August 12, 2003
Translation: FTAA Secretariat
FTAA – NEGOTIATING GROUP ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTSREQUEST FOR TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE ON
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ISSUES
With the advent of the 21st century, Uruguay and other countries of the region
are challenged with modernizing their productive structures within a context of
greater social equity and a globalized world.
- Project Title
Strengthening of the Industrial Property System to accommodate technological
innovation and competitiveness.
The challenge facing Uruguay is to attain greater participation in the regional
and international economy, within a dynamic and evolving context. Technological
innovation and competitiveness have been identified as strategic objectives to
achieve this goal.
In view of the growth in world trade and the technological revolution,
industrial property-intensive enterprises need to make constant changes to their
productive and trade strategies for their own benefit and at the lowest possible
cost. This shows that industrial property has become a very important asset.
The Government of Uruguay recognizes industrial property’s growing importance in
international relations and the need for effective management at the service of
business and research sectors. For this reason, the Uruguayan government has
promoted links between the productive sectors and greater interaction between
the public and private sectors so as to further the integration of technological
progress and innovation within enterprises as a strategic variable and source of
income, while also developing business practices to ensure global
Statistics show the increased number of filings of applications for industrial
property rights which the Office is unable to process due to a shortage in
staff. Although the problem has been resolved partially through automated
operations, the funds available are insufficient to maintain an adequate
Training continues to be a priority, not only to educate staff directly involved
in the operations but also other system users requiring training: entrepreneurs,
universities, customs officials and judges, among others.
SMEs are lacking in information on the selection, purchase and adaptation of
foreign technology, and they are inexperienced in development of new
technologies and with industrial property to protect their own innovations
because they do not receive the support needed to undertake technological
The technological information dissemination service provided for in patent
documents is insufficient due to its irregularity and the unreliability of its
databases, lack of organized collections of patent documents and of trained
customer service personnel, etc. There is also a need for them to be
incorporated into national and regional information networks to allow for the
exchange of technological information.
- Objectives of the project:
General: Create the conditions for the country’s participation in the region and
in the global economy, thereby fostering innovation and competitiveness through
intensive mobilization and utilization of industrial property.
Contribute to building up the managerial structure in charge of industrial
Foster the use of industrial property with a view to SME’s formulation of
technological marketing and technological innovation-oriented strategies.
Stimulate the use of information on industrial property among current and future
users, especially as regards the technological information in patent documents.
Enhance and increase the use of technological information services so as to
ensure maximum, timely, and effective usage by intermediate and end users now
and in the future.
Promote greater awareness of benefits derived from the use of industrial
property with a view to establishing a culture based on industrial property.
Set up national and regional industrial property and technological information
- Inputs1 : resources required for the project
Expert training and advisory missions
Funds for training courses
Funds for equipment purchase
Funds for the preparation of publications on diskette and paper.
Funds for publicity
Funds for services management and maintenance
- Anticipated Results
The project will have the following results:
Trained staff responsible for industrial property operations (see
Trained current and future users of the system (see beneficiaries)
Information and advisory services for current and future users (creation and set
Enhanced infrastructure (hardware and software)
Collection of industrial property documents on diskette with standard format.
Material for dissemination
Integration into national and regional integration networks.
The technical capacity of the project’s beneficiaries in the relevant industrial
property sectors will be increased. The beneficiaries include:
Managers and staff of government offices in charge of industrial property,
promotion, dissemination, and technological information.
Entrepreneurs, especially SMEs.
Officials and members of chambers of commerce and industry and professional
Academia, research institutes and individual inventors.
Customs officials and judges
Others identified during execution of the project.
- Other relevant information
Note: In the event that two or more project profiles are proposed, please
present in order of priority.
1 If information is available.