Over 800 officials and Vientiane residents converged at dawn at Patouxay Park to take part in a mini marathon to mark the 18th anniversary of the World Intellectual Property (IP) Day under the theme Powering Change: Women in Innovation and Creativity on Apr 26.
Taking part in the event included Minister of Science and Technology Boviengkham Vongdara, President of the Lao Front for National Development Xaysomphone Phomvihane, Minister of National Defense Sengnouane Sayalath, Vice President of the Lao Women’s Union Bandith Pathoumvanh, Representative of IP World Organisation Ye Min Than and relevant officials.
Today, women who are pushing for change have made remarkable achievements in the fields of science, technology, business, arts, culture, politics and society, not only in the Lao PDR, but also at the international levels, said Mr Boviengkham Vongdara.
Protecting the intellectual property of the woman remains a challenge. In order to encourage Lao women to play a greater role in research, science and technology, creativity, and to dedicate mentally to promoting commercial production, poverty reduction and intellectual property enhancement, the Ministry of Science and Technology in cooperation with the Lao Women’s Union has recently organized a workshop to equip Lao women with knowledge of IP.
Available statistics indicate that the level of participation by women in innovation and creativity is below par. This is unfair to women and a loss for our world, which needs a full team working on our most-pressing common challenges, said IP World Organisation Representative Ye Min Than.
In the case of innovation, if we take the use of WIPO’s Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) as an example, in 1995, only 17 per cent of international patent applications filed under that system included a woman among the inventors listed. The good news is that this number is rising and now nearly one-third of all international patent applications contain at least one woman inventor. But that figure is still well below the parity we all seek, continued Ye Min Than.
A deficit in the participation of women means that the current levels of innovation and creativity are suboptimal, and we are simply not reaping the full benefits that flow from innovation and creativity. At present, humanity is not realizing its full innovative and creative potential, said Ye Min Than.
He asked relevant sectors to ensure that they each do everything in their power to increase the full participation of women in innovation and creativity.
This will lead to much greater opportunity and fairness for women and enormous benefits for the world, added Ye Min Than.
Source: Lao News Agency