An interview with Boris Simonov


WIPR talks to Boris Simonov, director general of Russia's Federal Service for Intellectual Property, about changes to the country's IP framework and a growing need for innovation.

Russia’s intellectual property office has undergone fundamental changes while its longserving director general, Dr Boris Simonov, has been at the helm. Responsible for granting patents, trademarks, industrial designs and utility models, the Federal Service for Intellectual Property, Patents and Trademarks (Rospatent) has recently had its name changed.

A May 24 presidential decree allowed Rospatent to drop ‘patents and trademarks’ from its name, and it is now answerable to the government itself, rather than the Ministry of Education and Science.

The same presidential decree forced the Ministry of Justice to hand over control of the Federal Agency for the Legal Protection of Intellectual Property, an agency that is responsible for protecting the rights of the Russian defence industry and recovering losses from the illegal production of Russian weapons abroad, to Rospatent.

Russia IP system, Civil Code, Rospatent, FIPS