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In 2020, five Technology and Innovation Support Centers to be created in Belarus

In 2020, five Technology and Innovation Support Centers to be created in Belarus

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In 2020, five Technology and Innovation Support Centers to be created in Belarus

In the second quarter of 2020, it is planned to create five Technology and Innovation Support Centers (TISCs) on the basis of the regional branches of the Republican Scientific and Technical Library and higher education institutions. The opening of TISC spots in the regions will be accompanied by national and regional seminars with the involvement of national and international experts in the field of protection and management of intellectual property rights. This was announced today at an extended meeting of the board of the National Center for Intellectual Property by the Chairman of the State Committee on Science and Technology of the Republic of Belarus, Alexander Shumilin. He pointed out that the creation of the TISC network is an international project initiated by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to build innovative potential through providing information and scientific and methodological support. “As part of the project to develop Technology and Innovation Support Centers in the republic, a regional three-pronged network of centers is being developed: TISCs of the first level - on the basis of the National Center; second level - on the basis of the Republican Scientific and Technical Library (RSTL) and its regional branches; third level - on the basis of organizations and enterprises. A Technology and Innovation Support Center has been opened and is currently operating on the basis of the National Center, as the coordinating body for the development of the TISC network in Belarus,” said Alexander Shumilin.

He also noted that within the cooperation with the World Intellectual Property Organization, the National Center for Intellectual Property signed an agreement of understanding with WIPO on the procedure for alternative resolution of disputes in the field of intellectual property. In 2019, for the first time as part of an official visit to the Republic of Belarus Francis Gurry, Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization, met with President of the Republic of Belarus Alyaxandar Lukashenka.

In turn, the Director of the National Center for Science and Technology Uladzimir Rabavolaw said that 37 draft normative legal acts were developed last year, of which 17 were adopted, including the Law of the Republic of Belarus “On Amending the Law of the Republic of Belarus “On Copyright and Related Rights”, the Law of the Republic of Belarus “On Amending Laws” (regarding geographical indications), Decree of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus “On Amendments and Changes in Decree of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus of November 29, 2011 No. 1609 |On the Collective Mr. Property Rights Management.”

In 2019, there was a positive trend in the receipt of applications for the grant of patents of the Republic of Belarus for industrial designs (in 2019 - 325 applications, in 2018 - 225). 393 applications for the grant of patents of the Republic of Belarus for inventions were received. National applicants filed 2/3 of the total number of applications. For foreign applicants, the largest number of applications are from Germany, the Russian Federation and the United States. It should be noted that the time for considering patent applications for inventions has been significantly reduced (in 2019 - 13-14 months, in 2018 - 25-26 months).

In 2019, the NCIP received 18 international applications and 118 Eurasian applications (in accordance with the Eurasian Patent Convention). Following the results of the past year, the number of applications for registration of trademarks in the Republic of Belarus has also increased. Thus, the amount according to the national procedure was 103% in relation to 2018 (3121 - in 2019, 3036 - in 2018). According to the international procedure, 5,746 applications were received, which amounted to 108% compared to 2018.

As part of the ongoing work on the management of intellectual property, it is important to note the increase in the number of agreements on the transfer of rights to industrial property registered in 2019. Thus, 778 agreements were registered (688 in 2018), including: 430 license agreements on the transfer of the right to use industrial property objects (121.5% by 2018); 235 contracts for the assignment of rights to industrial property objects (in 2019 - 98.3% by 2018); 109 integrated business license (franchising) agreements (117.2% by 2018); 4 contracts of pledge of rights to industrial property objects (200% by 2018).

Traditionally, in the field of collective management of authors' property rights, the agency’s activity is marked by an increase in the economic results of the exercise of property rights. Thus, in 2019 (compared to 2018) the amount of royalties increased by 6.1%. To date, the NCIP operates in the framework of 6,397 existing agreements with respect to 11,161 works in 40 countries of the world.

In 2019, exports in the field of services for the use of intellectual property amounted to about 100 million US dollars, which is twice as much as in 2017.