The attack of Russia to Ukraine in February this year has also affected the IP field. Especially the sanctions imposed against Russia and the counteractions of Russia against unfriendly countries have raised uncertainty and concern among IP right holders. New regulations have come into force, the recent one allowing parallel import of certain goods. All this has also had an impact on the fight against counterfeits in Russia.
Customs registration for IP rights is a tool for fighting counterfeits
Registration of IP rights at Russian Customs is still an efficient tool for fighting against counterfeits. The Register of IP rights is an open database which is regularly updated. Once the IP rights are recorded at the Customs Register, any unauthorized import or export of counterfeit products will be blocked by the Customs authorities, which stimulates the growth of legal sales.
The Customs procedure is straightforward – when detecting suspected goods (for example, imported by an unauthorized importer), the Customs authorities suspend the clearance of the goods for ten business days and contact the IP rights holder. Read more