October 18, 2006

It was announced on Monday that the U.S. Department of State will be allocating $3M to assist foreign countries with their intellectual property training and protection programs. According to the AllAfrica news article below, this new allocation increases the total granted by the U.S. government since 2004 for this purpose to $8.5M. The largest allocation is just over $700k to support the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), including Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, and other countries, over the next two years for training of border and customs officials regarding IP crimes. Similar assistance being provided to India, where $365k is allocated to train those officials as well as judges and prosecutors. Several other programs, including funding to Paraguay, Ukraine, Brazil, and Russia, are being funded for these purposes and for targeting specific piracy of audio and visual recordings. Lists of allocations to individual countries are available at the first two links below.

AllAfrica News Article: LINK
ag-IP-news Article: LINK
U.S. Department of State "Intellectual Property Enforcement" Website: LINK

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