Region: Belarus

Famous fairy tale character finds itself at centre of unfair competition case

In this dispute between rival beverage manufacturers, the anti-monopoly authority found that Krinitsa OJSC’s registration and use of the trademark БУРАТИНО (a character created by Alexey Tolstoy) amounted to unfair competition.

17 June 2022

Supreme Court considers possibility of terminating licence agreement based on alleged material breach

The decision highlights the importance of clearly stipulating the mutual obligations of the parties in trademark licence agreements.

27 January 2022

Online marketplaces in Belarus that should be on counterfeit enforcement radars

In the next instalment in our regular series where WTR identifies the digital marketplaces that brand owners should monitor as part of their global anti-counterfeiting efforts, we head to Belarus.

25 January 2022

Recent precedent highlights particularities of non-use cancellation actions in Belarus

This recent decision of the IP Board of the Supreme Court illustrates that, in Belarusian non-use cancellation actions, it is crucial for the defendant to actively participate in the proceedings if it wishes to keep its trademark.

28 September 2021

IMPRESSO v ILPASSO: confectionery manufacturer found to have engaged in unfair competition

This decision of the Belarus Ministry of Anti-monopoly Regulation and Trade shows that, in addition to trademark, design and other IP protection tools, companies may rely on the mechanisms provided by competition law in order to defend their rights.

15 March 2021

Belarus ratifies EAEU Trademark Agreement

The president of Belarus has signed the Law on Ratification of the Agreement on the Eurasian Economic Union Trademarks, Service Marks and Appellations of Origin, which entered into force on 18 January 2021. Belarus is the second EAEU member state to ratify the agreement.

19 February 2021

Five counterfeit hotspots in Belarus that brand owners must be aware of

In the latest installment in our regular series on marketplaces around the world that are reportedly notorious for being counterfeit havens, we head to Belarus.

09 January 2020

New trademark law enters into force in Belarus

A new trademark law adopted by Belarus has now entered into force. It brings about changes necessitated by economic and legal developments in Belarus and aims to specify clearly the scope of trademark rights and outline local trademark procedures.

07 September 2016

Cyrillic TLD '.бел' is launched

The sunrise period for registration of the recently launched Cyrillic top-level domain ‘.бел’ is underway, ending on May 31 2015. The landrush period will run from June 1 to September 30, while the general availability period will start on October 1. Registration will be available for domain names in Russian and Belarusian.

28 May 2015

Official fees for patents and trademarks streamlined

Following amendments to the Tax Code of Belarus, the official fees applied by the Patent and Trademark Office have been streamlined, and the fees for domestic applicants and foreign applicants were standardised. This resulted in multiple increases in official fees for domestic applicants; however, the official fees for foreign applicants remained at the same level or decreased slightly.

10 February 2014

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