The decision to appoint the State Intellectual Property Service of Ukraine as an International Searching Authority (ISA) and an International Preliminary Examining Authority (IPEA) under the Patent Cooperation Treaty has been made as part of the General Assembly of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the press service of Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Kostiantyn Hryschenko has reported.
Based on this decision, Ukraine signed an agreement on cooperation with the International Bureau of the WIPO, according to the press service. "This achievement helped Ukraine occupy a privileged place among the 19 member states of the organization that have a similar status," Hryschenko said. During his working visit to Geneva (Switzerland) on October 2 Hryschenko met with WIPO Director General Francis Gurry during which he informed him about the successful implementation of the commitments undertaken by Ukraine within WIPO and the country's readiness to strengthen cooperation with the organization in areas important to Ukraine. He also outlined the general features of the system of protection of intellectual property rights in Ukraine, the latest achievements and the country's plans for the future. Gurry, in turn, praised the work of Ukraine and promised that WIPO experts would continue to provide professional support for domestic experts. The sides also discussed some aspects of Ukraine's cooperation with WIPO member states, in particular, in the fight against cybercrime.