Intellectual Property Court Opens in Moscow

03 July 2013 | Issue 5161

The Moscow Times

A specialized arbitration court that will oversee intellectual property cases opened in Moscow following the approval of the final list of judges, Kommersant reported Wednesday.

The Intellectual Property Court was established within the commercial court system on July 1, but the decision to unite the Supreme Court and the Supreme Court of Arbitration led to delays in its opening.

Now that the new court is up and running, it will deal with cases regarding patent rights, trademark violations and other intellectual property disputes. It will hear several thousand IP cases each year, said Viktor Naumov, a partner at Dentons law firm.

However, it will not have jurisdiction over Internet film piracy. Responsibility for this sphere has been passed to the Moscow City Court, a move that could cause friction between the two bodies, Intellectual Property Court Chairwoman Lyudmila Novosyolova said.

A permanent location for the court also needs to be found. At present, it is renting its premises on Ulitsa Mashkova, near the Supreme Arbitration Court.

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