The characteristic Russian graphic elements that occur in folk crafts can be registered as trademarks in Russia. The proposal was submitted to the Ministry of Industry and Trade from the Association of Art Industry Market and the National Union of Artistic Festivals.
If the initiative is approved, manufacturers will be obliged to pay a special tax for the use of these designs.
The authors of the proposal believe that this is an effective way to deal with counterfeit products and counterfeit souvenirs abroad.
First of all, it is true for the famous “Gzhel”, “Khokhloma”, “Zhostovo” craft products. These names have already been registered as trademarks, but this is not enough to combat counterfeiting.
The current law on Russian patent attorneys is to be amended for the first time since its adoption in 2008. Today, there are 1806 patent attorneys in Russia, which provide legal services in the field of intellectual property law. At the same time in Germany there are twice as many such specialists.
“Russian legislation in this area needs modernization”, said senator Sergei Fabrichny. “The most important thing in our bill is a new balance of interests of intellectual property owners, applicants, patent attorneys, and state authorities that meets the requirements of the present time”.
According to the senator, the new law will detail the powers and tasks faced by Rospatent and the Federal Chamber of Patent Attorneys, which will be created. By the way, all Russian patent attorneys will be obliged to become its members. It is also expected that the standards of the profession will be formalized and adopted.
In addition, a notion of a “commercial secret” of a patent attorney is expected to appear.
The senator noted that amendments to the law on patent attorneys have been discussed for several years already. But only now, according to him, they have become closer to having a foothold in the law.
McDonald’s filed a McDelivery trademark application with the Russian Patent and Trademark Office to register the mark itself as well as a logo for the delivery service. This is reported by the news agency “Moscow”.
Registering its trademark in Russia seems to be an obvious step, as it has been previously reported that McDonald’s is planning to launch a food delivery service in the country.