Zavod za intelektualnu svojinu | News http://www.zis.gov.rs/ News zavoda za intelektualnu svojinu. Zavod za intelektualnu svojinu <![CDATA[HONOURING A PIONEER IN TISSUE ENGINEERING: GORDANA VUNJAK-NOVAKOVIC NAMED EUROPEAN INVENTOR AWARD 2021 FINALIST]]>, 07.05.2021. Fri, 07 May 2021 00:00:00 e LINK .

“Over her lifetime, Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic has made a major contribution to tissue engineering, one of the most promising ways to prolong the human lifespan and improve quality of life,” said EPO president António Campinos, announcing the 2021 EPO Award finalists. “Her scientific innovation, entrepreneurial mindset and patented inventions offer the prospect of safer rehabilitative medicine in musculoskeletal, heart and lung conditions, welcoming a new era in regenerative medicine.”

In 2016, she was granted a European patent for the bone regeneration method she developed. She says patents have been crucial to the commercial translation of her research. “If we see we have a technology that is patentable – meaning something non-obvious which could make a major difference in some area of science, engineering or medicine,” she says, “then we would always file a provisional patent application before we talk about the finding at scientific meetings or publish a paper about it.”

With more than 53 400 citations and more than 420 journal articles, Vunjak-Novakovic is today among the most highly cited engineers in the world and has received numerous awards and recognitions throughout her career. In 2007, she became the first woman engineer to give a Director’s Lecture at the National Institutes of Health, and the following year she was inducted into the Women in Technology International Hall of Fame.

Along with EpiBone, which currently has 20 employees and has attracted more than EUR 9.9 million in funding, Vunjak-Novakovic has co-founded three other companies. These include TARA Biosystems, which engineers heart-like tissue for use in drug screening; Xylyx Bio, which manufactures tissue-specific substrates to support cell growth; and Immplacate Health, which is using mesenchymal stem cells to suppress various autoimmune and inflammatory disorders. She is currently investigating whether their technology could repair lungs damaged by COVID-19 and testing a new treatment based on inhalation therapy, where the active component of the medicine is a molecule secreted by the stem cells.

Along with her entrepreneurship and scientific excellence, Vunjak-Novakovic has also shown an impressive commitment to support colleagues and nurture a new generation of researchers, having trained over 150 junior faculty, clinical fellows, post-doctoral students, and medical and graduate students, many of whom are now either at the faculties across the world or executives in the biotech industry. She considers her role as a mentor as among the most satisfying contributions of her career: “Mentoring is the best and most important component of what we do in academia. The future of engineering and medicine rests on young talent engaged in scientific research,” she says.

Vunjak-Novakovic is named in many patents, including EP2408401 and EP1112348, granted in 2016 and 2005 respectively, which form the basis for her nomination as a finalist of the European Inventor Award 2021.

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About the inventor

Serbian-American biomedical engineer Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic was born in Belgrade, Serbia, where she earned her PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Belgrade and learned to perform research activities. Currently, residing in New York, USA, she is University Professor, the highest academic rank at Columbia University, and the first engineer to ever receive this distinction. She is also the Mikati Foundation’s Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Medical Sciences, Professor of Dental Medicine and Director of the Laboratory for Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering at Columbia University, New York. In 2008 Vunjak-Novakovic was inducted into the Women in Technology International Hall of Fame and has received numerous awards, including the Pritzker Award of the Biomedical Engineering Society, and Shu Chien Award of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. In 2020, she was decorated with the Order of the Star of Karađorđe, Serbia’s highest honour. In 2021, she received the Pierre Galletti Award, the highest honour that the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering bestows on an individual. She has been elected to the Academia Europaea, Serbian Academy of Arts and Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Medicine, National Academy of Inventors, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

More about finalists in other categories and about the event follow the link of European Patent Office https://www.epo.org/ .

