A two-day meeting of representatives of the European Union and the Ukrainian intellectual property community “Creating Today a Sustainable IP Platform for Tomorrow” is underway in Kyiv.
In his address, the Deputy Head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine, Rémi Duflot, noted Ukraine’s progress on the way to the European Union. Particularly, he pointed out the concrete steps taken in the field of intellectual property. This is to be included in a special report from the European Commission, which is expected in early November, as a separate section.
“This brings us to a new level of cooperation and the ambition of our reforms. I am also glad that Ukraine systematically implements this agenda,” said the Deputy Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine.
According to Rémi Duflot, intellectual property is an important element of Ukraine’s economic development despite the war:
“I am saddened by the consequences that Russia is causing by waging war against Ukraine, the damage and harm it is causing – particularly to creative industries. At the same time, the war shows the intellectual property in a new light; now it is considered as a very important element of rebuilding Ukraine, attracting a sufficient number of investments and creating a predictable stable environment that investors are currently looking for.”
Mr Duflot noted Ukraine’s progress towards EU integration in the field of IP and expressed hope that the current meeting would add objectivity to this process:
“I hope that within two days we will have a lot of productive decisions and that the resulting road map is to bring Ukraine into the intellectual property family of Europe through the exchange of experience, knowledge, and best practices.”
On 23-24 October 2023, representatives of the European Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and representatives of European IP offices of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, and Moldova visited Kyiv. Among the priorities of the meetings was the discussion of the needs of the IP community of Ukraine and the definition of short-term priorities necessary for Ukraine’s accession to the EU.
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