Chinese WECHAT Messenger is blocked in Russia: Roskomnadzor takes action.

On May 5, 2017, ROSKOMNADZOR (Russia’s communications regulator) confirmed that they had blocked the Chinese WECHAT messenger service in Russia. It was understood the ban was due to WECHAT refusing to provide information on its users and denial that they were an organizer of information distribution.

This follows other messenger services such as ZELLO, BLACKBERRY MESSENGER etc being blocked for the same reasons. ROSKOMNADZOR has been cracking down on messenger services that do not follow the relevant Russian regulations for companies engaged in information dissemination, including providing user data to relevant authorities.

With recent terrorist attacks, ROSKOMNADZOR have been stepping up their enforcement of the FEDERAL LAW ON INFORMATION, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES AND THE PROTECTION OF INFORMATION. The subject law set out the requirements for organizers of information distribution, including the need to divulge information on users and their messages under set circumstances.

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Seminar Attendance: “Implementation of the Criminal Code in Asian Intellectual Property Rights”

From 7 to 10 April 2017 IPLEC together with Hong Kong’s exceptional tax office and Attaché of legal customs of the US’ internal security forces which is responsible for Macau, Taiwan, Hong Kong has organized workshop under topic ‘Implementation of the Criminal Code in the Asia Intellectual Property Rights’.
Mongolian representatives of National police agency and head of the control department Ms Ch.Erdenechimeg and around 150 people from 50 countries attended the seminar. Copyright violations, forging a trademark, promoting and improving the implementation of criminal law against the stealing trade mark secrets were the main purpose of the seminar.
We found the seminar to be extremely beneficial and a fantastic source of information.
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Ukraine Customs officers will be allowed to open and destroy parcels with counterfeits

The representative of the Department for the organization of Customs control of the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine Mr. Alexey Hashchitsky said, that Ukrainian parliament is discussing a draft bill that will allow Customs officials to destroy counterfeits that Ukrainians order from abroad.
Changes will affect the Customs Code, which will regulate the destruction of products that violate intellectual property rights. This will apply to international postal items (a total of up to three pieces in one parcel and up to two kilograms in weight).
Article 401-1, which should be included in the Customs Code, is aimed to fight against the online trade of counterfeit goods.
The destruction procedure will include shipments ordered not from the official importer through express delivery or mail delivery. In such case, Customs will no longer be obliged to delay the clearance to inform the right holder or his representative. In case, if the Customs officers have reasonable suspicions that the goods are counterfeit or pirated, then it can be destroyed by the decision of the head of the Customs body only if there is information in the register that the right holder allows to destroy all identified counterfeits.
The buyer will be notified by fax or e-mail about the situation. In case if the buyer will not respond in 10 days, it will be regarded as consent to destruction. If the buyer does not agree with the destruction of the parcel, then all information about the buyer and purchased counterfeits will be transferred to the right holder. The right holder will be able to file a legal action against the buyer or the seller within 10 days.
This bill can be adopted within the framework of Ukraine obligations for the creation of a free trade zone with the European Union. Ukraine has committed within three years to bring its customs legislation in terms of the protection of intellectual property rights in line with European norms.

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Russia to create blockchain-based platform for IPR

Russian copyright holders plan to create a unified blockchain-based platform for intellectual property management, which will be called IPCHAIN. The platform will be developed by the Skolkovo Foundation, several universities and societies for collective management of rights. For developing the platform based on the blockchain technology, the National Coordination Center will be created, among the founders of which are the Russian Copyright Society, the Russian Union of Right holders, the All-Russian Intellectual Property Organization, the Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics and the Skolkovo Foundation.
The founders plan to create a unified technology platform IPhub, which will store information about objects of intellectual property, such as objects of copyright and related rights, patents, trademarks, etc. At its core, IPCHAIN is a platform where the all information about the use of any IP objects will be recorded. Authors and rightholders will independently determine the conditions for using their developments, the rules for their use in a digital environment (for example, on the Internet or on television), as well as the conditions for the transfer of rights. In other words, users of the platform will be able to publish their patents in the register in a short time and without intermediation, they also will be able to sell their IP rights through smart contracts.
Meanwhile, Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation has already shown interest in IPCHAIN. The head of the department of science and technology of the Ministry of Education and Science Sergey Matveev believes that with the help of the platform it will be possible to fix the priority on the results of research and development on the basis of “humanless” technologies, instant transactions by market participants with “smart contracts” and rapid marketing of scientific results .
This is an interesting project, especially for the publishing business, says Alexander Blinov, head of Warner Music Russia. According to him, Warner is going to place their catalog of works in IPCHAIN.
The creation of this platform will cost about 20-30 million rubles.


