Russia enables free use of Russian patents and other IP of rights holders in countries committing “unfriendly acts”

April 12, 2022

On 7 March 2022 a decree of the Russian government took effect, announcing that compensation need not be paid for the unauthorised use of Russian patents, utility models and designs to rights holders connected with foreign countries committing “unfriendly acts” against Russian legal entities and individuals.

In the case of patents, the citizenship of the Russian patent holder, the place of business, or the principal place where revenue is generated determines whether the holder of a Russian patent is connected with an unfriendly country.

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