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Intellectual Property protection awaiting reform

3 August 2011

Intelectual Property protection“Society should be able to protect its intellectual rights… The time for serious reform in this sphere has come.” These were the words with which the Secretary of the National Security Council of Armenia, Arthur Baghdasaryan, opened the first seminar on the protection of intellectual property and free trade in Armenia. Organised jointly by the EU Advisory Group and the National Security Council, the seminar concentrated on solutions to persisting problems in the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) field and EU practices.
The need for further reform in this area in Armenia is evident. The country has not yet met its Partnership and Cooperation Agreement obligations to provide adequate protection of IPR at EU levels. Problems include difficult implementation and weak enforcement, as well as a high level of counterfeiting and piracy activities.
Today Armenia faces a perspective to start negotiating a possible Free Trade Agreement with the EU when necessary conditions are met. Intellectual Property Rights are among the major priority reforms which Armenia should implement to progress to the next level.

Intellectual Property protection awaiting reform

Intelectual Property protection"Society should be able to protect its intellectual rights… The time for serious reform in this sphere has come." These were the words with which the Secretary of the National Security Council of Armenia, Arthur Baghdasaryan, opened the first seminar on the protection of intellectual property and free trade in Armenia. Organised jointly by the EU Advisory Group and the National Security Council, the seminar concentrated on solutions to persisting problems in the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) field and EU practices. The need for further reform in this area in Armenia is evident. The country has not yet met its Partnership and Cooperation Agreement obligations to provide adequate protection of IPR at EU levels. Problems include difficult implementation and weak enforcement, as well as a high level of counterfeiting and piracy activities. Today Armenia faces a perspective to start negotiating a possible Free Trade Agreement with the EU when necessary conditions are met. Intellectual Property Rights are among the major priority reforms which Armenia should implement to progress to the next level.