Trademark Registration in Russia

Trademark Registration in Russia | How to Register a Trademark in Russia

A trademark attorney will usually process a trademark registration in Russian Federation by undertaking the following steps:

Step 1. Trademark’s Comprehensive Study:

Before filing for trademark registration in Russian Federation, it is important to assess all probable challenges that could come in the way of the registration process. This Comprehensive Study of the trademark helps in making a list of all comparable trademarks (graphically or phonetically) that might conflict with the one selected by you.

Step 2. Request of Trademark Registration:

The next step is that an attorney files your particular trademark registration in Russian Federation and fulfils all necessary steps in the Trademark Office for getting registration approval. After the trademark is filed, we send the filing report comprising of the application number, date, and a scanned copy of the complete application.

Will I have any right after having a registered trademark in Russian Federation?

Yes. This jurisdiction commands owners for registering their trademarks so as to establish rights. The first person to file rule usually applies in Russian Federation.

Can someone oppose a Trademark Application?

Yes, it can be opposed on the basis of the following:

  • A conflicting trademark has been filed on an earlier date
  • Trademark is opposing some moral principles or public order
  • Trademark is very similar-looking to some famous trademark
  • Trademark carries a graphical indication
  • Trademark is hostile to some territory’s reputation or name
  • Trademark is conflicting any trade names
  • Trademark is not unique, confusing, disparaging, or deceptive

If I get trademark registration in Russian Federation, will any rights get established?

Yes, the following rights get established by registration:

  • Exclusive right for usage and profit from the trademark
  • Right to oppose any similar trademark and request for its cancellation
  • Right for revocation request of any conflicting registration
  • Right to file for an infringement case against anyone using the trademark without prior permission
  • Right to get damages for infringement
  • Right to allot license to other businesses to use the trademark
  • Right to appeal to confiscate fake goods from customs authorities

Is Russian Federation a member of the Madrid System?

Yes. Russian Federation is a member of the international treaties like Madrid Protocol and the Madrid Agreement.

Is there any timeline or the approval of trademark registration?

The average timeline for approval of the registration is 12 months, provided no objections or oppositions happen.

If I register my trademark in Russian Federation, do I have protection in other territories?

No. The territorial limit of protection if only in Russian Federation.

What are the various kinds of trademarks permitted to be registered in Russian Federation?

Any sign that can be graphically shown and can set apart the product or service from its competitors can be registered:

  • Names
  • Words
  • Three-dimensional shapes
  • Devices
  • Slogans
  • Colours
  • Sounds
  • Holograms
  • Motion

Which kind of trademarks are not registrable?

Trademarks that are conflicting any public order or morality principles

  • Common terms that carry a broad meaning
  • Trademarks that do not display unique characteristics
  • Trademarks that operate primarily as names of some geographic location
  • Trademarks that use protected names/flags/symbols of some international organization, states or nations

Post the trademark registration in Russian Federation, for how many years is it valid?

The initial term of a trademark registration is 10 years (calculated from the application date).

When will I have to renew my trademark?

Subsequent renewals last for 10 years starting from the registration renewal date.

What would be the renewal date for a trademark?

The first renewal date of a trademark registration in Russian Federation is 10 years counted from the date of application filing.

What documentation is needed while renewing a trademark?

A power of attorney is needed for renewals.

Do I get a grace period after my trademark expires?

Yes, the grace period after the expiry of the renewal date is 6 months.

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