Parallel imports at the crossroads
Parallel imports have long been an issue in Russia. For some time the status of parallel imports was obscure - the courts acted erratically, sometimes ruling in favour of the trademark owners, sometimes in favour of the parallel importers. Then, in order to clarify the situation, the law was changed to state unequivocally that trademark rights were exhausted only with regard to goods sold legally in Russia. The court practice was rectified accordingly, and the courts thus ruled against the parallel importers, with some rare exceptions.
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