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CIPR is a private-public partnership dedicated solely to advancing intellectual property rights protection, enforcement and reform in the CIS countries and the Baltic states. Through research, education, legislative initiatives, coalition building and legal, judicial and regulatory reforms, CIPR assists governments and businesses in the region to establish transparent and non-discriminatory IPR regimes and to adhere to international IPR standards.

CIPR is an official observer at the World Intellectual Property Organization and the CIS Interstate Council on the Protection of Industrial Property. More

CIPR Urges Congress to Grant Russia PNTR – March 15, 2012

In a letter to the members of the U.S. Congress, CIPR asked the Congress to graduate Russia from the Jackson-Vanik agreement and extend permanent normal trade relations (PNTR) to Russia before this summer, when Russia will accede to the WTO. More
CIPR/INTA Roundtable on Well-known Trademarks – Moscow – December 7, 2011

Russian and international trademark experts from the rights holder community, Rospatent and the USPTO examined issues, trends and practical steps for protecting well-known trademarks. CIPR member Baker & McKenzie was the lead organizer of the event. More
CIPR/INTA Roundtable on Parallel Imports and Trademark Protections in the Common Economic zone of the Customs Union – Moscow – December 1, 2011

Experts from Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, the U.S. and the EU provided rights holders with insights and practical strategies on how to address the Customs Union's potential impact on trademark protections and possible changes in the laws governing parallel imports. CIPR member Hogan Lovells was the lead organizer of the event. More

CIPR-Sponsored RF IP Law Enforcement Delegation's Washington, DC Visit to Meet with U.S. Government Counterparts and Rights Holders, November 14-17, 2011.
Senior Level Russian officials attended meetings with U.S. Government officials and rights holder groups to discuss how to expand cooperation in investigating and combating IP crime in the marketplace, on the border and on the Internet. Major sponsorship support was provided by TM Defence Legal Services, as well as Caterpillar, Philip Morris International, Diageo and Dell, Inc. The delegation's visit was part of CIPR's U.S.-Russia Intellectual Property Law Enforcement Engagement: Mutual Benefits Through Cooperation program. More

Sixth Annual Global Congress Combating Counterfeiting and Piracy in Paris
February 2011

CIPR Chair Lucy Nichols and other CIPR members were featured panelists and participated in working meetings with other rights holder groups and government officials. Corporate members Baker & McKenzie and TM Defence Legal Services were official sponsors. See photos from the Congress
Protection of Intellectual Property in the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan
May 2010

An analysis of the Customs Union and suggested IP protection strategies was provided by Hogan Lovells CIS Partner Natalia Gulyaeva at CIPR’s annual member meeting at the 2010 INTA annual meeting in Boston. Review the presentation
Parallel Imports Roundtable
Moscow, Russia
November 2009

CIPR and INTA co-sponsored an interactive roundtable discussion, Exhaustion of IP Rights Issues, Parallel Imports and Product Counterfeiting: perspectives of rights holders, regulators and legal practitioners, to examine this controversial issue and its possible implications for IP protections against fake and sub-standard goods and how rights holders conduct business. The event was hosted by Lovells CIS. More
CIPR and Lovells CIS Sponsored Web Seminar: "Use It or Lose It -2": New Challenges in Cancellation Proceedings for Non-Use in Russia
July 2009

Lovells CIS Partner and Head of IP Practice, Natalia Gulyaeva, and Lovells CIS Associate, Maria Kalashyan, discussed changes to Russia’s law on use requirements for a registered trademark and provided practical suggestions for avoiding cancellation proceedings for non-use during an online seminar for rights holders. Review the presentation
Russia IP Focus
Managing Intellectual Property
April 2009

CIPR Chair Lucy Nichols discusses the challenges facing IP rights holders in Russia, Ukraine and in other countries of the region and CIPR’s mission and activities in this dynamic area of the world in an interview with the Editor of Managing Intellectual Property, James Nurton. Read the article
September 2008

CIPR and INTA co-sponsored a roundtable “Practical Anti-counterfeiting Strategies: Working with Russian Customs and Law Enforcement Authorities” for rights holders in Moscow. In attendance were representatives of leading Russian and international companies and government officials from the RF Customs Committee and the Ministry of Internal Affairs. More




The IPReport is a monthly electronic newsletter published by CIPR. It covers a selection of topical and recent developments in intellectual property policy and enforcement, as well as analysis of important issues.


Online IP Rights. Tom Thomson, CIPR's Executive Director, is interviewed in, a leading publication in Kazakhstan, on intellectual property protection on the internet and what Kazakhstan is doing to protect IP rights online. Read

Impact of WTO Accession and the Customs Union on Trademark Protections. Janet Hoffman of Fross Zelnick Lehrman and Zissu, Denis Khabarov of Baker & McKenzie and Tom Thomson of CIPR provide a status report on Russia’s trademark protections and the implications for WTO accession and the recently enacted Customs Union with Kazakhstan and Belarus. Read

Russia:  new rules for IP agreements. Natalia Gulyaeva and Maria Eritsiyan of Lovells CIS provide an update on changes to the regulatory requirements for registering IP agreements entered into on or since January 1, 2009.  Spring 2009. Read

Industrial Designs and Utility Models in Russia Given Longer Term of Protection. Natalia Gulyaeva and Tatania Mrdulyash of Lovells CIS discuss changes in patent protections introduced in Part IV of the Civil Code, benefits to rights holders and important issues needing clarifications by Rospatent.  July 2008. Read

American Chamber of Commerce in Russia

“Dancing to a different beat: trademark licensing in new Part IV of the Russian Civil Code”. Natalia Gulyaeva and Pavel Arievich of Lovells and CIPR Co-Counsel Janet Hoffman of Fross, Zelnick, Lehrman and Zissu analyze the constraints on trademark licensing, including mandatory license recordal, present in Russia’s Part IV of the Civil Code in articles for Trademark World and the Russian IP Journal Patents and Licenses. June 2007. Read
American Chamber of Commerce in Russia

“Preexisting Domain Names as a Hindrance to Trademark Registration under Part IV of the Russian Civil Code”. The treatment of domain names in Part IV of the Civil Codes encourages infringement against legal trademark holders and loopholes for cyber squatters, say CIPR Co-Counsel and Baker & McKenzie partner Eugene Arievich and his colleagues Denis Khabarov and Andrei Minkov in this article published in the Russian IP journal Patents and Licenses. March 2007. Read

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