As a result of the amendments to Part IV of the Russian Civil Code coming into force on the 27th June 2019, industrial designs are at the moment protected through optional pre-grant publication of design applications.

The newly amended Part IV of the Russian Civil Code indicates that, if requested by applicants, the Russian IPO will publish in the Official Bulletin, information regarding industrial design applications, that have passed formal examination and from the application’s publication date onwards, be granted temporary protection. This acts as a contrast to the previous position where designs were published only upon grant, after passing substantive examination.