A specialized intellectual property agency of the United Nations is helping to develop Georgia’s economy by supporting the country develop an intellectual property system that will support innovative startups.
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is sharing top international experience with Georgia about how to create innovative enterprises. WIPO is a self-funding agency with 188 member states, including Georgia. WIPO Director General Francis Gurry is visiting Georgia and holding meetings with Georgian officials to learn about the country’s progress developing an intellectual property system.
Today Gurry met Georgia’s Economy Minister and Vice Premier Giorgi Kvirikashvili. At the meeting the sides focused on evaluation and commercialisation of intellectual property issues. Development of an intellectual property system was one of the priorities of the Georgian Government, within the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA), Minister Kvirikashvili noted.
Yesterday Georgia and WIPO signed a Memorandum of Cooperation that aimed to create a strategy to support innovative activities and develop a geographical indications protection system.
Georgia became a member of WIPO in 1991.
WIPO is one of the 17 specialised agencies of the United Nations. WIPO was created in 1967 to encourage creative activity, to promote the protection of intellectual property throughout the world. The WIPO website stated the agency’s mandate was to “help governments, businesses and society realize the benefits of IP [Intellectual Property]”.