Legal Updates

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.
Significant amendments to Russian procedural legislation come into force in 2019.
Federal Law of December 27, 2018, № 549-FZ, “On amendments to the fourth part of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation,” introduces provisional protection for industrial designs starting June 27, 2019.
By the end of 2018 Russian Patent and Trademark Office is to complete preparation of the guidelines regulating the procedure of rendering state services for registration of IP objects. Most of the guidelines were already adopted, some are under final consideration after being exposed for public comments.
EAPO and Korean IP Office signed Memorandum of Understanding on Patent Prosecution Highway.