WOMEN PREVAIL IN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
Skolkovo Innovation Centre held an international conference called Intellectual Property in the New Technological Order. Scientists, patent offices’ representatives, lecturers, and international experts discussed digitalisation and technocracisation influencing intellectual property (IP) institution. Our journalists interviewed Ivan Bliznets, rector of Russian State Academy of Intellectual Property.
Our interviewee said, our future mostly depends on our ability to use the results of intellectual labour and create innovational materials. Modern USA, Canada and Europe create near 30% of their GDP by various IP objects. Ivan comments: “I am sure that with the help of modern technologies and AI we will be able to find new sources of energy, develop different social spheres, and improve the environment in the nearest future. Such forecasts surely inspire optimism. Alongside with that, it is important to remember people are the essential part of the development of modern technologies. Without us, it would all be impossible. Human creates, invents, and constructs”.
In our interlocutor’s opinion, it is thus important to pay much attention to supporting talented youth. Ivan Bliznets told us that RSAIP in association with WIPO organises topical intellectual contests for senior schoolchildren on a regular basis. It helps raise youth interest in IP, identify talented children, support their inventive and research activity, and help develop their skills. Moreover, one of the main targets of such events is encouraging youth to develop perspective and innovative projects.
Yet another interesting project launched by the Academy is called Intellectual Troops. Senior students visit other higher educational establishment and give lectures on IP, features of its usage, how and why one should protect it.
Telling us about the great status of modern IP, Ivan mentioned, that for the last years, it became female-dominated. Women now make most of specialists, scientists, professors and, of course, authors and inventors of innovative materials. According to Ivan Bliznets, women contribute greatly to promotion of IP and, consequently, to Russia’s development.
Viktoria Yezhova, news agency of the Eurasian Women’s Community
Translated by Nikolay Boykov