In the period 19-20 April, the Annual Intellectual Property Symposium “AGEPI Readings”, 19th edition, was held at the State Agency on Intellectual Property (AGEPI). The event aimed to create a platform for discussion and socialization that will allow the exchange of ideas and the identification of new perspectives for efficient and effective management of the biggest challenges in the field of intellectual property.
The Symposium was attended by over 100 specialists in the field of intellectual property, as well as representatives of public institutions and authorities in the field of science and innovation, as well as representatives of intellectual property offices in Romania, Georgia, the Russian Federation and the Eurasian Patent Office.
Over the course of two days, the presentations of 25 professionals in intellectual property and adjacent fields were addressed, focusing on four key fields:
- Industrial property rights;
- Copyright and related rights;
- Exploitation and management of intellectual property; and
- Intellectual property in the on-line environment.
Thematic discussions were held in 5 panels. The event began with session I entitled: Developments in the field of industrial property rights and included communications on the protection of geographical indications; extension of the term of validity of the Eurasian patent for medicinal products; trade secret as an industrial property object, and the connections and intersections of a “warrior” patent attacked in a Soviet newspaper.
During the second session, topics related to the developments in the field of copyright and related rights were discussed. There have been presented communications on the design of policies and measures for the development of creative industries in the Republic of Moldova; the patrimonial right of the author to import the work, and about tattoo as an object of copyright.
The first day of the Symposium ended with the presentation of communications on the exploitation and management of intellectual property, the inheritance of intellectual property rights, staff training and refresher training in the field of intellectual property.
On the second day of the event a high-level session was held, with the participation of foreign guests and representatives of Moldovan public institutions and authorities, dedicated to the role of innovations in sustainable development.
AGEPI Director General, Octavian Apostol made a presentation entitled “Intellectual Property in Support of Innovation”, in which he revealed the role of intellectual property in the development of innovations, the importance of ensuring a robust protection of intellectual property rights, the mechanisms for supporting patenting/registration of IP objects, including patenting abroad of inventions and plant varieties created in the Republic of Moldova. The participants in the Symposium were also informed about AGEPI’s activities to stimulate creativity and innovation by disseminating the knowledge and information contained in patent documents, the need to protect industrial design and other IP objects, allowing their subsequent use through innovation.
Also during the high-level session were presented communications on the activity of the State Office for Inventions and Trademarks in Romania, in support of exploitation of industrial property; promotion of innovations in Georgia; mechanisms for stimulating and financing innovations in the Republic of Moldova; stimulation of the implementation of innovations in the activity of SMEs through the PARE 1+1 program, etc.
The symposium ended with the presentation of communications on intellectual property in the on-line environment.
At the end of the event, AGEPI Director General, Octavian Apostol, thanked everyone for their participation with both communications in the sessions and for their involvement in the debates during the presentations, encouraging them to pursue research and studies on intellectual property.
The more than 50 communications presented at the Symposium will be published in a special collection that can be consulted in the library and on the website of AGEPI.