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Intellectual Property


In today’s knowledge economy, a large part of the value of your business is based on intangible assets and goodwill. Your intellectual property plays a key role in obtaining a competitive advantage. A cohesive IP strategy, including both commercialisation and enforcement, will ensure you get maximum value from your portfolio. With 150 specialist lawyers in 33 countries, we understand your business needs and have worked with some of the best-known brands, from banks to tech and media companies, pharmaceuticals and FMCG companies. This industry-specific approach can help you realise your commercial goals.

The right brands will win the hearts and minds of your customers. The right patents will prevent others exploiting your ideas or provide a substantial barrier to market access. Copyright, know-how and designs also play a vital role. We focus on key sectors relevant to you such as lifesciences, automotive, machinery, manufacturing, consumer products, financial services and TMC. This means you get in-depth industry knowledge as well as legal expertise for the protection of your IP. If you are involved in a dispute, we can guide you through the litigation process.

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Fed­er­al Law No. 549-FZ*, which gives right hold­ers tem­por­ary leg­al pro­tec­tion for their in­dus­tri­al designs, was fi­nally ad­op­ted on 27 Decem­ber 2018. The law comes in­to force on 27 June 2019. More in­form­a­tion on this law and these changes are con­tained in a.
Jean-Francois Marquaire
Do­ing Busi­ness in Rus­sia 2018
Rus­sia moves to­wards leg­al­isa­tion of par­al­lel im­ports
The Fed­er­al Anti-mono­poly Ser­vice of Rus­sia (FAS) has pre­pared a draft fed­er­al law*, which amends the Civil Code to leg­al­ise par­al­lel im­ports in­to Rus­sia. The amend­ments will come in­to force in 2021 and al­low the Rus­si­an gov­ern­ment to au­thor­ise the im­port of.
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Ex­traju­di­cial meas­ures set up to fight on­line pir­acy
In Novem­ber 2018, a memor­andum* (“Memor­andum”) on co­oper­a­tion for the pro­tec­tion of ex­clus­ive rights over di­git­al tech­no­lo­gies has gone in­to force in Rus­sia, signed by rights hold­ers and ad­min­is­trat­ors of in­ter­net ser­vices.
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In­dus­tri­al designs – Pro­posed bill of­fers new op­por­tun­it­ies for rights...
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Man­dat­ory IP dis­putes pre-tri­al set­tle­ment pro­ced­ures
Chin­a's courts pass con­tro­ver­sial rul­ings on open-source li­cen­cing
In a re­cent de­cision that could have leg­al im­plic­a­tions on the use of open-source soft­ware in China, the Beijing In­tel­lec­tu­al Prop­erty Court (BIPC) used a con­tro­ver­sial test to de­term­ine wheth­er soft­ware de­veloper YouZi in­fringed on copy­right or simply ex­ploited.