||After the new administration of Mr. Damaso Pardo, INPI’ President, took office recently in Argentina, a new impetus has been given to patent related issues and more interest expressed to international discussions. Despite government-led efforts made by Mr. Pardo, on the subject of the country’ accession to the PCT, opposition from few sectors of the local industry remains strong.
In the Government views a Seminar on substantive patent law issues and the role of patents in promoting innovation and transfer of technology, would promote a better understanding of the role played by the patent system and will pave the way for a future more concrete discussion on PCT matters. In this regard, Mr. Pardo, via a letter of April 7, 2017 (see attached) requested WIPO for the above-mentioned national seminar.
Bearing in mind that a quite number of local stakeholders are still expressing reservations on the effectiveness of the patent system as a mechanism to promote development in Argentina, we do run the risk that this activity will not be welcomed by all stakeholders with the same level of interest.
Following different exchanges with the Argentinian Authorities (attached), it is proposed that this Seminar be organized as described below. Consequently, this memorandum is to request an approval for the organization of such national seminar.
1. Title: WIPO National Seminar on Patents and their impact on Innovation
2. Purpose of event: The aim of the seminar is to provide strategic knowledge of the patent system and particularly on the role patents play as an incentive for innovation. Representatives from the private sector are invited to present industry’ views on this matter. Particular attention is given to the strategies putted in place on the subject of transfer of technology, building patent portfolios and on the protection of inventions abroad.
3. Venue: Buenos Aires, Argentina
4. Dates: June 12 and 13, 2017
5. Organizers: WIPO in cooperation w