Russia faces several significant changes in the field of intellectual property rights protection in the coming years.
Patent Court established in Russia
Russia faces several significant changes in the field of intellectual property rights protection in the coming years. These changes do not influence trademark filing and registration processes directly, but mainly affect the maintenance and protection of rights, as well as different kinds of disputes.
The Federation Council has adopted a constitutional law which formed a separate Court on Intellectual Property, also called the Patent Court, on November 29, 2011. The law was published and became into force on December 9, 2011. The new Patent Court is expected to start operating in February 2013. It is competent to handle disputes related to all IP rights except copyrights. This article concentrates only on trademark issues.
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