Lithuania voiced support for Ukraine at the General Assembly of the World Intellectual Property Organization
On 15 July, the Deputy Head of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Lithuania in Geneva Mr. Arūnas Jievaltas made a statement on behalf of the Lithuanian delegation at the 63rd session of the General Assembly of the World Intellectual Property Organization (hereinafter - WIPO).
The head of the delegation expressed solidarity with Ukraine and the people of Ukraine, noting that Lithuania strongly condemns Russia's unprovoked and unjustified military aggression against Ukraine. With these actions, Russia grossly violates international law and destroys the intellectual property system. In response to this, Lithuania joined the initiative of like-minded countries regarding WIPO’s assistance and support to Ukraine's innovation and creativity sector and the intellectual property system.
The Lithuanian delegation expressed its appreciation to WIPO for close cooperation in promotion and protection of intellectual property. In recent years, Lithuania has joined two WIPO’s projects, namely WIPO Lex-Judgments and WIPO Alert, aiming to promote the dissemination of information on intellectual property and strengthen the protection of intellectual property rights.
The head of the delegation pointed out the cooperation agreement of the Baltic states technology transfer centers network (TTO), signed on 25 March, this year, as one of the most successful examples of regional cooperation. It is expected that this long-term project coordinated and supported by WIPO will strengthen the cooperation between the universities of the three Baltic countries, bring together the knowledge and technology transfer experts working in scientific and study institutions, and contribute to the creation of innovations based on cooperation between business and academia.
The delegation also highlighted Lithuania's leadership in Europe as regards the number of female scientists. In Lithuania, more than half of the country's scientists and engineers are women. However, closing the gender gap remains one of the most pressing challenges, which is why Lithuania welcomed WIPO's attention to this issue.
The General Assembly is the highest governing body of WIPO. It addresses key issues in the organization's governance, legislation, planning and budget.
The 63rd session of the WIPO General Assembly takes place in 14-22 July 2022. Lithuania is represented in this assembly by a delegation consisting of representatives from the Ministry of Culture, the State Patent Bureau and the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Lithuania to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva.