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The Foundation was established in 2007 with the aim of facilitating the development of Russia’s economic potential, promoting its national interests, and strengthening the country’s image. One of the roles of the Foundation is to comprehensively evaluate, analyse, and cover issues on the Russian and global economic agendas. It also offers administrative services, provides promotional support for business projects and attracting investment, and helps foster social entrepreneurship and charitable initiatives.

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The Intellectual Property Ecosystem in the Making
3 June 2021
17:00—18:15
KEY CONCLUSIONS
Intellectual property has become an integral part of creating any new product

Today, intellectual property is a pervasive process of management, and here the key word is ‘process of management’, which begins from the first day of the general idea of any new technological or digital product — Alexey Vashkevich, Director for Technology Development, Gazprom Neft; Chief Executive Officer, Gazprom Neft Science and Technology Center (Gazpromneft STC LLC).

The intellectual property ecosystem must be flexible

As a new system, intellectual property is a system that is already capable of responding to challenges, but it must still be transformed to be able to meet all the challenges of our time that are possible [...] Of course, the new ecosystem is a digital ecosystem of intellectual property , and the digital system is not just of a certain level, but of a very high level — Grigory Ivliev, Head of the Federal Service for Intellectual Property..

ISSUES
It’s uncertain how to protect intellectual property and the legal framework is flawed

Our task, on the one hand, is to protect [intellectual property] and, on the other hand, to protect it so that we can continue to attract partners with sufficient flexibility [...] or, on the contrary, enter new markets where perhaps there will be other ways to monetize these IP rights — Alexey Vashkevich, Director for Technology Development, Gazprom Neft; Chief Executive Officer, Gazprom Neft Science and Technology Center (Gazpromneft STC LLC).

Innovative businesses and even innovative industries are such that regulation usually does not keep pace with us. And I’m not saying this is a good thing or a bad thing. This is a certain fact. Today, in many panels that preceded this discussion, it was often emphasized that sometimes being overregulated is, strictly speaking, not always good. But there is one area in legal regulation where the lack of regulation or the lack of harmonization of this regulation is strictly bad. And this is the area that helps to determine the treatment of property rights, the limits of protection of this right, and how you can dispose of certain intellectual property — Julia Popelysheva, Deputy General Director for Legal Affairs, Yandex.

Regulation of intellectual property is definitely important, of course, but it nevertheless remains secondary with respect to the business models and the methods of commercialization that a particular company chooses for itself — Igor Drozdov, Chairman of the Board, Skolkovo Foundation.

Lack of a clear understanding of whether objects created by artificial intelligence have intellectual property

We generally have a question among lawyers, theoreticians, and practitioners who count money: are such things [created by a neural network] subject to protection? There is no author, and one of the key components for protecting all this – the presence of human creative labour – is absent in this object. And, of course, without legal protection, any person can get free access to this work [...] and, in fact, manage it in the way he/she sees fit. What does this mean for the developer? For the developer, this means that it will not get back the investments that have been made in the artificial intelligence system, so the developer simply loses any economic motive for creating such a system [...] or for making such objects accessible — Julia Popelysheva, Deputy General Director for Legal Affairs, Yandex.

Where is the line of what’s considered a creative contribution and when it’s not? This is something that has yet to be discussed, and maybe it is good that what is created by artificial intelligence is in the public domain, and it will be possible to monetize the developer’s contribution to the creation of these neural network algorithms in other ways — Igor Drozdov, Chairman of the Board, Skolkovo Foundation.

SOLUTIONS
Further develop the intellectual property ecosystem and search for optimal solutions to ensure the protection of intellectual property rights

We need to create a new ecosystem of intellectual property. Our first job is to create an ecosystem concept in order to determine the main factors and basic statistics that determine the features of intellectual property, and then we must [...] provide all the necessary opportunities [to individuals and SMEs] to protect intellectual property — Hasan Kleib, Deputy Director General, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

Blockchain technology can be applied to ensure the protection of intellectual property rights — Edgars Puzo, Chief Executive Officer, Russia and CIS, Atos.