On August 3, 2020, the government of the Russian Federation approved the action plan, so-called "road map", for implementing the systemic changes in the business activities legal regulation in the intellectual property field.
The Ministry of Economic Development, the Ministry of Education and Science and Russian Patent Office were instructed to change the Civil code, namely, to allow self-employed and citizens to register trademarks, dispose these marks and include intellectual property rights in the capital of their startups. The changes also provide some tax benefits on income from license payments.
The relevant bill is expected to be submitted to the government in May next year, and the state Duma meeting regarding this issue is planned in the third quarter of 2021.
The government would also like to make some amendments in the Civil code regarding the examination of utility models and patents applications, which will allow Russian educational organizations and scientists to participate in the analysis. At the same time, organizations need to get Russian Patent Office accreditation. These changes will help to improve the quality of expertise, since it will involve specialists in specific areas of science and technology.
The document also sets deadlines for the process of making international agreements on the protection of intellectual property legally binding. These include the Protocol on the protection of industrial designs to the Eurasian patent Convention of 1994 and the Agreement on trademarks, services and designations of goods manufacture places of the Eurasian economic Union. These documents allow the protection of trademarks and industrial designs in several countries at once.
Head of Rospatent Grigory Ivliev sees in the upcoming legislative changes prospects for an entirely different level of intellectual property management in Russia. Today, intellectual property is the most important intangible asset that allows the protection of rights and improve reputation in a highly competitive environment.