The Intellectual Property Rights Center of Armenia (IPRC) is a non-governmental, non-profit organization, duly registered and validly existing under the laws of the Republic of Armenia.
IPRC’s MISSION is to promote, support and facilitate Armenia’s shift to a knowledge based economy for the benefit of the Armenia’s economy and its society as a whole, through the implementation of its goals and objectives in the field of intellectual property rights.
IPRC’s GOALS and OBJECTIVES include, but are not limited to:
- supporting to the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) awareness raising in Armenia and informing the public about the importance of IPR protection;
- supporting to the development of the IPR field in Armenia, including the IPR reforms;
- organizing, holding and/or supporting activities aimed at developing the IPR field in Armenia;
- organizing, holding and/or supporting activities stimulating creativity and innovative activities in Armenia.
Since 2011 more than 5,000 people attended various trainings and awareness raising programs organized by IPRC. IPRC's projects and events were attended by representatives (students, staff, academics and researchers) from various local universities (including but not limited to the American University of Armenia; French University in Armenia; Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) University; Yerevan Management University; other universities through IP Moot Court Competition); students of the School of Litigators of the Armenian Bar Association; litigators of the Armenian Bar Association; students and staff of TUMO Center for Creative Technologies; companies from the Gyumri Technopark; students and academics from the Gyumri Branch of Yerevan State Academy of Fine Arts; participants of "Top Class Program for Entrepreneurs and Managers in Armenia" organized with the support of USAID; the students of the Armenian Leadership School; students of several local middle-schools and high-schools, etc.
IPRC organizes international IP conferences on annual basis. In 2017, IPRC’s conference attended more than 45 foreign patent attorneys from eight Eurasian countries.
IPRC cooperates with numerous public and private organizations and institutions such as the Armenian IP Agency (AIPA) of the Ministry of Economic Development and Investments of the Armenian Government; Armauthor NGO (the only collecting society of Armenia); Microsoft Armenia; Microsoft Innovation Center; American University of Armenia; Armenian Chamber of Advocates (Armenian Bar Association); the US Embassy in Armenia; the Commercial Law Development Program of the US Department of Commerce; the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), etc. IPRC is open for cooperation with any local or foreign public or private institutions, as well as international organizations in the field of Intellectual Property and Commercialization.