04 JUL 2017

Russia has changed the procedure for resolution of disputes in the field of intellectual property rights at the pretrial stage

1 July the President of the Russian Federation approved amendments to the legislation about pretrial settlement of disputes.

This document, among the others, provides the pretrial settlement of disputes associated with the early termination of validity of a trademark because of non-using.

The new law also introduces the claim procedure for claims of copyright holders for damages or compensation, if the parties to the dispute are legal entities and (or) individual entrepreneurs.

The law provides that the legal protection of a trademark which is not used within three years from the date of registration may be terminated upon application of the person concerned.

The new legislation will enter into force after 10 days from the date of the publication simultaneously on the entire territory of the Russian Federation, i.e. on July 12.