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.