Making amends: developments in Russia


Valentina Orlova

The first half of 2012 has been low key in terms of the further development of IP legislation.

That said, work has continued on the amendments to the Russian Civil Code, with the corresponding draft law passed in its second reading.

Unfortunately, the working group which prepared the amendments did not take account of many of the amendments that were proposed by informal associations of IP specialists. Work on the draft law continues, and it will probably soon be possible to say exactly which amendments will be discussed in the third reading.

The Russian government’s Resolution No. 218 dated March 21, 2012, approved the regulations for the Federal Service for Intellectual Property, which is the legal successor to the Federal Service for Intellectual Property, Patents and Trademarks (Rospatent), and also the legal successor to the Russian Ministry of Justice in relation to the legal protection of the state’s interests in the process of the economic and civil law circulation of results of research, development, and technological work of a military, specialist and dual-purpose nature, including in relation to obligations arising from the enforcement of court decisions.

IP legislation, Russia