Changes to Civil Code

On March 01, 2013 several IP related amendments to the Russian Civil Code of the Russian Federation will become effective. These amendments establish new options in respect of registration of assignments and license agreements, and provide for new rules of keeping state registers. A concept of circumvention of the law is introduced which may be used in some cases of unfair competition and bad faith registrations, including the right to reimburse damages caused by abuse of the law. The amendments also provide for regulation of pseudonyms. Russian text of the amendments may be found here: