GOVERNMENT OF ARMENIA
IPRC successfully collaborates with the Government of Armenia, in particular with the Armenian Intellectual Property Office (AIPO) of the Ministry of Economy. Significant milestones were achieved in the development of intellectual property (IP) policies and fostering policy dialogue. The partnership between IPRC and AIPO has set an exemplary model for constructive engagement between civil society and governmental bodies, demonstrating the positive outcomes that can be accomplished through collaboration.
Under this collaboration, IPRC actively participated in shaping IP policies by providing expert insights, research data, and policy recommendations. AIPO and IPRC conducted regular meetings, workshops, and consultations to identify common goals and align their interests. This inclusive and participatory approach allowed for the development of a comprehensive IP policy framework that strikes a balance between the interests of rights holders, innovators, and the wider public.
Moreover, the collaboration placed a strong emphasis on policy dialogue, creating platforms for open discussions and addressing challenges related to IP policy reform. Roundtable discussions, conferences, and public consultations served as vital forums where stakeholders, including industry representatives, academia, and civil society, exchanged ideas, expressed concerns, and proposed solutions. This inclusive dialogue helped foster a shared vision and consensus among stakeholders, enhancing the legitimacy and acceptance of the policies developed.
Furthermore, the collaboration extended beyond policy development, focusing on capacity building, and awareness campaigns. This holistic approach ensures that the policies translate into tangible outcomes and benefit all stakeholders involved.
The successful partnership between AIPO and IPRC serves as an inspiration for similar collaborations, highlighting the transformative power of cooperative engagement in shaping policies that drive innovation and societal progress. The achievements made through this collaboration emphasize the importance of trust, mutual respect, and open dialogue between NGOs and government authorities in addressing complex policy and other challenges.
WORLD INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ORGANIZATION (WIPO)
IPRC and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) collaborated multiple times on different projects. One of the examples of such collaboration is the establishment of WIPO National Technology Innovation Support Center (TISC) in Armenia. This joint initiative aims to provide comprehensive support to inventors, entrepreneurs, and researchers, further promoting technological advancement and intellectual property protection.
The establishment of the TISC represents a significant milestone in IPRC’s mission to drive innovation and facilitate the protection of intellectual property rights. Through this partnership with WIPO, the TISC serves as a hub for knowledge exchange, capacity building, and assistance in intellectual property management. This collaboration allows IPRC to provide aspiring inventors and entrepreneurs with a range of services, including access to patent databases, patent search training, intellectual property counseling, and assistance in technology transfer.
WIPO's global reach and experience in intellectual property rights is instrumental in supporting the TISC's activities in Armenia. The establishment of the TISC came at a crucial time when technological innovation and intellectual property protection are of paramount importance. By providing aspiring inventors and entrepreneurs with the necessary tools, knowledge, and guidance, the TISC aims to bridge the gap between innovation and intellectual property rights, fostering a more conducive environment for technological advancement.
Both IPRC and WIPO express their enthusiasm for this collaboration and the potential impact it will have on promoting innovation and intellectual property protection globally. The establishment of the TISC demonstrates the power of collaborative efforts between NGOs and international organizations in driving positive change and supporting technological progress.
EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IN ARMENIA
The United States Embassy in Armenia has demonstrated its strong commitment to fostering intellectual property (IP) rights and supporting the Intellectual Property Rights Center (IPRC) by actively engaging in a range of impactful initiatives. Through its collaboration with the IPRC, the Embassy has contributed to the promotion of innovation, entrepreneurship, and the protection of intellectual property in Armenia. One of the notable projects supported by the US Embassy is the "I Create" business competition, which aimed to encourage and empower young entrepreneurs to transform their innovative ideas into successful ventures. By providing mentorship, resources, and recognition, the competition nurtured a spirit of entrepreneurship and fostered a culture of creativity and innovation among Armenia's youth. Furthermore, the US Embassy has extended its support to the Intellectual Property Academies organized by IPRC and the US Department of Commerce. These academies served as crucial platforms for knowledge dissemination, capacity building, and raising awareness on intellectual property rights. The Embassy's commitment to promoting intellectual property rights is exemplified by the active participation of US Ambassadors, Economic Advisors, and other representatives in the IPRC's conferences and events. By attending these gatherings dedicated to IP awareness, IP protection, and the fight against piracy and counterfeiting, the Embassy demonstrated its support for fostering an IP-conscious society and strengthening the rule of law in Armenia. The collaboration between the US Embassy and IPRC exemplifies their shared commitment to fostering economic growth, protecting intellectual property rights, and creating a conducive environment for innovation in Armenia. By providing valuable support, expertise, and engagement, the Embassy plays a vital role in advancing IPRC's mission and contributing to Armenia's evolving intellectual property landscape.
