The current steps in the implementation of the Decision of the WIPO General Assembly on supporting the innovation and creativity sector and the IP system in Ukraine were discussed at a meeting of the IP Office team and representatives of the Division for Transition and Developed Countries (TDC) of the World Intellectual Property Organization.
The key topic of the discussion was analyzing the short-, medium-, and long-term effects of a full-scale war on the Ukrainian IP sphere, innovation, and the creative sector, to develop the most optimal and practical steps to support and counteract these negative consequences.
As the Head of the IP Office, Olena Orliuk, noted, at this stage, potential stakeholders were consulted, whose experience will help in the analysis of the consequences of the war for the IP sphere.
“The Ukrainian IP Office is ready to make maximum efforts to form practical steps to support the IP sphere, innovation, and the creative sector as soon as possible. To this end, we are already communicating with a wide range of public and private stakeholders. During this meeting with TDC representatives, a list of national stakeholders was defined, from central executive authorities to civil society organizations and professional associations, the education and science sectors, creative industries, and innovators, who would be involved in interviewing and analyzing the effects of the war on the sphere. They also discussed the prepared questionnaires and the most priority areas of support.”
The participants also discussed ways to confirm the status of the ISA/IPEA for the Ukrainian IP Office.
For its part, the WIPO delegation assured that it fully supports the implementation of the decision to support Ukraine and is ready to involve its experts. In particular, Mykhailo Dubinsky is responsible for analyzing the impact on the law enforcement and judicial systems, as well as on practitioners and patent attorneys.
As a reminder, the Decision on the assistance and support for Ukraine’s innovation and creativity sector and intellectual property system was adopted at the 63rd series of meetings of the WIPO General Assembly in July 2022.