CiSEP trainings on Intellectual Property Rights in Ukraine concluded

The fourth seminar dedicated to the DCFTA Chapter 9 “Intel­lectual Property” of the EU-Ukraine Associ­ation Agreement took place end of March in Chernihiv. 19 fellows success­fully graduated from the training series imple­mented by the Institute for European Politics within the Civic School for Sound EU Practice (CiSEP).

Between 26 and 28 March the Capacity Devel­opment Team of the Institute for European Politics together with local partner organi­zation Polissya Foundation for Inter­na­tional and Regional Studies imple­mented in Chernihiv the fourth and last of the CiSEP Level B (special­ization) trainings on Intel­lectual Property Rights (IPR). Previous trainings took place in December, January and February in Kyiv and Chernihiv.

Within the program, a group of Ukrainian civil society repre­sen­ta­tives with different profes­sional backgrounds (l         awyers, scien­tists and journalists among them) studied the provi­sions of Chapter 9 “Intel­lectual Property” of the Deep and Compre­hensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA), part of the EU-Ukraine Associ­ation Agreement. Apart from the documents’ provi­sions, the trainings concen­trated on EU acquis on IPR, state of Ukrainian intel­lectual property system and main challenges on the way of Chapter 9 implementation.

Using the Project Cycle Management method­ology (problem and objective trees) thorough the training cycle CiSEP fellows identified two main areas of Ukraine’s IPR system which need further improvement: public awareness as well as enforcement of Intel­lectual Property Rights. Experts from EU trained them on designing effective public awareness campaigns and discus­sions with repre­sen­ta­tives of Ukrainian enforcement agencies helped to narrow down the areas needing action from the civil society. In the seminar in March they also learned on practical cases how to identify counter­feited products.

The training cycle ended with an exam. 19 successful alumni of the program will take part in the study trip to the EU in the beginning of June in order to learn more about the blocque’s acquis in the IPR field and learn about the work of relevant EU stake­holders in the field.

The Civic School for Sound EU Practice (CiSEP) is a training programme for active citizens and change-makers in Ukraine. It creates a network of Associ­ation Agreement specialists with the common goal of enhancing Ukraine’s European integration. CiSEP is kindly supported by the Federal Foreign Office.