Legal Updates

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.
Part IV of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation has been amended. The new provisions expand the use of electronic technologies in the registration of IP rights.
On July 21, 2020, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted bills concerning the protection of intellectual property rights.
Pursuant to a governmental resolution enacted on June 20, 2020, applicants are entitled to an extension of procedural terms in the Russian Patent and Trademark Office until December 31, 2020 on their specific request. The resolution came into force on June 22, 2020.
The Russian president has lifted the nationwide non-working days declared earlier from March 30 to May 11. More extended powers in respect of restrictive measures are given to regional authorities.
In a further attempt to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Russian president decreed another extension (until May 11) to the stretch of days off previously declared from March 30 to April 30.
In an attempt to delay the spread of the coronavirus, the Russian president decreed an extension from April 2 until April 30 to the stretch of national non-working days declared earlier from March 30 to April 3.