Cooperation with Certain Countries in Europe and Asia
The principal difficulties of the countries covered by the present Program reflect insufficient knowledge and awareness concerning the commercialization and use of IPRs, and the lack of modern technical means for storing and accessing industrial property information. There is a need for seminars and other training activities for entrepreneurs, managers, researchers, patent attorneys, industrial property officers, and copyright experts to overcome the difficulties outlined above.
A number of countries covered by this Program are members of the World Trade Organization and many have applied to join. For WTO members, legislation is generally due to be in compliance with the Agreement by January 1, 2000. The general trend toward alignment with the TRIPS standards has created a growing demand for WIPO’s assistance in the revision of intellectual property laws and the establishment of an appropriate system for the effective enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPRs). Also, some of the countries are not yet party to treaties administered by WIPO, necessitating promotion activities.
Further efforts seem necessary in the establishment and development of institutions for the administration and management of rights, particularly in the field of copyright and related rights. Cooperation should be strengthened not only with the countries concerned, but also with regional organizations.
Contribute to the adaptation of the intellectual property laws of the countries concerned to the WIPO-administered treaties and the TRIPS Agreement.
Establish and develop or strengthen institutions dealing with the administration and enforcement of intellectual property rights by training officials of the relevant administrations, of the customs and police and the judiciary, bearing in mind the fight against piracy and counterfeiting.
Promote accession of all the countries covered by the program to the PCT, the Madrid system, the TLT, the Budapest Treaty, the classification agreements, and further accession to the Berne Convention, as well as the ratification of, or accession to, the WIPO Copyright Treaty (WCT) and the WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty (WPPT).
Cooperate with the Interstate Council for the Protection of Industrial Property of the CIS countries, with the Eurasian Patent Organization and with the Standing Commission of the Interparliamentary Assembly of the CIS countries.
Modernization of the Intellectual Property System and Implementation of the TRIPS Agreement