As a result of the amendments to the Russian Civil Code which came into effect on 27th June 2019, it is now possible to obtain the temporary legal protection for industrial designs, particularly for those designs where the application was filed in Rospatent for the whole duration of publishing the application to granting the patent.

If an applicant requests so, information about an application for an industrial design which has successfully passed a formal examination, will now be published in the official bulletin. If a third party has used a patent holder’s industrial design, from the date of its publication, after passing the examination, up until the publication of information on the patent being issued, the patent holder will receive compensation.

This increase in IP protection has been enforced in order to aid the fashion industry and better protect the rights of designers and manufacturers of clothing and footwear.