Alexander Shumilin: intellectual property is the most important component of the knowledge economy
At the present stage, intellectual potential is gaining more and more value, and intellectual property is the most important component of the «knowledge economy». This was announced today at the opening of the Center for Support of Technologies and Innovations on the basis of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, Chairman of the State Committee for Science and Technology of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Shumilin. According to him, the State Program for Innovative Development for 2021-2025, approved by the Head of State, sets the task of expanding the network of Technology and Innovation Support Centers. Specific measures for the implementation of this task are contained in the Strategy of the Republic of Belarus in the field of intellectual property until 2030, which will be signed in the near future. According to the document, in order to increase the efficiency of the use of intellectual property objects, a system of access for those interested to the funds of patent and non-patent information of the World Intellectual Property Organization will be created, which has the most relevant, reliable and complete databases on inventions from around the world, through the development of a network of Technology and Innovation Support Centers.
«The opening of the Technology and Innovation Support Center on the basis of the Yakub Kolas Central Scientific Library is not accidental. The National Academy of Sciences of Belarus is rightfully the leading scientific center of our country. The share of patents received for inventions in the name of organizations of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus in the total number of registered national patents is more than 25%», said Alexander Shumilin. He also noted that the demand for Belarusian developments abroad is constantly growing. This is evidenced by the increasing volume of exports in the field of payments for the use of intellectual property. By the way, in 2020, the volume of export of services for the use of intellectual property increased almost fivefold and amounted to 125 million US dollars.
In addition to the Center for Support of Technologies and Innovations on the basis of the Yakub Kolas Central Scientific Library, there are currently fifteen TISCs in Belarus: one each at the Republican Scientific and Technical Library and its regional branches, at the Belarusian State University, Vitebsk State Medical University, Polesie State University, Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics, Industrial Park «Great Stone», Polotsk State University, Brest State Technical University, Belarusian State Technological University and NCIP.
It should be noted that the work of such centers is in demand by scientists, engineers, designers and, above all, creative youth. Only in the TISC of NCIP for 10 months of 2021, about 3700 consultations of legal entities and individuals were held on the issues of registration, protection and transfer of rights to intellectual property. In addition, the training of the staff of the centers in the NCIP and WIPO is carried out on a systematic basis. In 2021, more than 30 people received such education.
An international project for the creation and development of a TISC network in Belarus is being implemented jointly with the World Intellectual Property Organization. Its main goal is to stimulate innovation, as well as to provide information and scientific and methodological support for users of the services of the centers in the field of scientific, scientific, technical and innovative activities.