A registered trademark is one of the significant aspects of success in business, a certain business card in the market which the manufacturer «hands over» to consumers. A trademark contributes to brand recognition, forms consumer confidence in the goods quality being itself an object of advertising.

A Brief of the Object

Trademarks are specific symbols serving for product differentiation. This term is frequently also applied to service marks which are used to differentiate works and services. For trademarks could serve verbal, graphic, 3-D, and other types (for example, audio) of symbols, as well as combinations of such.

However, not every symbol can be registered as a trademark. Grounds for dismissal of registration are specified in item 1483 of the Russian Civil Code. In particular, registration is disallowed to symbols identical or similar to a degree of confusion with the trademarks claimed earlier by other persons in regard to same or homogeneous commodities. All goods and services are classified into 45 classes of the International Classification of Goods and Services (Nice Classification).

A trademark holder is granted the exclusive right (monopoly) to utilization of same. Other persons are disallowed to apply the mark (as well as symbols similar to it) to the goods and services specified in the certificate and congenerous to them.

Exclusive rights of trademark owners are protected only in the case of their state registration. The fullness of rights belongs to the one who is the first to register the trademark under his name. Very often this circumstance is seized upon by the so-called «name squatters», the firms that sniff out and record under their own names the trademarks in force which, for this or that reason, were not duly registered. Having registered his proprietorship of your trademark a name squatter enjoys the right to bring a suit against you and judicially oblige you to pay him fees for use of your own emblem. Whereas currently the reimbursement for pirate marking can amount to 5 million rubles or double cost of the piratically marked goods!

The most reliable way to protect a trademark in the market is to legalize it in a proper manner. Take care of it before pirates or your competitors give you the dust!

The certificate validity period is 10 years. In 10 years it can be prolonged for the next 10 years under the condition of timely payment of the appropriate due.

Registration Procedure

Legalization of a trademark and the connected rights commences as a search and eduction of emblems which could prevent registration, and results in formulation of findings. In conclusion, the protective power of the accepted symbol is estimated and the Applicant is advised on the follow-up policy in respect to the trademark.

Subsequently, application for state registration of the trademark is executed and submitted to the Rospatent. Through 2 months since the date of receipt the application materials pass formal examination on the results of which the Applicant is informed.

Substantive examination of the claimed emblem starts to be held not earlier than in 6 to 8 months. In the course of inspection the Applicant may receive letters of Inquiry and/or Notification. Our work includes prompt and reasoned response to such correspondence defending the Applicant’s position, and if necessary, negotiations and consultations with experts.

On receipt of the conclusion allowing the trademark registration the Applicant has to pay an appropriate due and send a copy of the payment order to the Patent Office. Within the next 4 months the registration will be accomplished and the certificate issued.

Data necessary for agreement and starting the procedure:

  1. Applicant ID: a copy of pp. 1-2 of the organization Charter or the Registration Certificates of an individual entrepreneur; OKPO (ОКПО), INN (ИНН), and KBK (КБК) Codes; organization particulars for the contract; duplicate of the passport of a physical person.
  2. The designation claimed as an electronic file (DOC or JPEG) or as a hardcopy (size 8×8 cm in a frame). The list of goods and services intended to be marked with the registered designation.

RUSSIANTRADEMARKS

No

Procedure

Official Fee (RUR)*

Our fee (EUR)

1.

Filing Application with the Russian Trademark Office (ROSPATENT)

For each additional class over one

10500

1500

250

20

2.

Claiming convention priority

-

50

3.

Filing request for search, forwarding and checking the search report with our comments

For each additional class over one

**

150

15

4.

Filing amendments or corrections to Application

3600

150

5.

Reply to provisional refusal

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200

6.

Forwarding and checking decision to grant a certificate, paying granting fee, checking and forwarding the Certificate

12000

150

7.

Filing amendments to Certificate

(for each amendment)

1500

150

8.

Renewal of Trademark (for next 10 years)

15000

150

9.

Filing for registration of Assignment or License agreement (for one Certificate)

For each additional Certificate over one

10000

8500

200

100

10.

Filing appeals and petitions with the Chamber of Patent Disputes

   

11.

— against decision of rejection of trademark as a result of preliminary examination

3600

150

12.

— against decision of rejection of trademark as a result of substantive examination

6100

250

13.

— against registration of trademark

10000

350

14.

— against registration of trademark that is well-known in Russia

15000

700

15.

— for invalidation of well-known trademark registration

12000

700

16.

— for early cancellation of trademark registration due to non-use

12000

150

17.

— for early cancellation of trademark registration as generic

12000

700

18.

Hearing at the Chamber of Patent Disputes,

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250

per hour

19.

Translation from English or German to Russian (per 100 words)

 

15

20.

Translation from Russian to English or German (per 100 words)

 

20

21.

All other services are based upon the time spent.

 

100

per hour

Miscellaneous

  • Watching and paying annuity fees: 130 EUR for year
  • Reporting charge 30 EUR
  • Translation from English or German to Russian (per 100 words of English) — 13 EUR

Typing

  • Coping or printing per page 2 EUR per 10 pages.
  • Filling an amendment is for changing name/address/nationality 100 EUR

Postage and bank services will be charged extra.

Registration of assignment contract 150 EUR

All other services are based upon the time spent —100 EUR in hour (including redrafting of claims and specification, preparation and filing reply to official action, subsequent filing of documents and so on).

* It is possible to pay in EURO or US dollars according to the actual Rub — € or $ course.