March 31, 2014
Intellectual Property alteration due to the Civil Code amendments in Russian Federation

Russian Government is considering the acceptance of set of amendments to Civil Code that will significantly affect Intellectual Property sphere. These amendments are planned to come into force on October 1, 2014.

Here are some changes concerning the IP:

Industrial Design registration term will be reduced up to 5 year term, that can be extended each 5 year term but can not exceed 25 year term in total.

Protection of Industrial Design will depend on images instead of the list of basic features.

It is planned to carry out the substantive examination of utility model application instead of the present UM registration procedure use.

Also changes concerning trademark registration and registration of assignment, license or pledge substitutes the registration of an assignment, license or pledge agreement are expected.

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