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23 / 01 / 2014

CONSOLIDATION OF TWO INTERNATIONAL FORUMS: INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY – THE 21ST CENTURY AND EXPOPRIORITY

The meeting of the Organizing Committee of the 7th International Forum on Intellectual Property – the 21st Century took place in the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The participants in the meeting were Vice President of the RF CCI Vadim Chubarov, Chairman of the RF CCI Committee on Intellectual Property Ivan Bliznets, heads of the RF CCI departments and committees, representatives of the Copyright Court, the Council of the Federation, the Eurasian Economic Commission, the Eurasian Patent Office, the Russian Academy of Sciences, Russian Venture Company, Sojuzpatent and others.

Vadim Chubarov told about the forthcoming consolidation of two International Forums: Intellectual Property – the 21st Century and Expopriority. This decision was taken by the management of the RF CCI and Expocentre ZAO. The consolidation will go through several stages and will be finished in 2015. The result of this merger will be a large-scale multi-format event comprising thematic and exhibition programmes. "The Intellectual Property - the 21st Century International Forum will be the largest event in IP sphere in Russia", Vadim Chubarov said. The main task set for the first stage of consolidation is to broaden the state participation in the Forum, and it is being solved to some extent.

This year the Forum comprises 19 different events including two major conferences. One of them is youth research and training conference on Regional Programmes in IP Sphere as Viewed by the Youth held by the Council of the Federation. Sergey Naryshkin, the Chairman of the State Duma of the Russian Federal Assembly, took individual control over organization of the Forum. The participants in the event will be the Russian Parliament deputies, representatives of the committees tackling IP issues.

Ivan Bliznets is sure the Forum will get a new boost with the support at the highest national level. The Forum has already gained support both from the Council of the Federation of the Russian Federal Assembly and the State Duma of the Russian Federal Assembly; the Chamber of Commerce and Industry expects to expand cooperation. On the other hand, Ivan Bliznets thinks the consolidation of the international forums Intellectual Property – the 21st Century and Expopriority will make both events more important on regional level. It is possible that in 2015 the event's platform and features will be changed.

The Organizing Committee representatives told about the arrangement of workshops. Round tables, conferences, etc. will run on 21-25 April in the CCI rooms and also at the RAS Institute of State and Law, the Council of the Federation of the Russian Federal Assembly, Egorov, Puginsky, Afanasiev & Partners Law Office, and Russian Authors Society. Besides, Skolkovo Foundation offered to hold the event at its premises. The plenary meeting will take place on April, 24 after summing up the results of the international academic competition on intellectual property for seniors.

The RF CCI Department for Information and Communication Technologies will organize a life webcast of the events included in the Intellectual Property - the 21st Century Intellectual Forum for regional Chambers.

There were defined Forum's further preparation stages, set exact dates for presentation of organization materials. The next meeting of the Organizing Committee is scheduled for the end of February – the beginning of March, 2014.

Public and Media Affairs Center, Anastasiya Kazimirko-Kirillova

The information was provided by the RF CCI

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