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Round Table Discussions

IPRC, in cooperation with the Ministry of Justice of Armenia, held a Round Table Discussion on RA Civil Code, Chapter 10 (Intellectual Property). Participants discussed the importance and efficiency of more than ninety intellectual property (IP) provisions of the Armenian Civil Code. The roundtable was attended by the Deputy Minister of Justice Mr. Aram Orbelyan, the Advisor to the Minister of Justice and the Chair of the Law Department of the French University in Armenia Mrs. Nora Sargsyan, as well as representatives from the Ministry of Economy of Armenia; the Armenian Intellectual Property Agency (Patent and Trademark Office), local law firms and various private companies and organizations.

Participants noted that the majority of the Chapter 10 provisions of the Civil Code are reiterated in various laws regulating different fields of IP, in Armenia (e.g. "Trademark Law," "Law on Copyright and Related Rights," "Law on inventions, utility models and industrial designs," etc.). Based on their experience and the international best practices, participants noted that reiteration of the same or similar provisions in laws with different degrees of power may not only be inefficient but also cause various problems in the phase of enforcement.

Due to many repetitions of similar provisions, amendments of IP provisions made in separate laws, usually, automatically, require amendments in the Civil Code, and vice versa. As a result, it usually creates unjustified double work and, many times, unforeseen contradictions between provisions of the Civil Code and various IP laws which are usually revealed in the phase of enforcement.

Based on the foregoing and considering various other issues participants proposed to significantly reduce the number of IP provisions of the current Civil Code. Many participants expressed their interest in and willingness to assist with developing a draft law proposing amendments in the Chapter 10 of the Civil Code.

Venue: American University of Armenia, 40 Baghramyan Ave.

Day: March 06, 2014



Aram Orbelyan – Deputy Minister of Justice (lawyer, lecturer)
Nora Sargsyan – Advisor to the Minister of Justice (lawyer, lecturer)
Ani Obosyan – Representative from the Ministry of Economy
Ara Abgaryan – Representative from the Armenian Patent and Trademark Office (lawyer)
Susanna Nersisyan – Director of Armauthor NGO, the only Armenian Authors' Rights Society (lawyer, lecturer)
Karine Petrosyan – Representative from Armauthor NGO (lawyer)
Sarkis Knyazyan – Representative from IPRC (patent attorney, lawyer, lecturer)
Garen Manukyan – Executive Director of IPRC (lawyer)
Narine Mkrchyan – Representative from BSA (lawyer)
Vahagn Petrosyan – Patent Attorney
Nazeli Tovmasyan – Representative from ELL Law Firm (lawyer)
Susanna Grigoryan – Representative from Knyazyan & Partners IP Law Firm
Maria Abrahamyan – Specialist from USAID Finance for Economic Development Project (lawyer)
Arman Poghosyan – Director of Instigate CJSC (software developer)

Within the frames of its “Public Initiatives based Legislative Reforms" project (PILR), IPRC held a round table discussion on RA Civil Code, Chapter 10 (Intellectual Property).

Discussion Questions:

What is the purpose of having about 100 articles on Intellectual Property rights in the Armenian Civil Code, if they are almost entirely repeated in the Armenian laws on copyright and related rights, trademarks, patents, etc? What are the advantages or disadvantages?

Venue: American University of Armenia, Room #315

Address: 40 Baghramyan Ave., Yerevan, Armenia Date/Time: March 6, 2014, at 4:00 PM

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