Russian Federation

FIFA reflects on scoring an IP enforcement win at the 2018 World Cup in Russia

Daniel Zohny, IP head at FIFA, looks back at the intense workload taken on by his team during the 2018 World Cup and looks forward to the next tournament as the worthy winner of WTR’s Sports, Entertainment and Media Team of the Year.

FIFA reflects on scoring an IP enforcement win at the 2018 World Cup in Russia
20 Dec 2018

Franchising in Russia: a best practice guide

Russia offers great potential for franchising, but local knowledge is key if brand owners are to avoid costly missteps.

23 Nov 2018

IPOPHL celebrates record haul, Rospatent promotes benefits of GIs, and emoji-tions run high in China: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at $7 million worth of counterfeit condoms being seized in China, Canada Goose opening an additional office in Beijing, and much more.

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Naming, registering and advertising pharmaceutical trademarks in Russia

The pharmaceutical industry is a high-tech development priority and pharmaceutical production must happen alongside the development of an appropriate IP protection strategy. Pharmaceutical trademarks owners would be well advised to consider any issues in the context of the Russian market. Read more

Today

Naming, registering and advertising pharmaceutical trademarks in Russia

The pharmaceutical industry is a high-tech development priority and pharmaceutical production must happen alongside the development of an appropriate IP protection strategy. Pharmaceutical trademarks owners would be well advised to consider any issues in the context of the Russian market. Read more

30 May 2019

Russian court issues controversial decision in RED SQUARE case

A Russian court has reversed a decision of the patent office refusing to register the assignment of the mark RED SQUARE in the name of Azamat Ibatullin, a notorious trademark squatter. Read more

14 May 2019

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Russia

Administrative proceedings start with the rights holder filing a petition with the police, based on which the police conduct a raid on the infringer’s premises and seize any discovered counterfeit goods. They then pass samples of these to the trademark owner (or its authorised local representative) so that it can confirm the origin of the counterfeit. Read more

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11 Sep 2018

More #MeToo trademark applications, USPTO scandalous marks fight, and FIFA thanks Rospatent for World Cup help: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at more trademark applications related to the #MeToo movement, the Swedish IP Office warning against fake election posters, a US court having its say on trademark bullying, and much more. Read more

14 Jun 2018

As World Cup gets underway, brands jostle for limelight and authorities prepare for ambush

The 2018 FIFA World Cup gets underway in Russia today, and major brands have already kicked off efforts to benefit from the buzz. Meanwhile, the authorities have commenced policing for infringement, with cases already filed centred on the misuse of FIFA’s marks. Read more

24 May 2018

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Russia

The continuing economic crisis and the drop in disposable income have motivated Russians to seek cheaper alternatives for consumer goods. This has led to an increase in the circulation of counterfeit goods. Read more

11 Apr 2018

Customs concerns: counsel identify significant room for improvement in India, Iran and Turkey

Trademark counsel have had their say on the efficiency of customs authorities across the globe – with some of the largest importers of counterfeit goods giving cause for continued concern. Read more

Brand management

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25 Feb 2019

Protect and enforce IP rights or risk wasting brand investment

Brand registration alone is insufficient. Financial and professional services need to take a realistic view of the unauthorised use of brands and ensure that their trademarks are not diluted and abused. Read more

25 Feb 2019

Protect and enforce IP rights or risk wasting brand investment

Brand registration alone is insufficient. Financial and professional services need to take a realistic view of the unauthorised use of brands and ensure that their trademarks are not diluted and abused. Read more

29 Aug 2018

Perpetual revolution: protecting fluid trademarks in Russia

Fluid trademark strategies can strengthen brand recognition but the non-conventional nature of such marks needs to be understood to avoid weakening protection and risking non-use cancellation cases. Read more

29 Jun 2018

Russia’s fight against fakes, imitations and replicas

Anti-counterfeiting measures will never succeed in removing all counterfeits from the market, but they do make it significantly more difficult for counterfeiters to produce and sell fakes. Read more

Enforcement and litigation

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30 May 2019

Russian court issues controversial decision in RED SQUARE case

A Russian court has reversed a decision of the patent office refusing to register the assignment of the mark RED SQUARE in the name of Azamat Ibatullin, a notorious trademark squatter. Read more

14 May 2019

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Russia

Administrative proceedings start with the rights holder filing a petition with the police, based on which the police conduct a raid on the infringer’s premises and seize any discovered counterfeit goods. They then pass samples of these to the trademark owner (or its authorised local representative) so that it can confirm the origin of the counterfeit. Read more

14 Mar 2019

Online brand protection strategies for the Russian market

New challenges in a digital world dictate the necessity of adapting brand protection strategies. In the past, it was enough to deal with infringements on a case-by-case basis. However, today it is impossible to handle thousands of online infringements manually and more efficient tools (online brand protection solutions) are required. Read more

12 Mar 2019

Russian IP Court confirms invalidation of BBC’s TOP GEAR mark

In a controversial decision, the Russian IP Court has upheld a Patent and Trademark Office decision which found the British Broadcasting Corporation’s TOP GEAR trademark to be invalid based on the existence of a senior, almost identical mark belonging to a third party. Read more

