Legal Updates

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.
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.