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    20 March 2024 No Comments Irena

    EU-Ukraine: Explanatory meeting on intellectual property within the official screening of European Commission


    A high level of EU acquis implementation was noted and approaches to further harmonization of legislation were approved upon: On March 15, 2024, there was held an explanatory meeting on the EU acquis with the representatives of the European Commission, the Delegation of Moldova and Ukraine on the official screening of the negotiation chapter 7 “Intellectual Property Rights”.


    The Ministry of Economy of Ukraine and the IP Office (UANIPIO) as part of the Ukrainian delegation discussed with the representatives of the European Commission’s Directorates-General the EU policies and regulations on Industrial Property rights and Copyright and Related rights.


    «Ukrainian society deserves a further clear signal that Ukraine and the European Union continue to build a common future. To this end, the Government of Ukraine will work diligently to implement the key areas and European Commission recommendations»,- stated Vitaliy Kindrativ, Deputy Minister of Economy of Ukraine, at the opening of the explanatory meeting.



    The key discussion topics were focused on:


    • ways of implementation and administrative procedures for trademarks under Directive (EU) 2015/2436 of the European Parliament and of the Council and Regulation (EU) 2017/1001 of the European Parliament and of the Council;


    • implementation of Regulation (EU) 2023/2411 on the protection of geographical indications for craft and industrial products, in relation to which the Ukrainian delegation shared its experience regarding registering geographical indications for traditional craft products;


    • patent law, in particular compulsory licensing, introduction of the Supplementary Protection Certificate and inventions in the field of biotechnology;


    • preparing for the implementation of the trade secrets legal protection mechanisms, taking into account best practices and regulations of the EU law;


    • current issues on implementation of Directive (EU) 2019/790 of the European Parliament and of the Council on copyright and related rights in the Digital Single Market, as well as progress in approximation to the EU acquis as a result of the adoption of the new Law of Ukraine “On Copyright and Related Rights”;


    • best practices of implementing the Marrakesh Treaty in EU legislation;


    • permitted use of orphan works;


    • issues of multi-territorial licensing by collective management organizations of online copyright in a musical works, etc.


    «The harmonization of national legislation in the sphere of intellectual property rights with the EU acquis is one of the challenges that Ukraine needs to solve on its way to full membership in the EU. The situation is complicated by the rapid development of the IP, innovation and creativity sectors, as well as ongoing changes in the harmonized European legislation that regulates them. At the same time, realizing our responsibility and the significant progress shown by the IP sector, confirmed by the European Commission, we are determined to make maximum effort to bring Ukraine closer to the goal of becoming a full member of the European family»,- said Olena Orliuk, IP Office Director.




    For reference:


    Explanatory meetings are sessions within the official screening process, during which experts from the European Commission explain chapter by chapter what the EU acquis (EU law) is in terms of legislative harmonization and proper administrative capacity. The explanatory sessions for all negotiated chapters will last until the end of May 2024.




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