WIPO held a seminar on the international registration of industrial designs in Ashgabat

WIPO held a seminar on the international registration of industrial designs in Ashgabat

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), in collaboration with its counterparts from Turkmenistan, and the State Intellectual Property Service of the Ministry of Finance and Economy, held a national seminar on the protection of industrial designs.

WIPO, as one of the UN specialized agencies responsible for intellectual property issues, through its programs and activities contributes to the development of national systems for the protection of intellectual property, the development and promotion of innovation. Turkmenistan became a member of this organization in 1995.

“From the first days of the creation of a national intellectual property system, Turkmenistan and WIPO established close cooperation in the field of the protection and use of intellectual property. One of the forms of our interaction is annual national and regional seminars for employees of various state institutions and private structures of Turkmenistan,” said Ata Annaniyazov, head of the State Intellectual Property Service of Turkmenistan.

The current event brought together specialists from ministries and departments, the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, university professors. Among the main topics of the seminar are the correct execution of applications for industrial designs, their legal registration.

Mikhail Faleev, Senior Information Adviser, told the audience about WIPO’s opportunities for promoting national industrial designs at the international level.

Recommendations were also voiced based on the experience of leading economically developed countries.

Mikhail Faleev noted that the long-term cooperation with the Turkmen colleagues is very fruitful, however, as in any business, there are always untapped reserves and the potential for further development and deepening of cooperation.

The national intellectual property system of Turkmenistan began to function in 1993. Currently, state regulation in the field of protection of intellectual property is carried out by the State Intellectual Property Service of the Ministry of Finance and Economy of Turkmenistan established in 2013.

Regulating the property and non-property relations arising in the field of the legal protection of industrial property objects, this Service plays an important role in the development of a strong and stable economy of the country.

Currently, work is continuing in Turkmenistan to improve legislation in this area with the implementation of international law. In 2017, the “Law on the Protection of Industrial Designs” was adopted, prepared with the participation of WIPO experts. The country is implementing the Program for the Development of the Intellectual Property System of Turkmenistan for 2015-2020.

During the period of existence of the national intellectual property system, significant steps have been made in the field of international cooperation, which allowed Turkmenistan to integrate into the international intellectual property system.

The national workshop will last two days. WIPO experts will also make a working visit to the State Intellectual Property Service of Turkmenistan.

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The World Intellectual Property Organization, whose members include 184 states, was established in 1893 through the merger of two Bureaux that served as the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property and the Bern Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works. Thus, the United International Bureau for the Protection of Intellectual Property was formed. 74 years later, this structure was reorganized into the World Intellectual Property Organization with headquarters in Geneva. And seven years later, in 1974, it gained the status of a specialized agency of the United Nations.