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.
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
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
The report pinpointed specific recommendations
to advance the protection of IPR in Russia such as:
inadequacies in civil enforcement procedures
action against Internet infringements
criminal IP law and strengthen border controls and Customs enforcement
- 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
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
For more information please see the Anti-Counterfeiting
Forum 2012 website.
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