Блокчейн-платформа управления интеллектуальной собственностью появится в России

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WIPO: Azerbaijan needs comprehensive measures to fight piracy in the software market

Azerbaijan needs to take comprehensive measures to fight piracy in the software market, told Mr. Mr. Dimiter Gantchev, Acting Director of the Creative Industries Division in the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), in the interview to Trend news agency.
According to Gantchev, adopting normative and legal acts in regulation of this problem is not enough. First of all, it is necessary to conduct more educational work with the end users of software solutions in order to let them have an idea about the issues of copyright protection.
In other words, information about software copyright protection must go among the masses, to all sectors of society.” Secondly, an active policy on legislative regulation is needed and on this basis, legislative bodies should actively cooperate with law enforcement agencies. Thirdly, it is necessary to have information, i.e there must be statistics, in order to have evidences”, – Gantchev said.
According to the Global Software Survey 2016 published in May 2016 by the Business Software Alliance (BSA) -, the level of piracy in the software market of Azerbaijan was 84% in 2015. In recent years, there has been a steady improvement in the situation. In 2009, the level of piracy was 88%, in 2011 – 87%, in 2013 – 85%.
According to Gantchev, the system of intellectual property protection in Azerbaijan is developing and the country being a member of WIPO, takes an active part in the development of new international norms.
“I see that progress is being made in all directions in Azerbaijan and it is always nice to see when the state takes seriously aspects of international legislation and applies them at the national level.” I believe that Azerbaijan has achieved very good results in this matter, and thе state could be proud of it”, Gantchev said.
WIPO, according to Gantchev, provides assistance to all its members in the development of the national strategy and in its implementation. Azerbaijan in this can count on the help of WIPO, which is ready to help Azerbaijan, being sure that the country really wants to make fighting piracy in software market a strategic direction.

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Rospatent advocates for emergence of a Russian Intellectual Property strategy document

The absence of a strategic document on the development of Russia in the field of intellectual property leads to an increase in economic costs, as well as complicates the entry of companies into foreign markets, said in an interview with TASS, the head of Rospatent, Grigory Ivliev.
According to the official, the lack of a defining document in the field of intellectual property indicates the undeveloped sector of legal protection, which does not stimulate people engaged in production to transfer their own intellectual capital to the capital of their whole enterprise.
“This significantly increases the risks for conducting an already risky technological business, especially when exporting,” Ivliev said.
A unified strategy on intellectual property will also contribute to the revival of the practice of patent research in Russia, will increase efficiency in planning R & D and will create the basis for the appearance of standards needed to create new markets.
Grigory Ivliev is sure that unified document will allow to pursue a centralized policy in the field of intellectual property protection at all levels of government and will help to increase cooperation between the business community and university students.


