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Minister Berner meets WIPO Director General Gurry

Press release 05.02.2019 15.45 fi en

Minister Berner with Director General Gurry (Photo: MINTC)

Minister of Transport and Communications Anne Berner met Francis Gurry, Director General of the UN World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), on 5 February 2019 in Helsinki. At the meeting they discussed intellectual property rights in data economy, for example.  Gurry is visiting Finland on the invitation of the Finnish Patent and Registration Office. 

Minister Berner presented Finland’s views to Director General Gurry concerning the development of data economy. According to Berner, intellectual property rights are important also in data economy, but their development must be permitted to meet the new requirements of data economy.  Access to data is necessary to data economy and it should not be limited too much by intellectual property rights legislation.

The World Intellectual Property Organisation, WIPO, is a specialised agency of the United Nations that aims to promote the protection of intellectual property rights internationally. Intellectual property includes inventions, trade marks, industrial design, literature, music, art, photography and audiovisual works.


Erica Karppinen, Senior Officer, tel. + 358 50 467 1278