IPR Policy Advocacy: CIPR’s public policy and communications professionals advocate for international standard IPR laws, regulations and enforcement practices in Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan, and other countries of the region. We work closely with CIPR corporate members and associate members to communicate unified messages on IPR issues to government policy makers and IP stakeholders in industry, consumer organizations and media.

IPR Awareness: CIPR collaborates with business and IPR organizations to educate rights holders and the general public on the importance of IPR to the growth of the economy, public health and to enriching our culture. CIPR has co-sponsored a range of IP awareness raising events on product counterfeiting, parallel imports, the Customs Union (Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan), counterfeit medicines, border protections, and several other top of mind IPR issues.

CIPR’s co-sponsors have included the U.S.-Russia Business Council, International Trademark Association, Interpol, World Intellectual Property Organization, World Customs Organization, Association of International Pharmaceutical Manufacturers, RF Federal Service for Intellectual Property (Rospatent), Ukrainian Institute for Industrial Property, National Institute of Intellectual Property (Kazpatent), and the American Chambers of Commerce in Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan, among several others.

Public Diplomacy and Relationship Building: CIPR strongly believes in the importance of relationship building between government officials and rights holders in developing good policies and laws. We have proactively developed relationships between government officials in Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan and other countries in the region with their counterparts in the U.S. and relationships with rights holders conducting business in Eurasia. CIPR has sponsored several delegations of legislators, judges and law enforcement officials for meetings in Washington, DC, London, Moscow, Kyiv and Almaty, among other locations. For example, in 2011, CIPR brought a high level delegation of Russian law enforcement officials to Washington, DC for meetings to discuss cooperation on IP crime with senior officials in the U.S. Administration, U.S. Congress and federal IPR law enforcement community. In 2013, CIPR is collaborating with the U.S. PTO on a proposed U.S.-Russia judicial exchange program to bring Russian and American judges together for consultations on IPR judicial issues.

Assist Members with Specific IP Issues: CIPR acts as an umbrella organization to address IP issues affecting our members and the broader IP rights holder community. We also help CIPR members resolve specific IP issues in the region. CIPR uses its wide network of government contacts to have substantive discussions on complex IP issues and to find solutions to contentious issues that are in line with international laws and standards.