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Protecting Indigenous languages

By Orpan - 22/05/2019
Protecting Indigenous languages

On 23 April, 2019, Bolivian authorities celebrated the World Book and Copyright Day, which was focused this year on the importance of enhancing and protecting Indigenous languages. “We urge children and young people to acquire the habit of reading. It is the best way to know our history and our reality”, stated on Twitter Bolivian President Evo Morales.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which organizes the celebration worldwide, highlighted its willingness to assist and support local communities in their efforts to promote and preserve their knowledge and language. “As a vector of knowledge, books bring people together around a story and a common heritage while revealing their specificities through different cultures, identities and languages”, said Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO. “Each publication is created in a distinct language and is intended for a language-specific reading audience A book is thus written, produced, exchanged, used and appreciated in a given linguistic and cultural setting”, Azoulay added.

23 April is a symbolic date in world literature as it is the date on which several prominent authors like William Shakespeare, Miguel Cervantes and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega died. 

By Orpan - 22/05/2019
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ORPAN was established in 1955 by brothers Joaquin Soruco (1908 – 1984) and Gonzalo Soruco (1910 – 1994). It was one of the first specialized law firms in patent and trademark matters in Bolivia.

The daughter of co-founder Joaquín Soruco, Mrs. Pilar Soruco, took over the direction of ORPAN in 1986.

At present, Mrs. Soruco is the main partner of ORPAN, working with a specialized team of more than 20 attorneys, assistants and paralegals. Among them is Mr. Wolfgang Ohnes, who previously was National Director of the Bolivian Patent and Trademarks Office and practitioner in the private sector since year 2000 in local and regional IP law firms.