Russian Federation

How the Gazprom Neft in-house team is breaking new ground in the Russian IP space

Gazprom Neft head of trademarks Vadim Nyunyaev reveals how his team is optimising in-house operations and raising the bar for other Russian companies, in an exclusive WTR interview.

How the Gazprom Neft in-house team is breaking new ground in the Russian IP space
Online marketplaces in Russia that should be on counterfeit enforcement radars
17 Aug 2021

Online marketplaces in Russia that should be on counterfeit enforcement radars

Continuing our new regular series on WTR, law firm experts in Russia share the digital marketplaces they think all brand owners should monitor as part of their global anti-counterfeiting efforts.

The notorious markets you need to have on your policing radar
18 Jan 2021

The notorious markets you need to have on your policing radar

The latest USTR list provides crucial intelligence for rights holders, with eight new physical markets added.

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18 Aug 2021

The EAEU trademark is almost here – all documents are in force, but one technical issue remains

Stakeholders with interests in the Eurasian market are awaiting the launch of the new registration system for EAEU trademarks. While all relevant agreements have been signed, one crucial element is still missing: the technical possibility to file applications. Read more

29 Jul 2021

IP court examines Rospatent approach to analysing descriptiveness

The Russian IP court has upheld a Russia Patent and Trademark Office decision on descriptiveness, outlining the process for determining descriptive applications and the importance of acquiring distinctiveness through use. Read more

19 Jul 2021

Russian Champagne - a real Sham(panskoye)? New Russian law redefines Champagne and causes a lot of fuss over fizz

This update looks at the implications of the shock announcement from Russia concerning changes to the legal definitions of ‘Champagne’ and ‘Cognac’ in the country. Read more

17 Jun 2021

Russian IP Court considers options for indemnity calculation at twice the price of franchise

Two recent cases in the Russian IP Court have shone a guiding light on calculating the amount of compensation to be awarded in IP infringement cases. Read more

Anti-Counterfeiting

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11 May 2021

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Russia

Russia is a signatory to almost all the international treaties governing IP matters. The international conventions and treaties are regarded as integral parts of the Russian legal system. Read more

27 Aug 2020

Customs recordal in Russia: significant Arbitration Court decision gives boost to trademark owners

The Moscow Arbitration Court has handed down a significant ruling which might make it easier for rights holders to record their trademarks in the Customs Register. Read more

28 Feb 2020

New amendments affecting the pharmaceutical market – key points highlighted

Russia’s Law on the Circulation of Medicines is probably one of the country’s most debated laws. However, new amendments introduced in December have been largely welcomed by the local pharmaceutical community. Read more

16 Jan 2020

How to increase efficiency of online brand protection efforts in Russia

According to the available statistics, counterfeit products account for more than 46% of the global market, significantly more than sales of heroin (7%), cocaine (8%), gambling games (14%), prostitution (18%) and other illegal businesses. Read more

Brand management

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11 Sep 2020

Russia exhibits strong filings growth on the back of changes to its intellectual property system

Back-end work continues to improve the registry and trademark landscape. Subsequently, there has been a noticeable uptick in local brands pushing for the protection of their rights. Read more

8 Apr 2020

Online education spikes in the midst of covid-19, adding fuel to an already high-growth market

Remote learning is one of the few industries being boosted by the ongoing crisis, and it could be a make or break moment for brands in this sector. Read more

6 Apr 2020

Brand creation and protection: out with the old

Trademark experts from across the globe offer critical insight into brand creation best practice and guidance on pitfalls to avoid. Read more

3 Apr 2020

Securing well-known status: if at first you don’t succeed, conduct market research

With few marks recognised as well known in Russia, evidence of use in the country, consistent branding and market research can be key to gaining such status, but it often requires perseverance. Read more

Enforcement and Litigation

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22 Mar 2021

New Supreme Court plenum resolution provides guidance on unfair competition issues

The Russian Supreme Court has adopted a new plenum resolution “On some issues arising from the application of the antitrust law by the courts”, which provides guidelines on the protection against unfair competition that will be of interest to IP rights owners. Read more

9 Nov 2020

New rules for the resolution of administrative disputes in Russia: key points for rights owners and practitioners

The new “Rules for Consideration and Resolution of Administrative Disputes by the Federal Service for Intellectual Property”, which entered into force on 6 September 2020, may lead IP rights owners to reconsider their defence strategies in Russia. Read more

7 Aug 2020

Court imposes asset-freezing order on 65 trademarks in remarkable decision

A rare Moscow District Federal Arbitration Court decision may set an interesting precedent in terms of the active use of IP assets as a tool in disputes between businesses. Read more

