What else should Belarus learn and what can it teach itself?
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What else should Belarus learn and what can it teach itself?
This meeting at the Palace of Independence was awaited with interest by reporters and cameramen. That is, those people who directly create objects of intellectual property.
Those who have been in the profession for more than a decade realized that the technology development, the globalization and the Internet are blurring the boundaries so much that it becomes difficult to protect the rights to your product. Especially if we are talking about such work around the world.
Of course, there were always problems, and they were different, but the paradox of recent years is while world leaders fought for their uniqueness in the market of patents and inventions, others burst forth. For example, Belarus. This was emphasized by Francis Harry.
Francis Harry, Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization: ‘As you rightly pointed out, your country was at the origin of the creation of the World Intellectual Property Organization. Our organization, in fact, is experiencing not the easiest times. Therefore, we really appreciate the support of the founding countries such as Belarus.’
Why us? The logic in the words of Francis Harry is as follows: Belarus is well acquainted with problems from many different angles. Yes, we are among the founders, but in 1967 we rather learned to create an intellectual product and protect it. Today, on the contrary, we are in the lead, and therefore Belarus has complete information about what does not work the right way. At the same time, having achieved a significant progress, for example, in the area of IT, we are ready to continue learning. Especially if the opinion of the one who prompts is authoritative.
There it is important to clarify what “intellectual property object” is, which is intended to be protected by Francis Harry, LL.M. and the doctor of science of Cambridge. The copyright is conditionally a text, songs, pictures, that is, creativity. Patent law is a science: inventions or discoveries. Means of individualization are trademarks and trade names (by the way, most often in the world violations are recorded precisely in this area).
However, the most important thing now is the so-called “non-traditional” objects of intellectual property. They are topologies of microcircuits, high-tech know-hows, breeding solutions and trade secrets. All this should be protected all over the world by the same rules. This is the harmonization of law Francis Harry is engaged in.
There are several problems with this. Firstly, the legislation of many countries is not in time for progress. Secondly, by this time world leaders with enormous finances, who buy know-hows all over the world and patent them at the idea stage, were clearly determined. Actually, then the know-how becomes only their property, and many countries are forced to use technological, but foreign products for money, while preserving the risk that the right to use will be revoked.
But Belarus went the other way: we create it ourselves, we use it ourselves, but we are ready to share for a reasonable fee. That is why Francis Harry in Minsk is not likely as a teacher, but as an apprentice.
Francis Harry, Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization: ‘Competition is growing in the world, especially in the field of science and technology. It is the cornerstone of progress for humanity. In addition, in the face of this growing competition, it is very important to develop a policy of multipolarity. Belarus has excellent personnel and human resources that enable you to develop science and technology in your country. At the same time, Belarus always promotes this multi-polar approach, especially when it comes to such complex issues as artificial intelligence or robotics.’
In general, the importance of protecting intellectual property for Belarus is even from the area of national security. The country is export-oriented, and more than a third of our products are high-tech. Right now, Belarus is developing an Intellectual Property Protection Strategy for the next 10 years. The help of the World Organization would be useful for us in order to be in the same legal field with the countries-buyers. This topic was discussed in detail at a regional seminar in the National Library today. Francis Harry came there right away from the Palace of Independence. There a point was that an individual country cannot dictate its conditions. Its task is to integrate international standards into national legislation.
Alexander Shumilin, Chairman of the State Committee on Science and Technology: ‘Belarus is a high-tech country, everyone acknowledges this. We have a strong science, but so far we are not earning much on intellectual property, as on the separate product, although the numbers are quite impressive. Over the last year, we have earned about 65 million USD on the sale of intellectual property, as well as on licensing agreements and other agreements on the assignment of rights. At the beginning of the five-year plan, this amount was commensurate with 15-20 millions.’
The chain is simple: first you need to create a product, then to protect it. And make it so that it meets all international requirements. Then it is important to sell it. This is called to manage the intellectual property.
Vladimir Ryabovolov, Director General of the National Center for Intellectual Property: ‘The intellectual property is a necessary condition for the innovative development of the country. The innovative development of the country is possible only with the cross-border distribution of goods and services. In Belarus, the legislation complies with international standards, but we do not stop there and are ready to move on.’
How Belarus will improve the methodology of the intellectual property protection in theory, Francis Harry learned at the Academy of Public Administration under the Aegis of the President of Belarus today. There the guest was awarded the title “Honorary Professor”, among other things. How it works in practice, the WIPO Director General has already learned in the High-Tech Park. It is said that the Australian was so impressed that he was ready to help organize a global forum of all the countries participating in the World Intellectual Property Organization in Minsk.
The source: ONT