Region: Russian Federation

Unity of invention requirements: Russia versus Eurasia

According to Russian and Eurasian patent regulations, an application must relate to one invention or a group of inventions. In the latter case, all of the inventions in the group must be linked so as to form a single general inventive concept, which meets the unity of invention requirement. However, there are differences between the Russia Patent and Trademark Office and the Eurasian Patent Organisation’s rules for determining whether claims meet this requirement.

12 February 2020

Voluntarily restrictions on Russian and Eurasian patents: a useful option for patent holders

Voluntary restrictions of Eurasian and Russian patents can be hugely beneficial if the scope of the original patent was broader than necessary for enforcement or created validity concerns. The Eurasian patent regime currently provides more opportunities for restriction, while the options for partial renunciation of a Russian patent remain limited.

29 January 2020

Required pre-installation of Russian software on smartphones: what does this mean for rights holders?

Russia has passed a new law, which requires certain types of devices – most likely smartphones, computers and some types of television, that enter the Russian market – to have Russian software pre-installed. However, at this early stage, the law remains vague. Although it appears part of an effort to promote the Russian tech industry, concern is being voiced about it in the country and abroad.

15 January 2020

FTO assessments: what rights holders need to consider

Patent rights are vigorously protected in Russia – it is therefore advisable that those interested in commercialising a product or process perform vital risk-management analysis in order to gauge their freedom to operate (FTO). This article highlights some of the main features of an FTO assessment in the context of Russian law.

18 December 2019

Russia’s Sovereign Internet Law comes into force

Russia's Law on Sovereign Internet came into force in November. This law is designed to help create a national network, which can operate independently in the event of disconnection from the global network.

11 December 2019

Scant possibilities for joint trademark ownership in Russia

Joint ownership of exclusive rights to a trademark is increasingly important for co-owners of businesses, yet it is still unobtainable under the Russian system. Recent Russian court rulings – including those of the Supreme Court – as well as positions taken by the Russia Patent and Trademark Office, have brought into focus many of the ambiguities and difficulties in the country’s legislation that hamper the possibility for joint ownership.

04 December 2019

Customs recordal landscape set to change for brand owners in Russia

Russia is continuing to structure its customs legislation in accordance with Eurasian Economic Union regulations and ongoing advances in technology. While most of the new rules are in line with the previous regime, there are two important changes that will significantly affect brand-protection strategies, reshaping the Russian customs recordal landscape for the better and helping brand owners to avoid potential pitfalls.

27 November 2019

The future is here: what the Digital Economy Programme means for Rospatent

Improving electronic interactivity has been a high priority for the Russian Patent and Trademark Office in recent years, especially since the launch of the Digital Economy Programme in 2018. This long-term initiative aims to revolutionise the country’s IT infrastructure, enabling the widespread, efficient and secure receipt, transmission, processing and storage of electronic data by all levels of government bodies by 2024.

06 November 2019

Word trademarks in Russia: what’s new?

Trademark filing practice is changing in Russia. The Russian Patent and Trademark Office no longer considers typographical differences (among others), in order to crack down on duplicating rights and overloading the state trademark register, as well as to discourage the regular refiling of marks that lack proper use.

23 October 2019

Russian IP law will protect GIs

On 26 July 2019 the Russian president signed a bill on a new, independent form of intellectual property – geographical indications. The bill introduces amendments to Part IV of the Russian Civil Code and the federal law on the manufacture and circulation of spirits and alcoholic products.

02 October 2019

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