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21 Oct 2020

New possibilities to protect designs in Eurasia

Following a conference in Kazakhstan on the Protocol on the Protection of Industrial Designs in Eurasia, members of the Eurasian Patent Organisation (EAPO) that adopt the protocol will enjoy new rights with regard to protecting designations across EAPO territories. Read more

7 Oct 2020

Changes to company names and bad-faith trademark applications in Russia

In welcome news for business owners, the Russia Patent and Trademark Office has released an information notice, which states that the system to object to bad-faith trademark applications has been significantly amended to include company names. Read more

30 Sep 2020

Keeping the right side of Rospatent’s ban on misleading trademark transfers

The Russian Patent and Trademark Office clearly states that trademark rights cannot be transferred if there is any chance that consumers may be misled as to the goods or services provided, making it key to evaluate whether such a risk is present at the time of assignment recordal. Read more

9 Sep 2020

Getting the most out of pharmaceutical patent-term extensions in Russia

Although it has become harder to obtain patent-term extensions for drugs, pesticides or agricultural chemicals, a careful approach can still result in Rospatent granting supplementary protection. 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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