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<![CDATA[ANNUAL REPORT OF THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OFFICE OF THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA]]>, 31.03.2021. Wed, 31 Mar 2021 00:00:00 e The Annual Report 2020 about the activities of the Intellectual Property Office of the Republic of Serbia in 2020 has been published.

The Annual Report 2020 on the IPO activities in 2020 can be downloaded at this link.
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<![CDATA[MASTER PROGRAM ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW IN CHINA]]>, 11.03.2021. Thu, 11 Mar 2021 00:00:00 e China’s National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) invited the Intellectual Property Office again this year to propose candidates for the two-year Master Program on Intellectual Property Law sponsored by the Chinese Government as an important element of implementation of the Joint Statement of Pragmatic Cooperation in the Field of Intellectual Property among Countries along the “Belt and Road”.


Accordingly, Intellectual Property Office invites suitable candidates who have more than two years working experience in intellectual property, university degree resulting from at least four-year program, who are fluent in English and not older than 40 years to apply for the Master Program.

During the first year of the Program, chosen candidates will study at the prestigious faculties in China. After that, they will return to their home countries to complete studies.

Interested candidates should apply to the Intellectual Property Office and send all the necessary documentation not later than 10 April 2021.

Instructions and explanations about the Master Program you may read in Annex 1 and Annex 2. For additional questions and clarifications as well as for needed application forms, be free to contact Tatjana Stevanović on tstevanovic@zis.gov.rs or 2025 951.

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<![CDATA[PAN-EUROPEAN SEAL PROGRAM]]>, 04.03.2021. Thu, 04 Mar 2021 00:00:00 e As a member of Pan-European Seal Program network, that consists of European universities where intellectual property is studied and two international organizations, European Patent Organization (EPO) and Intellectual Property Office of the European Union (EUIPO), Belgrade University is this year as well invited to propose the best young experts for one-year Internship at both international organizations.


More about it you may see on the Belgrade University’s webpage:

http://www.ctt.bg.ac.rs/vesti/otvorene-su-prijave-za-placenu-praksu-u-epo-kroz-pan-european-seal-professional-traineeship-program-2/

http://www.ctt.bg.ac.rs/vesti/otvorene-su-prijave-za-placenu-praksu-u-euipo-kroz-pan-european-seal-professional-traineeship-program-2/

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<![CDATA[WIPO ARBITRATION AND MEDIATION CENTER]]>, 29.01.2021. Fri, 29 Jan 2021 00:00:00 e WEBINAR “ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION (ADR) FOR INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES (ICT) DISPUTES”


We have a pleasure to announce that the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center will host the webinar “Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) for Information Technologies (ICT) Disputes” on Tuesday, 23 February 2021 according to the attached program.

Registration link is the following:
https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1279225016790911756

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<![CDATA[APPLICATION FOR THE SUPPORT PROGRAM “RAISING STARTS”]]>, 18.01.2021. Mon, 18 Jan 2021 00:00:00 e Apply before January 25, 2021 and secure support  for the fast development of the innovative idea. Support program “Raising Starts” of the Scientific and Technological Park Belgrade offers also expert and financial support for the development of the innovative  products and services, without intruding into the ownership. The teams will work with the top local and international mentors and for the best teams, financial support of 15,000CHF per team has been secured.
The program will enable the start ups in the early phases of development to validate their idea and expand business through the intensive training for the business development, mentorship, as well as covering expenses intended for the creation of prototype, development of business model, market examination, testing of first buyers, protection of intellectual property and other expenses connected with the development of new products or services. The application form and more information are available at https://ntpark.rs/raising-starts/.

The start up teams can apply for the program (if they have at least two members) along with the companies providing they are not older than two years before the opening of the invitation, if they develop innovative products and services to overcome the obstacles on the way from the innovative idea to readiness for the investment to enter the global market. The program of the Scientific and Technological Park Belgrade is enforced with the support of the government of the Swiss Confederation.

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