right, industry design and patent rights, among others.

The present training is part of the activities to establish the academy here, Berhanu said, adding, preparations are underway to provide the trainings in Amharic taking into consideration the real situation in Ethiopia.

Establishment of the academy here will enable professionals across the country benefit from trainings, he said.

According to ENA, some 18 Ethiopian and three Egyptian professionals are taking part in the training organized in collaboration with the office and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).