47th SESSION OF THE ASSEMBLIES OF THE MEMBER STATES OF THE WORLD INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ORGANIZATION (WIPO)

47th SESSION OF THE ASSEMBLIES OF THE MEMBER STATES OF THE WORLD INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ORGANIZATION (WIPO)

September 23, 2009

This year, a regular 47th session of the assemblies of the member states of the World Intellectual Property Organization was held in Genève from September 22nd to October 1st, 2009 and it was attended by a delegation of our country consisting of Mr. Milos Nedeljkovic, State Secretary in the Ministry of Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia, Mrs. Branka Totic, Director of the Intellectual Property Office of the Republic of Serbia, Jelisaveta Djurickovic-Tuvic, Charge d` Affair in the Mission of the Republic of Serbia with the UN, Mrs. Vesna Filipovic-Nikolic, the Third Secretary in the Mission and Mr. Vladimir Maric, Head of the Trademark Department in the Intellectual Property Office of the Republic of Serbia.

The delegation of the Republic of Serbia met on September 23rd, 2009 with the Director General of WIPO, Mr. Francis Gurry. Our delegation informed the Director General about the efforts of the Government of the Republic of Serbia to develop at the Universities in Serbia a patenting culture of the results of research and developing activities. The assistance that the WIPO could provide in these efforts would be of exceptional importance for our country, both in the financial and expert aspects. The Director General underlined that the experience of other countries showed that it would prove to be a very demanding task, requesting for its implementation more time, and he gave the example of Singapore. That country invested a lot of financial resources into the Institute for Commercialization, and the results of those investments are yet to be expected. The Director General explained that process as the “culture of innovation”.

Mr. Milos Nedeljkovic informed the Director General that the Republic of Serbia initiated this year the elaboration of the National Strategy for Science with the ambition that next year it should become extended to intellectual property matter. He evaluated that it would be very nice if the Director General could visit our country in the recent future. It was evaluated that the nice inspiration for the visit would be the celebration of the ninety years of the Intellectual Property Office of the Republic of Serbia in the following year, 2010.