Requirements for use of a Russian trademark

What are the requirements for use of a Russian trademark?

Similarly to other legal systems, Russian legislation stipulates obligatory use of any trademark enjoying protection in Russia.

A trademark registration can be canceled at an interested person’s request if the mark has not been used for any three consecutive years after its registration. Rights holders must be able to prove use of the mark by either themselves or any person acting under their control. This can be a licensee or any other party who has an agreement with the rights owner.

The trademark must be used in essentially the same form as the mark shown in the registration, on or in connection with all the goods/services listed in the registration.

Failure to use a trademark during said period makes the registration vulnerable to cancellation. The cancellation action can be filed with the IP Court by any person who is able to demonstrate their legal interest.


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