On 22 December 2022, the EU-Georgia Intellectual Property Project (EUGIPP) steering committee approved its 2023 annual work plan.
The EUGIPP’s main beneficiary is the National Intellectual Property Center of Georgia (Sakpatenti). The project’s fourth annual work plan follows from the activities that took place in 2022. It takes into account additional consultations with relevant stakeholders.
The 2023 activities are divided into three expected results.
- Result 1: to strengthen IP institutions, networks and relevant staff for an efficient IP rights system in Georgia. The work plan includes finalising trade mark guidelines, organising a training course for Sakpatenti staff, developing IP pre-diagnostic services at the Sakpatenti training centre and business association support in geographical indications.
- Result 2: to contribute to the modernisation, transparency and fair implementation of IP policies and enforcement in Georgia. Activities will build on previous work plans and include further assessment on copyright legislation, a seminar on the codification and standardisation of the Sakpatenti Chamber of Appeals, as well as activities to strengthen Georgia’s IP enforcement network.
- Result 3: to increase awareness on the benefits of a comprehensive IP rights system among opinion makers and specific segments of the Georgian people, the EUGIPP will continue to support events focused on creativity and IP in schools. The project will also finalise a study on the economic benefits of IP in Georgia. Finally, this work package will set up a policy-level project closing event to promote the project outcomes.
The EUGIPP officially started on 1 January 2020 and will close in June 2023.