Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
Intellectual Property Office - Office of the Attorney General and Ministry of Legal Affairs, Trinidad and Tobago

Trainer

Ms. Heather Baldwin-Mc Dowell

Heather Baldwin-Mc Dowell received her Bachelor of Arts and General Studies undergraduate degree (majoring in English and Sociology) from the University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus. She served as Manager Communications and Member Relations in the Copyright Music Organisation of Trinidad and Tobago.

It was during this time she developed a passionate interest and some valuable experience in Intellectual Property Rights. From July 2019 to December 2021 Heather studied and acquired her international certification as an Intellectual Property Trainer, through the Office of the Attorney General and Ministry of Legal Affairs’ National Intellectual Property Training Centre of Trinidad and Tobago (NIPTCTT) and the UN World Intellectual Property Organisation’s (UN WIPO) Train the Trainer Programme.

Since 2009 to 2012, she has pursued six different Intellectual Property Rights courses through the UN World Intellectual Property Organisation, Long Distance Learning Academy. She received course certificates in:

  • DL101 “An Introduction to General Intellectual Property”;
  • DL-201E “Advanced Copyright and Related Rights” (2010);
  • IP Panorama Advanced Training Certificate Programme on Intellectual Property Rights and Business (2011) jointly operated by the Korean IP Office (KIPO), the UN World Intellectual Property Organisation (UN WIPO), the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), and the Korea Invention Promotion Association (KIPA);
  • DL450E “Intellectual Property Management (2012);
  • DL 317 “Arbitration and Mediation Procedure under the WIPO Rules” July 2 – August 19, 2012, Passed with (A+ grade)
  • DL202E “Electronic Commerce and Intellectual Property” (2012); and
  • DL 317 “Arbitration and Mediation Procedure under the WIPO Rules” (2012).

On June 30th 2021 she was appointed a director on the board of the Island Society for the Promotion of Artistic and Cultural Education (Island SPACE) in Plantations Florida.

In March 2016, she delivered two presentations on Intellectual Property Auditing and Valuation at the Trinidad and Tobago Music Company’s IP Valuation Workshop.

In the 2013 Fall Issue Volume 44 No. 2, of the American Association of Recorded Sound Collections, Heather with colleagues Meagan Sylvester and Fabien Alfonso, co-wrote an article entitled “An Era Revisited: Trinidad & Tobago’s Indigenous Calypso Music – First Recordings, First Live Performances, First Music Publishing, and First Recordings on Film from 1900 – 1950.

August 2013, she joined the board of the Trinidad and Tobago Reprographic Rights Organisation (TTRRO). The TTRRO established for the collective management of licensing activities, including collecting fees on behalf of Publishers and Creators of copyright material.

In April 2013 she created a community Facebook page entitled IPchampiontt. The page is dedicated to the understanding and the spread of knowledge of Intellectual Property Rights.

Her IP training has added significant value to her competences in Intellectual Property Rights and Public Relations.