WIPO delegation head: Azerbaijan attaches great importance to intellectual property protection
Azerbaijan, Baku, June 10 / Trend, H. Veliyev /
Azerbaijan attaches great importance to protection of intellectual property, head of the World Intellectual Property Organization's (WIPO) delegation, Director of the WIPO Division on Cooperation with the European and Asian countries Michal Svantner said during a two-day workshop on the topic of "Technology Transfer" in Baku on Thursday.
He said that the country has achieved a certain success in this sphere due to a thought-out activity strategy of the Azerbaijani Standardization, Metrology and Patents Committee.
"Until recently we used to speak of highly developed and developing countries, without taking into account our task to choose the right way in terms of potential building in the sphere of intellectual property in transition-economy countries, where private business is developing.
We are trying to assist in protecting intellectual property in these countries. In this context, we began to develop serious mechanisms, given transition-economy countries' needs," Svantner said.
The World Intellectual Property Organization, according to Svantner, managed to develop the necessary mechanisms and tools that are currently available to the public. The experience of countries which have achieved success in this sphere may be useful to Azerbaijan as a transition-economy country.
At present, Azerbaijan is expected to adopt a national strategy on intellectual property for 2011-2014. The document has been approved by the WIPO and the European Commission and is under consideration of the Azerbaijani Cabinet of Ministers. Its adoption is expected in the near future after making additions and amendments.
The strategy reflects the problems in the sphere of intellectual property, including methods to combat the production and sale of counterfeited products. In general, the strategy envisages 30 target directions, where 90 specific activities are combined.
Azerbaijan may become one of the first countries in the world to adopt a long-term national strategy on intellectual property. A joint commission consisting of specialists of the State Committee for Standardization, Metrology, and Patent and Copyright has already been created in Azerbaijan to coordinate this type of work.