The world we are living in is far from being perfect. People make mistakes, break laws, infringe the rights of others. Intellectual property rights are of no exception. In fact, enforcement of IP rights in courts is one of the main elements of effective legal protection of IP.
Russian court practice in IP field constantly evolving: the number of court cases is growing, some of them become landmark cases and services of professional IP litigators are in great demand. Long anticipated establishing the specialized Intellectual Property Court stresses the importance of high quality litigation in IP filed in Russia.
Litigation is a specialization of our firm. Our Attorneys at Law and lawyers are highly trained and experienced in all kinds of IP litigations: patent, trademark and copyright infringements, illegal use of company names and domain names, prevention of unfair competition and abuse of rights, collection of overdue royalties, termination of agreements, recovery of damages or statutory compensation. We are allowed to practice in all branches and instances of the Russian court system including high courts, specialized courts and the courts of different Russian republics and regions.
Yes, but it is rarely awarded in full.
We do not see any, at least in IP cases.
Yes, especially in trademark and copyright infringement cases where one can claim double cost of counterfeit goods.
Yes, but it is rarely awarded in full.
In the present world of key words, hash tags and global market trademarks may be the major assets of your business. Securing your trademark rights should be a priority task when entering a new market or even long before that.
Getting protection of your trademark in Russia is especially important due to the brutality of the young Russian market, developing and changing legal practices and increasing ever competition.
Our firm offers a full range of trademark related services. We carry out trademark searches and other third party rights clearance, filing and prosecution of trademark applications, oppositions and cancellation actions, trademark renewals, recording of trademark transfers and licenses, recording trademarks with Customs Registers of Russia and Eurasian Economic Union, protecting your trademark rights in courts.
- Usually, about 10-12 months.
Yes, you can list all 45 classes in one application.
Trademark can be cancelled if not used for 3 consecutive years.
Technologies are developing very fast nowadays. A device representing a cutting edge of the technology a year ago today may look outdated. Patent system is struggling to cope with this speed, but patent protection is still one of the most efficient tools for marketing of great ideas.
In Russia one can get patent protection relatively fast choosing between filing for an invention or utility model patent (the latter does not require inventive step). Each year the Patent Office grants about 40 000 new patents.
Our firm is able to assist you in getting your technology duly protected in Russia. We carry out patent searches, translations, national and Eurasian filings and prosecution, annuities payments, transfers and licensing. If patent work requires comprehensive technical expertise we invite highly experienced engineers to work as a team with our Patent Attorneys. Legal background of our Patent Attorneys helps to get enforceable patents.
Not necessarily. A patent application can be filed by inventor himself or by his assignee.
Yes, you can prolong it up to 5 more years if certain conditions are met.
Yes, you may obtain a patent for method of treatment of people or animals.
No, it is not. Neither algorithms and business methods.
Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan.
"Design sells"! This is an axiom of today's market. When dozens of similar devices with identical functionalities are offered to consumers the best looking and easy-to-use device will have better chances to end up in consumer's hands.
Protection wise, industrial design may be the most underestimated intellectual property option in Russia. However, our legal practice shows that design protection may be very efficient against unfair competition and trade dress infringements.
Our firm would be glad to guide you through the whole legal life of your design. We are conducting design searches, drafting and prosecuting design applications, challenging unfavourable decisions of the Patent Office or disputing the validity of competing design rights. Transferring, licensing and maintaining design patents are also our services as well as design litigations in courts.
Only essential features of the design are protected, and we have to list them in the application.
Yes, if it has original shape and/or composition of elements.
There are no news in this regard so far.
Being the member of the main international treaties regulating copyright issues the Russian Federation implements in its national legislation a fairly adequate protection of all copyrighted works.
The law provides for an open list of copyright protected works: the works of literature, art (including design), music, software, architecture, cinematography, derivative works (translations, adaptations, musical arrangements). So called neighboring rights cover the performances, master rights for music records, compilations and databases.
Special regulations for software protection allow the developers to obtain a formal document from the Russian PTO, which serves as proof of copyright. The Russian courts are generally favorable towards the authors and other right holders, the highest damages and compensations are awarded in copyright cases amongst other IP disputes. A special simplified and expedited court procedure is available for prosecution of many copyright violations in the Internet.
- Yes, but depending on the originality of the name and the fame of the work.
- Yes, a character, if distinctive through its written description or visuals, could enjoy an independent copyright protection.
- No, but placement of copyright information is very useful if a dispute arises.
Due to length and costs of patent and trademark registration procedures it is advisable to conduct a search before filing an application. It also makes sense to check whether your using a mark or a technology infringes somebody's prior rights.
The importance of searches and IP monitoring is underestimated by the Russian market. Specialized searching and monitoring are not promoted enough by local service providers and few Russian companies understand the worth of making searches prior to marketing of a mark or a product.
Our firm understands the importance of thorough and timely searches, using the best searching options and tools available. We have established a direct electronic communication system with the Russian PTO which allows us to order searches and receive results in the shortest time possible. We do word and image searches for trademarks, including recently filed trademark applications. Our searches may also target patents, copyright, company names, trade names, domain names, names of mass media, drug's names, etc.
We strongly recommend that you order our analysis because raw search results may look very confusing.
No, the Russian PTO conducts its own search for each new application.
Yes, subject to some restrictions.
Internet is spreading non-stop. Millions of websites are there to offer services, goods and information. Domain name system helps internet users to navigate through the World Wide Web and to remember websites they liked. Reflecting a trademark in the domain name is the most common way to choose a name for the site.
Russian internet has not avoided the problem of cybersquatting, typosquatting and other abuses of domain name system. It is advisable to secure your domain names in Russia as soon as possible to avoid wasting time and money on the legal actions.
As a law firm we specialize in protecting IP rights against infringements by unauthorized domain name registrations. We are able to register domain names in all domain name zones available in Russia. We conduct domain name searchers, negotiations with domain name owners, facilitate domain name transfers and, of course, we litigate against cybersquatters and other infringers.
No, you have to negotiate with the infringer or bring the case to the court.
Foreign persons register domain names without restrictions.
Domain names are registered on first come - first served basis.
In cases where the infringer of IP rights is unknown or where immediate actions are required, litigation may not be an appropriate option. Much more effective option in these cases is a police action, which may lead to an administrative or even criminal liability for the infringer.
The police in Russia has vast powers. They have the right to seize the allegedly counterfeit goods, inspect premises where the goods are stored, request for documents, interrogate witnesses, etc. If the court confirms the infringement investigated by the police, the infringer will suffer administrative or criminal penalties, and the counterfeit may be destroyed.
Our firm is able to provide you with all necessary services in connection with the police action. Though all police cases are of public prosecution, the IP holder and its representatives have many procedural rights, such as requesting the police for action, submitting evidence, examining case file, filing petitions, challenging experts, investigators and judges, participating in court hearings, appealing police actions and court decisions. We know how to use all these rights properly and will help to achieve the desirable result.
Yes, the police requests independent experts for their opinions in most IP cases.
Sometimes yes, but it is better to use litigation for this purpose.
No, litigation should be used for this purpose. The police action may result in a penalty for the past infringement only.
Imprisonment for the period of up to 6 years (applies to the trademark infringements).