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Source: State University Higher School of Economics – State University “Higher School of Economics” –

On April 8, a round table was held on the HSE campus on Pokrovsky Boulevard on the topic “Intellectual property is a key issue on the international agenda: positive effects and potential challenges.” The meeting was attended by Victoria Panova, Vice-Rector of the National Research University Higher School of Economics, head of BRICS Expert Council, and Alan Freeman, co-director of the Geopolitical Economics Research Group at the University of Manitoba (Winnipeg, Canada).

Intellectual property is a key element of progress, used to turn ideas into real assets that can improve the quality of life and solve the world’s most pressing problems. In 2009, according to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), approximately 2 million patent applications were filed worldwide. In 2022, this figure reached 3.46 million applications.

The successful and rapid development of the intellectual property market requires a range of complex policy actions, including the creation of a strong legal framework, the implementation of quality protection, effective cooperation between non-state and state actors, and, most importantly, international cooperation.

“We are pleased to welcome to the HSE the outstanding scientist Professor Alan Freeman, who is known for his expertise in the field of intellectual property. He also specializes in the development of cooperation between the BRICS countries in this area. The reason for today’s discussion was the professor’s thesis that within the BRICS framework there is no progressive work being done to create an independent system for recognizing intellectual property rights,” shared Victoria Panova.

The meeting covered topics such as the formation of a separate policy in the field of intellectual property within the framework of the BRICS cooperation mechanism, the role of intellectual property rights in promoting innovation and economic development, challenges and opportunities associated with intellectual property rights in new technologies, such as artificial intelligence and blockchain, and others.

Alan Freeman shared that these roundtables are very productive for several reasons. “The first reason: we always lack dialogue between people from my country and from yours,” he says. “Therefore, it is extremely important to initiate such dialogues. And the second reason is that during communication, answers to questions are found. Problems related to intellectual property, knowledge and the fruits of creative labor cannot be solved only with the help of lawyers and laws. Laws are very important, but we live in a time when the world is changing rapidly and institutions are critical.” The expert added that it is necessary to establish cooperation between institutions, people of creative professions and political leaders.

Mr. Freeman also noted during his speech that the American-centric approach to intellectual property now prevails. “I believe that the time has come to develop alternatives to this approach, and BRICS can act as a full-fledged platform for this,” he said.

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