IP in Crimea: Russia Issues New Deadline for Filing Revalidation Requests
The deadline for filing revalidation requests for IP rights originally registered in Ukraine and owned by the parties permanently residing or located in Crimea has been moved from January 1, 2015 to July 1, 2016.
On July 22, 2014, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin signed a law regulating IP protection on the territory of the Crimean Peninsula, i.e. the Federal law on the additional amendments to the Federal Law on the introduction into effect of Part IV of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation.
According to the law, Russia recognizes the exclusive rights to inventions, utility models, industrial designs, trademarks, service marks and appellations of origin that were originally registered in Ukraine and owned by the parties permanently residing or located in Crimea, provided that the rights are re-registered on the basis of applications submitted to the Russian PTO by IP right owners who had become citizens of the Russian Federation or by former Ukrainian legal entities that had been re-registered as legal entities in the Russian company register.
In case they have pending Ukrainian applications, the above-mentioned persons can re-file the applications in Russia in order to maintain prior rights from Ukrainian applications.
Prepared by: Alla Prikhodko
Source: Consultant.ru legal information portal
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