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Russia: Changes to Official Fees for Patents, Trademarks, and Designs

The Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 1151 of September 23, 2017, has introduced changes to the official patent, design, and trademark fees. The new Regulation on Official Fees entered into force on October 6, 2017. The changes affect both the amounts of the official fees and the order of and deadlines for their payment.

The official fees for obtaining patents, utility models, and industrial designs have practically doubled. Annuity fees for maintaining a patent in force have increased by 100 percent.

The official trademark fees have not increased significantly. However, the official fees for formal examination, registration, and renewal of trademarks now depend on the number of classes in the trademark application or registration. Specifically, additional fees for each additional class of goods or services above the fifth class are payable for formal examination, registration, and renewal of trademarks. As a consequence, filing, registration, and renewal of trademarks in a large number of classes of goods and services will be more expensive for trademark applicants and owners.   A new additional fee for issuing a trademark registration certificate has also been introduced.

Source: 2018 International Trade Association (INTA)