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.
If my Russian trademark is illegally used in a domain name, do I have recourse to UDRP procedures in order to transfer the disputed domain name without litigation?
If the domain name is registered in one of the following generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs): .com, .info, .net, .org, .biz, .name, .pro, .aero, .asia, .cat, .coop, .jobs, .mobi, .museum, .tel, .travel or in a new gTLD, your dispute may be resolved out of court on the base of the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP).
However, UDRP or similar dispute resolution proceedings are not currently available for .ru domains. In such cases, there are no options apart from litigation in court if the administrator does not concede to the trademark holder’s demand.
Can a light be registered as a trademark in Russia?
In the Russian Federation, a light designation can be registered as a trademark.
If a light is applied for registration as a trademark in Russia, it will be necessary to provide a description of the light symbols, their sequence, duration of lighting, and some other features.
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:
What are the usual reasons for a trademark registration refusal in Russia?
Apart from so-called relative grounds for refusal (likelihood of confusion with other rights protected in Russia), there are four basic (absolute) grounds for rejecting a trademark application, namely:
The most relevant and often used reasons for objecting to an application are that the trademark at issue lacks distinctiveness or is misleading.
In what way does a trademark differs from a trade name, a logo, or a brand? What does registration result in – a trademark, a logo, or a brand?
The words “brand”, “logo”, “label”, etc. are colloquial terms often used as synonyms for a trademark (service mark). Russian law instead uses only one legal definition – trademark (service mark). Thus, the registration of a designation with the patent office results in a trademark.
A trademark (service mark) is a designation used for individualization of goods (or services) of business entities or individual entrepreneurs, the IP rights to which belong to the trademark owner and are evidenced by a trademark certificate. In Russia trademarks can not be initially registered in the name of natural persons (individuals).
Trademarks can be in the form of a word, design, combination, three-dimensional shapes, sound marks etc. The owner of the trademark can indicate that it is registered and protected in Russia by placing one of these designations
next to the trademark:
“R”, ®, “trademark”, “registered trademark”.
Without the trademark owner's permission, nobody shall use designations which are identical to the trademark or designations that are similar to the trademark, in respect of the goods for individualization of which the trademark is registered, or homogenous goods, if such use may result in confusion of customers.
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