The US calls on Turkmenistan’s authorities to use licensed software

Special 301 Report published by the Office of the US Trade Representative reports that Turkmenistan is widely violating intellectual property rights.

It is reported that Turkmenistan has yet to issue a presidential-level decree, law, or regulation mandating the use of licensed software by government ministries and agencies and has yet to provide adequate copyright protection for foreign sound recordings.

The United States continues to be concerned with current levels of protection and enforcement of IP rights and Turkmenistan's failure to fully implement and enforce its IP laws.

Experts emphasize that counterfeit and pirated goods reportedly remain widely available in major cities in Turkmenistan.

The United States stands ready to assist Turkmenistan through enhanced engagement facilitated by the Central Asia IP Working Group.

One of the vivid examples of intellectual property rights violation is the report by Turkmenistan's Deputy Minister overseeing commerce, who presented domestic chocolate products to President Berdymukhammedov, the packaging of which had been copied from famous trademarks of chocolate manufacturers.

Meanwhile Turkmenistan is trying to protect its IP from plagiarism. In November 2017 it was reported that Turkmenistan intended to introduce a patent protecting proprietary architectural designs from plagiarism.

Source: Chronicles of Turkmenistan