CRSEA became a member of the World Intellectual Property Organization


The Confederation of Rightholders’ Societies of Europe and Asia (CRSEA) became a member of the Supervisory Board of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the largest international organization in the field of protection and use of results of intellectual activity.

The decision was taken unanimously at the WIPO General Assembly that is taking place these days in Geneva. As explained by Ivan Bliznets, Chairman of the Intellectual Property Committee of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation, the admission of CRSEA to the Supervisory Board of such a powerful organization opens up new horizons of cooperation at the international level. “The Confederation will be able to convey its ideas on improvement of legislation, application and protection of technologies to the whole world community. Of course, there will be active work to be done by the committee on copyright and in a number of other areas”, he added.

According to Andrey Krichevskiy, General Secretary of CRSEA, becoming a member of the WIPO Supervisory Board was “an important milestone in the development of the organization and the expansion into a new international level”.

“We are interested in qualitative changes in the system of collective rights management and resolution of all problems accumulated over the years: lack of transparency of the system of collection and payments, no recording of all transactions with intellectual property items, duration of procedures and a number of others, Krichevskiy said. – In our opinion, the transition to individual rights management with the help of digital platforms and services that can be used worldwide is the most effective solution for further development of the sphere in an innovative and technological manner. We will make every effort to contribute to the global strengthening of positions of intellectual property as an important economic resource in our partnership with WIPO.”

The World Intellectual Property Organization was founded in 1967 and unites representatives of 191 countries, as well as more than 250 public organizations as observers. The mission of the organization is to form a balanced and effective system of intellectual property creating favorable conditions for innovation and creativity. WIPO is a part of the United Nations responsible for creativity and intellectual property matters.