The Intellectual Property Fair 2018 under the theme Powering Change: Women in Innovation and Creativity has been launched on Apr 23 in Vientiane drawing innovators, creators, domestic and foreign entrepreneurs as well as government and private sectors.
The opening of the weeklong event saw the participation of Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith, Minister of Science and Technology Boviengkham Vongdara, President of Lao Women’s Union Inlavanh Keobounphanh, representatives of line ministries, and foreign diplomatic officials.
“Today, Lao women of all ethnic groups like women around the world are trying to come up with new products of high quality to boost market economic growth, creating fundamental factors for IP value creation. Importantly, globalization and technology have created opportunities for innovative changes, cooperation and inventions,” said President of Lao Women’s Union, Ms Inlavanh Keobounphanh.
The IP Fair 2018 was co-organised by the Lao Women’s Union and the Ministry of Science and Technology.
This IP Fair 2018 will witness several activities organized with some designed to raise awareness among public members of IPs so that the public realize the importance of IPs to the socio-economic development. This event will make public members, especially researchers, scientists, inventors, creators, and students gain access to information on IP management and protection namely patents, industrial designs, trademarks, places of origin, new plant varieties, copyright and related rights, and wisdom of local people, said Minister of Science and Technology Boviengkham Vongdara.
“I am confident that this IP Fair will be an important venue for promoting intellectual property in the Lao PDR thus contributing to the social-economic and cultural development and promoting industrialsation and modernization as well as poverty reduction among Lao people especially women according to the theme Enhancing Intellectual Property for A Sustainable Social-economic and Cultural Development,” said Mr Borviengkham.
Source: Lao News Agency