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Intellectual Property Rights

20 June 2014
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On 16 June the closing ceremony of the EU Twinning project “Strengthening the Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights in Armenia” took place in Yerevan at the Best Western Congress Hotel. This project was launched in February 2012 and was implemented by the Danish Patent and Trademark Office and the European Public Law Centre.

Resident Twinning Adviser Janne Wellendorf stated: ‘We had a lot of challenges here in Armenia; however, I evaluate this project as a success. One of the most important achievements we had is that we gathered an overview of statistical data in Armenia. After 2.5 years of the project we can see that the quality and availability of statistics are improving every year. We created the http://www.aipa.am/hy/piracy/ website where every citizen can find necessary information on intellectual property rights and familiarise themselves with the market’.

The ceremony was opened by Deputy Minister of Economics Garegin Melkonyan: ‘We have always highly appreciated EU-funded Twinning projects as a long-term and in depth support instrument. It gives the opportunity to beneficiary institutions to learn from European experience and ideas and, if necessary, also receive judicial consultation’. He added that there are 3 pending projects in Armenia currently, and that the Armenian government was highly motivated to continue constructive cooperation.

The Head of Cooperation of the EU Delegation, Hoa-Binh Adjemian, evaluated the implementation of the project highly and appreciated the fact that Armenia and the EU had stated their commitment to continue cooperation in areas of mutual interest: ‘The EU’s stance on the protection of intellectual property constitutes a foundation of creativeness and innovation, not only in Europe but all around the world. It is an essential feature for the protection of the consumer and of the competitiveness of small businesses. Intellectual property rights are also a good tool to attract foreign investments, from which Armenia will greatly benefit’.

Susanna Nersisyan, the Director of Armauthor NGO, noted that one of the main goals of the project was to involve young people. Training courses were organised for students from several universities; those who attended the training courses were aimed at raising awareness on intellectual property protection opportunities among youth.

The main objective of the project was to support Armenia in the adoption and implementation of best international practices to strengthen the enforcement of intellectual property rights, as well as contribute to raising awareness among relevant institutions and the general public. Six beneficiary institutions were targeted: the Intellectual Property Agency of Armenia, the Ministry of Justice, the Armenian Police, the Department of Justice, the State Revenue Committee (Customs) and Armauthor NGO. This two-year project was funded by the European Union with a total budget of €1,100,000.

Intellectual Property Rights

On 16 June the closing ceremony of the EU Twinning project “Strengthening the Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights in Armenia” took place in Yerevan at the Best Western Congress Hotel. This project was launched in February 2012 and was implemented by the Danish Patent and Trademark Office and the European Public Law Centre. Resident Twinning Adviser Janne Wellendorf stated: ‘We had a lot of challenges here in Armenia; however, I evaluate this project as a success. One of the most important achievements we had is that we gathered an overview of statistical data in Armenia. After 2.5 years of the project we can see that the quality and availability of statistics are improving every year. We created the http://www.aipa.am/hy/piracy/ website where every citizen can find necessary information on intellectual property rights and familiarise themselves with the market’. The ceremony was opened by Deputy Minister of Economics Garegin Melkonyan: ‘We have always highly appreciated EU-funded Twinning projects as a long-term and in depth support instrument. It gives the opportunity to beneficiary institutions to learn from European experience and ideas and, if necessary, also receive judicial consultation’. He added that there are 3 pending projects in Armenia currently, and that the Armenian government was highly motivated to continue constructive cooperation. The Head of Cooperation of the EU Delegation, Hoa-Binh Adjemian, evaluated the implementation of the project highly and appreciated the fact that Armenia and the EU had stated their commitment to continue cooperation in areas of mutual interest: ‘The EU’s stance on the protection of intellectual property constitutes a foundation of creativeness and innovation, not only in Europe but all around the world. It is an essential feature for the protection of the consumer and of the competitiveness of small businesses. Intellectual property rights are also a good tool to attract foreign investments, from which Armenia will greatly benefit’. Susanna Nersisyan, the Director of Armauthor NGO, noted that one of the main goals of the project was to involve young people. Training courses were organised for students from several universities; those who attended the training courses were aimed at raising awareness on intellectual property protection opportunities among youth. The main objective of the project was to support Armenia in the adoption and implementation of best international practices to strengthen the enforcement of intellectual property rights, as well as contribute to raising awareness among relevant institutions and the general public. Six beneficiary institutions were targeted: the Intellectual Property Agency of Armenia, the Ministry of Justice, the Armenian Police, the Department of Justice, the State Revenue Committee (Customs) and Armauthor NGO. This two-year project was funded by the European Union with a total budget of €1,100,000.