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EU calls Ukraine to bring intellectual property rights into line

September 28, 2016

Ukraine has failed to bring its intellectual property laws in compliance with the Association Agreement signed with the European Union, according to the Conclusions of the 14th EU-Ukraine IPR Dialogue issued on 27 September. Ukraine has to implement all its international obligations under the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA) urgently, the EU warned, in particular the ones related to intellectual property rights and their enforcement, if it is to be fully integrated into the word trade system and continue to attract foreign investment.


The DCFTA includes an ambitious chapter on intellectual property rights (IPR) aimed at regulatory approximation with the EU acquis and enforcement practices. “However, Ukraine has not brought its IP laws in compliance with the Association Agreement. The current situation regarding collective management organisations causes damage to the legitimate interests of thousands of local and international rightholders,” the EU said.


“The Ukrainian legislation does not include adequate provisions ensuring effective enforcement of IPR rights; they are particularly unfit for enforcement in the digital environment,” the press release added.  (EU Neighbourhood Info)


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Conclusions of the 14th EU-Ukraine IPR Dialogue


DCFTA Ukraine webpage


More information on Bilateral interactions with Ukraine .


EU Delegation - Ukraine


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