Intellectual Property and Media Law

One of the Oldest Treaties for Ukraine

The Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property of 1883 (the Paris Convention) became the first fundamental international treaty in the sphere of intellectual property which is currently valid.

The history of the Paris Convention starts from 1873. After the invitation of the other countries to take part in the international invention exhibition in 1873, the government of Austria-Hungary encountered an unexpected difficulty. Many foreigners refused to show their inventions being concerned of the lack of relevant legal protection for their intellectual property. 

Trying to solve this problem resulted in, firstly, adoption of the special Austria-Hungarian law set forth the temporary protection of the rights of all foreign participants of the exhibition with respect to their inventions, trademarks and industrial designs and, secondly, convening the international Congress of Vienna for Patent Reform, which took place the same year and launched the process of formation of the international rules for industrial property regulation. This process was officially finished only in 1883 when the final approval and signing of the Paris Convention were made. 

The Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property of 1883 became valid for Ukraine on December 25, 1991. This international treaty is one of the oldest valid treaties for Ukraine. Totally, as of the beginning of 2013, there were 174 member countries of the Paris Convention.