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[FYI] WIPO Forum on IP and SME


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Milan, February 9 and 10, 2001  

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) will organize, in 
cooperation with the Ministry of Industry and Foreign Trade of Italy, 
a Forum on Intellectual Property and Small and Medium-Sized 
Enterprises, to be held in Milan, Italy, on February 9 and 10, at the 
Marriott Hotel, Via Washington 66, Milan 20146, Italy (Tel: +39 02 48 

The main objective of the Forum will be to review the role of the 
intellectual property system in enhancing the competitiveness of 
small and medium-sized enterprises. It will also provide an 
opportunity to inform the participants about the initiatives of WIPO 
on this subject and to examine a possible mid-term plan of action.  

The Forum is expected to be opened, inter alia, by the Honorable 
Giuliano Amato, Prime Minister of Italy, and the Director General of 
WIPO. Keynote speeches will be held by the Honorable Enrico Letta, 
Minster for Industry and Foreign Trade of Italy, and by Dr. Herwig 
Schlögl, Deputy Secretary General of the Organization for Economic 
Cooperation and Development (OECD). Presentations will be made by a 
number of eminent speakers and experts in the field.  

Participants will include high-level officials from Member States of 
WIPO as well as representatives from intergovernmental organizations, 
national SME support institutions, non-governmental organizations and 

The program (also available in Adobe PDF and MS-Word 97 format) 
covers the following items:  

Fostering the Innovation Potential of SMEs in the Globalization Era: 
The Role of Patents Promoting the Marketing Potential of SMEs: The 
Role of the Trademark and Industrial Design Systems SMEs and the 
Copyright Sector - Success Stories New Enterprises in the Digital Era 
Panel Discussion on Utilization of the Intellectual Property System 
for Enhanced Competitiveness in the Knowledge-Based Economy - 
Opportunities for SMEs  

Travel and accommodation arrangements are to be made by the 
participants themselves. Participation in the forum is free of 
charge. Interpretation will be available in English, Italian, French 
and Spanish.  

To register, please complete the attached participation form 
(available in Adobe PDF and MS-Word 97 format) and send it to:  

Mrs. Alba Marin or Ms. Raluca Maxim Tel: +41 22 338 9005 / 8594 Fax: 
+41 22 338 8760 E-mails: alba.marin@wipo.int   raluca.maxim@wipo.int  

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