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INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY SUMMER ACADEMY

This was the first Intellectual Property Summer Academy (henceforth IP Academy) organized in the Republic of Armenia by the Intellectual Property Rights Center and the American University of Armenia and sponsored by the Commercial Law Development Program of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Services related to food services, photocopying, providing name tents and participant folders were contracted out by CLDP to Armenia Hospitality, Ltd. and are not covered in this report. 

The 2015 IP Academy was a total success from the standpoint of the organizers, participants and lecturers. Factual information on the different components of the 2015 IP Academy and evaluation feedback are covered in the corresponding paragraphs below. Generally speaking, 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. University programs that had sent representatives to the IP Academy included the Yerevan State University Law Clinic; the Slavonic University Law Department; the French University of Armenia; the American University of Armenia Law Department; 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 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 a practicing patent attorney from the U.S. Polsinelli 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, and copyrights, and related enforcement issues. The course content was carefully selected keeping in mind the level of practice in the field and associated issues.

 

Organized by:  Intellectual Property Rights Center of Armenia and the American University of Armenia 

Date: June 22 – July 3, 2015

Location: Yerevan, Armenia