Trademark infringement

According to Russian law, a lawsuit related to unauthorized trademark use is to be filed with a local Arbitration Court. The Court’s decision is appealable in the same locality to the Appeal Court, whose ruling can be further appealed to the Intellectual Property Court as a cassation instance.

Sojuzpatent has a broad experience in all aspects of trademark litigation, representing both claimants and defendants in various cases every year. On many occasions, we assist clients in settling disputes without litigation.

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Is it possible to fast-track trademark registration in Russia?

Is it possible to fast-track trademark registration in Russia?


In order to accelerate the registration of a trademark in Russia the applicant may use the RUPTO’s paid service for conducting informational search in all classes of Nice Classification. The search is conducted within 10 days from the date of filing the respective applicant’s petition. Using the search results when considering the application allows  shortening the term of sending the first examination communication to the applicant and accordingly shortening the registration decision time to 2 months. The official tariff for this service amounts to 94,400 RUB.


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Which Russian IP rights are covered by the notion “means of individualization”?

Which Russian IP rights are covered by the notion “means of individualization”?


In Russian law, all IP rights are divided into two large groups:

  1. Results of intellectual activity and
  2. Means of individualization.

Means of individualization include:

  • trademarks (service marks);
  • company names;
  • appellations of origin of goods;
  • geographical indications;
  • commercial designations (trade names).

Means of individualization serve to differentiate a business or its goods or services and are subject to legal protection on a par with results of intellectual activity. Specific features of legal protection provided to each IP right are regulated by separate sections in the Russian Civil Code.


Can a single color be registered in Russia as a trademark?

Can a single color be registered in Russia as a trademark?


A color can be registered in the Russian Federation as a trademark if it is proved that the color has acquired distinctiveness through extensive use and the color is associated by customers with the applicant.


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What are the usual reasons for a trademark registration refusal in Russia?

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 claimed designation lacks distinctiveness;
  • it contains misleading, confusing or deceptive elements;
  • it contains elements that are contrary to public policy or to accepted principles of morality;
  • it consists of official arms, flags or other state emblems.

The most relevant and often used reasons for objecting to an application are that the trademark at issue lacks distinctiveness or is misleading.


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Do foreign applicants need a Russian trademark attorney?

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.


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