UNITED STATES AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (USAID)
USAID, in collaboration with US Embassy in Armenia and various other organizations has demonstrated its unwavering support for fostering IP rights and promoting innovation and entrepreneurship in Armenia. The collaboration between USAID and IPRC has played a pivotal role in advancing the protection of IP and creating an enabling environment for economic growth in the country. USAID has extended its support to various collaborative IP projects with involvement of IPRC. All these projects served as vital platforms for knowledge dissemination, capacity building, and raising awareness on intellectual property rights. Through comprehensive training programs, workshops and conferences, participants gained valuable insights into IP laws, best practices, and strategies for IP protection.
EMBASSY OF THE UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND IN ARMENIA
With funding from the UK Government’s Department for International Trade and support from the British Embassy Yerevan, in January 2020, IPRC initiated a special research project to assess the level of protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPR) in Armenia, resulting in this report. The report describes the state of the intellectual property (IP) system in Armenia and details recommendations for the Armenian government to improve the system and for IPR rights-holders to navigate the system successfully. For the purposes of this research, several surveys with representatives of both the public and private sectors were conducted, including the Armenian government; NGOs; UK brand owners and their Armenian local legal counsels; importers, distributors, and various other representatives of UK businesses in Armenia; and foreign chambers of commerce. The report has a dual objective: (1) to provide an objective insight into the current intellectual property rights (IPR) protection in Armenia for the UK and foreign businesses; and (2) to provide recommendations for the Armenian government to address any gaps identified in the IPR protection.
The report may be accessed at: IPRC/BEY (2020), State of Intellectual Property Protection and Enforcement in Armenia
COMMERCIAL LAW DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM (CLDP), US DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
The Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) of the United States Department of Commerce has provided steadfast support to a range of initiatives spearheaded by the Intellectual Property Rights Center (IPRC), since 2011. CLDP has contributed significantly to advancing IP rights, knowledge-based economic development, and fostering cooperation in Armenia. CLDP greatly supported to organization and implementation of the IP Summer Academy project in 2015, as well as a number of workshops and consultations between Armenia and the United States. CLDP’s support was essential for knowledge exchange, capacity building, and raising awareness on IP, Technology Transfer and Commercialization. CLDP has also assisted greatly with organizing a workshop in Armenia focused on leveraging IP as a tool to accelerate knowledge-based economic development. Through this initiative, CLDP facilitated the visit of professors and IP specialists from the University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law, who provided comprehensive training to IP lawyers, IP technology managers, innovators, and scientists in Armenia. The week-long training equipped participants with practical skills, strategies, and insights necessary to effectively navigate the intricacies of intellectual property in a knowledge-driven economy. CLDP's assistance and collaboration with the IPRC have been instrumental in fostering an environment of cooperation in intellectual property, technology transfer, and commercialization. By providing technical assistance and facilitating meaningful exchanges, CLDP aimed to empower Armenia in harnessing the transformative potential of intellectual property.
UNH, FRANKLIN PIERCE SCHOOL OF LAW
In a remarkable display of partnership and commitment to intellectual property (IP) education, a collaborative effort between IPRC and the UNH Franklin Pierce Law School has resulted in successful organization of the 2015-2016 Summer Intellectual Property Academies. IPRC, renowned for its dedication to promoting innovation and intellectual property rights, joined forces with the prestigious UNH Franklin Pierce Law School to create a unique educational program aimed at equipping participants with in-depth knowledge of IP law, policies, and best practices.
The Summer Intellectual Property Academies, hosted by the American University of Armenia, brought together aspiring young professionals from the Eurasian region to learn from leading experts in the field. The program featured a series of comprehensive seminars and interactive sessions covering various aspects of intellectual property, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets.
