Dmitry Medvedev’s meeting with WIPO Director General Francis Gurry

Dmitry Medvedev and Francis Gurry discussed current aspects of Russia-WIPO cooperation, as well as international laws on intellectual property.

Excerpts from the transcript:

Meeting with Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Francis Gurry

Dmitry Medvedev: Mr Director General, welcome to Moscow.

This is not our first meeting. We think highly of our cooperation with the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), where you are serving as Director General for a long time.

Over the past few years (we met in 2013 and 2016), positive changes have taken place in Russia in the field of intellectual property, including because of our efforts at WIPO.

We discussed the opening of a WIPO office at Skolkovo. To the best of my knowledge, it has opened and is functioning well, offering additional opportunities to all those who are interested in protecting their intellectual rights.

This is the result of our interaction with WIPO, and we are delighted that we are being actively involved in the various processes that are ongoing at your organisation.

We also met at the [St Petersburg international] legal forum. I would like to thank you once again for attending it.

I would be delighted to discuss future cooperation between Russia and WIPO.

Francis Gurry (via interpreter): Thank you, Mr Prime Minister. It is a great privilege to be meeting with you.

First of all, I would like to point out how grateful I am to the Russian Federation for the assistance you are giving us. Next, I would like to say that Russia is indeed moving in leaps and bounds, especially in the field of technology, or more precisely, high technology. Skolkovo is the best example of this. We see a manifold increase of Russia’s potential when it comes to modern technology and new initiatives regarding the protection of intellectual property, which, of course, is benefiting a wide range of industries.