Ashgabat hosted a sub-regional seminar Teaching Intellectual Property. The event, organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the specialized public service at the Ministry of Finance and Economy of Turkmenistan, was attended by representatives of higher educational institutions of the country and foreign experts.
Participants discussed the importance of teaching such a subject as intellectual property at higher educational institutions, the development of curricula and materials with a focus on the use of information and communication technologies in this area.
– Teaching the basics of intellectual property is in high demand around the world. Indeed, every year the number of authors and inventors who create something new is increasing. Therefore, they want to protect their products. In many countries, training is provided from a young age, WIPO representative Ilya Gribkov said in his opening speech.
Intellectual property is associated with the creations of the mind such as inventions, literary and artistic works, as well as symbols, names and patterns used for commercial purposes. As former WIPO Director General Arpad Bogsch said, “human genius is the source of all works of art and inventions. And the state’s duty is to ensure their reliable protection. ”
Education of youth in IP matters consists in understanding the principles of financing the intellectual property system, the role of intellectual rights as an incentive for creative activity, the need to respect the intellectual rights of others.
WIPO Academy expert Marta Chikovore presented various training programs to expand knowledge and skills in the field of intellectual property in the organization member states. A common teaching method is distance learning courses.
WIPO is also ready to assist Turkmenistan in the development of educational programs, advanced training of personnel, and the provision of training manuals on intellectual property.