EXPOPRIORITY’2013. POST-RELEASE

The 5th International Forum on Intellectual Property Expopriority’2013 held at Expocentre Fairgrounds from November, 27 till November, 29 aroused a great interest of the professional environment.

The organizers of this convention and exhibition project are the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation and Expocentre ZAO. They held the forum with support and participation of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, the Federal Service for Intellectual Property (ROSPATENT), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the All-Russian Society of Inventors and
Rationalizes, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry (UFI), the Russian Union of Exhibitions and Fairs (RUEF), the Russian State Intellectual Property Academy (RGAIS) and the Union for Development of Science Cities.

The key elements of the Forum were the International Congress on Intellectual Property, the Exhibition of Innovation Products and Technology, the Innovative Projects Contest.

Participation of the WIPO and ICC experts as well as specialists from 12 countries, among them the USA, Germany, People’s Republic of China, Republic of Korea and others, was a testimony to the international standing of the forum.

The participants in the forum highlighted and appreciated its practical orientation. The programme comprised 17 events including the international congress, conferences, round-table discussions and business seminars. More than 100 Russian and foreign experts made reports at these events. There were lively discussions on a wide range of topical issues connected with IP protection accompanied by the profound expert speeches and memorable events. For example, at the business symposium on Intellectual Property as an Investment Vehicle for Multinational Companies was held Moscow (Expocentre) - Geneva (CERN) Teleconference.

As Director General of Expocentre ZAO Sergei Bednov said at the meeting with journalists, “We asked the participants in all the events of the forum to summarize the information in order to work out further recommendations for government authorities”. “During discussions and debates a lot of problems emerged connected with commercialization of IP assets, development of our regional innovative enterprises and protection of Russian inventors and innovators. A lot of these issues require government actions”, he explained.

The developments were showcased by 130 exhibitors among which the institutes of the Russian Academy of Sciences, collective expositions of the All-Russian Society of Inventors and
Rationalizes, MCTT (Moscow Center of Technology Transfer) (youth programme), the Ministry of Education and Science of the Astrakhan region.

At the joint stand organized by the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Expocentre and the World Trade Center (Moscow) the participants in the forum could consult experts on the issues concerning intellectual property, protection against counterfeit, issuance of certificates of demonstration of an exhibit or a trademark at the exhibition, intellectual property protection in the territory of the Customs Union and in terms of Russia’s participation in the WTO.
The forum saw the presentations of innovative projects organized by the companies-nominees Rostec State Corporation, the National Union of Business Angels, Moscow Center of Technology Transfer.

Special attention was focused on the educational programme and training workshops. The Innovation Lift, a well-established educational programme, was significantly expanded. It enabled the developers and inventors to devise an algorithm of promotion for their scientific ideas. They did this with the help of high-skilled experts in an interactive environment. The algorithm consisted of specific stages (like floors a lift stops at) from evaluating expediency of their ideas to running a quality presentation of their projects for prospect investors.
At the forum the competent jury headed by RAS academician Igor Sokolov chose the winners of the Innovative Projects and Developments Contest among 80 works presented there. They were awarded by the World Organization of Intellectual Property and the Organizing Committee of the forum.
The contest included several nominations. Alexey Popov from Air Force Academy named after prof. N.E. Zhukovsky and Y.A. Gagarin (Voronezh) was awarded a gold medal of the World International Property Organization for New Devices and Apparatus as the best inventor. Stanislav Kovshov from National Mineral Research University (University of Mines), nominated for Biotechnology, became the best young inventor.
The special prize for the Best Innovation Project for Metropolis was given to the partner of the contest - Moscow Innovation Development Center. Nine special prize winners got Certificates for attending a one-year course in startup-management. These are Moscow innovation companies participating in the Innovation Lift programme who demonstrated new solutions, products, services and technology which can be in-demand for municipal economic development.
Moscow Aviation Institute was awarded a gold medal in the special category for the development of the device for monitoring effectiveness of the close-chest cardiac massage and coordinating the procedure of cardio-pulmonary resuscitation process.
Responding to the journalists’ questions about the results expected from the forum, President of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Sergei Katyrin mentioned the importance of the work done at the exhibition with those participants who had demonstrated their exhibits and ideas a year before. Today they are helped to implement their ideas at best. This refers to startups, bringing to industrial designs. Probably some of them start manufacturing. “The main target we would like to obtain is to have every idea realized in manufacturing and large-scale implementation”, summarized the head of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
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