Francis Gurry, Director General of WIPO, gives conference at the City of Knowledge

On Friday, July 6, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and the City of Knowledge Foundation offered the Conference: «Opportunities for the Republic of Panama in Intellectual Property, with the approval of the Treaties of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)», with the participation of His Excellency Francis Gurry, Director General of WIPO.

The conference began with words from the Minister of Commerce and Industry, H.E. Ricardo Quijano Jiménez, who expressed great pride in being able to have the presence of Francis Gurry in Panama City. The Minister talked about the progress in the various agreements that have been made to protect intellectual property in Panama and their consistent management regarding the subject. He stressed that the Republic of Panama is characterized by being an active member of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and personally thanked Professor Jorge Arosemena and the City of Knowledge.

Professor Jorge Arosemena, Executive Director of the City of Knowledge Foundation, offered welcoming words to the guests and highlighted the kindness of Dr. Gurry to sign the book of distinguished people to visit the campus. He stressed the fact that the first business incubator in Panama was created at the City of Knowledge, and that being an international platform of services the presence of the Director General of WIPO made perfect sense.

H.E. Francis Gurry declared it was a great privilege to be at the City of Knowledge, and was very much impressed by its remarkable achievements over the years. He then presented his keynote speech in which he provided an introduction to what exactly is WIPO – a United Nations agency dedicated to the use of intellectual property as a means of stimulating innovation and creativity – and spoke about the Budapest Treaty on the International Recognition of the Deposit of Microorganisms for the purposes of Patent Procedure, which Panama has recently joined.

Dr. Gurry talked about the challenges of WIPO, its rising demands for rights over knowledge and how they deal with those demands, the new Treaty on Audiovisual Performances and the importance of achieving balance in the intellectual property system taking into account the rights of the creator / innovator and the company that invests in such creation.

His Excellency Gurry answered several questions from a select audience, composed of distinguished authorities and specialists in a discipline of singular importance for the Republic of Panama, such as intellectual property and development of new technologies.

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