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Russian Official Blames Weak IPR for Patent Filings in U.S.

Law360 (October 12, 2003, 12:00 AM EDT) -- More than 1,000 inventions by Russian military scientists were patented in the U.S. rather than Russia in 1992-2000, BBC and the Interfax-AVN news agency reported.

The U.S. patent filings occurred against a backdrop of weak intellectual property protection in Russia for military and dual-purpose technologies, accoridng to Aleksandr Yashin, deputy chairman of the State Duma committee for industry, construction, and high technology.

Yashin urged the government to improve protection of copyrights held by defence industry enterprises. Officials from about 100 Russian defence industry company are expected...
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