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Yandex is accused of copyright infringement

Yandex is accused for violation of a Russian rappers’ copyright. Now copyright holders are claiming from the Internet company compensation in the amount of 5.4 million rubles.
The company SO / Era Music, which is responsible for the music management of more than 30 Russian artists, including Loc-Dog, On-the-Go, etc., sued Yandex for violation of copyright and related rights.
It is about placing on the service “Yandex Music” songs of two Russian music projects – 25/17 and “Ice 9”. An exclusive license for this music belongs to the plaintiff.
The copyright holder says that they tried to settle the claims in a pre-trial order, but the companies did not eventually come to an agreement. “Yandex” did not comment the claims of the copyright holder.
According to the copyright holder, “Yandex” violated the terms and conditions of use, stipulated in the license, for example, “Yandex Music” without any permission used artists’ images for advertisement.
Till now it was not possible to agree on the settlement of the dispute. On April 5, SO / Era Music Ltd. filed suit about the illegal placement of music albums and images of artists 25/17 and “Ice 9”. The preliminary session of the Arbitration Court is scheduled for May 23. The amount of the claimed compensation is 5.4 million rubles.

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The list of the most valuable and recognizable Russian brands is published

According to the rating lists, which were compiled by the consulting company Brand Finance, Aeroflot is the most recognizable and Sberbank is the most valuable brand in Russia.
Aeroflot” took the first line of the list of the most recognizable Russian brands (Brand Strength Index). The “strength” of the brand was determined based on such indicators as consumer loyalty, marketing investments, and business reputation. The result of the Brand Strength Index of the Russian airline is 88.8 points. Sberbank took the second place in the list with 82.9 points, the trading network “Magnit” is on the third place with 80 points.
Top 10 also includes Rosneft, Beeline, LUKOIL, Megafon, VTB, Gazprom and MTS.
The other rating is about Top 50 most valuable Russian brands. The leader in the list is Sberbank. Sberbank was also rated as the 6th-most expensive banking brand in Europe and the 24th in the world. The published report of Brand Finance notes that over the past year, the value of the brand of the largest Russian bank has grown by 23% and currently stands at almost 570 billion rubles.
Gazprom, LUKOIL, Rosneft, Magnit, Surgutneftegaz, RZD, VTB, MTS and Tatneft are among TOP 10 most valuable brands of Russia.


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S&O News

S&O is proud to have been invited as an IP specialist firm to take part in the upcoming 20th EU – China IP Working Group on April 20 featuring Mr. Chen Fuli, Deputy Director-General, Treaty & Law Department, MOFCOM & Mr. Fernando Perreau de Pinninck, Head of Unit, DG Trade, European Commission. We look forwards to a fruitful and constructive meeting.

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Increasing trend of Chinese brands in the Kazakhstan market

Chinese cars are getting popular in Kazakhstan

The first Chinese cars in Kazakhstan – trucks YUEJIN and PUYUAN were registered in 1998. The segment of Chinese commercial vehicles has been actively developing since 2004, when the number of cars registered for the year increased four-fold (from 39 in 2004 to 144 in 2005).
In the overall structure of the market, the share of Chinese cars is still little, however, it tends to grow, the bulk of the Chinese machines registered in Kazakhstan are commercial vehicles. Among medium-tonnage and large-tonnage Chinese trucks, the HOWO brand occupies more than a quarter of all registrations.
It is interesting that the growing popularity of Chinese brands in Kazakhstan coincided with the next stage in the development of the automobile industry in China itself, when this country became a world power for the production and consumption of cars. As new brands and models appeared, interest in these models also grew in Kazakhstan.
To date, the most popular cars in Kazakhstan secondary market are such brands as: Howo, Foton, Shacman, Lifan, Shaanxi, Dongfeng, XCMG. The main reason for the growing popularity of Chinese brands is the low price, which in the severe economic conditions is the determining factor for the Kazakhs. High interest from buyers, improvement of quality, readiness of Chinese companies to invest in Kazakhstan production and interest in the Russian market became the reasons for the development of Chinese brands’ production within the RK.
Some chinese car brands, such as: JAC, Ankai, Foton, Shacman, FAW, Geely (since 2016) have their own production line in Kazakhstan. The JAC car brand for the one year of production (since 2015) became so popular that received the “Halyk Markasy” award (literally means “National brand” award).
Analysts from Association of Automobile Business of Kazakhstan (AKAB) confirm the continued increasing trend of Chinese brands in the Kazakhstan market.


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