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Law Faculty talks Intellectual Property IP Youth and Innovation

For Release Upon Receipt - April 25, 2022

St. Augustine

The University of the West Indies (UWI) St Augustine Campus, April 25, 2022 – In celebration of World Intellectual Property Day on April 26, the Faculty of Law at the St. Augustine Campus of The University of the West Indies (The UWI) is raising awareness of this critical area, especially for the creative industry in Trinidad and Tobago. 

Intellectual property (IP) refers to creations of the mind, such as inventions; literary and artistic works; designs; and symbols, names and images used in commerce. IP is protected in law in various ways, including copyright, patents and trademarks. 

This year’s theme of World Intellectual Property Day is ‘IP and Youth innovating for a Better Future’ and, according to Dr. Justin Koo, Lecturer in Law and author of ‘The Right of Communication to the Public in EU Copyright Law’ notes that youth worldwide is driving innovative and creative initiatives in this regard. 

“The Faculty of Law at The UWI St. Augustine recognises”, he said, “the importance of intellectual property and offers an array of intellectual property focused courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Intellectual property is everywhere and plays a critical developmental role, both from a personal and commercial perspective. We recommend that all persons educate themselves about IP rights and value. The Faculty of Law is therefore celebrating World IP Day 2022 by showcasing a number of young people involved in/with IP, where they share experiences about the development and management of their intellectual property rights. Stay tuned to our social media for more!” 

The first interview “Getting Into Intellectual Property with Dr Emma Perot” can be viewed here 

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About The UWI 

The UWI has been and continues to be a pivotal force in every aspect of Caribbean development; residing at the centre of all efforts to improve the well-being of people across the region. 

From a university college of London in Jamaica with 33 medical students in 1948, The UWI is today an internationally respected, global university with near 50,000 students and five campuses: Mona in Jamaica, St. Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago, Cave Hill in Barbados, Five Islands in Antigua and Barbuda and its Open Campus, and 10 global centres in partnership with universities in North America, Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe. 

The UWI offers over 800 certificate, diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Culture, Creative and Performing Arts, Food and Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities and Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology, Social Sciences, and Sport. As the Caribbean’s leading university, it possesses the largest pool of Caribbean intellect and expertise committed to confronting the critical issues of our region and wider world. 

The UWI has been consistently ranked among the top universities globally by the most reputable ranking agency, Times Higher Education (THE). In the latest World University Rankings 2022, released in September 2021, The UWI moved up an impressive 94 places from last year. In the current global field of some 30,000 universities and elite research institutes, The UWI stands among the top 1.5%. 

The UWI is the only Caribbean-based university to make the prestigious lists since its debut in the rankings in 2018. In addition to its leading position in the Caribbean, it is also in the top 20 for Latin America and the Caribbean and the top 100 global Golden Age universities (between 50 and 80 years old).  The UWI is also featured among the leading universities on THE’s Impact Rankings for its response to the world’s biggest concerns, outlined in the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including Good Health and Wellbeing; Gender Equality and Climate Action. 

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(Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.)