Great stories about patents and other IP
An Unfinished Symphony for the famous beer
Oct21

An Unfinished Symphony for the famous beer

The regular hearing in the Russian patent court between the companies Multibeer and Budweiser Budvar, which took place on March 25, has once again come to nothing. The court has postponed the trial to the end of April. The core of the dispute between the plaintiff and the defendant is the determination of priority in the use of the “Budweiser” trademark in Russia. The litigation, which started last summer, might become a long-playing...

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Aviakor may enter the spin
Aug17

Aviakor may enter the spin

This year, on 27th of July, in the Arbitration court of Samara, judge D. K. Goldstein partially upheld the claim of Ukrainian design bureau in the case of the state enterprise “Antonov” (Ukraine) v. Aviakor (Russia). Now the Russian aircraft factory will have to pay royalties for using the intellectual property of the Ukrainians in manufacturing the products at their factory in Samara. It is officially declared that “Antonov” have...

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Rosneft goes North
Jul29

Rosneft goes North

The Arctic Research Center (ARC) has just been granted a patent in Russia on a process for geophysical exploration – which at first glance may be unremarkable, given the fact that the ARC is part of oil and gas giant Rosneft. Also contributing to the research were leading scientists at the Geological Faculty of Lomonosov Moscow State University. The new technology makes it cheaper to explore the Arctic shelf for potential new oil...

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The three-headed defender of Russian authors
Jul29

The three-headed defender of Russian authors

We recently reported the travails of Sergei Fedotov, the defender of authors’ rights in Russia and notorious collector of castles. Currenlty he’s a defendant rather than a defender. To add to the woes, the Russian Presidential Office for the Rights of Business and Intellectual Property reportedly plans to file a class action lawsuit against the Russian Authors Society (RAO), which Mr Fedotov chairs. The man in charge of the Office for...

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Patent trolls try to make Russia and Ukraine their home
Jul27

Patent trolls try to make Russia and Ukraine their home

Patent trolls are trying to make former Soviet states their home, and not just in Russia. Take Ukraine, where patent trolling already has become a profitable business. As always, the devil is in the detail, so here’s a little guide to how Ukrainian-style patent trolling works. Let’s assume there is a company called “Krashchy Patent” (which translates from the Ukrainian as “The best patent”). The firm receives an SMS from a truck...

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Patent wars in Siberia
Jul15

Patent wars in Siberia

The Moscow government is pushing the idea of substituting imports with homegrown Russian innovation, but in reality many inventors and manufacturers find this rather hard going. Take for example the case of two typical medium-sized companies based in Siberia. Six years ago, in 2010, they started as one firm, called “Akvilon”, based in Academgorodok, Novosibirsk. A group of men pooled their knowledge and resources to begin the...

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Russia and Canada – two countries failed by their patent systems?
Jul08

Russia and Canada – two countries failed by their patent systems?

Russia’s patent system is notorious. It barely works; in fact, if it does anything at all, it makes the process of patenting an innovation more difficult. Why? Because in Russia – and only in Russia – patents don’t earn the inventor any money. That’s why many of the country’s innovators file their patent applications abroad. However, as it turns out, Russia is not the only country with such a problem. Canada is arguably facing a...

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