Legal Updates

Two federal laws adopted in April and June 2021 give the government additional powers to make decisions to allow the use of patented rights without the patentee's consent and with the payment of an appropriate compensation.
On June 17, 2021, the Russian government issued a ruling that introduced changes to the official fees related to patent examination and the issuance of original certificates.
In reaction to the surge of new COVID-19 cases in Russia’s capital, the Moscow mayor has decreed extra non-working days in addition to the already extended (because of a national holiday) weekend of June 12-14.
On 31 July 2020 Federal Law 262-FZ made several amendments to the Civil Code regarding the examination of invention and utility model patent applications. Most of the amendments will take effect on 1 August 2021, although some took effect in Autumn 2020.
Russia’s president has decreed additional days off to prevent a possible rise of COVID-19 cases during traditional public holidays in early May.
The Eurasian Patent Office announced that they will accept Eurasian design patent applications starting June 1, 2021. Initially, five countries will be covered.
On December 29, 2020, the Belarussian president signed into law a bill introducing amendments to the the country's Tax Code, including provisions related to intellectual property. Effective date: January 1, 2021.
The Kazakhstani Patent and Trademark Office increased some official fees levied for trademark registration and renewals.
The Russian Government released a new version of the Rules on remuneration for employee's inventions, employee's utility models, and employee's industrial designs.
Amid concerns over COVID-19 second wave, the Russian Patent and Trademark Office (Rospatent) postponed all the hearings at the Chamber for Patent Disputes falling on the week of November 23-27.