On 22-24 October 2012, BASCAP, Rusbrand and ICC Russia presented key policy recommendations to advance Russia's intellectual property rights at the International Forum on Anti-Counterfeiting in Moscow. Protection of intellectual property rights (IPR) could foster innovation and boost economic growth for the Russian Federation. The recommendations were well received by Dmitry Medvedev, Prime Minister of Russia.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and ICC BASCAP Director Jeff Hardy - Photo Courtesy of Press Centre of Forum, Russia


The International Forum on Anti-Counterfeiting 2012 took place 22-24 October at the IEC "Crocus Expo" in the Moscow region. BASCAP, in cooperation with Rusbrand and ICC Russia, presented the Russian Federation with policy recommendations for the improvement and protection of IPR. The recommendations succeed the country's recent membership to the World Trade Organization (WTO) and its involvement with Trade-related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS). BASCAP's report, Promoting and Protecting Intellectual Property Rights in the Russian Federation, serves as a roadmap to guide Russia's IPR toward international standards.

Key recommendations

Mr Medvedev reviews BASCAP's IPR recommendations

Representing the ICC BASCAP initiative at the Forum, BASCAP Director Jeffrey Hardy presented findings from the BASCAP report, Promoting and Protecting Property Rights in the Russian Federation, to Mr Medvedev. The report sets out BASCAP's recommendations for policy and legislative changes needed to bring Russia's Intellectual Property (IP) regime and IP enforcement efforts up to international standards.

"I read with interest ICC's recommendations, which are very much in line with our priorities in what needs to be done in the Russian Federation," Mr Medvedev said in his closing remarks.

The report pinpointed specific recommendations to advance the protection of IPR in Russia such as:

  • Address inadequacies in civil enforcement procedures
  • Improve action against Internet infringements
  • Strengthen criminal IP law and strengthen border controls and Customs enforcement competence
  • Establish effective dialogue and cooperation between Russian authorities, IP rights holders and other stakeholders to develop a comprehensive national IP strategy that identifies needed legal and policy reforms, delineates implementation and enforcement responsibilities and allocates sufficient resources to ensure effective enforcement


The primary conference participants and speakers comprised of the following: Dmitry Medvedev, Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation; Mr. S. Naryshkin, Chairman of the State Duma of the Russian Federation; Mr. S. Zhelezniak, Deputy Speaker of the State Duma; A. Sharonov, Deputy Mayor of Mosow in the Moscow Government for Economic Policy; G. Poltavchenko, Governor of Saint-Petersburg; Mr. Kunio Mikuriya, Secretary General of the World Customs Organization; Mr. John Newton, Chief of INTERPOL Intellectual Property Rights Programme and Jeff Hardy, BASCAP Director, International Chamber of Commerce.

For more information please see the Anti-Counterfeiting Forum 2012 website.