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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 politicy-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, 191 states are members of World Intellectual Property Organization.

Mr. Francis Gurry takes position of the  Director-General of WIPO.

The governing bodies are the General Assembly, the Conference and the Coordination Committee. The major function 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 WIPO).

WIPO supports 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. 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. Since 1998, WIPO Worldwide Academy has been providing training activities on intellectual property protection.

The Republic of Belarus became a member of WIPO on 26 April 1970.

 

In December 2000, the Program of Cooperation between the Government of the Republic of Belarus and WIPO was signed. The Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the Republic of Belarus and WIPO, as well as the Protocol on Cooperation between WIPO and the National Center for Intellectual Property on management training, which were signed during the official visit to Belarus on 31 January to 1 February 2007 of Dr. Kamil Idris, Director General of WIPO, are in force and being applied.

On 10 October 2016, during the 56th series of meetings of the Assemblies of World Intellectual Property Organization WIPO Director-General and Director-General of the National Center for Intellectual Property 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.

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.

The main areas of cooperation between Belarus and 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 for Intellectual Property.

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

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

On 4 – 5 May 2017, a regional seminar “Commercialization of the results of scientific and technological activities: legal regulation and practical experience” was held in Minsk.

On 18-19 October 2017, NCIP together with WIPO organized a national seminar on the enforcement of intellectual property rights and countering counterfeiting and piracy in the digital environment.

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.

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