Russia’s Federation Council on Intellectual Property is proposing an amendment to Russian trademark law that would stop naturalistic images of products and descriptive trademarks as the basis for distinctiveness. There’s been a very mixed response about whether the changes would help rights holder in the country, with some saying it could allow more freedom for product packaging in Russia, while others say that the proposed amendment causes “a lot of concern” and that there are more deep-seated problems that need sorting out.

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