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Russia stops paying patent fees to unfriendly countries
Post on 03/13/2022 | keywords:Russia | Hits:516


On March 7 local time, the Russian government revised the provisions on patent compensation in the law.

According to the new regulations, if the patent holder comes from an unfriendly country or region and his invention, utility model or industrial design is used without authorization, the amount of compensation to be paid is 0% of the actual income from the production and sale of goods, completion of work and provision of services, that is, there is no need to make any compensation for the unauthorized use of the patent.

According to the Moscow Times on March 7, the Russian government has approved the list of unfriendly countries and regions, including the United States, EU Member States (all 27), Ukraine, the United Kingdom, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Korea, Singapore, Switzerland, Montenegro, Albania, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco Northern Macedonia, San Marino, Micronesia and Taiwan, China.

At present, the companies that apply for patents most in Russia mainly include Philips in the Netherlands, Siemens in Germany and Qualcomm in the United States. In addition, a considerable number of Japanese companies apply for patents in Russia, especially Toyota and other automobile companies.

After the amendment of the Russian law, the patents of these countries have been infringed and can no longer claim compensation, but this is not a complete abolition of the patent, and the patentee can also request to stop the infringement. In other words, after the infringer uses the patent, the patentee can sue to stop the infringement and refuse to use it again, but he can't get any compensation. This is equivalent to a patent without teeth.

The potential impact of Russia's new regulations on the intellectual property industry is far-reaching. Since then, multinational corporations are bound to be more cautious about applying for patents in Russia, and international cooperation in intellectual property rights will be reduced.

The Russian government allows its citizens and companies to repay their debts in rubles to foreign creditors on the list of unfriendly countries. The debtor of the Russian side may require the Bank of Russia to open a special ruble account in the name of the foreign creditor, and transfer the equivalent ruble to it on the day of payment according to the exchange rate of the Central Bank of Russia.

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