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Gowling WLG (International) Inc

  • 1 Apr

    Trademarks and hashtags in Russia

    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. Full text

  • 25 Mar

    Russian courts go into quarantine

    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. Full text

  • 26 Feb

    Russia's new law on crowdfunding explained

    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. Full text

  • 19 Feb

    So much more than a container: protection of packaging as a trademark in Russia

    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. Full text

  • 12 Feb

    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. Full text

  • 29 Jan

    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. Full text

  • 15 Jan

    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. Full text

  • 18 Dec

    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. Full text

  • 11 Dec

    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. Full text

  • 4 Dec

    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. Full text

  • 27 Nov

    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. Full text

  • 6 Nov

    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. Full text

  • 23 Oct

    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. Full text

  • 2 Oct

    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. Full text

  • 4 Sep

    The significant role of colour in Russian trademarks

    Colour plays a significant role in strengthening brand awareness and distinguishing products and services from those of their competitors. Unfortunately, this has motivated some companies to unfairly capitalise on the reputation of well-known brands by using similar colour schemes, which creates confusion in the marketplace. Registering colour as the distinctive feature or as one of the distinctive features of a trademark can help to prevent such situations. Full text

  • 28 Aug

    How to buy a trademark in Russia

    There may be several scenarios in which a company needs to buy a Russian-registered trademark owned by a third party – either to save time and money or to remove obstacles to registering another mark. This article highlights what interested parties should be aware of during transactions. Full text

  • 6 Aug

    Patent extension in Russia

    Since 2003 it has been possible to extend the duration or term of a Russian patent for a drug, pesticide or agricultural chemical by up to five years. It used to be possible to extend patent claims related to a substance, antibody or pharmaceutical formulation. However, in 2015 the regulations were tightened. Knowing how to achieve the maximum scope of protection provided by an additional patent is key. Full text