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OAS and IMPI Sign Cooperation Agreement on Subjects Related to Intellectual Property

  June 16, 2010

The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI) today signed a Cooperation Agreement on subjects related to Intellectual Property, Commerce and Innovation.

The agreement, signed by OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza and IMPI’s Director General Jorge Amigo Castañeda has the objective of establishing a framework of cooperation on the subject, promoting dialogue on public policy and stimulating programs and activities that contribute to the fulfillment of the objectives of both institutions.

During the ceremony, which took place at the Art Museum of the Americas in Washington, DC, the Secretary General said that “this agreement underlines the importance the OAS gives to actively supporting the efforts of Member States to expand trade opportunities and strengthen competitiveness in order to achieve a more sustainable economic development and a higher level of prosperity.”

The Secretary General also reaffirmed the Organization’s commitment “to work with IMPI in supporting the efforts of the countries of the Americas so they may benefit from their intangible assets and innovation in a way that allows them to increase productivity and create sustainable, high-quality jobs in the most dynamic sectors of our economies.”

For his part, the Director of IMPI asserted that the signing of this document “is a key element in being present in the Americas with the backing of the OAS, because of its infrastructure and strength.”

Also present at the ceremony were the Ambassador of Mexico to the White House, Arturo Sarukhan; the Permanente Representative of Mexico to the OAS, Gustavo Albin; the OAS Executive Secretary for Integral Development, Ambassador Alfonso Quiñonez; the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property Affairs and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), David Kappos; and the President of the International Intellectual Property Institute (IIPI), Bruce Lehman.

For more information, please visit the OAS Website at

Reference: E-242/10