Armenian companies to retain right to duplicate trademarks after joining Customs Union

Armenian companies to retain right to duplicate trademarks after joining Customs Union

YEREVAN, February 21. /ARKA/. Armenia’s economic entities will retain their right to duplicate trademarks within CIS after joining the Customs Union, said Andranik Khachikyan, Deputy Head of Intellectual Property Agency, Armenia’s Ministry of Economy.  

Contrary to popular belief, former Soviet trademarks registered by various economic entities in different CIS countries will not lead to complications in exporting Armenian products, he said.

In fact, the right to a trademark has a territorial limitation and is valid in the country of its legal registration. No problem occurs if a certain Armenian trademark registered in Armenia is repeated in a trademark registered by a Russian economic entity in the territory of Russia. But permission should be obtained from the Russian entity in the event of exporting that particular Armenian product to Russia, the deputy head said.

Khachikyan emphasized all these rules will continue to be valid when Armenia joins the Customs Union.

Armenia made a statement about its intention to join the Customs Union in September 2013 and signed the roadmap for accession in Moscow on December 24. –0—

14:23 21.02.2014

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