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27 May 2020

Russian ministry supports bid to liberalise advertising law

The advertising market has been significantly affected by the covid-19 pandemic and the resulting financial fallout. Deputy Minister Alexey Volin addressed the issue of market shrinkage at a meeting of the State Duma Committee on Information Policy, IT and Communications on 12 May. Read more

20 May 2020

Russia erects barriers against counterfeiters along the new Silk Roads

New Silk Road paths have emerged in recent decades, providing for the movement of counterfeit goods across Russia and former Soviet Union states. As a result of the unstable political and economic situations in some of these regions, monitoring and combating the flow of fake goods along these routes is a significant challenge. Nevertheless, Russia has been developing ways to impede the traffic within its own territory. Read more

6 May 2020

Russian domain name disputes look set to become more challenging

Changes made at the end of 2019 to several procedural codes could make it more difficult, expensive and time intensive for trademark owners to obtain domain names from infringing registrants who use Russia’s country-code top-level domain ‘.ru’. Read more

22 Apr 2020

Updates to pharma regulatory amendments in Russia tackle covid-19

In response to the coronavirus outbreak, the Law on the Introduction of Amendments to Certain RF Laws Concerning the Prevention and Liquidation of Emergency Situations has now come into force, amending several laws related to the circulation and registration of medicines and medical devices in Russia. Read more

Finance

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12 Oct 2016

Tax aspects of pricing in IP transactions

Price is an important element of all contracts and IP transactions are no exception. Due to the unique character of most transferable IP assets, it is vital to define the contractual price clearly as, in case of disagreement, it is difficult to apply civil mechanisms to determine it. 

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Law & Policy

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30 Aug 2019

Taken for granted

Patent prosecution remains a key part of IP practices at law firms all over the globe but as rights holders place more emphasis on the quality of their grants, specialists need to ensure that they stay up to date with the latest developments. In a co-published editorial, IAM brings together experts from top firms around the world to offer invaluable insight into how prosecution is changing. Read more

9 Sep 2015

Intellectual property acquires a general manager

The recent appointment of Grigory Ivliev as the new head of the Federal Service of Intellectual Property marks a new era for the office. Under forthcoming legislation. Its remit will be widened to cover not only the issues that it regulates at present (including inventions, designs and trademarks), but also large-scale copyright (eg, music, films and literature).

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Litigation

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25 May 2018

Trends in pharma patent litigation in Russia

During recent years the number of patent infringement cases in the pharmaceutical field has increased significantly. Read more

2 Nov 2016

Authenticity of evidence questioned in patent cancellation proceedings

The IP court recently ordered the patent office to reinstate the validity of a patent which had been ordered to be cancelled by the Chamber of Patent Disputes in contravention of the law. The chamber had based its decision on an uncertified copy of the relevant document.

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7 Sep 2016

Be brighter, put out the lighter

Some years ago Russia passed a law obliging film providers to warn viewers before a film that the film includes scenes of smoking tobacco. In a recent case the IP Court considered whether showing an intertitle bearing such a warning was damaging to the film author's creative idea and right to the inviolability of the work.

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20 Apr 2016

Key Russian PTO administrative cases of 2015

An analysis of Russian Patent and Trademark Office administrative cases in 2015 revealed five remarkable cases that affected Russian trademark enforcement practice. These decisions are of interest not only to IP specialists such as trademark attorneys and lawyers, but also to trademark owners.

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Patents Law

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30 Aug 2019

Taken for granted

Patent prosecution remains a key part of IP practices at law firms all over the globe but as rights holders place more emphasis on the quality of their grants, specialists need to ensure that they stay up to date with the latest developments. In a co-published editorial, IAM brings together experts from top firms around the world to offer invaluable insight into how prosecution is changing. Read more

25 May 2018

Trends in pharma patent litigation in Russia

During recent years the number of patent infringement cases in the pharmaceutical field has increased significantly. Read more

2 Nov 2016

Authenticity of evidence questioned in patent cancellation proceedings

The IP court recently ordered the patent office to reinstate the validity of a patent which had been ordered to be cancelled by the Chamber of Patent Disputes in contravention of the law. The chamber had based its decision on an uncertified copy of the relevant document.

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25 May 2016

Pharma patent owners can breathe a sigh of relief

In 2015 the government considered a draft bill on compulsory licensing of patented medicines, which would permit pharmaceuticals to be manufactured without the patent owner's approval if the patent owner does not sell them in Russia or if their price is prohibitively high. Some months later, the government dismissed the proposal, with experts concluding that compulsory licensing would do more harm than good.

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Strategy

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16 Dec 2015

The perils of secrecy

Trade secrets are a very specific form of IP right, as in order to assert a trade secret the rights holder can rely only on his or her word and the contract. Cases over know-how are rare. However, one recent case involved two entrepreneurs in St Petersburg.

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10 Dec 2014

Changes herald a happy and prosperous new year for rights holders

This has been a memorable year in the IP field as it witnessed significant reform of the Russian IP legislation. Changes of this calibre do not happen often. The 2014 revision amended hundreds of provisions in order to make the law more business friendly, including streamlining IP deals and simplifying design law.

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