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          ICC welcomes Russia’s specialized court for IP related disputes

          • Paris, 03 May 2013

          Speaking at an international conference hosted by the Supreme Commercial (Arbitrazh) Court of the Russian Federation, Designs Rapporteur of the ICC Intellectual Property (IP) Commission Elisabeth Logeais welcomed Russia’s initiative to establish a specialized court for the resolution of IP-related disputes.

          Elisabeth Logeais speaks at the ICC Intellectual Property Commission Ms Logeais gave an overview of practice of IP related dispute resolution in the European Union including examples of IP court organization and costs in France, Germany and the United Kingdom.

          “The increasing importance of intellectual property rights worldwide, and the technical and legal sophistication of infringement issues, calls for judges with specialist expertise who are dedicated to IP cases. We welcome the initiative to establish a specialized IP Court in Russia and the new court’s initiative to bring together the experience of different jurisdictions in the area of IP litigation in this conference,” Ms Logeais said.

          Entitled ‘Justice in the field of protection of intellectual property rights: mission and objectives’ the conference took place on 22 April in Moscow and aimed to inform the Russian judiciary of the practices and procedures in other jurisdictuons.

          The specialized IP Court has been established further to Russia’s accession to the World Trade Organization and its Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) agreement. It is expected to become operational by July 2013.

          During the opening session of the conference, welcoming addresses were made by the Chairman of the Supreme Commercial (Arbitrazh) Court of the Russian Federation Anton Ivanov, Advisor to the President of the Russian Federation Veniamin Yakovlev and Head of the Court for Intellectual Property Rights Lyudmila Novoselova.

          Comprising 300 business executives and private practitioners from 50 countries, the ICC Commission on Intellectual Property formulates ICC’s intellectual property policy. Its flagship publication The ICC Intellectual Property Roadmap: Current and Emerging Issues for Business helps raise awareness of IP policy issues and the contribution that the IP system makes to economic, social and cultural development.

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