On the afternoon of September 7, 2022, in Hanoi, the National Office of Intellectual Property (Ministry of Science and Technology) coordinated with the Vietnam Women’s Academy and the Vietnam Women’s Intellectuals Association to organize a seminar on “The role of intellectual property in entrepreneurs and female innovators and creators”.
Attending the workshop were: Ms. Tôn Ngọc Hạnh, alternate member of the Party Central Committee, Vice President of the Vietnam Women’s Union (WU); Mr. Hasan Kleib, Deputy General Director of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in charge of national and regional development cooperation; Mr. Tran Quang Tien – Director of Vietnam Women’s Academy; Ms. Le Mai Huong, Vice President of Vietnam Women Intellectuals Association; Mr. Trần Lê Hồng, Deputy Director of Intellectual Property Department – Ministry of Science and Technology; Attending the workshop were nearly 100 delegates who are scientists, innovators, entrepreneurs, female start-ups and representatives of other relevant agencies and organizations.
The workshop was held on the occasion of Mr. Hasan Kleib’s visit to Vietnam, to promote understanding and awareness of intellectual property for a number of target groups that WIPO pays much attention to, including: Women, gender young and businessman. The workshop focused on topics such as gender equality in the field of intellectual property; policies and programs of WIPO to support female creators and entrepreneurs; solutions to increase the support of creators, including women…
Speaking at the opening of the workshop, Ms. Tôn Ngọc Hạnh, Alternate Member of the Central Committee of the Party, Vice President of the Vietnam Women’s Union said that the Vietnam Women’s Union is the agency in charge of implementing Project 939 on Support. Women start-ups for the period 2017-2025, in which many practical activities have been implemented to promote women and female entrepreneurs to innovate. The results of 4 years of implementation of the project show that nearly 3,000 startup ideas and projects have participated in the women’s start-up contest at the central level, more than 72,000 women start-ups, 1451 businesses and 523 cooperatives run by women. New owner established from the support of the Scheme.
In addition, the Association’s activities to support women in economic development are also increasingly practical, connecting with entrepreneurs and scientists, promoting innovation and establishing intellectual property rights. Ms. Hạnh emphasized: “It can be affirmed that women’s creativity is increasingly strong and diverse, not only in the fields of film, music, fashion, design, sculpture, literature, etc. arts but also in fields of natural sciences such as astrophysics, nanotechnology, medicine, artificial intelligence and robotics…. The contributions of women have contributed to improving lives, changing the lives of mankind. In the process of working, studying and living; Respecting, establishing and strictly enforcing women’s intellectual property rights will contribute to further promoting the creativity of people in general and women in particular.
Mr. Trần Lê Hồng, Deputy Director of the National Office of Intellectual Property (Ministry of Science and Technology), said that in Vietnam, science and technology is one of eight areas of the national goal of gender equality. Currently, the number of female human resources for scientific research in Vietnam has increased (accounting for about 46% of the total number of research and development human resources in the country).
Through scientific and technological research activities, women have increasingly affirmed their position and role, and have been honored and recognized by the State, society and community. However, women carrying out S&T research tasks also face many barriers and challenges in work, family and society. The barriers come from the point of view of the community and society; mechanisms and policies still lack incentives strong enough to motivate and encourage female scientists to do research and also the growing challenges of the strong technological development process, which requires scientists to do research. Female students must work harder, while balancing scientific research and family work.
According to Mr. Trần Lê Hồng, the gender gap in scientific research, innovation and especially the registration for protection of intellectual property rights is not only a problem of Vietnam but also of other countries. world.
Citing WIPO data, Mr. Trần Lê Hồng said that only 16.5% of inventors named on international patent applications are women, while in the United States, men register twice as many. compared to women.
Well aware of the fact that there still exist some gender inequalities in research and innovation with many difficulties that scientists, innovators and female entrepreneurs still face, the Government of Vietnam has and is promulgating many policies and programs to support female scientists, female innovators, female inventors, women-owned enterprises or cooperatives, including in the field of intellectual property. .
Mr. Hasan Kleib, WIPO Deputy Director General, said that a number of target groups are receiving much attention from WIPO, including women, young people and businesspeople. Because according to the survey, in countries around the world, more than 50% of small and medium enterprises are owned by women and in Vietnam over 60%.
WIPO respects gender equality in the field of intellectual property and has many policies and programs to support female creators and entrepreneurs to help them use intellectual property as an effective tool for their activities. scientific research, innovation, business development…
Mentioning some advantages of female scientists and businesswomen, Ms. Lê Thị Khánh Vân, Director of the Center for Science Applications and Entrepreneurship, Vietnam Women Intellectuals Association, said that recently, the Law on Intellectual Property was revised. The year 2022 was adopted with the goal of improving the effectiveness of intellectual property rights protection activities. Accordingly, the regulations are revised to ensure that the mechanism to protect intellectual property rights is more reasonable and feasible.
In addition, female entrepreneurs and creative women have had access to international support programs, although they have only stopped at knowledge dissemination activities and joint seminars, but they have also had a good effect on the community. female scientists.
Ms. Lê Thị Khánh Vân suggested that in the coming time, relevant agencies should strengthen cooperation to support female scientists and creative businesswomen in intellectual property registration. Support the provision of training programs for Vietnamese women to close the gap and create opportunities to access the intellectual property system for female scientists and creative businesswomen so that they can compete fairly. degree at the international level.
In addition, research and propose changes to domestic and international legal regulations, treaties and policies to help female inventors and entrepreneurs gain an appropriate position in the context of ever-growing globalization. develop. At the same time, cooperate with governments, public organizations, or other organizations and associations to carry out related activities to support female inventors and entrepreneurs such as: Forums, seminars, international exhibitions Women’s Inventions…
Source: Vietnam National Office of Intellectual Property
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