Participants of the Society of Knowledge

By Harry Peralta López

It is estimated that on recent years more information has been generated than in the five thousand years before, with the novelty that this same information doubles every five years.

Nowadays, technology allows humanity to store, process and share information, and face immense quantity of new generated data in little time. Nevertheless, the paradox of information relies on the more information a society develops, the greater it’s necessity is to transform it into knowledge.

According to this, the last ten years had turned Intellectual Property into a political and economic agenda throughout the globe. Its’ relevance on international trade has led IP to go from being a shallow issue to become a main topic.

In this contemporary society of knowledge, we could be spectators or crucial factors for change, for instance the Sistema de Cooperación sobre aspectos de información operacional y de Propiedad Industrial–PROSUR started this path with the participation of diverse offices specialized on intellectual property from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay, like a model of governance, through which they participate in equal conditions to facilitate and optimize knowledge transfer processes.

Successful models either replicate or add more partners, and in the case of PROSUR, along the way local offices from Costa Rica, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panamá and Dominican Republic had been added.

Intellectual property is not the panacea for society’s problems, but used correctly it is, without a doubt, a powerful tool for economic and social development of nations and here is where PROSUR’s challenge lies: to gather information, transform it into knowledge and share it. “Having knowledge is useless if you do not know how to apply it”.

From this Pro Tempore Presidency that the Intellectual Property Office of Nicaragua exercises, arise the challenge to work on the same line of success that the former presidency Pro- tempory did, hand in hand with our brother nation the Republic of El Salvador, being attentive to adding countries that will contribute to make PROSUR more robust, to further develop ongoing projects and exploiting strategic alliances that we have been forming on our path, like the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), which must be a vigorous partner since we share the same spirit: the defense and development of Intellectual Property.

From Nicaragua, you can rely on the support and effort from this office, which is small in size but with a huge heart.

Harry Peralta López

Pro Tempore President, Prosur

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