Great stories about patents and other IP
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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Copyright is Getting Crowded
Jul06

Copyright is Getting Crowded

Should you walk across Oktyabrskaya square in Moscow this week, you may see a booth selling T-shirts with a print of Putin walking his dog, Buffy. This may not be that surprising, after all we’ve seen plenty such T-shirts featuring the President, except that this image looks as if Putin’s personal photographer Alexey Druzhinin has channeled Vincent van Gogh’s famous painting of “Sunflowers”. These days it’s easy to merge any photo...

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Russia plans to subsidize applications for patents abroad
Jul05

Russia plans to subsidize applications for patents abroad

Russian inventors may soon find it easier to apply for patent protection around the world, thanks for a proposal by the Moscow government to subsidize their applications. The government has built in a number of safeguards, though, to prevent abuse of the system. Russian companies that want to protect their intellectual property abroad will have to apply for patents in other countries through so-called “operators” – firms that...

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Russia IP: A Story about Authors, Castles, Ghosts – and Corruption
Jul01

Russia IP: A Story about Authors, Castles, Ghosts – and Corruption

Copyright and royalty payments owed to Russian authors have allegedly been diverted to fund the lavish lifestyle of Sergei Fedotov, the director general of the Russian Authors Society (RAO), the organization is tasked with administering the intellectual property rights of authors and other rightowners. However on Tuesday Fedotov was arrested in Moscow and charged in the Tagansky District Court with serious fraud. According to...

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Russia’s Army deploys its latest weapon: patents
Jun28

Russia’s Army deploys its latest weapon: patents

It is an open secret that weapons made in Russia are selling well. Ever since Soviet times, both science and industry have been working for the military. Any new technology will always be assessed for its military application. No wonder that Russia manufactures plenty of high-tech weapons that are in great demand. Russia is the world’s number two in terms of arms exports (after the United States, but way ahead of China, France and...

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Rospatent won’t be a monopolist after all
Jun22

Rospatent won’t be a monopolist after all

Rospatent won’t be the patent agency to rule them all, at least for now. Last week, Russian media had reported that the government was planning to set up a United Agency to take charge of all aspects of intellectual property protection – from copyright issues to patents. The journalists even reported a name for the new agency, dubbing it the Federal Intellectual Property Service. However, the story turned was quickly called out to be...

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BRICS works to deepen patent co-operation
Jun22

BRICS works to deepen patent co-operation

Intellectual Property specialists from the five BRICS countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – are meeting in Moscow to discuss how to boost their multilateral cooperation. It’s the sixth meeting of the heads of the IP departments of these countries, this time hosted by Russia’s Rospatent. Over three days, the delegations from the IP agencies of all BRICS countries will discuss how far they have come in terms...

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