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On 19 July 2022, during the 63rd Series of Meetings of the Assemblies of the Member States of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the Rospatent Head Mr. Yury Zubov met with the WIPO General Director Mr. Daren Tang.
The Head of Rospatent expressed his concerns about the current trend related to the politicization of the Organization’s work and noted that Rospatent believes that WIPO should retain its leading role as a central professional platform for discussing international approaches and standards in intellectual property (IP).
During the meeting, the parties discussed the key areas of cooperation, including digitalization, promotion of multilingualism and introduction of new languages (Russian, Chinese, Arabic) to the Madrid and Hague systems, support of the SMEs, involvement of the youth in the IP ecosystem, capacity building related to the economic aspects of IP, etc.
Mr. Zubov emphasized the crucial role that the WIPO Office in the Russian Federation plays in developing the national IP ecosystem, as well as the importance of continuing the Office’s work notwithstanding the political context.
The Parties paid special attention to the WIPO human resources policy and equitable geographical representation.
Mr. Tang assured the Head of Rospatent that Russia remains a full member of WIPO, confirming the willingness of the Organization’s Secretariat to closely cooperate with the Russian Federation.
"From our side, we call on the WIPO Member States to take into account the long-term strategic interests of the parties when deciding on any matter", said Daren Tang.