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Patentica attorneys are among WIPR Leaders 2022!

We are extremely proud that our attorneys, Eduard Shablin, Vadim Chagin and Olga Gribanova have been listed among leading trademark, patent and copyright practitioners.
World IP Review has recently released a new guide of the top IP lawyers – WIPR Leaders 2022. The nomination period lasted four months, during which the research team selected over 1,700 best lawyers in the field out of 12,000 nominees.
For choosing this year’s leaders, WIPR studied candidates’ practice history, notable cases, level of expertise and extra activities in the field, such as published articles and educational initiatives, and Patentica’s nominees have lived up to these standards.
Patentica’s dedication to clients, high rate of successful cases and professionalism have been rewarded by positive assessment from WIPR.
You can see the new rating at:
https://newtonmedia.foleon.com/wipr-le…22/russia/

Patentica’s Delegates at AIPPI 125th Anniversary Celebration Conference in Brussels, May 13, 2022

The delegates from Patentica, Ms. Olga Gribanova (Partner, Head of the Trademark Department, Trademark Attorney) and Mr. Eduard Shablin (Partner, Head of the Moscow Division, Patent Attorney) are very pleased to have attended AIPPI 125th Anniversary Celebration Conference in Brussels, which took place on May 13, 2022.
We thank our colleagues, partners and friends for fruitful and long-awaited meetings. Please feel free to contact us for any questions related to intellectual property by sending an email to info@patentica.com or by writing directly to Olga (olga.gribanova@patentica.com) or Eduard (Eduard.shablin@patentica.com).
We look forward to new offline events and cooperation!

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GENERAL LICENSE NO. 31: The U.S. Government authorizes Certain Transactions Related to Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights in Russia

On 5 May 2022 the Department of Treasury of the U.S.A. published General License No. 31 “Authorizing Certain Transactions Related to Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights”, which refers to the previously adopted sanctions under Directive 4 under Executive Order 14024 “Prohibitions Related to Transactions Involving the Central Bank of the Russian Federation, the National Wealth Fund of the Russian Federation, and the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation,” 28 Feb. 2022

In particular, License No. 31 makes an exception for transactions made in connection with patents, trademarks, copyright and other form of intellectual property. As for now, the following transactions are authorized:

  1. 1. The filing and prosecution of any application to obtain a patent, trademark, copyright, or other form of intellectual property protection;
  2. 2. The receipt of a patent, trademark, copyright, or other form of intellectual property protection;
  3. 3. The renewal or maintenance of a patent, trademark, copyright, or other form of intellectual property protection; and
  4. 4. The filing and prosecution of any opposition or infringement proceeding with respect to a patent, trademark, copyright, or other form of intellectual property protection, or the entrance of a defense to any such proceeding.

The reconsideration of the previously imposed sanctions by the U.S. Government is beneficial to all of the U.S. owners of Russian intellectual property assets facilitating payments to enable the U.S. applicants and owners to file, prosecute, register and maintain their patent, trademark and design rights in Russia.
The full version of the License is available at: https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/126/russia_gl31.pdf

In general, the Russian and Eurasian patent offices operate as usual providing patent and trademark registration services to all of the foreign applicants – irrespective of their origin and presence in the Russian market.

As always, we are keeping a close eye on all of the ongoing law updates and amendments and would be happy to provide any legal assistance and advice on the intellectual property matters to our clients from all over the world.

Patentica Delegates at INTA 2022 Annual Meeting in Washington DС, April 30 – May 4, 2022

Dear Colleagues, we are pleased to inform you that delegates from Patentica, Ms. Maria Nilova (Managing Partner), Mr. Vasiliy Bykov (Patent Attorney, Chemistry & Biology) and Ms. Julia Malinina (Patent Expert, Chemistry & Biology) will be attending the upcoming INTA 2022 Annual Meeting in Washington ВС, April 30 – May 4, 2022.
If you wish to arrange a meeting with Patentica representatives, please feel free to send us a letter at rsvp@patentica.com
See you in Washington DС!

Julia Malinina

“The impossible is possible”

Julia’s technical background generally covers a wide range of disciplines in chemistry, including organic and inorganic chemistry, analytical chemistry, pharmaceutics, and materials science. She constantly visits various seminars and courses on patent related topics organized by Rospatent, EPO, and other intellectual property state organizations in order to develop her knowledge and stay updated with the latest IP novelties.

A keen explorer and sharp researcher, Julia has recently done a successful PhD in Chemistry, enjoys travelling, sports, creative hobbies and brings bright, energetic and vivid atmosphere to our team.


