World Intellectual Property Organization Director General Visited Slovakia
The WIPO Director General Francis Gurry visited Slovak Republic for the first time of his appointment on October 20, 2016. He was accompanied by ambassador Fedor Rosocha, the Permanent Representative of the Slovak Republic to the United Nations.
During the official visit WIPO Director General Francis Gurry met with the President of the Slovak Republic Andrej Kiska. Discussions covered particularly development of the knowledge economy support closely related to support of innovative thinking and creativity.
The visit continued with the meeting with the Rector of Slovak University of Technology Robert Redhammer who conferred him the STU Plaque for his contribution in the field of science and technology. Francis Gurry on this occasion gave the Slovak University of Technology the WIPO IP Enterprise Trophy, awarded by WIPO for innovative use of intellectual property.
The topic of the meeting with Marek Maďarič, Minister of Culture of the Slovak Republic, was especially the Marrakesh Treaty to facilitate access to published works for persons who are blind, visually impaired or otherwise print disabled, EU copyright reform, as well as the digital single market strategy.
The visit of F. Gurry was followed by the lunch with Representatives of the Central Control and Testing Institute in Agriculture, during which topics related to the rights of plant breeders were mainly discussed. Due to the fact that the lunch was also attended by Alfred Radauer, the Consultant for national strategy for intellectual property, the discussion also covered the creation of this national strategy and its importance for the economy.
The official visit of F. Gurry was ended with a meeting with Peter Pellegrini, Deputy Prime Minister for Investments and Informatisation. Particularly specific issues related to intellectual property in joint transnational projects were the topic of their discussion.