The Russian Parliament adopted the Law on creation of a specialized Intellectual Property Court. The new court is planned to start working in 2013. It will handle two categories of cases: disputes with PTO and appeals in IP infringement cases. All the cases will be heard by a panel of judges. For purposes of studying technical issues (e.g. in patent diputes) the stuff of the Court will include advisers with an appropriate qualification. Creation of IP Court is supposed to improve the existing system of handling complicated IP related disputes.
Today our firm is celebrating its first anniversary. One year ago four leading legal professionals in the Russian IP services market established a new law firm Ivanov, Makarov & Partners. The firm was aimed at rendering high standard services along with being responsive and flexible. During the past year the firm won several landmark IP cases in the court and was engaged in all kind of IP matters (trademark and patent filings, enforcement of rights, prosecution of unfair competition, domain name disputes etc.). We are constantly developing our practice and expertise.
Mark Chizhenok, the partner of Ivanov, Makarov & Partners participated in the Fifths Russian Science Festival which was held in Moscow's major universities, museums and exhibition centers. Mr. Chizhenok delivered a speech to the law students of the Russian People's Friendship University about the importance of legal science and, in particular, the importance of intellectual property awareness among lawyers, entrepreneurs and general public. The meeting was also attended by the teachers and professors of the University.
A research on IP protection in Russia neighboring countries conducted recently by Ivanov, Makarov & Partners law firm has revealed that the Republic of Abkhazia which proclaimed its independence of Georgia in the year 1999 and was recognized by Russia in the year 2008, does not support legal protection of Georgian trademark registrations on the territory of Abkhazia and intends to establish an independent trademark register. Preliminary trademark applications may be already filed with the temporal register to secure priority dates.
The Russian High Arbitration Court has finalized the draft of the bill which will be proposed to the Parliament to introduce a specialized Intellectual Property Court in Russia. According to the draft the specialized court will consider all cases where businessmen or legal entities dispute the decisions of the Russian Patent and Trademark Office. It should also become a supervisory instance for other courts' decisions on IP infringement cases. The court will be serviced by selected specialists (engineers) who should help the judges to understand technical issues of the cases.