On 14 May this year, the State Agency on Intellectual Property (AGEPI) participated together with other public authorities in the country in the celebration of Europe Day 2016, in the framework of the European Village organized in Chisinau, in the Public Garden “Stefan cel Mare”.
The event was organized by the European Union Delegation to Moldova.
In the framework of the European Village, AGEPI participated with a stand where were presented local products with geographical indications and appellations of origin from the Republic of Moldova.
Thus, dozens of European Village visitors tasted and bought Popeasca cheese, Rose petal jam of Calarasi, Herbal teas of Zabriceni, Apricot brandy of Nimoreni and Gooseberry of Marinici.
AGEPI stand was visited by the President of the Republic of Moldova, Nicolae Timofti, Pirkka Tapiola, Head of EU Delegation in Moldova, Pavel Filip, Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova and Andrian Candu, Chairman of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova.
On this occasion, AGEPI Director General, Octavian Apostol, gave the officials a basket of local products with geographical indications and appellations of origin each.
The officials appreciated the efforts of AGEPI in promoting products made in Moldova.
A highlight of visitors was NAO bot, but also some creative works and inventions of pupils awarded by AGEPI, in the framework of the contest Best Innovative Pupil “Genius”, ninth edition.
Also, at the tent of the State Agency on Intellectual Property, AGEPI specialists familiarized visitors with the institution’s activities, spread information and promotional materials developed by the Agency with the support of European partners and provided information about the projects implemented by AGEPI, with EU assistance.
At the same time, at the AGEPI stand was promoted the system of validation of European patents in the Republic of Moldova, following the entry into force on 1 November 2015 of the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Moldova and the European Patent Organization on Validation of European Patents, signed in Munich in October 2013.
Thus, according to the Agreement, as of 1 November 2015, foreign applicants can validate their European patent applications and European patents in our country, they benefiting from the same rights and legal protection as the national patents issued in the Republic of Moldova.
AGEPI, as a public institution responsible for the promotion of Republic of Moldova’s interests in the international organizations in the field, has as main objective the integration of the national intellectual property system into the international and European one.
Upon entry of the Republic of Moldova into the family of European states, AGEPI will be fully integrated into the European system of intellectual property, ensuring an effective level of protection of intellectual property rights similar to the European one.
We remind that on 11 April this year, AGEPI Director General, Octavian Apostol, signed, on behalf of the Republic of Moldova, at the headquarters of WIPO, the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement for the International Registration of Appellations of Origin and Geographical Indications, adopted on May 20, 2015. The signing of this Act will facilitate international registration of geographical indications.