In the November 2011 Alert, we discussed the creation of a special court for intellectual property disputes (the “IP Court”). Several steps have been taken to set up the IP Court’s activity.

One of these steps is a government decree that has amended the rules of the commercial courts and has set the provisions on the IP Court’s general work organisation, its judicial boards’ work, and the procedure to hear cases. Another decree specifies that the IP Court will be located in Moscow. Additionally, the Higher Judges' Qualifications Board of the Russian Federation has announced the opening of the position of Presiding Judge of the IP Court.

The IP Court is expected to begin functioning on 1 February 2013. The purpose of the IP Court is to facilitate the review of intellectual property disputes and improve the quality of court proceedings.

[Decree No. 33 of the Plenum of the Supreme Commercial Court of the Russian Federation “On Amending the Rules of the Commercial Courts of the Russian Federation”, dated 22 June 2012] [Decree No. 17 of the Plenum of the Supreme Commercial Court of the Russian Federation “On Specifying a Permanent Location of the Court for Intellectual Property Disputes”, dated 22 June 2012]