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CIS members to boost cooperation in IP protection

MINSK, 7 September (BelTA) – The CIS member states will strengthen cooperation in intellectual property protection, Director General of the National Intellectual Property Center Leonid Voronetsky told reporters before a session of the interstate council for intellectual property protection on 7 September, BelTA has learnt.

He noted that each CIS Participating state is interested in efficient sci-tech, trade, industrial, social and cultural development. “The efficiency is achieved by utilizing intellectual property which is viewed not only as an asset, by also a mechanism to regulate the competitive environment and enhance the competitiveness of goods on the global market,” he emphasized.

To facilitate cooperation and address these tasks, the CIS member states have come up with a special strategy to run until 2020. This strategy prioritizes intellectual property protection. “These processes are of a particular importance for Belarus that seeks to promote an innovative economy, knowledge economy,” Leonid Voronetsky added. In his words, the efficient use of intellectual potential depends on the mechanisms to protect investments, intellectual capital and intellectual resources. “On the one hand, we are talking about the protection of investments and formation of intellectual capital, on the other hand – about the innovative development and boosting the export potential using intellectual property; these things are interconnected. These issues will be discussed today with heads of the national patent authorities and leading international experts,” the Director General said.

The session of the interstate council for intellectual property protection is held in Minsk on 7-9 September. Taking part in the forum are heads of national intellectual property authorities from Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and representatives of the CIS Executive Committee. The session will also feature experts of the World Intellectual Property Organization, the European Patent Office, the Eurasian Patent Office and the National Intellectual Property Center of Georgia.

The parties will discuss the state of efforts to implement the CIS cooperation agreement in intellectual property protection, formation of national databases of copyright and associated rights, interstate information exchange, and prevention of IP-related crimes.

The interstate council for intellectual property protection is responsible for the operation of the legal framework and instruments to protect intellectual property and enhancing its role in the sci-tech, trade, industrial, social and cultural development and integration processes.