Antibodies have a great potential, being a versatile, understandable and a very convenient building set of direct acting drugs. Therefore, the correct characterization of antibody-related inventions in claims is crucial for stimulating progress in relevant
areas of medicine as considered by Sojuzpatent LLC key specialists M. V. Kuptsova and T. N. Badaeva.
The situation of intellectual property protection in Russia has long been described by experts as disastrous. The share of illegal videocassettes in the Russian market is 50%, of audiocassettes 64%, and of DVDs almost 100%. In this connection, at the session
held on October 3, 2002, the Russian government determined the list of urgent anti-piracy measures.
The forthcoming entry of Russia into the WTO was the reason for perfecting national legislation in the field of IP rights protection. On October 12, 2002, an amended version of the Law on Competition and Monopolistic Activity Limitation on Commodity Markets
(the Competition Law) took effect. In particular, the amendments enable the Ministry on Antimonopoly Policy and Support of Entrepreneurship (MAP) to forward to the Russian Patent Office an injunction to annul a trade mark registration if the MAP declares such
a registration an unfair competition act.