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Russian Intellectual Property Rights Court experiences huge case volume

Russia founded an Intellectual Property Rights Court in July 2013, and since that time 2,000 cases have been filed. Of those, 1,000 cases have been brought to a conclusion, according to The Moscow Times.

"Compared to analogous courts in Europe, we have a very high case load … and an increase in work load leads to the risk of a decline in the quality of our adjudication," court chairman Lyudmila Novoselova said at a press conference. "We need to either increase the number of judges or somehow change the kinds of cases that we wind up hearing."

Many of the court's cases are related to trademark infringement, with those comprising 48 percent of appeals. Only 5 percent of the cases the court hears are related to patent violations, and more than half of all cases are filed by foreign companies, according to Konstantin Lopushansky of law firm Kuchenev, Lopushansky and Partners.

Russia was rated 13 out of 25 countries for its intellectual property protections in a report the American Chamber of Commerce released in January. The report acknowledged the benefit in creating the Intellectual Property Rights Court, but said Russia still struggles with "poor application and enforcement of civil remedies and criminal penalties" as they relate to intellectual property.

Peter Ackerman

Peter Ackerman

Founder & CEO, Innovation Asset Group, Inc.