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Protecting geographical indications in Russia: change on the horizon?

Gorodissky & Partners


The level of IP protection afforded to geographical indications (GIs) varies widely from country to country, with significant differences in the legislative systems and legal definitions used to secure and enforce GI rights. Despite the availability of legal protection for appellations of origin, Russian law currently does not provide protection for GIs. This falls short of the actual needs of businesses using geographical names to distinguish their products on the market.

However, a draft law extending legal protection to GIs on the basis of registration was recently introduced, which would also increase protections for appellations of origin. If adopted, the draft law will be a welcome addition to Russia’s IP regime. This webinar will examine the provisions of the draft law in detail and consider the practical implications for businesses.


Vladimir Trey
Partner and Head of Trademark Department

Vladimir Trey joined Gorodissky & Partners in 1999 and was promoted to partner in 2010. His experience includes counselling clients on various trademark issues, managing trademark portfolios through clearance and prosecution, and representing clients before the Russian Patent and Trademark Office and the commercial courts, including the Russian IP Court. He is also extensively involved in opposition and cancellation proceedings as well as transactional, enforcement and opinion work, including in relation to the recognition of foreign trademarks as well known in Russia and the protection of non-traditional trademarks.

Best Lawyers, Legal 500, WTR 1000 and MIP IP Stars all rank Mr Trey as a leading trademark practitioner in Russia.

Viacheslav Rybchak 

Viacheslav Rybchak graduated as a lawyer from Moscow State University of International Relations in 1998, specialising in international private law and IP law. He joined Gorodissky & Partners in 1999 and was promoted to partner in 2017.

Mr Rybchak specialises in obtaining legal protection for trademarks and appellations of origin for goods in Russia, the Commonwealth of Independent States and the Baltic states. He also counsels clients on all matters relating to the protection of designations registered as trademarks and geographical indications. He is extensively involved in invalidation and cancellation proceedings, and in representing clients before the Russian Patent and Trademark Office and the courts. He is a regular speaker at IP seminars and conferences in Russia and abroad and has authored numerous publications in foreign IP professional magazines.


Vladimir Trey
Viacheslav Rybchak


18 April 2019
15:00 - 15:55 UTC
55 min