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Copyright holders need to learn how to use domain dispute resolution algorithm

On September 7, the 12th meeting of the Russia-China Working Group on Cooperation on the Protection of Intellectual Property Rights took place with the participation of Sergey Kopylov, Deputy Director for Legal Issues at the Coordination Center for TLD .RU/.РФ.

Taking part in the online meeting were representatives of the Federal Service for Intellectual Property (Rospatent), the Court on Intellectual Rights, the Federal Customs Service, Russia’s trade mission to China, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce, the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA), and companies – trademark owners.

They discussed the latest amendments to the legal protection of patents, trademarks, copyright rights and related rights in Russia and China, the registration of trademarks, and Russia-China cooperation to counter rights violations and counterfeit products. Participants in the meeting also reviewed cybersquatting cases concerning Chinese trademarks and the illegal use of the trademarks Xiaomi and Redmi in domains.

Sergey Kopylov said that Russia has an efficient system of counteracting cybersquatting provided by a combination of the domain registration system and the judicial system. After the court gives a ruling, the domain is handed over to the copyright owner by the accredited registrar. The speaker noted that to that end, a supplement, the Policy on the Procedures Applicable to Domain Name Disputes, was developed for the Terms and Conditions of Domain Name Registration in .RU and .РФ. The document provides step-by step instructions for copyright holders, the procedure for imposing pre-trial restrictions on the domain name in question, and the algorithm for the interaction between all parties to the dispute. Copyright holders only need to make use of this algorithm in the right way.

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