MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING
THE STATE COMMITTEE ON STANDARDIZATION, METROLOGY AND PATENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF AZERBAIJAN
THE KOREAN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OFFICE OF THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA
The State Committee on Standardization, Metrology and Patent of the Republic of Azerbaijan (“AzStand”) and the Korean Intellectual Property Office of the Republic of Korea (“KIPO”), hereinafter referred to as the “Sides”;
Desiring to strengthen the traditionally good relations between the Sides;
Recognizing the importance of intellectual property in promoting strong national and global economies, encouraging investment in innovation, and fostering entrepreneurial spirit; and
Appreciating the importance of an automation system in the creation, protection and commercialization of intellectual property;
Have reached the following understanding:
1.1. The objective of this Memorandum of Understanding (“MoU”) is to develop and operate an intellectual property automation system in the Republic of Azerbaijan and to establish a flexible and wide-ranging framework for technical cooperation on the development and management of the system.
1.2. The Sides will strategically cooperate, with a long-term vision, to raise public awareness of intellectual property in the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
2. Areas of interest
2.1Areas of cooperation under this MoU may include:
2.1.1Operation and development of the Intellectual Property Automation System
a) Sharing information technology and expert know-how for the development of the intellectual property automation system in the Republic of Azerbaijan;
b) Sharing information technology and expert know-how for the operation of the intellectual property automation system in the Republic of Azerbaijan;
c) Improving the legal environment associated with the development of the intellectual property automation system in the Republic of Azerbaijan.
2.1.2. Streamlining of Activities in the field of the Intellectual Property
a) Elaborating educational programs for the people of the Republic of Azerbaijan in order to facilitate the electronic filing of intellectual property applications by dispatching personnel from the KIPO to Committee;
b) Elaborating educational programs for personnel of AzStand in using the intellectual property automation system by dispatching personnel from Committee to KIPO.
2.1.3. Any other cooperative activities as may be agreed on by the Sides
3.1.The Sides will establish a working group which will be in charge of the implementation of this MoU. The working group will consist of experts from the fields of intellectual property and automation system.
3.2 The Sides will share information and exchange views through the working group, and if necessary, dispatch experts to the other Side for the purpose of implementing this MoU.
The activities carried out under this MoU will be carried out subject to the availability of existing funds and personnel, each Side bearing its own costs incurred in the course of carrying out cooperative activities.
5. Dispute settlement
Any differences arising from the interpretation of implementation of this MoU will be resolved through consultations between the Sides.
6. Entry into effect, amendment and termination
6.1. This MoU shall enter into force upon the date of receipt through diplomatic channels of the last written notification on completion of the intergovernmental procedures in the Republic of Azerbaijan.
6.2. Changes and amendments may be made to this MoU in the form of separate protocols, with mutual consents of the Parties and to be enforceable as provided in paragraph 6.1 of the MoU, being its integral part.
6.3. This MoU will remain in effect for five years and may be renewed for a successive five-year period as determined by mutual written consent of the Sides. Either Side may at any time choose to terminate this MoU by giving the other Side a written notice six months in advance of its intention to do so. Any such termination will be without prejudice to any ongoing cooperative activities under this MoU, unless otherwise jointly decided by the Sides.
Signed in duplicate at Baku on June 20, 2014 and at Daejeon on June 27, 2014 in Azerbaijani, Korean, and English languages, all texts being equally authentic. In case of any divergence of interpretation, the English text shall prevail.
For the State Committee on Standardization, Metrology and Patent of the Republic of Azerbaijan
For the Korean Intellectual Property Office of the Republic of Korea