December 4th, 2015
On December 3, 2015, Ms. Diturije Ismaili, the Head of Research and Projects Office and Mr. Ali Osman Topal, the Head of Information and Communication Technologies Office, participated in an informative meeting organized by the General Directorate of Patents and Trademarks (GDPT). This meeting, where Albania’s all Higher Education Institutions were invited, was attended only by the representatives of Epoka University, Polytechnic University of Tirana and Agriculture University of Tirana.
The meeting was leaded by two representatives of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). WIPO is the global forum for intellectual property services, policy, information and cooperation. It is a self-funding agency of the United Nation, with 188 member states. Their mission is to lead the development of a balanced and effective international intellectual property (IP) system that enables innovation and creativity for the benefit of all.
Republic of Albania is a member of WIPO since 1992 and it is managed through two offices: Albanian Copyright Office at the Ministry of Tourism, Culture, Youth and Sports, Sector of Monitoring the Collective Management Societies, and the General Directorate of Patents and Trademarks within the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Industry.
During the first session of the meeting, the representatives of HE Institutions made presentations about the current state of the research in their institutions. The WIPO representatives were interested in knowing whether HE Institutions had connections with industry and did they protect their rights of intellectual property. They were very much interested as well, in knowing the patent database the universities in Albania use.
At the end of this monitoring meeting, WIPO will prepare a report with recommendations, which will be submitted to the Prime Minister and the above-mentioned agencies, who in turn, will make action plans regarding the implementation of intellectual property and signing the Memorandum of Understanding with interested parties in the country.
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