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4 Jun 2019

WIPO praises IT business development conditions in Belarus

MINSK, 4 June (BelTA) – Prospects of cooperation of Belarusian IT companies with the World Intellectual Property Organization were high on the agenda of the meeting of top officials of the Hi-Tech Park administration and WIPO Director General Francis Gurry on 4 June, BelTA has learned.

The WIPO head was made familiar with the Hi-Tech Park’s operation and learned more about its resident companies. Attention was drawn to accomplishments in the area of artificial intelligence, in particular, possible AI applications in the sphere of intellectual property.

Francis Gurry mentioned the great potential of the Belarusian IT cluster in Eastern Europe and spoke highly of the conditions Belarus had enabled for the sake of encouraging the development of high-tech business.

The WIPO director general is visiting Belarus on 3-5 June. While in Belarus, Francis Gurry is expected to meet with various officials and make a speech at the opening ceremony of the regional seminar on topical aspects of using rights to intellectual property assets.

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is an international organization that coordinates international cooperation in the sphere of intellectual property. The organization is headquartered in Geneva. As many as 192 countries are WIPO members. The main goals of the organization are to help protect rights to intellectual property, discharge administrative functions as part of international agreements in the sphere of intellectual property.

The WIPO provides considerable assistance to Belarus with developing the national intellectual property system. The main avenues of cooperation include the improvement of Belarusian legislation to bring it into compliance with international standards, the development of the national infrastructure, the assimilation of new information technologies, and personnel training.

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