Methodological material “The Journey into the Industrial Property World”

EUIPO studies show that young people are lacking information on intellectual property, and the available information is presented in an ineffective way for the specific age group. Starting the new 2018/2019 school year in Latvia, general education, academic secondary education and vocational secondary education teachers will have the opportunity to integrate intellectual property issues in their lessons, thus contributing to the formation of a responsible and innovative new generation.

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Latvia is widely notable for its innovative potential, which is rapidly growing and manifests itself in innovative technologies, dynamic start-up ecosystem, as well as young and creative minds. The formation of a responsible and innovative new generation is one of the priorities of the competence-based lifelong learning, which takes the central place in the Sustainable Development Strategy of Latvia until 2030.

Taking into account the availability of a wide range of digital content and fast development of innovations, understanding of the value of intellectual property is more important than ever. This would help teachers and advisors to gain knowledge about the intellectual property rights, develop an emotional relationship to IP by encouraging young generations to create their own work and see in practice the rights and the obligations, which come with creativity.

The Patent Office of the Republic of Latvia together with the National Centre for Education of the Republic of Latvia are part of a specialised network of education experts and stakeholders “Intellectual Property in Education”. The main purpose of the network is to coordinate and develop appropriate, modern resources and programmes for pupils and teachers, including various examples of videos, games, tutorials, e-learning portals and other online content, which could be disseminated through the schools with the aim of helping future generations understand the central role that IP plays in the economy and society.

Taking part in the above-mentioned network in order to improve teachers’ and students’ understanding of intellectual property rights, the Patent Office of the Republic of Latvia in co-operation with the external service provider National Centre for Education of the Republic of Latvia have developed a methodological material “The Journey into the Industrial Property World”.

The methodological material “The Journey into the Industrial Property World” is the first such material in Latvia and among the few in the European Union, which interdisciplinary and broadly covers such industrial property topics as patents, trademarks, designs, geographical indications and protection against counterfeiting. The main goal of this project is to change the mind-sets of teachers and young people regarding intellectual property and creating their positive relationship to intellectual property rights, thus improving their skills in protecting their own and other people’s rights in the future.

Currently, Latvian educational standards pay more attention to copyright and related rights issues. However, the new competency-based learning curriculum will put emphasis also on industrial property. Starting the new 2018/2019 school year, general education, academic secondary education and vocational secondary education teachers in Latvia will have the opportunity to integrate industrial property issues in their lessons, thus contributing to the formation of a responsible and innovative new generation.

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