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World Intellectual Property Organization

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations which is engaged in policy-making, strengthening cooperation, as well as providing services and information in the field of intellectual property. WIPO was established at a diplomatic conference in 1893. At present, 192 states are members of World Intellectual Property Organization. Mr. Francis Gurry (Australia) takes position of the Director-General of WIPO.

The governing bodies are the General Assembly, the Conference and the Coordination Committee. The major objective of WIPO is the administration of multilateral international conventions. WIPO performs the administrative functions of twenty-four treaties (sixteen in the field of industrial property, seven on copyrights and a convention on establishing the WIPO).

WIPO performs activities aimed to improve the protection of intellectual property worldwide and to harmonize national legislation of member states to international laws and regulations in the field of intellectual property. The WIPO performs the administrative functions of the Paris and Berne Unions, provides for technical and legal assistance in the field of intellectual property. The Organization collects and disseminates information, conducts researches, ensures the activities on facilitating international protection of intellectual property.

The Republic of Belarus became a member of the WIPO on 26 April 1970. Belarus is a member to 17 multilateral international conventions in the field of intellectual property, operating under the auspices of the WIPO.

The main areas of cooperation between Belarus and the WIPO are the following:

  • Improvement of national legislation in the field of intellectual property, taking into account the experience and best practices of other countries;
  • Strengthening the role of intellectual property in the areas of scientific, technical and economic activities carried out in Belarus;
  • Improvement of the law enforcement policies in Belarus with a view to prevent, detect and suppress offenses in the field of intellectual property;
  • Increasing the scientific and technical expertise of the management of the National Center of Intellectual Property.

On 3 – 5 June 2019, Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Dr. Francis Gurry paid an official visit to Belarus. On 5 June 2019, a new Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Government of the Republic of Belarus and the WIPO.

The program of the visit included meetings with the President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, Prime-Minister of Belarus Sergei Rumas, Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei, as well as the heads of the State Committee on Science and Technology, the NAS of Belarus, the NCIP, the High-Tech Park and the Academy of Management under the aegis of the President of Belarus.

On 29 – 30 January 2018, Mr. John Sandage, Deputy Director General of WIPO, paid visit to the Republic of Belarus and familiarized with the development of the national system for the protection, management and protection of intellectual property rights in Belarus. Mr. Sandage held series of meetings at the State Committee for Science and Technology of Belarus, National Center for Strategic Research, National Academy of Sciences of Belarus.

On 24 September – 2 October 2018, the Belarusian delegation headed by H.E. Mr. Yury Ambrazevich, Permanent Representative of Belarus in Geneva, took part in the 58th series of the meetings of the WIPO Assemblies. During the meetings with the WIPO management, Belarusian delegation discussed issues related to the WIPO assistance in the preparation of a draft Strategy of the Republic of Belarus in the field of intellectual property for 2021-2030, to the establishment in Belarus of a national center for mediation in intellectual property, as well as WIPO activities on technical assistance to Belarus in 2019.

On 10 October 2016, during the 56th series of meetings of the WIPO Assemblies the National Center for Intellectual Property and the WIPO signed an Agreement on the Establishment of Technology and Innovation Support Centers, which are being set up to provide access to sources of high-quality technical information and other related services at the local level. The first Center was established on the basis of the Republican Scientific and Technical Library of Belarus.

In line with the Protocol on Cooperation between the National Center of Intellectual Property of Belarus and the WIPO for Training of Experts in the Field of Intellectual Property Protection dated 2007, the WIPO Academy provides technical assistance to Belarus aimed to strengthen national capacity in the field of intellectual property.

The Belarusian delegation participates in the annual series of meetings of the WIPO Assemblies, the sessions of the WIPO Committees.

WIPO provides expertise and technical assistance to Belarus through thematic seminars and round-tables.

On 4 – 5 June 2019, the WIPO regional seminar on topical aspects of the use of intellectual property rights took place at the National Library of Belarus. The event was organized by the State Committee on Science and Technology and the National Center of Intellectual Property.

On 26 – 27 April 2018, a regional seminar “Intellectual Property Policy for Universities and Research Institutions” was held on the basis of the Polotsk State University with the participation of WIPO experts.

On 18 – 20 December 2018, professors and students of the Polotsk State University of Belarus participated in the scientific and practical seminar on the Current Issues of Intellectual Property in Geneva.

 

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