The Attorney General and Minister for Justice, Betty Mould Iddrisu on the 12th of July 2010 launched Ghana’s Intellectual Property Development Plan at the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva.
Mrs. Betty Mould Iddrisu also secured an agreement between the World Intellectual Property Organisation and Ghana by which Ghana will benefit from financial and technical assistance to develop its intellectual property industry.
Speaking to news men the Mrs. Betty Mould Iddrisu said the support of the World Intellectual Property Organisation to Ghana among other things will include training workshops on the strategic use of Intellectual Property in the commercialization of Ghanaian products such as geographical indication and textiles.
SME’s, research institutions, investment promotion bodies and copy right based industries will also be equipped with skills to use the Intellectual Property system effectively to enhance their activities.
She said further that the World Intellectual Property Organisation will assist Ghana to conduct studies on creative industries and their contribution to the Ghanaian economy, create a platform for the establishment of online trade in sound and audio visual recordings, and support the creation of a collective management organization in accordance with the Copyright Act.
Further WIPO will assist the Ghana Intellectual Property Office to incorporate the Regional Legal Instrument for the Protection of traditional knowledge and expressions of folklore into Ghanaian law.
Finally as part of the World Intellectual Property Organization’s development programme, Ghana will be the first beneficiary of a digitization programme to enable all patents, trademarks and documents to be digitally stored and accessed by users on a worldwide basis.
The Attorney General’s delegation to Geneva included H.E Mrs. Ellen nee- Whang, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Ghana to the United Nations Office at Geneva and Specialized Institutions in Switzerland, His Lordship Justice Sule Gbadegbe, Justice of the Supreme Court, Mr. Joseph Harlley, Registrar- General Hon. Emmanuel Banduah (MP) and Chair of the Constitutional and Legal select Committee, Office of Parliament, Hon. Kwame Anyimadu Antwi(MP) Member , Constitutional , Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Select Committee,t, Mr. Suleiman Ahmed, Chief Director , Ministry of Justice and Mrs. Grace Issahaque, Principal State Attorney, Registrar- General’s Department, Ministry of Justice.