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18 Oct 2018

Russia pushing ahead with geographical indications; expert highlights opportunities and pitfalls of draft bill

A draft bill has been introduced in Russia that will establish geographical indications protection in the country. If passed, the law will be a significant win for the producers of region-specific goods. Read more

1 Aug 2018

Anti-sanction bill keeps intellectual property in safe harbour

A new anti-sanction bill aimed at the prevention and suppression of unlawful and hostile foreign actions is now in force in Russia. Importantly, the bill generally does not concern the IP assets of foreign legal entities. Read more

15 Nov 2017

New decree benefits trademark registration in Russia

The Russian government has issued the Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation 1151, amending official fees related to patents, trademarks and other objects of industrial property. Read more

3 Nov 2017

Russia’s trademark landscape buoyant despite economic and political woes: exclusive data analysis

In this week’s country data report we turn our attention to Russia, analysing key filing statistics and how its brands have fared against the backdrop of a troubled economy and increasingly tense political climate. Read more

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24 Dec 2018

New court decisions provide fresh wisdom on trademarks in Russia

Three recent cases look set to shake up trademark practice in Russia and could well have an impact for years to come – especially when it comes to parallel imports and the territorial principles of trademark protection. Read more

20 Apr 2018

Kit Kat blow, Comey trademark abandoned, and Russian IP office pledges blockchain support: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at the Advocate General’s latest Kit Kat decision, Liverpool FC embroiled in a dispute, a strong start for the ‘.app’ new gTLD, advice on building a fashion retail brand in 2018, and much more. Read more

6 Apr 2018

Trademark offices prepare for the future as users give poor performance grades

The performance levels of the Chinese, Brazilian and Indian trademark offices have clear room for improvement but change could be afoot. Read more

1 Mar 2018

Choosing the right protection strategy for Russia

Prosecution strategies are dictated by the circumstances of the rights holder’s business. Nevertheless, a smart choice of trademark and thorough registration are key to protecting IP rights. Read more

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4 Jun 2018

Can BLACK FRIDAY owner prevent use of 'Real Black Friday'?

The cassation court in Russia has confirmed that the owner of BLACK FRIDAY for services in Class 35 had abused its rights by suing an association of online shops for using the words 'Real Black Friday'. Read more

1 Mar 2018

New case puts fresh spin on domain name disputes in Russia

Domain name dispute practice in Russia is still underdeveloped, with a lack of legal provisions regulating rights in this area. However, a recent case provides important insight into practices across Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States. Read more

21 Jun 2017

Mere registration of domain name can constitute infringement

The Supreme Court has refused to allow a domain name dispute to be reconsidered by the Economic Panel of the Supreme Court. The case confirms yet again that mere registration of a domain name which is identical to a registered trademark may be found to be trademark infringement, irrespective of whether goods or services were sold under the domain name. Read more

1 Mar 2017

Russia: Resolving domain name disputes and doing business online in Russia

A well-balanced internal domain name policy is vital. Those doing business in Russia should consider national domain requirements, as well as national domain litigation practice Read more

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25 Feb 2019

Protect and enforce IP rights or risk wasting brand investment

Brand registration alone is insufficient. Financial and professional services need to take a realistic view of the unauthorised use of brands and ensure that their trademarks are not diluted and abused. Read more

25 Feb 2019

Protect and enforce IP rights or risk wasting brand investment

Brand registration alone is insufficient. Financial and professional services need to take a realistic view of the unauthorised use of brands and ensure that their trademarks are not diluted and abused. Read more

25 Jan 2019

Optional pre-grant publication of design applications introduced in Russia

A new federal law, which will take effect in Russia in June 2019, is expected to stimulate the number of design applications and to contribute to the overall development of the country’s consumer goods industry.  Read more

22 Oct 2018

Can London-based The Ritz Hotel Limited register RITZ PARIS mark?

The Russian Chamber of Patent Disputes has reversed a decision of the Patent Office in which the latter had refused to register the mark RITZ PARIS in the name of London-based Ritz Hotel Limited. Read more

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1 May 2019

Colour marks gain popularity in Russia

Colour trademarks are growing in popularity in Russia. However, to ensure their registration, the colour in question must be capable of sufficiently distinguishing the product or service and its origin. Read more

1 May 2019

Colour marks gain popularity in Russia

Colour trademarks are growing in popularity in Russia. However, to ensure their registration, the colour in question must be capable of sufficiently distinguishing the product or service and its origin. Read more

28 Jan 2019

Litigation procedures and strategies: Russia

The Russian court system comprises federal courts and regional courts (ie, regional constitutional courts and magistrates). IP matters are under the exclusive jurisdiction of the federal courts. Read more

8 Jan 2019

Protecting and enforcing design rights: Russia

Russian design law is incorporated into Part IV of the Civil Code. Additional provisions regarding application proceedings are set out in the Rules on Design Patent Application Proceedings and the Instructions for Design Patent Application Documents. Read more

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Gary Johnston
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Mathys & Squire LLP