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Belarus to map out new intellectual property strategy

Belarus to map out new intellectual property strategy

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Belarus to map out new intellectual property strategy

Belarus is working on a new strategy in the intellectual property, First Deputy Chairman of the State Committee on Science and Technology, Andrei Kosovsky told the media ahead of the regional seminar “Intellectual Property Policy for Universities and Research Institutes” on 23 October, BelTA has learned.

Belarus is currently implementing the intellectual property strategy for 2012-2020. This is a fundamental document that lays out the areas of intellectual property development in the country. The State Committee on Science and Technology and its subordinate organization, the National Center for Intellectual Property, play the key role in this process. “We are currently working out a new intellectual property strategy, searching for key approaches to help Belarus reach the level of advanced countries on this front. Due to some objective reasons we are slightly lagging behind, but we are advancing very fast, for example, in the number of registered license contracts,” Andrei Kosovsky said.

The new strategy will determine key aspects necessary for Belarus to make a headway in intellectual property management. “First of all, we need to amend the legislation and law enforcement practices. As a result of today's seminar, we will develop a roadmap for universities and research institutes to lay out the best practices in promoting intellectual property,” Andrei Kosovsky noted.

According to Vladimir Gusakov, Chairman of the Presidium of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, the wise use of the R&D results, including the transfer of the rights to use them on a commercial basis, is becoming one of the priority tasks that need to be addressed by the Academy of Sciences and the Education Ministry. “Following the seminar, we will draw up practical recommendations necessary for each scientific organization as they shape their strategy in the field of intellectual property management,” he noted.

The National Academy of Sciences is playing host to the regional seminar on 23-24 October. Its organizers are the State Committee on Science and Technology, the National Center for Intellectual Property and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The seminar is set to hear reports and presentations from Belarusian and foreign experts and to discuss the most pressing issues of intellectual property policy, consider the prerequisites for effective commercialization of intellectual property and technology transfer.