Legal Updates

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.
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.
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.