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HQCJ Chairman met with the representative of the Queen Mary University of London Technical Assistance Project supported by the UK government to help set up the High IP Court in Ukraine

HQCJ Chairman met with the representative of the Queen Mary University of London Technical Assistance Project supported by the UK government to help set up the High IP Court in Ukraine

On February 28, 2019, the High Qualification Commission of Judges of Ukraine hosted a working meeting of the Commission Chairman Mr. Sergii Koziakov with Professor Ioannis Kokkoris, Executive Director of the Institute for Global Law, Economics and Finance, Manager of the Queen Mary University of London Technical Assistance Project supported by the UK government to help set up the High IP Court in Ukraine.

The main topic of the event was the discussion of training for newly elected judges of the High Court on Intellectual Property, which is planned to be held within the framework of the Project in June this year.

The HQCJ Chairman informed the British specialist on the course of competition to the High Court on Intellectual Property and the Appeal Chamber of this Court. In particular, he said that at present candidates for the positions of judges of the patent court have already passed testing of personal moral and psychological qualities and general skills and are preparing for the last stage of the selection – interviews with the HQCJ Members. The Commission also considered the issue regarding the admission of candidates to the competition for 9 vacant positions of judges of the Appeal Chamber of the High Court on Intellectual Property, announced on October 5, 2018, and appointed the qualification evaluation within the framework of this competition.

The parties discussed the next joint steps for the development of future training, and also agreed on the approximate timing of its conducting.

The representative of the Project noted the importance of judicial reform in Ukraine and assured Project’s readiness to fully contribute to the execution of Commission’s powers during the competition to the High Court on Intellectual Property.

Reference:

The Good Governance Fund of the Department for International Development (DID), Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) of the United Kingdom concluded an agreement with the Centre for Commercial Law Studies of the Queen Mary University of London on the implementation of a technical assistance project in the establishment and functioning of the specialized court on intellectual property in Ukraine (“the Project”). The project was launched on March 1, 2018, and will last for two years.

The Project is aimed at supporting the establishment and functioning of an efficient and high-quality intellectual property court in Ukraine, which in turn will help improve business confidence in the judiciary, create more favorable investment climate in Ukraine and improve business environment which is the driving force of innovation and creativity and will foster overall economic growth and well-being.

The main objectives of the Project are to assess the effectiveness of legislative acts ensuring the establishment of a court on intellectual property and processes for its future functioning as well as to prepare recommendations on the functioning of this court, in particular, based on best international practices of countries where system of judicial protection of intellectual property is developed on a high level; to develop recommendations regarding possible amendments to effective legal acts related to the establishment and functioning of the High Court on Intellectual Property; to organize a training on intellectual property rights for the newly elected judges of the High Court on Intellectual Property; to communicate with Project’s partners, in particular with governmental and judicial institutions, lawyers and business associations, scholars and other users of intellectual property protection system in order to ensure the implementation of the Project’s recommendations and effective functioning of the High Court on Intellectual Property.

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