The main reasons for conducting a trademark search are the following:
Conducting a search at an early stage may save you a lot of effort and resources in the future.
It is important to note that in our geographic region many applicants register their trademarks in or with Cyrillic characters. Therefore, the searches require specific algorithms as well as the searchers’ specific qualification and experience. That is why the searches should be conducted by professionals practicing within this particular region.
Trademark searches in Russia
In Russia, we may offer different types of word or device trademark searches.
A search may be conducted through the Russian Patent and Trademark Office (Rospatent) database. A Rospatent specialist provides us with a list of the most relevant trademarks of the records revealed in the course of the search.
Alternatively, a search may be performed by our specialist within an online database formed on the basis of information published by the Trademark and Patent Office of the Russian Federation.
It is also possible to reveal all trademarks filed and/or registered in the name of a specific applicant. This type of search may be helpful for due diligence, in case of trademark conflicts, and for other purposes.
Upon thorough review and analysis of the revealed trademarks, we will provide you with our comments and recommendations regarding potential use and registration of the proposed mark. We may vary the search terms, their volume, and the format of our opinion depending on our clients’ needs.
Trademark searches in other countries of the Eurasian Region
We are able to conduct different types of searches in former USSR countries, namely in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.
Who can sign a power of attorney to be submitted to the RUPTO, EAPO, Russian courts?
The signer does not have to hold any specific position or to be an executive of a certain rank. However, his or her position should be clearly indicated in the PoA. The signer should be duly authorized to act on behalf of the company, not just assigned to oversee certain cases. It is normally requested that the documents that empower the signer be mentioned in the text of the power of attorney. If the signer deals on the basis of a proxy, the powers of the person who has signed the proxy may also be checked. It is highly advisable that all the corporate titles coincide in different documents. For example, if the proxy is signed by the Chairman of the Board of Directors and the official title of the person who can sign according to the bylaws is Director, the respective Court may not accept the documents without requesting further clarifications.
What kind of documents evidencing use of the trademark can the trademark owner present to the court?
Current legislation provides that a trademark can be terminated based on a non-use cancellation action filed by an interested party with the Intellectual Property Court in case the mark is not in use for a continuous period of 3 years.
In order to maintain legal protection of its trademark the owner should provide the court with proper evidence of use.
The following can be submitted as proof of use:
Is sending a warning letter obligatory for initiating a non-use cancellation action against a Russian trademark?
Russian legislation provides for an obligatory pre-trial procedure in trademark non-use cancellation actions. In order to meet the requirements of the said obligatory pre-trial procedure the party which is interested in the trademark cancelation should send the Interested Person's Offer to the trademark owner. The Interested Person's Offer should contain an offer addressed to the trademark owner either to waive the rights for the trademark or to assign the trademark to the party that sent the offer (interested person).
The trademark cancellation lawsuit may be filed during 30 days upon expiration of two months from the date of forwarding the Interested Person's Offer.
Do foreign applicants need a Russian trademark attorney?
It is mandatory according to Russian legislation that foreign applicants be represented before Rospatent (the RUPTO) by a Russian patent (trademark) attorney who is listed in the Russian Register of Patent Attorneys.
To be successfully guided through the intricacies of national regulation and to ensure the needed scope of protection, it is important for the applicant to retain an experienced attorney.
Should I send a warning letter before filing a trademark infringement lawsuit in Russia?
According to Russian IP legislation, in commercial disputes on IP rights infringements, a warning letter (cease-and-desist letter or CDL) is obligatory and should be forwarded to the infringer before filing the lawsuit in case the right owner desires to claim damages or compensation.
The lawsuit can be filed if the infringer fails to satisfy the claims contained in the warning letter within thirty days after its dispatch.
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