The U.S. chamber of Commerce introduced the fifth edition of the international Index of level of protection of intellectual property, according to which Ukraine has improved its international Index of level of protection of intellectual property, however, remains among the countries with the high level of counterfeiting and piracy. About this UKRINFORM reported in the American chamber of Commerce in Ukraine.
«It is sad to realize that in this ranking, Ukraine was among the countries with the highest levels of counterfeiting and piracy worldwide. The American chamber of Commerce in Ukraine will continue to contribute to the development of a comprehensive legal and institutional framework related to the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights, and the promotion of innovation and creativity in Ukraine», — said the President of the American chamber of Commerce in Ukraine Andriy Hunder.
At the same time, the results of this study, the overall assessment of Ukraine increased slightly, from 39% of the total possible score in the fourth edition (with a score of 11.55 30) to 40% (14,06 out of 35) in the fifth edition. According to a study by the US chamber of Commerce, this reflects a small, but nevertheless positive developments in such areas as the protection of patents, the fight against online piracy, the right and balanced approach in respect of the application of exceptions to copyright, trademarks protection.
Among the strengths noted work on bringing the legislation in the field of IP in line with EU standards and steps towards implementation of Deep and comprehensive free trade area between Ukraine and the EU; improve the protection of patents in court.
However, the key now is to continue working on strengthening copyright protection in the context of improving the interaction of the responsible persons in the sphere of combating online piracy and balanced approach to the application of exceptions to copyright, as well as Ukraine’s commitments within international agreements concerning intellectual property.
«This rating means that in Ukraine there is a General understanding of the importance and urgency of solving the existing problems in the sphere of intellectual property protection, but there remains great scope for further improvement,» commented the figures in the American chamber of Commerce in Ukraine.
We will remind, in may 2015, US trade representative published a «List of 301», in which Ukraine was included in the list of the countries — infringers of intellectual property rights into the category of Priority Watch List, along with 12 other States. In the document U.S. urged Ukraine to effective measures for the legalization of software in state agencies. This problem, along with the nontransparent administration of royalty collecting and inefficient suppression of spreading «pirated» content resources, the United States called main.
Ukraine has received the status of «pirate» countries in 2013, but sanctions it was not applied because of the complicated political situation.
In 2016, Ukraine has begun active struggle with the online casinos and pirate torrents.
USA: Ukraine continues to have the highest level of «piracy» 10.02.2017