The Tax Code of the Russian Federation has been amended to exempt parties from having to pay state duty when filing a court case. Specifically, the amendments apply to cases where a compulsory license is being requested for the use of intellectual property when the copyright holder is a party other than the author.

The adopted law is expected to facilitate the development of compulsory licensing for intellectual property in Russia.

[Federal Law No. 100-FZ “On Amending Articles 333.36 and 333.37, Section Two of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation, and Article 8 of the Federal Law ‘On the Skolkovo Innovation Centre’”, dated 10 July 2012 (adopted by the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation on 22 June 2012)]