AmCham Macedonia Summer 2013 (issue 38) - Page 25

ANALYSIS 31% Execution of Plans to Better Protect IPRs According to an AmCham Macedonia analysis, only 31% of Macedonia’s plans set to strengthen the effective and efficient protection of intellectual property rights (IPRs) in the 2009-2012 period were completed. These plans were detailed in the country’s National Intellectual Property Strategy (2009-2012) and formally assessed by independent experts in June 2012. Strategy areas where the most gains were assessed to have been made during this period include: • Improvement in the protection of IPRs at border crossings (Customs Administration); • Strengthening of the institutional and administrative capacities of the State Office of Industrial Property; • Improvement of legal education; and • Strengthening of institutional and administrative capacities of the Sector for Science and Technical Development in the Ministry of Education and Science. The Strategy areas in which least improvement activity appears to have been undertaken during the past 5 years include: • Strengthening the institutional and administrative capacity of the Sector for Copyrights and Related Rights in the Ministry of Culture; • Increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of court protection of IPRs; • Improving the pursuit of perpetrators of criminal acts against IPRs; • Creation of a functional system of coordination and communication; •