Civil Code update

On January 01, 2015 the last portion of amendments to the Russian Civil Code has entered into force, finalizing the IP law reform of 2014. These latest amendments regulate some of the copyright issues such as free public license, free use of copyrighted materials by public libraries (including digital use), free publications for Braille-users. The terms of validity of utility model and industrial design patents have been adjusted. The most important piece of new legislation is the introduction of statutory compensation for invention patent infringements.