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12 Aug 2020

Simple steps to expedite patent prosecution in Russia

When it comes to filing Russian patents, prosecution can be significantly accelerated by using the patent prosecution highway programme, which is widely available and involves no additional official fees. While this is also available to applicants of Eurasian patents, there are other paths to obtaining a decision to grant that can be highly effective. Read more

29 Jul 2020

How to optimise Hague design applications in Russia

Data reveals that international entities are keen to register design applications in Russia. But applicants need to be aware of the differences between Russian national and international application examination procedures. Read more

22 Jul 2020

How LONDON MALL can become a registered trademark in Russia

As of 27 July 2020 geographical indications will be introduced as a form of intellectual property in Russia. However, case law suggests that applicants will continue to take the somewhat complicated trademark registration route in order to obtain exclusive rights to geographically themed designations. Read more

15 Jul 2020

Applying the doctrine of equivalents in Russian pharma

Russian courts take a fairly strict approach to assessing equivalence in patent claims. It is therefore crucial to pay careful attention to wording to prevent third parties from using the essence of the patented invention in their designs. 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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6 May 2020

Second medical use inventions – Russian and Eurasian patent legislation

When patenting inventions in Russia, one potential route is granting a patent for an invention relating to a well-known product used for a new purpose, the so-called ‘second medical use invention’. 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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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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Patents Law

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6 May 2020

Second medical use inventions – Russian and Eurasian patent legislation

When patenting inventions in Russia, one potential route is granting a patent for an invention relating to a well-known product used for a new purpose, the so-called ‘second medical use invention’. Read more

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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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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Elliot Papageorgiou
Head of Intellectual Property – Greater China
Shanghai, China
Clyde & Co