Local artists, designers, and artisans have a great deal of potential in preserving their culture and wisdom, empowering their communities, and especially boosting the economy of their industries using intellectual property. In light of this aspect, the EU-funded project ARISE+ IPR organises a two-day training programme in Cambodia and Lao PDR to help raise awareness of intellectual property rights among Cambodian and Laotian local artists and designers and highlight the economic and cultural values of their work. The training also serves as a capacity-building activity for those involved in handicraft associations so that they are equipped with IP protection tools and strategies.
Among the key speakers are design experts from the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). Representatives from the Department of Intellectual Property of Cambodia and the Department of Intellectual Property of Lao PDR will also participate in the training programme.