Law on State Agency on Intellectual Property entered into force

10/03/2014

The law establishes the legal framework, legal statute, principles and directions of activity, functions, tasks, rights and obligations of AGEPI, organization of the activity within it, funding and financial-economic activity, as well as basic activities in the field of intellectual property.

In accordance with the law specified AGEPI is a public institution subordinated to the Government, responsible for the promotion and implementation of activities in the field of legal protection of intellectual property, which has, under the law, own balance, autonomous budget and operates on principles of self-administration and self-financing.

The Law contains seven chapters, in which are laid down the general provisions on national intellectual property office (AGEPI) and its statute, basic activities in the field of intellectual property, extrajudicial settlement of disputes in the field of intellectual property (through the Board of Appeals, Mediation Board and specialized Arbitration in the field of intellectual property), evaluation of intellectual property objects and representation in the field of intellectual property.

It should be mentioned the fact that the first chapter provides a new aspect for the national legislation, namely, general rules relating to intellectual property and intellectual property objects.

A separate chapter of the Law is devoted to the basic activities in the field of intellectual property, which is the activity of examination, information and search, promotion and dissemination of information, editorial-polygraphic, education and training activity in the field of intellectual property.

Also, by Law were established general rules on the professional activity of patent attorneys and evaluators of intellectual property objects, their rights and obligations, liability and cases where their activities may be suspended or terminated.

Law no. 114 of 07.03.2014 was published in the Official Gazette no. 282-289 / 600 of 09/26/2014 and may be consulted on website: http://lex.justice.md/.