THE MARINE MAMMAL COMMISSION COMPENDIUM
BILATERAL / RUSSIA
First Update; pages 878-883
Done at Washington, D.C. 23 June 1994
Entered into force 23 June 1994
Primary source citation: Copy of text provided by the U.S. Department of State
AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND THE GOVERNMENT OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION ON COOPERATION IN THE FIELD OF PROTECTION OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES
Determined to develop cooperation in the field of protection of the environment and natural resources, taking into account mutual interests and the experience obtained from implementation of the Agreement between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Russian Federation on Cooperation in the Field of Environmental Protection of May 23, 1972;
Recognizing that many important environmental problems are global in nature and require the cooperation of all countries and peoples to resolve;
Attaching great significance to the protection and enhancement of the environment and to its preservation from the damage resulting from pollution and overuse;
Bearing in mind that sustainable economic and social development for the benefit of present and future generations already now requires effective measures to be taken for the protection and enhancement of the environment;
Considering the readiness of the Parties to cooperate to enable the Russian Federation better to take into account environmental issues and the rational and sustainable use of natural resources in the transition to a market economy and thereafter;
Desiring to facilitate the establishment of long-term cooperation between interested organizations in the two countries in the field of protection of the environment and natural resources;
Have agreed as follows:
2. The Parties shall work together to develop mutually agreed-upon policies in the field of protection of the environment and natural resources on a bilateral, regional and global basis.
3. The Parties shall develop cooperation in the field of protection of the environment and natural resources on a basis of equality, reciprocity and mutual benefit.
1. atmosphere, and water and soil resources;
2. environmental aspects of agricultural production;
3. preservation, conservation and management of natural and cultural resources in the context of their relationship to the environment, including the organization of preserves and other specially protected areas;
4. marine and coastal areas and resources;
5. arctic and subarctic areas and resources;
6. environmental impact assessment;
7. global environmental issues, including climate change, depletion of the ozone layer and conservation and restoration of the biological diversity of local, regional and global ecological systems, including forest ecosystems;
8. the impact of environmental factors on human health and the condition of flora and fauna;
9. application of digital mapping and GIS (geographic information systems) technologies and use of sensor technology in addressing environmental issues;
10. energy-saving measures and creation of alternative energy sources;
11. legal and administrative measures relating to the protection of the environment, including legislation, enforcement and access to the administrative and judicial systems;
12. participation of the public, including non-governmental organizations, in environmental decision making;
13. education in the field of environmental protection and natural resources;
14. economics and the management of environmental issues and the use of natural resources;
15. the role of the military in the field of protection of the environment and natural resources;
16. environmental emergencies;
17. earthquake prediction and assessment of seismic risks;
18. environmental monitoring; and
19. any other area of cooperation agreed by the Parties.
1. joint scientific and technical projects;
2. exchange of scientific and technical information, documentation and research results, including exchange of information on the condition of the environment;
3. exchange of experience in the area of environmental management;
4. organizing and convening bilateral meetings, symposia and workshops, and publication of reports, articles, and monographs;
5. exchange of delegations, scientists, experts, research scholars and specialists;
6. participation of specialists of the Parties in international conferences, symposia and exhibitions on protection of the environment and ecology held in the two countries; and
7. any other means of cooperation agreed by the Parties.
2. Each Party shall name a government agency, which agency shall designate a co-chair of the Joint Committee. In the period between sessions of the Joint Committee, the co-chairs will maintain contact between the American and Russian sections, coordinate the implementation of the pertinent programs of cooperation, update individual sections of these programs and coordinate the activity of organizations participating in cooperation in accordance with this Agreement.
2. The treatment of intellectual property created or furnished in the course of cooperative activities under this Agreement, unless agreed otherwise by the Parties in writing, is provided for in the Annex, which is an integral part of this Agreement.
2. Termination of this Agreement shall not affect the implementation of activities under this Agreement that are not fully completed upon the termination hereof.
Done at Washington, this twenty-third day of June, 1994, in duplicate, in the English and Russian languages, both texts being equally authentic.
FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: [Signature]
FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION: [Signature]
ANNEX INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
The Parties shall ensure adequate and effective protection of intellectual property created or furnished under this Agreement and relevant implementing arrangements. The Parties agree to notify one another in a timely fashion of any inventions or copyrighted works arising under this Agreement and to seek protection for such intellectual property in a timely fashion. Rights to such intellectual property shall be allocated as provided in this Annex.
B. For purposes of this Agreement, "intellectual property" shall have the meaning found in Article 2 of the Convention Establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization, done at Stockholm, July 14, 1967. C. This Annex addresses the allocation of rights, interests, and royalties between the Parties. Each Party shall ensure that the other Party can obtain the rights to intellectual property allocated in accordance with the Annex, by obtaining those rights from its own participants through contracts or other legal means, if necessary. This Annex does not otherwise alter or prejudice the allocation between a Party and its nationals, which shall be determined by that Party's laws and practices.
D. Disputes concerning intellectual property arising under this Agreement should be resolved through discussions between the concerned participating institutions or, if necessary, the Parties or their designees. Upon mutual agreement of the Parties, a dispute shall be submitted to an arbitral tribunal for binding arbitration in accordance with the applicable rules of international law. Unless the Parties or their designees agree otherwise in writing, the arbitration rules of the UNCITRAL shall govern.
E. Termination or expiration of this Agreement shall not affect rights or obligations under this Annex.
II. ALLOCATION OF RIGHTS
B. Rights to all forms of intellectual property, other than those rights described in Part A of Section II above, shall be allocated as follows:
1. Researchers and scientists visiting in furtherance of their education shall receive intellectual property rights under the existing rules of the host institution. In addition, each visiting researcher named as an inventor or author shall have the right to national treatment regarding awards, benefits or other compensation, including royalties, in accordance with the existing rules of the host institution.
2. (a) For intellectual property created by the participants during joint research, for example, when the Parties, participating institutions, or participating personnel have agreed in advance on the scope of work, each Party shall be entitled to obtain all rights and interests in its own territory. The allocation of rights and interests in third countries will be determined in implementing arrangements. The rights to intellectual property shall be allocated with due regard for the economic, scientific and technological contributions from each Party to the creation of intellectual property. If research is not designated as "joint research" in the relevant implementing arrangement, rights to intellectual property arising from the research shall be allocated in accordance with Part B, paragraph 1 of Section II. In addition, each person named as an inventor or author shall have the right to national treatment regarding awards, benefits and other compensation, including royalties, in accordance with the existing rules of the host institution;
(b) Notwithstanding Part B, paragraph 2(a) of Section II, if a type of intellectual property is available under the laws of one Party but not the other Party, the Party whose laws provide for this type of protection shall be entitled to all rights and interests in all countries which provide rights to such intellectual property. Persons named as inventors or authors of the property shall nonetheless be entitled to national treatment in regard to awards, benefits, or other compensations, including royalties, in accordance with the rules as provided in Part B, paragraph 2(a) of Section II. III. BUSINESS CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION
In the event that information identified in a timely fashion as business-confidential is furnished or created under the Agreement, each Party and its participants shall protect such information in accordance with applicable laws, regulations, and administrative practice. Information may be identified as "business-confidential" if a person having the information may derive an economic benefit from it or may obtain a competitive advantage over those who do not have it, the information is not generally known or publicly available from other sources, and the owner has not previously made the information available without imposing in a timely manner an obligation to keep it confidential.