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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.
20 May 2020
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’.
06 May 2020
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’.
06 May 2020
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.
22 April 2020
Internationally famous brands that consist of simple combinations of letters are familiar to the general public. In some cases, these types of letter combination can be registered in Russia even though the process for successfully doing so can be an uphill battle.
08 April 2020
The hashtag (#) has come to play a vital role in consumer society, which most businesses cannot afford to overlook. As the use of hashtags grows, Russian law has had to address whether they can be registered as trademarks in Russia and if it is possible for a third party to infringe another entity’s trademark rights by using a hashtag that includes a registered mark.
01 April 2020
In view of Russia’s national measures against the spread of covid-19, on 18 March 2020 the Presidium of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation and Presidium of the Judges Council of the Russian Federation suspended most hearings in the country’s courts.
25 March 2020
The Law on Crowdfunding came into force at the beginning of 2020. It offers new, alternative tools for raising capital for small and medium-sized businesses and introduces the concept of an investment platform and utility digital rights.
26 February 2020
An effective way to fight counterfeit goods is by extending existing IP protection to a product’s packaging – here is everything rights holders need to know about filing an application to do this in Russia.
19 February 2020
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