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July 1, 2015 Vol. 70 No. 12 Back to Bulletin Main Page

ACC Members Participate in WIPO International Forum, Conduct Roundtable in Russia

The “Intellectual Property – XXI Century” International Forum was sponsored by WIPO at the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) in Moscow on April 21–23, 2015. In addition to the CCI, the Upper Chamber of the Russian Parliament, the Federal Service for Intellectual Property, the Russian Ministry for Industry and Trade, the Russian Ministry for Education and Culture and the Russian Court for Intellectual Property Rights acted as co-organizers of the Forum. For the first time in its history, INTA also joined the Forum as one of the co-organizers.

The Forum was opened by a plenary session featuring Sergey Katyrin, President of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Lyudmila Ogorodova, Russian Deputy Minister of Education and Science; Lyudmila Novoselova, Chairman of the Russian Court for Intellectual Property Rights; Michal Svantner, Director of the WIPO Office in the Russian Federation (WRO), which recently opened in Moscow; as well as representatives of major Russian (Rosatom) and foreign innovative companies (Microsoft). The Forum was welcomed by the Head of the Administration of the President of Russia and the Russian Parliament.

Bartosz Krakowiak (Polservice Patent and Trademark Attorneys Office, Poland), Chair of INTA’s Anticounterfeiting Committee (ACC), made a welcoming speech at the plenary session outlining the role of INTA in working out strategies for IP protection by building dialogues among government officials, non-governmental organizations, brand owners, practitioners and Internet Service Providers.

According to the CCI, the opening plenary session was attended by 243 participants out of 2,146 at the Forum. All events, including roundtables, were streamed online, with an audience of 1,560 people. On April 30, 2015, the leading Russian news channel ‘Russia – 24” aired a summary of the Forum on the “Business Vector” TV program.

“Intellectual Property on the Internet: Russian and Foreign Practices” was a roundtable held jointly by INTA and CCI, which took place on the heels of the Forum, on April 23, with 145 participants. The event was moderated by Denis Voevodin (Dentons, Russia), on behalf of INTA, and by Tagir Kalimullin, M-Video Corporate Relations Director. The event was organized and coordinated with the CCI by members of the ACC’s Eastern Europe Subcommittee, Anton Bankovskiy (CMS, Russia) and Oxana Pishvanova (Dentons, Russia). The panel covered the amendments to the Russian Civil and Criminal Codes affecting the protections of trademark rights, analyzed current case law and suggested some legal initiatives, such as expanding the scope of persons liable for promoting infringing goods and simplifying legal procedures for shutting down websites posting goods that infringe trademark rights.

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