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21 September 2020, 16:25

Plans to set up national intellectual property mediation center in Minsk

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MINSK, 21 September (BelTA) – Belarus intends to set up a national mediation center to resolve intellectual property disputes in Minsk, Chairman of Belarus' State Committee on Science and Technology Aleksandr Shumilin said as he addressed the opening session of the 61st Series of Meetings of the Assemblies of the Member States of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), BelTA learned from the press service of the committee.

The center will be set up with the support from WIPO. “Methods of alternative dispute resolution are becoming more and more popular in our country. This is why promoting this dispute resolution method is one of our priorities, just like creating a network of centers to support technology and innovations,” Aleksandr Shumilin stressed.

Belarus is keen to advance cooperation with the World Intellectual Property Organization, which will be aimed at a more active introduction of digital systems for examination of patent applications, for industrial property rights management, and for automation of collective management processes.

Belarus promotes cooperation in intellectual property in regional economic organizations and cooperates with patent authorities of other countries, Aleksandr Shumilin added. “We have stepped up work to join the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs. The relevant draft law, that takes into account all recommendations of WIPO experts, has been submitted to the Belarusian government,” he said.

There are six specialized laws on intellectual property in Belarus that fully meet all international standards. The country is a part to 17 our of 26 WIPO agreements. During the visit of WIPO Director General Francis Gurry to Belarus in 2019, the Belarusian government and the World Intellectual Property Organization signed a memorandum of understanding.

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