Methodological Seminar “Managing Intellectual Property of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in the Belarus High Technologies Park” took place in Minsk on 23 - 25 January 2007. The event was jointly organized by the State Committee on Science and Technology of the Republic of Belarus, the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, the Administrative Board of the High Technology Park, UNIDO, UNDP, WIPO, and the Republican Centre for Technology Transfer (RCTT). Over 90 persons participated in the seminar. Those were representatives from the entities with the High Technologies Park, RCTT’s regional offices and branch offices, the National Centre for Intellectual Property, and several patent offices; patent agents, lawyers, professors and students of higher educational institutions and some others attended the event, too. The seminar was held in the framework of the project “Strengthening the National System for Technology Transfer in the Republic of Belarus on the Basis of Information and Communication Technologies” implemented and funded by the Government of Belarus, with co-funding and under the auspices of UNDP and UNIDO.
The agenda of the three-day IP protection forum has comprised topical issues and problems of the today’s software environment: protection of trade secrets related to software; copyright and patent right for software; risks of infringement of IP rights by issue of new software products; policies to fight the software piracy, etc.
During the seminar there were several reports delivered by key international and Belarusian experts in the software and database protection field: Mr. Guriqbal Singh Jaiya, Director of the SMEs Division, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Geneva; Mr. Boris Kokin, Senior Legal Counsellor, Copyright Law Division, WIPO, Mrs. Lien Verbauwhede, Consultant of the SMEs Division, WIPO; Prof. Dr. Marie-Christine Janssens, Catholic University of Leuven (KULeuven), etc.
When having discussions on the focal issues, the participants of the seminar suggested that the organizers should develop a guide manual “IP Protection of Software and Databases” based on a compilation of the seminar materials. The manual should provide an overview of the best foreign and national experience in software and database IP protection by patenting and copyright practices. The participants believed that such reference book would pave the way for Belarus towards civilized entry of its software products in the world software market: such manuals would help teach Belarusian software developers and programmers to efficiently secure their IP rights for their software products.
According to the statement made by Program Manager of the Investment and Technology Promotion Branch of UNIDO Mr. Vladimir Kozharnovich and Director of RCTT Mr. Alexander Uspenskiy, the likely elaboration and of the manual “IP Protection of Software and Databases” has been planned to be accomplished within the current year. It will be done by joining the efforts and best knowledge of WIPO specialists, National Centre for Intellectual Property and RCTT under the auspices of the recently launched Project “Strengthening the National System for Technology Transfer in the Republic of Belarus on the Basis of Information and Communication Technologies”.
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