Expertise

Russian and Eurasian patent prosecution
Drafting applications
PCT national entry
Patent opposition

Technical areas

Сhemistry
Biochemistry
Chemical technology
Pharmaceutics
Materials science

IPBC Europe 2022 in London, on March 29-30, 2022

Dear Colleagues, we are pleased to inform you that PATENTICA will be represented at the IPBS Europe 2022 in London, on March 29-30, 2022 by Maria Nilova, Russian and Eurasian Patent Attorney, Managing Partner.
If you wish to arrange a meeting with Patentica, please feel free to send us a letter at rsvp@patentica.com
See you in London!

Recent court decisions on lawsuits filed in the name of companies from the countries labeled as “unfriendly nations”

Numerous claims in media that Russia’s response to sanctions will be encouraging infringement and backfire at companies from “unfriendly nations” in terms of IP protection are not accurate.
Global concerns are raised after an precedence decision was issued by the Arbitration court in Kirov on the lawsuit of One Entertainment UK Limited against a Russian entrepreneur over infringement of copyright to cartoon characters Peppa Pig and Daddy Pig, and trademark infringement with regards to IR № 1212958, № 1224441 (case No. A-28-11920/2021). The lawsuit was dismissed, because the judge considered it to be an abuse of rights, since the plaintiff is a legal entity from an “unfriendly” state. The decision, taken on 3 March 2022, can be appealed within a month in the Second Court of Appeals.
The judge referred to the Decree of the President of the Russian Federation “About application of special economic measures in connection with unfriendly actions of the United States of America and affiliated with them foreign states and international organizations” No. 79 of February 28, 2022.
This decision obviously was caused by misreading and misinterpretation of the mention decree, which does not stipulate or allows dismissing lawsuits initiated by entities from certain countries. Although such a court position is unprecedented, it was an initiative of a single judge, which will most likely be successfully appealed. It certainly does not demonstrate a common approach of the Russian arbitration courts and the Intellectual Property Court in particular or any official governmental position and cannot become a basis for similar decisions.
This ruling is considerably outweighed by recent decisions issued in favour of the very same One Entertainment UK Limited company over trademark and copyright infringement. For example, the following cases have been successful lately:
case А56-580/2022, decision of 15 March 2022: the court has ruled to collect compensation from the defendant (Russian individual entrepreneur) for infringement of copyright to cartoon characters Peppa Pig, Daddy Pig, Mummy Pig , George Pig and destroy counterfeited goods;
case А56-590/2022, decision of 15 March 2022: the court has ruled to collect compensation from the defendant (Russian individual entrepreneur) for infringement of copyright to cartoon characters Peppa Pig, Daddy Pig, Mummy Pig , George Pig and trademarks IR №1 212 958, № 1 224 440 and destroy counterfeited goods;
case А12-24261/2021, decision of 11 March 2022: the court has ruled to collect compensation from the defendant (Russian individual entrepreneur) for infringement of copyright to cartoon characters Peppa Pig, Daddy Pig, Mummy Pig , George Pig, Danny Dog, Rebecca Rabbit, Miss Sheep and trademarks IR 1212958, 1224441.
There is also a number of other favourable decisions in cases on trademark, copyright and industrial design infringements, where plaintiffs are entities from the countries that have been labelled as “unfriendly”, such the USA or South Korea:
case №А60-60028/2021, decision of 2 March 2022: the court has ruled to collect compensation from the defendant (Russian individual entrepreneur) for infringement of an industrial design No. 99993 owned by ENPRANY Co., Ltd. (South Korea) and bind him to stop the infringement by deleting information from marketplaces and civil circulation;
case А56-214/2022, decision of 15 March 2022: the court has ruled to collect compensation from the defendant (Russian individual entrepreneur) for infringement of trademark ROBOCAR POLI IR 1213307 and copyright to characters Robocar, Poli, Roy, Ember, Hally belonging to ROI VISUAL Co., Ltd. (South Korea) and destroy counterfeited goods;
case №А65-29944/2021, decision of 15 March 2022: the court has ruled to collect compensation from the defendant (Russian limited liability company) for infringement of copyright to character G-011 «CENTER STAGE» owned by MGA Entertainment Inc. (the USA) and destroy counterfeited goods;
case А50-31389/2021, decision of 15 March 2022: the court has ruled to collect compensation from the defendant (Russian individual entrepreneur) for infringement of trademark LOL No. 638367 owned by MGA Entertainment Inc. (the USA).
Court decisions that do not comply with the current legislation is a recurrent phenomenon in any jurisdiction, which is exactly why there exists the appeal system. A single erroneous decision does not demonstrate a tendency and cannot serve as a basis to jump to conclusions about the automatic cancellation of IP protection for companies outside of Russia. The Russian IP legislation is compliant with the international conventions and agreements, which is why it is necessary to keep monitoring and defending one’s rights.

