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Borenius Attorneys Ltd | Russia | 16 Sep 2021

FAS clarifies implementation of antitrust compliance framework

The Federal Antitrust Service (FAS) has recently provided recommendations and best practices for implementing an antitrust compliance framework within a company. Despite having the backing of a recent statutory provision, implementing such a framework is voluntary and thus the absence of one does not constitute a violation. However, in the case of a violation of competition law, an antitrust......
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Gorodissky & Partners | Russia | 30 Jul 2021

Russia denounces tax agreement with Netherlands

Russia has denounced its agreement with the Netherlands on double taxation avoidance and tax evasion provisions relating to income and property tax. The termination of the agreement is set for 1 January 2022. It is the first denouncement of a tax agreement in Russian history.
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Sojuzpatent | Russia | 19 Jul 2021

Amendments to Civil Code expand government's rights to mandate compulsory licences

Recently, two federal laws were adopted that give the government additional powers to make decisions to allow the use of patented rights without the patentee's consent and with the payment of an appropriate compensation. The amendments are based on article 5[A] of the Paris Convention and articles 30, 31 and 31 bis of the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights.
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Gorodissky & Partners | Russia | 16 Jul 2021

Be my guest – internet companies must go local in Russia

A new law requiring online businesses to obey the national laws and register with the Russian authorities recently took effect. By the end of 2021, internet companies must open offices in Russia. According to Parliament's explanatory note, the purposes of the new law are to "formalize the official presence of foreign companies, whose business in the IT field affects interests of Russian......
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Sojuzpatent | Russia | 12 Jul 2021

Official patent examination and original certificate issuance fees change

The government recently issued a ruling that introduced changes to the official fees related to patent examination and the issuance of original certificates. Among the changes are a new 50% discount to the examination fee if the applicant provides a preliminary patentability report prepared by an accredited organisation in accordance with the 2020 Civil Code amendments.
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Gorodissky & Partners | Russia | 4 Jun 2021

Range of benefits for companies domiciled in SARs significantly expanded

Numerous amendments to Federal Law 290-FZ on International Companies and International Funds recently entered into force, expanding the opportunities for international companies to redomicile to Russia and for international holding companies to enjoy tax benefits. This article examines the requirements around redomiciliation and the main amendments to the law.
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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer | European Union, Netherlands, Russia | 20 May 2021

End of Yukos saga may be in sight – ultimate attempts to set aside $57 billion awards are likely to fail

The annulment proceedings in the Yukos case, initiated by Russia with the aim of setting aside the largest arbitral awards in history, may finally be coming to an end after 16 years. It seems that an interim decision by the Supreme Court and the opinion of the advocate general may have given away which party is likely to prevail in this long-running saga.
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Gorodissky & Partners | Russia | 3 May 2021

New e-commerce rules take effect

The Russian Online Retail Association predicts that by 2025 the Russian e-market will be worth $128.8 billion. Therefore, national and international businesses which operate in Russia must monitor legal developments in this area. This article describes the basic regulations that govern online sales and highlights the important provisions of the new e-commerce rules. It also comments on a......
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Sojuzpatent | Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, etc. | 3 May 2021

EAPO announces launch date of Eurasian industrial design patent applications

In 2019 the Protocol on the Protection of Industrial Designs to the Eurasian Patent Convention was signed in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. According to the protocol, rights holders will be able to obtain legal protection for their industrial designs in all member states through a single Eurasian patent. The Eurasian Patent Office recently announced that it will accept Eurasian design patent......
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Sojuzpatent | Russia | 26 Apr 2021

Civil Code amendments: invention and utility model patents

In 2020 Federal Law 262-FZ made several amendments to the Civil Code regarding the examination of invention and utility model patent applications. Most of the amendments will take effect in Summer 2021, although some took effect in Autumn 2020. This article discusses the purpose of such amendments and the implications that they may have for parties which file patent applications in Russia.
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