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Jamaica to host sports conference on intellectual property — Grange

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange says that her ministry will this year host a “major conference on the strategic use of intellectual property in sport” in collaboration with the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and the Jamaica Intellectual Property Office (JIPO).

The conference will take place from September 19-20 at the Jamaica Conference Centre, according to a release from the ministry last evening.

Grange described the ministry's engagement with WIPO “as a major achievement in the push to not only strengthen brand Jamaica, but also to increase earnings from the nation brand.”

According to Grange, the hosting of the conference is aligned with the fourth objective of the Jamaica National Sport Policy, which is to “enhance and leverage the sport component of brand Jamaica.”

The conference is open to athletes, coaches, sports administrators, sports facility operators, educators and other stakeholders from across the region and will provide a forum to promote and encourage conversation and related action on the use of intellectual property, trademarks and copyright in sport.

The list of experts to address the conference include: Carol Simpson, Head of the Caribbean Section, Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean and representative of WIPO; Carlos Castro, Head of Copyright and Content Affairs at the International Olympic Committee; and Veronica Campbell-Brown, Jamaican Olympian.

Other presenters include President of the Jamaica Olympic Association, Christopher Samuda; Executive Director of JIPO, Lillyclaire Bellamy; Vice President of the Calgary Flames of Canada, Jim Bagshaw; Marketing Manager, Jamaica National Group, Carlene Edwards; Alfred 'Frano” Francis of Reggae Marathon and Running Events; and Carole Croella, Senior Counsellor Copyright Law Division, Copyright and Creative Industries Sector, WIPO.

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