ZENTIVA PHARMA vs. FARMATUN-1 LLC, DINAMIKA LLC and DINAMIKA MANAGEMENT COMPANY LLC. Dolphin nasal washing device.

On March 09, 2022, the Moscow Arbitration Court satisfied the claim of Zentiva Pharma against Farmatun-1, Dinamika and MC Dinamika for the protection of patent rights in relation to Dolphin nasal washing device (utility model No.151,829). The Defendants were forbidden to sell, offer for sale and store for these purposes their medical product “Duolor”.
Until 2018, Defendants were engaged in the production of devices and nasal washing products under the brand name “Dolphin” for Zentiva Pharma. After the transfer of production, they released under their brand a product “Duolor” similar to “Dolphin”.
Defendants insisted that their device is manufactured according the utility model No 196,933 and does not contain “a dispenser having an axial channel” described in Zentiva’s patent. But this argument was refuted by the patent examination. Further, the Сourt noted that the Defendants’ reference to the later utility model No. 196933 does not influence on the consideration of this dispute regarding infringement of the Zentiva’s patent.
Thus, the Court found that the Defendants’ product “Duolor” contains every feature of the plaintiff’s utility model, and a permission of the patent owner for production and sale has not been obtained. The Court satisfied the claim and recovered from the defendants the costs of the examination.

New compensation policy for compulsory license

The Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation  No. 299 “On Amending item 2 of the Methodology of calculating amount of compensation payable to patent owner as a result of decision to use invention, utility model or industrial design without patent owner’s consent, and procedure of its payment” was issued on 6 March 2022.

It introduces a special protocol for calculating compensation for a use of a patent authorized by the Government under Article 1360 of the Civil Code. Article 1360 of the Civil Code implies that for the purposes of national security, human life and wellbeing, the Russian Government may authorize a certain entity to use an invention under patent along with paying appropriate compensation to a patent owner. Now the decree specifies that if the patent owner is an entity/national from a list of “unfriendly countries”* there will be no compensation for such use.

Although it is not directly stipulated in Article 1360 of the Civil Code, such authorization by the Government is actually meant to be issued in a form of a special permission, which resembles a “compulsory license” in a commonly recognized international IP law practice.

Since the codification of the Russian civil law in 2008 before the adoption of  the decree in question, the compensation for such a “compulsory license” had been 0.5% of a profit obtained from such use, while only two “compulsory licenses” having been granted so far in pharma sector. Both were issued on the same patents relating to Remdisivir, which is an anti-COVID medicament.

It would be worth mentioning that according to the current legal practice, each request for such a “compulsory license” under Article 1360 of the Civil Code is supposed to be and will be considered carefully and individually on a case to case basis by the Government.

Therefore, this decree should not be understood to allow free unauthorized use of any patents by Russian companies. It does not imply patent infringement, theft of IP, etc., as many newspaper articles suggest either.

Should you require more detailed info and guidance  feel free to contact us at info@patentica.com.

* Australia, Albania, Andorra, Great Britain (including the Island of Jersey and controlled Overseas territories – Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, Gibraltar), all Member States of the European Union, Iceland, Canada, Liechtenstein, Micronesia, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, Republic of Korea, San Marino, Northern Macedonia, Singapore, United States of America, Taiwan (ROC), Ukraine, Montenegro, Switzerland and Japan

Russia joined the Lisbon Agreement on Appellations of Origin and Geographical Indications

On December 16, 2021, the State Duma adopted the Law on the accession of the Russian Federation to the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement on Appellations of Origin and Geographical Indications.

While the Agreement was originally introduced in 1958 and entered into force in 1966, only 30 member countries have joined it so far. Through these years the Agreement have undergone several revisions, the last one being Geneva Act of 2015, allowing for registration of geographic designations’ and participation of intergovernmental organizations.

It is hoped and expected that the Russian membership in the Lisbon Agreement shall advance the protection of regional brands supporting further development of local and foreign manufacturers, as well as strengthen the Russian integration within the global IP system.

We at PATENTICA will be happy to answer any further questions you may have on this or other news and insights published on our website. Please feel free to contact us for more details at info@patentica.com