PJSC “Research and production corporation “United Wagon Company” (UWC, the Group or the Company) received the Gold Award for Best IP Department: Russia & Central and Eastern Europe 2020 at the third international Innovation & IP Forum and Awards in Paris this year.
The major achievements and outcomes of the work carried out by the UWC railway group and its patent information department were acknowledged at the Forum, with various aspects of patenting technical solutions outlined, from the generation of an idea to obtaining a patent.
UWC places great emphasis on the comprehensive protection of intellectual property, which ultimately increases the efficiency of the Company’s operations. To achieve this, the Company has built and maintains a special product development support system based at the All-Union Research and Development Centre for Transportation Technology (VNICTT, part of UWC), allowing it to quickly and effectively solve any issues that may arise, including those related to patenting.
To date, United Wagon Company has built up a portfolio of over 1,200 patents in key areas, including around 300 received in foreign countries. This allows the Company to maintain its leading positions among car-building enterprises in Russia, not only in terms of production volumes but also in intellectual property protection.
Mikhail Kolesnikov, Head of patent information department at VNICTT, noted: “We hugely appreciate being awarded this international accolade for our achievements, which reflects UWC’s status as a leading producer. UWC’s patent portfolio is growing all the time, and competition on the Russian market is only spurring on this growth. At present we are working actively to build a portfolio that is equipped to compete with the largest international producers in the sector in the medium term.”
The Innovation & IP Forum and Awards is organized by the Leaders League rating agency and serves as an industry forum in the field of patents and intellectual property protection. It is one of the largest international business venues, bringing together over 400 experts. This year, the Forum was attended by representatives of companies such as Orange, Harley-Davidson, General Electric, General Motors, ThyssenKrupp Intellectual Property, Renault, and the World Intellectual Property Organization.