WIPO Deputy Director General Hasan Klein presents the WIPO’s IP Youth Ambassador title to three Vietnamese students who invented a helmet called Vihelm. (Photo: VnExpress)

The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) on November 29 bestowed WIPO’s IP Youth Ambassador title upon three Vietnamese students who invented a helmet called Vihelm.

The honour ceremony took place during the State President’s visit to the WIPO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, according to the release from the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The helmet is specifically for those working on the frontlines to prevent COVID-19 and is designed with both safety and comfort features.

During the ceremony, Daren Tang, WIPO Director General, lauded Vietnam’s efforts and impressive achievements in socio-economic development, and attributed these outcomes to the country’s investment in the intellectual property system.

Lauding Vietnam’s outstanding performance in the global innovation index (GII), he said the country has maintained its first position among the 34 lower-middle income economies in the index.

He also praised Vietnam’s membership and responsible contributions to activities of the WIPO, and pledged to provide more assistance for the Southeast Asian nation in resources and technologies.

According to the Vietnam News Agency, the WIPO Director General suggested cooperation between the two sides in building an intellectual property training centre for youths and entrepreneurs, and establishing a global network of entrepreneurs.

Vietnam and the WIPO would step up collaboration in intellectual property training for diplomats and negotiators, he said.

President Nguyen Xuan Phuc thanked WIPO for its cooperation and valuable support to Vietnam in consolidating legal institutions, building the intellectual property system, and improving the country’s GII.

He called for further support from the organisation during the implementation of the national intellectual property strategy and the Law on Intellectual Property, cultural development, expert training and the improvement of the national innovation and creation capacity.

Vietnam stands ready to work to boost cooperation between WIPO and the region, the President pledged./.

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