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TIV and the Technopolis Group organized a Series of Workshops for Surinamese entrepreneurs, government officials, and policy leaders on the Commercialization of Intellectual Property (IP)


TIV and the Technopolis group were selected by the Government in Suriname in an ambitious endeavor to draft the country’s first framework for IP regulation and policy in 2018. As part of the engagement, TIV conducted an IP needs assessment for the country, revealing that the existing legislation and governmental guidance on IP law and technological transfer was very low and lacking in some criteria. Based on the results of this study, TIV and the Technopolis group coordinated a series of workshops on “Intellectual Property (IP) – For Monetization and Business Models, Knowledge Management and Commercialization.” The workshops featured instruction from global IP and technology transfer leaders, with a target audience of high-level policymakers.


The series of lectures, discussions and brainstorming sessions were a tremendous success, with an end result of increased awareness, understanding and confidence by the participants. Various forms of IP, including patents, copyrights, trademarks, Traditional Knowledge, and Geographical Indications, were covered. The workshops were subsequently followed by months of continued advisory, surveys, and analyses under the auspices of TIV and Technopolis, culminating in Suriname’s “ Strategy for A Strong IP Policy in 2024.”

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