Washington, DC. The International Intellectual Property Institute, IIPI, opened its “Strategies for Building Software Industries in Developing Countries” conference today at the East-West Center at the University of Hawai’i, in Honolulu today. Approximately 100 delegates representing 23 countries are attending the forum co-sponsored by the University of Hawai’i, at Manoa, and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

This conference brings together experts and software industry professionals from around the world to identify, discuss and debate various policy options governments have to promote their software industries and what strategies software companies can employ to better ensure success in the international marketplace.

“Examining the role intellectual property plays in spurring the development of different software products and services is a primary focus of this event… but it goes much deeper than that,” notes IIPI Project Director, Eric Garduño. “The growing importance of software industries to national economic growth is critical for international economic competitiveness. This conference will elucidate confusing and complex issues surrounding the policies and practices that contribute to creating robust software industries.”

Topics discussed at the event include exploring the:

* Evolution of open source software products
* Role governments play in attracting software business
* Strategies software companies have used to flourish in different countries

Most of the 100 delegates attending “Strategies for Building Software Industries in Developing Countries” are government officials responsible for industrial policy, science policy, trade policy, and software purchases. These include representatives from aid agencies and organizations that provide assistance in the areas of information and communication technology, education and infrastructure development, and software industry professionals and analysts.

Please visit the conference website for more background information, conference agenda, speaker biographies and conference materials.

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