Steps Taken To Harmonise The Departmentís Legislations With The European Union

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

1) Amendment of the Copyright Law was voted on 7/5/93 Law 18(1) of 1993.

2) The Berne Convention for the International Protection of Literary and Artistic Works, (Act of Paris 1971) Law 86/79.

3) Universal Copyright Convention as revised in Paris on 24 July 1971 was voted on 27/9/1990.

4) European Convention relating to Questions on Copyright Law and Neighbouring Rights in the Framework of Transfrontier Broadcasting by Satellite Law N. 29(III)/95.

5) The Rome Convention for the protection of Performers, Producers of Phonograms and Broadcasting Organisations has been enacted by Ratifying Law 14(III)/1999 and is in force as from the 15/10/1999.

6) The Geneva Convention for the Protection of Producers of Phonograms Against Unauthorised Duplication of Their Phonograms was ratified on 30/4/92, Law N. 21(III)/92.

7) New legislation on the protection of Geographical Indications and Appellations of Origin and Indications of Source for the protection of Geographical Names has been proposed, together with a separate proposal for the ratification of the Lisbon Agreement concerning the protection of Appellations of Origin and their International Registration.

The proposed legislation has been sent to the Attorney-General for consideration and is at its final stage.

8) The Trade Marks Law was amended on 9/11/90 to extend the protection to service marks Law No. 206 of 1990.

9) Law which ratifies the 1994 Trademark Law Treaty N. 12(III)/96, 18/10/96.

10) Law which ratifies the final act of the Uruguay Round L. 16(III)/95 dated 30/6/95 (TRIPS).

11) The International Convention of Paris for the Protection of Industrial Property (Ratification) Law 63/1965 and Law 66/83.

12) There is a new Patent Law under No. 16(1) of 1998 which has been in force since 1/4/98 and a recent amendment under No. 21(1) of 1999 which has been in force since 19/3/99.

13) The Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks and the Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks have been translated into Greek, approved by the Attorney General and have been sent to the interested parties for their views.

14) Cyprus is also proceeding with the ratification of the International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (U.P.O.V.) together with a new national legislation on this subject. We will proceed with a translation in Greek and modification of the Model legislation which was offered to us by W.I.P.O.

15) We have also prepared a new draft bill on the Protection of Industrial Designs based on a model law prepared by WIPO which is now pending before a special committee for its views.

16) The Convention Establishing the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Law 36/84.

17) European Agreement Concerning Programme Exchanges by Means of Television Films (1958) Law 83 of 1969, 23/9/69.

18) European Agreement for the Prevention of Broadcasts Transmitted from Stations Outside National Territories (1965) Law 36 of 1971, 9/7/71.

COMPANY LAW

19) Amendment of the Companies Law has been drafted and the relevant professional bodies were invited for their views.

20) The European Convention on Insider Trading was ratified by the Republic on 18/6/1993, Law N. 16(III)/93.

 
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