The Government of the Russian Federation discussed issues of technological innovations

20th February 2015

The protection of technological innovations, including in the field of “industrial property”, was on the agenda of the meeting of the Presidium of the Presidential Council of the Russian Federation on Economic Modernization and Innovative Development of Russia

The meeting was held on February 17, 2015 and chaired by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. It is about the protection of inventions, utility models, and industrial designs.

“In recent years, Russia has developed a modern legislation in this field, no matter what anyone said. For some reason westart counting since the entry into the WTO ... I remember very well my own negotiations: endless talk about the fact that Russia does protect neither intellectual property nor industrial property. This, of course, is not true at all. We have a quite modern legislation that not only have been created in a certain period, but is constantly being improved and is developing,– said Dmitry Medvedev.

On October 1, 2014 changes to Part IV of Russian Civil Code came into effect, which included clarified procedure for disposal of exclusive rights, regulated relations between rights owners and users, other institutions we also introduced, – said the head of the Government of the Russian Federation. Furthermore, most of the work was done in the frames of a series of instructions given by the President and the Government, including the commercialization of intellectual property created at the expense of the budget, – Prime Minister said, opening the event.

In 2014 a single state information system for accounting results of research and development activities for civilian use was launched. It allows controlling the commercialization of inventions created at the expense of the state budget more efficiently. “We are talking about a significant sum of money to be sent to the research and development of various projects. And, of course, the research results should not gather dust on the shelves, but bring benefit to the state itself, and to development organizations, and eventually to the whole society. Let us discuss today how well the system works”, – said the Prime Minister.

Another problem is a very small amount of international security documents on Russian inventions.

Regulatory mechanisms and measures to support enterprises and authors of inventions, which will help this sphere to develop more dynamically, were also discussed.

On the contemporary markets not only technical specifications, but, of course, the appearance of a product, its industrial design matter significantly. “If we want to increase the export of high-tech products, protect interests of our companies abroad, it is important to participate in relevant international agreements. There is an idea of participation in the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs ... In all likelihood, this work should be accelerated”, – said Dmitry Medvedev.

Another topic for discussion included work in the frames of a specialized Russian Court for Intellectual Property Rights, which has been working for the past year and a half and reviewed more than 2.5 thousand cases.

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