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First IP Summer Academy held in Armenia

This year, was the first Intellectual Property Summer Academy (IP Academy) organized in the Republic of Armenia by the Intellectual Property Rights Center (IPRC) and the American University of Armenia, Extension Program, co-sponsored by the Commercial Law Development Program of the U.S. Department of Commerce.


The 2015 IP Academy was a total success from the standpoint of the organizers, participants and lecturers. The IP Academy provided the appropriate forum for the participants to discuss the different aspects of IP protection, how intellectual property law affects their work, and how their individual or collective actions may increase the effectiveness of the intellectual property protection system in Armenia and elsewhere. The program covered various topics in intellectual property rights, including patents, trade secrets, trademarks and copyrights, as well as issues related to competition, through classroom lectures, interactive discussions and case studies.


The participants in the 2015 IP Academy came from various IP-related companies and educational institutions, including foreign participants from Latvia and Russia. Universities that had sent representatives to the IP Academy included the Yerevan State University, the Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) University, the French University in Armenia, the American University of Armenia and the Novosibirsk State University (Russia). The high level of interest and participation in the sessions attests to the competencies and knowledge base of the young professionals in the field. Further, accounts of their experiences in the field and informal feedback on the IP Academy demonstrate that they were able to deepen their knowledge of each domain of intellectual property.


The lecturers were professionals in their respective fields and represented the RA Intellectual Property Agency (Armenian Trademark and Patent Office) and various segments of the local and international intellectual property community of scholars and practitioners. The first session was dedicated to the local practice and included presentations by the Deputy Director of the Intellectual Property Agency of the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Armenia (RA), as well as chiefs of branches of that agency; representatives of the RA National Police and Customs Office responsible for issues related to intellectual property protection. The second session brought together faculty from the U.S. and Europe and included a professor of intellectual property from the University of New Hampshire and practicing patent attorneys from the U.S. Polsinelli Law Office, Hickman, Palermo, Becker, Bingham IP Law Office, and a European Patent Examiner.


The curriculum and course content of the 2015 IP Academy spanned local, regional and international boundaries to cover a wide variety of topics on patents, trademarks, trade secrets, copyrights and related enforcement issues. The course content was carefully selected keeping in mind the level of practice in the field and associated issues.


This year’s program has met a need and it has also opened windows onto what topics might be considered for inclusion in future years.


Instructors of the 2015 IP Academy


Session I

1.      Andranik Khachikyan - Deputy Head of the Intellectual Property Agency (Armenian Patent and Trademark Office) of the RA Ministry of Economy

2.      Kristine Hambaryan  - Head of the Copyright Department of the Intellectual Property Agency of the RA Ministry of Economy

3.      Avetis Peryan - Head of the Patents Department of the Intellectual Property Agency (Armenian Patent and Trademark Office) of the RA Ministry of Economy

4.      Lusine Manukyan - Head of Trademarks Department of the Intellectual Property Agency (Armenian Patent and Trademark Office) of the RA Ministry of Economy

5.      Susanna Nersisyan - Director of Armauthor NGO, the Armenian Authors' Collective Management Organization

6.      Arthur Varderesyan - Head of the 5th devision of the general department of struggle against organized crime of the RA National Police

7.      Gohar Sahakyan - Head of the division of Customs and Intellectual Property Protection Procedures, The Legal Department of the Ministry of Finance

8.      Sarkis Knyazyan - Chairman of the Board of the Intellectual Property Rights Center (IPRC), managing partner of Knyazyan & Partners IP Law Firm 



Session II

1.      Khachatur Papanyan  - patent attorney at Hickman Palermo Troung Becker Bingham Wong LLP

2.      Rhoda Manook  -  patent examiner at the European Patent Office

3.      Ashlyn Lambree  -  professor of intellectual property at the University of New Hampshire

4.      Tara A. Nealey  - patent attorney at Polsinelli law firm

5.      Noric Dilanchyan -  Managing Partner of Dilanchian Lawyers & Consultants