first_imgLIPO Director General, Roosevelt Gould Kicks off development of National IP PlanThe Liberia Industrial Property Office (LIPO) has begun a 12-day stakeholders’ field trip intended to develop a national intellectual property strategic plan to be integrated into the government’s national development agenda.The field trip comes at a time when investors, inventors and artists in the creative sector (film, music, innovation, etc ), are taking steps to ensure that government pays more attention to this lucrative creative industry.Since the country enacted the Intellectual Property Law, no government – past or present, has fully given recognition to the creative sector as an engine of growth due to what they describe as ‘lack of a road map for the sector.’Accordingly, the 12-day LIPO field trip is expected to change things as part of its trajectory will be the development of a national strategic intellectual property (IP) plan that will encourage and facilitate useful creations, critical developments and management and protection of IP at the national level, as well as giving more subsidies to creative industry societies.LIPO director general Roosevelt Gould, who took over the agency less than five months ago,  initiated this crucial activity that will soon see artists benefiting more from their career paths.  Artists have described the plan that is being developed as “a crosscutting document which outlines links with diverse policy areas to ensure effective coordination with other activities.”He added that a national IP strategy strengthens a country’s ability to generate economic growth, both in terms of GDP and human capital.“With the coming of this strategy, everything ranging from literary to artistic works and genetic and biological assets will be protected and the individuals behind them will fully reap their benefits. Without a national IP strategy, it is difficult to unlock these assets in a planned, efficient, and sustainable manner.“The goal of this national IP strategy is the creation, ownership, and management of artists and inventors’ rights to increase economic growth. The world is now being controlled by IP, and if other countries are benefiting from this, it is about time Liberia starts to benefit as well.“We have artists and inventors who are supposed to be millionaires by now, but this is not happening because we lack a national IP strategy. We have a good IP law but in the absence of a national IP strategy – which is a key policy tool to promote public interest in the arts and innovation and for the environment to thrive, then the law remains inactive,” he said.Gould noted that since 2009, LIPO has been undergoing numerous reforms and working hard to make sure that its performance equals and surpasses its mandate.Director Gould added that the 12-day field trip will be managed by two expert consultants sent by the World Intellectual Property Organization to work alongside the agency’s staff to develop the country’s strategic IP plan through stakeholder engagement.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgBut, no more caramel apples, hot dogs, live bands and field trips this fall. The ranch usually opens in mid-August and stays open until Halloween. On Sunday, as hundreds of people picked out pumpkins, rode ponies and walked through The Maze, those wicked winds started blowing things over. Joann Lombardi, who owns the ranch with her husband, Bob, said she wanted to close because it was just too dangerous. The evacuation started at 2:15 p.m. and everyone was out about 30 minutes later, she said. Teenage employees took kids home, helped customers get across the street and directed traffic, Lombardi said. SAUGUS – Lombardi Ranch – a longtime Saugus landmark scorched and closed by the Buckweed Fire – is reopening today in time for its Halloween rush. “Our kids didn’t want us to give up,” owner Joann Lombardi said Wednesday. “They have worked so hard to get us open.” Customers who stop by the roadside stand can still buy pumpkins, corn, tomatoes and take a train ride through a sunflower field dubbed Scarecrow Alley. Although the fire cooked many of the pumpkins, the Lombardis still have 75 tons in their fields. “They did exactly what they were told,” she said, lauding the teens. “Some of them didn’t want to leave. I made them leave.” Animals – including a horse, donkeys, ponies, an emu, a llama, pigs and chickens – were let out of their pens. “After the fire, they all came back and into their pens,” she said in disbelief. Lombardi said she watched as the fire made its way to within about 300 feet from the wooden stand, originally constructed in 1966. One daughter, who lives on the ranch, lost her home to the fire. It was the house that Bob Lombardi, 62, had grown up in. “We lost things, but we still have our family,” said Joann Lombardi, 61. When Lombardi Ranch opened in 1966, Joann and Bob Lombardi had one 18-month daughter. Today, they count four grown kids and 10 grandkids. Joann Lombardi said she has been trying to get her husband to retire for several years, but he wants to keep farming. She said it has been a frustrating year with rain, road closures and now the fire. When she pushed to close the business, the couple’s three daughters and son balked. “My kids got really mad at us,” Joann Lombardi said. “They said, `People are depending on you.”‘ “I stood back and let my sisters do the complaining,” said Rob Lombardi, who built the trains that chug their way around the ranch. Friends also want to see the ranch stay open. “You don’t want the tradition to die,” said Beth Oliva, a longtime friend who straightened up scarecrows for today’s opening. “There are some things you can’t replace.” Lombardi Ranch means family time, the Saugus resident said. Oliva’s boys, ages 16, 15 and 11, have been coming to the ranch since they were born. “You just know Lombardi,” Oliva said. “It’s a part of Saugus. It’s a tradition out here.” The Lombardis plan to stay open until Halloween. “After that, I don’t know,” Joann Lombardi said. “It is up in the air.” (661) 257-5253 — Ranch hours Lombardi Ranch will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily until Tuesday. It will close at 5 p.m. on Halloween. The ranch is at 29527 Bouquet Canyon Road. For information, go to or call (661) 296-8697.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img