U.S. Embassy hosting a three-day workshop on combating Intellectual Property crimes in The Bahamas

NASSAU, The Bahamas – The U. S. Embassy is hosting a three-day workshop on combating piracy of intellectual property at the Sheraton Hotel October 7-9, 2008.

The goal of this workshop is to improve The Bahamas’ capacity to develop a law enforcement best practices handbook, and to develop a strategy to implement that handbook, in order to fight piracy of intellectual property. Three experts from the U.S. and U.K. with experience in similar efforts in the Caribbean, specifically Trinidad and Tobago, and elsewhere will facilitate the workshop.

The workshop is being run by the Department of Justice Program Manager for Latin America and the Caribbean, along with a U.S. Federal Prosecutor and a retired UK police officer, both of whom specialize in IP crimes.

Approximately 28 participants will attend, including representatives from the Attorney General’s office, Ministry of Finance, Bahamas Customs, law enforcement, attorneys, musicians and writers. The goal of the conference is for the participants to develop a Best Practices Handbook that can be used specifically in The Bahamas.

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