Russia Backtracks On IP Law, Endangering WTO Bid

Law360, New York (March 8, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- In a move that has the international intellectual property community up in arms, Russia appears to be steamrolling new legislation that would drastically change its existing copyright and trademark law, possibly slashing its chances of joining the World Trade Organization this year, according to lobbyists and industry groups.

If passed, the law will undo years of progress the country has made towards bringing those laws in line with international norms.

The draft addition to Part Four of Russia’s civil code would annul all special intellectual property...
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