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Cablegate: Implementation of Wipo Internet Treaties In

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UNCLAS ZAGREB 001675

SIPDIS


STATE FOR EB/IPC: WILSONSF

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ETRD KIPR HR
SUBJECT: IMPLEMENTATION OF WIPO INTERNET TREATIES IN
CROATIA

1. ON JULY 22 WE DISCUSSED REFTEL POINTS WITH HRVOJE
JUNASEVIC, DIRECTOR GENERAL OF THE CROATIA STATE
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OFFICE, AND ON JULY 23 WITH DIJANA
SIMIC, ASSISTANT MINISTER OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY,
WHOSE MINISTRY HAS THE LEAD ON COPYRIGHT LEGISLATION.

2. JUNASEVIC CONFIRMED THAT THE CROATIAN PARLIAMENT
RATIFIED THE "INTERNET TREATIES" IN APRIL 2000, AND THAT
CROATIA BECAME PARTY TO THE WIPO PERFORMANCES AND
PHONOGRAMS TREATY ON MAY 20, 2002, AND TO THE WIPO
COPYRIGHT TREATY ON MARCH 6, 2002. BOTH, ENGLISH AND
CROATIAN TEXTS OF THE AGREEMENTS HAVE BEEN PUBLISHED IN
THE OFFICIAL NATIONAL GAZETTE. JUNASEVIC ADMITTED THAT
CROATIAN LEGISLATION IS NOT FULLY IN COMPLIANCE WITH
THESE AGREEMENTS. THE FINAL DRAFT COPYRIGHT LAW, WHICH
SHOULD BRING CROATIAN DOMESTIC LEGISLATION INTO
CONSISTENCY WITH THE "INTERNET TREATIES," IS BEING
TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH. IN ORDER TO ENSURE FULL
COMPLIANCE WITH BOTH EU DIRECTIVES AND WIPO AGREEMENTS,
THE LEGISLATION HAS BEEN IN THE DRAFTING PROCESS SINCE
FALL OF 2001. CONSULTANTS FROM THE MAX PLANCK INSTITUTE
IN MUNICH WILL REVIEW IT IN AUGUST. JUNASEVIC EXPECT
THAT NEW COPYRIGHT LAW WILL BE IN PARLIAMENTARY
PROCEDURE BY SEPTEMBER.

3. NOTE: THE DRAFT COPYRIGHT LAW IS ONE OF THE SEVEN
LAWS ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY THAT CROATIA NEEDS TO PASS
AS PART OF THE HARMONIZATION PROCESS FOR ITS ACCESSION
TO EU. THESE ARE: THE COPYRIGHT LAW, PATENT LAW,
TRADEMARK LAW, GEOGRAPHICAL INDICATIONS LAW, INDUSTRIAL
DESIGN LAW AND LAYOUT DESIGN OF INTEGRATED CIRCUITS.
ACCORDING TO JUNASEVIC, THE GOVERNMENT PLANS TO SUBMIT
THESE LAWS AS A TOP PRIORITY, AS IT HAS WITH ALL
LEGISLATION RELATING TO CROATIA'S EU CANDIDACY.

FRANK

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