17 Jun 2020

Russia introduces mandatory drug labelling

Starting 1 from July 2020, all pharmaceutical products for medical use in Russia will have to be labelled in accordance with the federal information system for monitoring the circulation of pharmaceutical products. Read more

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21 Sep 2020

Innovation at Rospatent: spotlight on non-core tools and services

In the latest in our series on IP innovation, the Russian Intellectual Property Office (Rospatent) shares the innovative tools and services it has launched or is developing for the future. Read more

26 May 2020

Ministry of Communications supports bid to liberalise advertising law in wake of covid-19 pandemic

As the advertising market has been significantly affected by the covid-19 pandemic and its financial fallout, the Russian Ministry of Communications is considering the possibility of liberalising the Law on Advertising to allow for the advertisement of prescription medicines, sport poker and alcohol. Read more

30 Jan 2020

Domain name disputes in Russia: how to get the most compensation in court

In this exclusive guest post, Denis Dorotenko, senior legal counsel at Yandex, analyses recent Russian court practice on domain name disputes and identifies factors to ensure that brand owners get the maximum compensation. Read more

28 Nov 2019

Product ID labelling becomes mandatory in Russia

Russia’s product labelling system, which was first launched in 2016 as a pilot project to cover fur and pharmaceutical products, has been expanded to cover the tobacco, footwear and pharmaceutical industries. The system should help to reduce the volume of counterfeit goods in the country. Read more

Law Firms

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1 Aug 2019

Best practice in litigation strategies: global perspectives

Trademark experts from around the world offer practical guidance on how to maximise the chances of litigation success in their jurisdiction. Read more

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. 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

IP Offices

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26 Jun 2020

Impact of covid-19 pandemic on IP practice in Russia

The restrictions imposed by the Russian government in the wake of the covid-19 pandemic had some positive effects on IP practice, as Rospatent was encouraged to speed up the introduction of new online platforms encompassing all its services. Read more

29 Jul 2019

Road to Russia: why Rospatent is positive about the future

Over the past couple of years rapid improvements have been made at the Russian IP office. In an exclusive feature, the head of the registry looks at its current operations and speaks candidly about plans for the future. Read more

29 Jul 2019

The future is bright for Rospatent

Over the past couple of years rapid improvements have been made at the Russian IP office. In an exclusive column, head of the registry Grigory Ivliev looks at its current operations and speaks about future plans. Read more

17 Jul 2019

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

Online

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21 Aug 2019

From Jumia to Ozon: the regional e-commerce sites that rights holders need to be policing

Outside of North America and China, new ecommerce marketplaces are springing up at an increasing rate. As these regional platforms grow, infringers have swarmed to them in response to the global platforms’ growing anti-counterfeiting efforts. Read more

1 Aug 2019

How FaceApp’s terms of use could open risk of infringement that you can’t fight

A media storm has circled around Russian-owned FaceApp over fears that personal data is being sold for potentially nefarious purposes. We speak with an expert about the legal issues that rights holders should be aware of. 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

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'.

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Portfolio Management

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11 Mar 2020

Allianz retains ROSNO mark following dispute with competitor

In the dispute between insurance companies Allianz and RESO-Chance, the Russian IP Court has ordered the partial termination of one of Allianz’s ROSNO marks for certain services, but found that the other marks had been put to genuine use during the relevant period. Read more

20 Jan 2020

BBC recovers its TOP GEAR trademark after two-year battle

The Russian Intellectual Property Court has overturned its earlier decision in a case involving the invalidation of the British Broadcasting Corporation’s TOP GEAR trademark. Read more

24 Dec 2019

Clearing the market of FMCG counterfeits

Russia’s fast-moving consumer goods market is growing thanks to increasing consumption and accelerated competition between manufacturers and retailers. Players in the market should consider IP protection, advertising and unfair competition when building an effective enforcement strategy. Read more

14 Nov 2019

Protecting and enforcing design rights: Russia

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Trademark law

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10 Jun 2020

Important developments in three-dimensional trademarks protection in Russia

In this guest analysis piece, Eugene Arievich examines two recent pieces of case law that resulted in 3D marks being accepted onto the register. Read more

9 Dec 2019

Litigation procedures and strategies: Russia

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1 Oct 2019

Procedures and strategies for pharmaceutical brands: Russia

In 2018 the top development strategy of companies involved in the Russian pharmaceutical market was ‘aggressive marketing’. In such circumstances, trademark registration takes on considerable importance as it provides an effective measure to secure exclusive rights over a product’s unique identity. Read more

30 Sep 2019

Building an effective enforcement strategy to fight unfair competition in advertising

In the fight against unfair marketing practices, businesses operating in Russia would be well advised to understand the correlation between unfair advertising and unfair competition and to take account of the relevant legal provisions so as to build up an effective enforcement strategy. Read more