In an effort to provide a more robust system for the provision of IP-related technical assistance to developing and least-developed countries, the USPTO has established the Global Intellectual Property Academy (GIPA) that functions to provide IPR training, capacity building, technical assistance as well as to create multilateral programs and country specific programs in U.S. and abroad.  In 2007, the USPTO completed construction of GIPA that includes a 20,000 square-foot training facility at its headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia.  Since then, the USPTO has held many global IP training seminars and sessions.  Through this dedicated space, the USPTO delivers targeted training to foreign IP officials that include foreign IP office administrators, examiners, judges, prosecutors, customs officers, and other government officials. 

One primary focus of GIPA is to offer capacity building and IP training programs in the U.S. and around the world on IP protection, enforcement, and capitalization.   In delivering capacity building programs, GIPA works closely with other U.S. government agencies, trading partners and international organizations.  For example, GIPA works with several other U.S. government agencies to provide adequate technical cooperation and assistance to developing countries.   Such agencies include, for example, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), which focuses technical cooperation activities on providing strong IP enforcement; the U.S. Library of Congress Copyright Office, which provides technical assistance to help developing countries to developing and improve their copyright laws and enforcement mechanisms to address copyright infringements; the Department of Homeland Security Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP), which provides assistance on custom law and border enforcement; the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), which funds and implements IP technical assistance generally as part of broader trade capacity-building programs at country level; and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), which enables developing countries to negotiate and implement market-opening and reform-oriented trade agreements as a critical part of trade capacity building.