26 March 2013

Rwanda Opens Center to Increase Innovation and Protect Intellectual Property Rights

Kigali — The Ministry of trade and industry in partnership with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), today launched the Technology and Innovation Support Center (TISC) housed at the Kigali Public Library.

TISC will offer Rwandans free access to digital worldwide patent documents including documents from the Japanese, US and European patent offices which currently gather information on more than 100 million patents.

Using technology, TISC will also assist innovators in managing and protecting their intellectual property rights.

Speaking at the launching ceremony, Francois Kanimba, Minister of Trade and Industry told participants that the TISC program will provide Rwanda with human resource development opportunities. "Our entrepreneurs, engineers, technicians, scientists, and teachers can now find the appropriate knowledge, import it, adapt it to local conditions and use it to solve local problems by producing more knowledge-intensive goods and services."

In Rwanda, the TISC project hopes to stimulate innovation and economic growth by facilitating access to information while strengthening the country's capacity to effectively explore this information and use it to respond to local needs.

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