The collaboration between IPRC and the UNH Franklin Pierce Law School was instrumental in delivering a high-quality educational experience. The partnership allowed for the pooling of resources, expertise, and networks, resulting in a comprehensive curriculum and a range of IP professors and speakers who shared their knowledge and experiences.
Participants had the opportunity to engage in dynamic discussions, case studies, and practical exercises to enhance their understanding of IP concepts and their application in real-world scenarios. Additionally, the academies provided networking opportunities, enabling participants to connect with industry professionals, legal experts, and fellow enthusiasts in the IP field.
The program was sponsored and implemented with the assistance of the Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) of the US Department of Commerce, US Embassy in Yerevan and the US Agency for International Development (USAID). The success of the Summer Intellectual Property Academies serves as a testament to the power of collaboration and knowledge-sharing among NGOs, academic institutions and international partners. By joining forces, these organizations have demonstrated their commitment to fostering innovation, promoting intellectual property rights, and nurturing a new generation of professionals well-versed in IP law.
AMERICAN UNIVERSITY OF ARMENIA
IPRC and the American University of Armenia (AUA) fruitfully collaborated over a decade in advancing intellectual property education, promoting innovation, and nurturing young entrepreneurs. Over the past ten years, this partnership has facilitated a series of impactful initiatives, including the renowned IP Moot Court Competition, "I Create" projects, IP Summer Academies, IP seminars, workshops, and round table discussions.
The collaborative efforts between IPRC and AUA have played a significant role in creating an environment conducive to intellectual property development, education, and innovation. These initiatives have empowered students, young entrepreneurs, and professionals with knowledge and skills in intellectual property, fostering a culture of creativity and entrepreneurship in Armenia and beyond.
The IP Moot Court Competition, organized by IPRC and hosted by AUA, has been a highlight of the collaboration. This prestigious competition has provided Armenian law students with a platform to showcase their legal expertise in simulated court proceedings, focusing on complex intellectual property cases. Through rigorous preparation and advocacy, participants have honed their skills in IP law and gained practical insights into the challenges faced by IP professionals.
IPRC's "I create" projects have empowered young entrepreneurs by providing them with mentorship, resources, and guidance to develop innovative ideas into viable products or services. These projects have not only fostered creativity and entrepreneurial spirit but also emphasized the importance of intellectual property protection and commercialization strategies. By nurturing the next generation of innovators, IPRC and AUA have contributed to the growth of the startup ecosystem in Armenia.
The IP Summer Academies have offered comprehensive educational programs to participants from diverse backgrounds. These academies have covered various aspects of intellectual property, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, licensing, and IP management. Through interactive sessions and practical exercises, participants have gained a deep understanding of IP principles, preparing them to navigate the intricacies of intellectual property rights in their respective fields.
IPRC and AUA have also organized a series of IP seminars, workshops, and round table discussions, bringing together experts, policymakers, and stakeholders to explore emerging IP trends, discuss legal and policy implications, and foster collaboration. These events have served as valuable platforms for knowledge exchange, networking, and collective problem-solving, contributing to the overall growth and development of the intellectual property ecosystem.
Looking ahead, IPRC and AUA reaffirm their commitment to advancing intellectual property education, nurturing innovation, and supporting young entrepreneurs. With a solid foundation and a decade of accomplishments, the collaboration between IPRC and AUA is poised to continue making a significant impact on intellectual property development and driving economic growth.
FOUNDATION FOR ARMENIAN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (FAST)
IPRC and the Foundation for Armenian Science and Technology (FAST) have embarked on a collaborative journey to advance intellectual property (IP) development and foster innovation. In a significant milestone, IPRC and FAST have signed an agreement to establish a Technology and Innovation Support Center (TISC) at FAST, under the auspices of the World Intellectual Property Organization's (WIPO) renowned TISC program.
The establishment of the TISC at FAST marks a transformative step in supporting inventors, entrepreneurs, and researchers in Armenia by providing them with the necessary tools, resources, and expertise to navigate the complex landscape of intellectual property. WIPO's TISC program has a proven track record of promoting innovation, technology transfer, and IP protection worldwide, and the partnership between IPRC and FAST brings these benefits to the Armenian innovation ecosystem.
