At the end of January 2015 a study visit of representatives of the State Intellectual Service of Ukraine and of the SE “Ukrainian Industrial Property Institute” took place to the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office (Madrid) and to the Office for Harmonization of Internal Market (Alicante).
The activity took place in the framework of the Twinning Project “Strengthening the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights in Ukraine”.
During the study visit, the Ukrainian delegation was informed about the prerequisites and modern aspects of the Spanish protection and enforcement system for intellectual property rights. European experts presented the information of the functioning of the platforms for international cooperation in the above-mentioned field, briefly talked about the case law in the intellectual property lawsuits in Spain, described the concrete mechanisms to prevent the IPR infringements.
Among other subjects, it was foreseen to study the Spanish institutional coordination system; to analyze the activities of the intergovernmental commission against IPR-infringements; to get introduced with the specificities of the working groups for legislation, statistics, sensibilisation, etc.
A special focus was made to the issues related with the transposition of the Directive 2004/48/EC to the Spanish legislation. The delegation was informed about the work of the register service, information service, organizational chart and functioning of different departments of the Office, different data bases for industrial property objects, tools of the European Trademark and Design Network, quality control system. The Observatory on infringement of industrial property rights was presented in details.
The participation in the present activity permitted to the Ukrainian delegation to present their national system of the IPR protection at the international level, study the international experience and the modern trends in the field of the IPR protection. It will for sure contribute to the further strengthening of the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights in Ukraine according with the highest standards, applied by the leading patent offices in the world.