Intellectual property right issues in Russia
Recent years have seen rapid
developments in the protection of intellectual property rights (IPR) in Russia, which
has also become party to a number of major international IPR conventions. Russia has, in
many respects, elaborate IPR legislation largely corresponding to western
legislation, the differences being found in registration obligations applying
to licence agreements, for example. As the national agency for trademarks and
patents, the Federal Service for Intellectual Property, Patents and Trademarks
(Rospatent) runs a few regional offices. While the Ministry of Justice and the
Ministry for Antimonopoly Policy are in charge of IPR legislation, Rospatent
provides its expertise to these ministries. Rospatent has also issued
regulations with legal force inferior to Acts, governing intellectual property
For several years now, the Finnish (e.g.
the National Board of Patents and Registration) and Russian authorities have
co-operated in the field of intellectual property rights, chiefly based on
training for officials and business executives, as well as the exchange of
information. The Ministry of Employment and the Economy seeks to place an
ever-increasing emphasis on issues related to the protection of intellectual
property rights in Russia.
In this respect, issues of special importance include the settlement of
disputes related to intellectual property rights encountered by Finnish
companies, IRP compliance and the efficient implementation of IPR measures.
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