Russia's Part IV problems
Last year Russia overhauled its IP legislation. Managing IP hosted a roundtable in Moscow to discuss the changes
PO - Does Part IV amount to a step forward or a step back for IP in Russia?
VO - I wouldn't put this question as categorically as a step forward or back. Part IV has been passed, and today we should look at how we will implement it, will it even be possible to implement it and what should be done to amend the obvious mistakes that exist in the code.
I believe these problems exist mainly because it was passed too quickly and specialists were not consulted. Also at the later stage of discussions when a working group was formed it included only those people who worked on the draft - I was included only at the very last minute. Issues on means of individualization [the term used in Part IV to denote trade and service marks, appellations of origin, trade names and commercial designations] were not discussed at all,...
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