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November 15, 2002

ACNIS and National Academy Examine Intellectual Property Management

Yerevan—The Armenian Center for National and International Studies (ACNIS) and the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia convened today a joint working seminar on “The Key Issues of Intellectual Property Management in Armenia.”

Academician Vladimir Barkhudarian, vicepresident of the National Academy, welcomed the participants. “In the recent period we have suffered a loss of intellectual property. In any event, we must try not only to maintain, but also to enrich the property and potential we have,” he said.

Andranik Khachikian, deputy head of the Intellectual Property Agency at the Ministry of Trade and Economic Development, delivered a keynote address on “The Constituents of Intellectual Capacity.” “We have numerous laws in place to protect the results of the intellectual activity. The number of applications to patent inventions in chemistry, medicine and modern technologies, and for their legal preservation, has increased,” he stated.

“The Social, Economic, and Political Preconditions of ‘Brain Drain,’” was presented by ACNIS research director Professor Tatoul Manasserian. He noted in particular: “It is necessary to prevent the ‘brain drain’ of able-bodied, specially skilled specialists who are temporarily unemployed. There are two possible ways to avert this problem: first, through implementation of goal-oriented programs in the various branches of economy and science as part of government policy or by means of diaspora Armenians’ financial and professional contribution; and second, through official dispatch via intergovernmental agreements of temporarily unemployed specialists whose knowhow is not being used in our country for the time being.”

Manuk Harutiunian, senior researcher of the Institute of Philosophy and Law at the National Academy, presented his analysis on the same subject. “Young and middle-aged research fellows and authors of valuable ideas who cannot implement their projects in Armenia are in high demand abroad. The current difficult financial situation as well as an absence of professional prospects can further precipitate the ‘brain drain,’” he noted.

The formal presentations were followed by a brisk debate among National Citizens’ Initiative (NCI) councilmember and dean of the economics department at Yerevan State University, Dr. Haik Sargsian; “Sed Marsed” executive director Tigran Jrbashian; chief of the Science and Training Department at the Ministry of Science and Education, Armen Trchunian; National Assembly committee chairman Shavarsh Kocharian; Armenian State Engineering University rector Yuri Sargsian; Armenian Encyclopedia editor-in-chief Hovhannes Aivazian; Armenian Banking Association chairman Armen Yeghiazarian; public activist and former Minister of Environment Karine Danielian; Armenian Businessmen’s Association chairman Hovsep Seferian; “Karavarum” (Management) journal editor Arthur Gharagiozian; former Minister of National Security Eduard Simoniants; Indian Ambassador Deepak Vohra; and many others.

Founded in 1994 by Armenia’s first Minister of Foreign Affairs Raffi Hovannisian and supported by the Lincy Foundation and a global network of contributors, ACNIS serves as a link between innovative scholarship and the public policy challenges facing Armenia and the Armenian people in the post-Soviet world. It also aspires to be a catalyst for creative, strategic thinking and a wider understanding of the new global environment. In 2002, the Center focuses increasingly on public outreach, civic education, and applied research on critical public and foreign policy issues for the state and the nation.

For further information on the Center and its activities, call (37410) 52-87-80 or 27-48-18; fax (37410) 52-48-46; e-mail root@acnis.am or info@acnis.am

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