Friday, March 25 2022   \  Published by Am Badar & Am Badar.

Russia Legalizes Patent Theft from ‘Unfriendly’ Countries

On March 6, 2022, Russia officially authorized “stealing” patents from “unfriendly” nations and anybody associated with such countries. The Russian Government said in the regulation that unlawful use of the patent will not be compensated.

Dmitry Peskov, the Russian President’s spokesperson, has not yet issued a decree rescinding trademark protection. However, Russia’s Ministry of Economic Development announced that authorities were considering lifting limitations on the use of intellectual property on some commodities exported to Russia, such as innovations, computer programs, and trademarks.

The “Unfriendly” Countries

According to the Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation of 06.03.2022 No. 299, it is stipulated that there are 48 (forty eight) countries that are considered “unfriendly” countries, which consist of:

  1. 27 Member States of the European Union;
  2. Australia;
  3. Albania;
  4. Andorra;
  5. the United Kingdom (including its Commonwealth of Nations);
  6. Iceland;
  7. Canada;
  8. Liechtenstein;
  9. Federation of Micronesia;
  10. Monaco;
  11. New Zealand
  12. Norway;
  13. Republic of Korea;
  14. San Marino
  15. North Macedonia
  16. Singapore;
  17. United States of America;
  18. Taiwan;
  19. Ukraine;
  20. Montenegro;
  21. Switzerland; and
  22. Japan.

The decree allows compensation in the amount of 0% (zero percent) of the person utilizing the patent’s revenue, which is given to the patent’s owner in regard to a foreign country undertaking “unfriendly” acts against Russian legal companies and individuals. This clause applies to patent owners who hold citizenship in certain countries, as well as patent owners who have a nation as their primary place of registration, primary location of business activity, or primary site of income received.

Please keep in mind that this regulation only applies within the Russian state’s jurisdiction. As a result of the policy’s implementation, a technology from these nations with registered patents in Russia is extremely vulnerable to theft. Read more


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