One of Russia's most prestigious universities, Saint Petersburg
State University currently offers no specific courses in intellectual property.
Featuring ICC experts from law firms and companies, the visiting lecturer
series aims to raise awareness of the importance of IP, and the link between
business strategy, innovation and creation and IP rights among young Russians
in light of Russia's accession to the World Trade Organization and increased
prominence given to the issue.
Addressing different aspects of
IP, the series will initially run until the end 2013 and is open to all
university students and faculty.
IP expert David Koris,
General Counsel and head of IP at Shell International, presented the
inaugural lecture, which focused on IP asset generation and related
"IP has become a key issue for businesses and
policymakers alike. The entrepreneurs, founders of start-up companies and
work force of tomorrow need to be familiar with the interplay between
business planning, technical and creative efforts, and IP rights to be able
to compete in the global marketplace," he said referring students to the
recently launched Russian edition of ICC's Intellectual Property Roadmap. "It
is essential that education on this issue is made available to Russia's
future professionals, scientists and policymakers so that they understand
how IP is a key factor in stimulating economic activity and creating
Mr Koris, who is also Chair of the ICC
Commission on Intellectual Property, addressed nearly 200 students. Featuring
quizzes and case studies the dynamic lecture began with some insight into
the role of IP at Shell and outlined the way developed technology is
licensed and used within a company and its partners and subsidiaries.
Mr Koris also gave an introduction to the mechanisms and
reflexes necessary to manage and protect confidential and technological
information in a commercial environment, and discussed methods of protection
such as trade secret protection and patents.
series is in line with ICC objectives to promote efficient IP systems that
support international trade, encourage investment in creation and
innovation, and facilitate sustainable economic development.
In 2013 Ingrid Baele, Vice-President, Business Management Office, Philips
Intellectual Property and Standards will present a second lecture followed
later in the year by Pavel Savitsky, Senior Associate, Mannheimer Swartling,
and representatives from Microsoft.
For more information
visit the ICC
Commission on Intellectual Property.
Download the ICC
Intellectual Property Roadmap in Russian and other languages.