A two-day seminar on the legal protection of industrial designs, organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) with the support of the Ministry of Finance and Economy of Turkmenistan, concluded its work in Ashgabat on Thursday.
Representatives of the ministries and agencies of Turkmenistan, the country's business sector, and journalists were invited to the forum held at the Archabil hotel in Ashgabat. Mikhail Faleev, Senior Adviser on Information, took part in the forum as an international expert from WIPO.
The World Intellectual Property Organization is a United Nations agency dedicated to the use of intellectual property (patents, copyright, trademarks, designs, etc.) as a means of stimulating innovation and creativity in science and economics.
The national intellectual property system of Turkmenistan started to function in 1993. Turkmenistan joined WIPO in 1995 by acceding to the relevant Convention, and to the Hague System for the International Registration of Industrial Designs in 2016.
The implementation of the Program for the Development of the Intellectual Property System of Turkmenistan for 2015-2020 started in August 2015.
Turkmenistan currently carries out activities to improve legislation in this area in order to bring it into compliance with international law. Thanks to cooperation with WIPO, the Law of Turkmenistan “On the Protection of Industrial Designs” was adopted in 2017.
State regulation in the field of protection of intellectual property is currently carried out by the State Intellectual Property Service of the Ministry of Finance and Economy of Turkmenistan.