The collaboration between IPRC and FAST signifies a shared vision to cultivate a vibrant innovation ecosystem in Armenia. By combining IPRC's expertise in intellectual property rights and FAST's commitment to promoting science and technology, the partnership aims to foster a culture of innovation, entrepreneurship, and technology-driven growth.
The establishment of the TISC at FAST is a testament to the dedication of both organizations to support the Armenian innovation landscape and enhance the competitiveness of local inventors and entrepreneurs. It also highlights the significance of collaboration between industry, academia, and international organizations in driving positive change and empowering individuals to create, protect, and commercialize their intellectual property.
IPRC and FAST express their enthusiasm for this partnership and their commitment to advancing intellectual property education, supporting technology transfer, and promoting innovation.
In a heartfelt display of support and as a strong advocate for protection of IP rights Microsoft Armenia has extended its generosity to the IP Moot Court's participants for several consecutive years by providing thoughtful gifts to the participants. Microsoft Armenia's commitment to recognizing and rewarding the hard work and dedication of the Moot Court's participants has become a cherished tradition, adding an extra element of excitement and motivation to the event.
ARMENIAN CHAMBER OF ADVOCATES (Armenian Bar Association)
IPRC and the Armenian Chamber of Advocates (Armenian Bar or ACA) have forged a strong partnership aimed at advancing IP education and fostering a deeper understanding of IP rights among lawyers in Armenia. In a significant development, IPRC has become the sole organization accredited by the Armenian Bar Association to deliver IP seminars and lectures to ACA members, who are licensed litigators.
Recognizing the importance of equipping legal practitioners with comprehensive knowledge and expertise in intellectual property, the Armenian Bar Association has chosen IPRC as its partner in delivering specialized education and training in IP. With its deep understanding of IP law and extensive experience in the field, IPRC is well-equipped to provide valuable insights and practical guidance to lawyers, enabling them to navigate the intricacies of intellectual property rights and effectively serve their clients.
Through this collaboration, IPRC offers IP seminars and lectures exclusively tailored for the members of the Armenian Bar Association. These sessions cover a wide range of topics, including IP legislation and enforcement. By participating in these educational initiatives, lawyers will enhance their understanding of IP rights, stay abreast of the latest legal developments, and sharpen their skills in handling IP-related cases.
The accreditation bestowed by the Armenian Bar Association reflects the trust and recognition of IPRC's expertise in the field of intellectual property. It also underscores the commitment of both organizations to promote excellence in legal practice and ensure the highest standards of professionalism among lawyers in Armenia.
IPRC and the Armenian Bar Association express their enthusiasm for this collaboration, emphasizing the significance of fostering intellectual property education within the legal community. By equipping lawyers with the necessary knowledge and skills, they aim to enhance the overall quality of legal services in the field of intellectual property and contribute to the protection and enforcement of IP rights in Armenia.
Arluys IP Law Group
As a passionate advocate for intellectual property rights, Arluys IP Law Group (formerly Knyazyan & Partners) has played a vital role in the success and growth of IPRC by serving as a generous sponsor, providing technical assistance, and offering valuable human resources, since 2011.
Through its sustained support as a key sponsor, Arluys has contributed essential financial resources that have enabled the IPRC to organize and hold diverse range of projects. Through its sponsorship, Arluys provided crucial financial resources enabling IPRC to expand its impact year after year. In addition to its sponsorship, Arluys has provided technical assistance to IPRC, leveraging its expertise and knowledge in IP-related areas. Furthermore, Arluys has been a valuable partner in terms of human resources, offering skilled professionals who have actively contributed to the successful implementation of IPRC's initiatives. Arluys' experts have shared their knowledge, provided mentorship, and offered logistical support, enhancing the overall effectiveness and impact of IPRC's projects.
Over the past decade, Arluys' unwavering support and collaboration have significantly contributed to the growth and success of IPRC's initiatives. Arluys' commitment to fostering intellectual property education, promoting innovation, and facilitating meaningful dialogue has been invaluable, creating a positive impact on the IP landscape and the broader innovation ecosystem.