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Recently, the Saint Petersburg Chamber of Commerce has come with a public initiative to amend Article 1487 of the Civil Code of Russian Federation, in order to provide for a less restrictive imports of trademark-labeled goods. As of now, the article allows only usage of a trademark in relation to the goods that were introduced into civil circulation in Russia by a trademark owner or with its consent, thus effectively banning an unauthorized importation of non-counterfeit trademarked goods from abroad (so-called parallel import).

An amended article shall allow for usage of a trademark in relation to any non-counterfeit goods legally introduced into civil circulation in any country. The only case when a restriction of such importation can possibly be applied is starting up a production of substitute goods in Russia by the trademark owner or with its consent.

Currently opinions of legal scholars and trademark attorneys in Russia vary widely as to whether a possible lifting of parallel imports ban can really favour customers, and/or importers and to what extent trademark owners” interests could be infringed by it.

Source: http://regulation.gov.ru/project/14362.html