Legal Updates

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.
By presidential decree on March 25, 2020, the week starting March 30 is declared a week off.
Amid growing concern over the COVID-19 pandemic, the Russian Patent and Trademark Office (Rospatent) and the Eurasian Patent Office (EAPO) announced amendments to their work processes.
Pursuant to the Supreme Court’s ruling of March 18, 2020, Russian courts are to postpone most hearings.
On December 13, 2019, new trademark official fees were approved by Presidential Decree № 1533. Apart from changing the fee amounts, the document de facto introduces some new state services.
Member states to the Eurasian Patent Convention adopted the Protocol on the Protection of Industrial Designs at a Diplomatic Conference held in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.
On July 1, 2019, the Ministry of Agriculture of Russia approved the list of botanical and zoological genus and species provided for in Article 1413 of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation.
A federal law regulating registration and legal protection of a new intellectual property right – a geographical indication – was signed by the Russian president on July 26, 2019.
Following a long-standing delay in enacting a new legislation on IP fee increase, the Ukrainian government adopted amendments to all IP-related official fees on June 12, 2019.
An agreement on trademarks, service marks, and appellations of origin has been signed by the Eurasian Economic Union member states. The Agreement will take effect after 2020.