Recently, the Duma passed the bill in its first reading simplifying the resolution of disputes concerning intellectual rights.
The draft law introduces pre-court dispute settlement procedure on claims of right holders for compensation of losses, if the disputants are legal entities or private entrepreneur.
It is also proposed to extend the pre-trial procedure of the settlement to disputes about the premature termination of protection of a trademark (designation), on the ground of not-use.
A person can sign an agreement on the alieniation of the exclusive right to designate or invite the right holder to file an application with Rospatent to refuse it if he believes that he does not use the trademark. (36 months after registration).
The interested person may bring an action to terminate the protection of the trademark within a month if the right holder does not file an application within sixty days from the date of sending the proposal.
Such innovation will help the independent settlement of disputes.