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Impact of the Upcoming Unified IP System

The upcoming unified Eurasian Economic Union system aims to establish more efficient mechanisms for obtaining protection for trademarks and appellations of origin – but it remains to be seen how it will function.

The Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), a successor to the Eurasian Economic Community, is a regional integration organisation covering over 20 million square kilometres and more than 182 million people. Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev first suggested the idea of creating a Eurasian Union in 1994 and numerous treaties were signed subsequently to establish the trading bloc. Founded in 2000, the EAEU has been operating as a customs union since 2011 and as an economic union since 2015.

On January 1 2015 a treaty entered into force which established a new form of integration within the territory of the former Soviet Union, comprising three member states – Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia. The EAEU expanded to two new countries soon after: Armenia’s accession treaty came into force on January 2 2015, while Kyrgyzstan’s accession took place on August 6 2015. The main goal of the union is to establish a single market permitting the free movement of...

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