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Intellectual property in Belarus

Intellectual Property

National Organisations
After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Belarus accepted to become a member of the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization). Belarus is also a member of the Paris Convention, Madrid Arrangement, and also PCT (Patent Co-operation treaty). But there are still forgeries and piracy, and copies of CDs and videotapes are found in the country in spite of the existence of laws. The US-Belarusian agreement contains a certain clause pertaining to the protection of intellectual property.
At the beginning of the year 1996, the Eurasian Patent Convention came into force. The members of this convention dealing with patents are: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldavia, Russia, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan. This convention covers inventions and industrial drawings and designs. Inventions are covered for a period of 20 years after registration and industrial drawings and designs for a period of 10 years.
Regional Organisations
Eurasian Patent Convention
International Membership
Member of the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization)
Signatory to the Paris Convention For the Protection of Intellectual Property
Membership to the TRIPS agreement - Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS)
 

National Regulation and International Agreements

 
Type of property and law Validity International Agreements Signed
Patent
 
Law No. 160-Z on Patents for Inventions, Utility Models and Industrial Designs December 16, 2002 (as amended up to December 22, 2011)
20 years, renewable for a period not exceeding five years
Trademark
 
Law on trademarks and services from February 5, 1993 (as amended up to July 9 2012)
10 years, renewable for consecutive periods of 10 years Trademark Law Treaty
Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks
Design
 
Law No. 160-Z on Patents for Inventions, Utility Models and Industrial Designs December 16, 2002 (as amended up to December 22, 2011)
10 years, renewable for a period not exceeding five years  
Copyright
 
Law of the Republic of Belarus No. 262-3 of May 17 2011, on Copyright and Related Rights
During the author's life and 50 years after his death Berne convention For the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works
Rome ConventionFor the Protection of Performers, Producers of Phonograms and Broadcasting Organizations
WIPO Copyright Treaty
WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty
Industrial Models
 
Law No. 160-Z on Patents for Inventions, Utility Models and Industrial Designs December 16, 2002 (as amended up to December 22, 2011)
20 years, renewable once for five years  

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