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The Foundation was established in 2007 with the aim of facilitating the development of Russia’s economic potential, promoting its national interests, and strengthening the country’s image. One of the roles of the Foundation is to comprehensively evaluate, analyse, and cover issues on the Russian and global economic agendas. It also offers administrative services, provides promotional support for business projects and attracting investment, helps foster social entrepreneurship and charitable initiatives.

Each year, the Foundation’s events draw participants from 208 countries and territories, with more than 15,000 media representatives working on-site at Roscongress’ various venues. The Foundation benefits from analytical and professional expertise provided by 5,000 people working in Russia and abroad.

The Foundation works alongside various UN departments and other international organizations, and is building multi-format cooperation with 173 economic partners, including industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions, financial, trade, and business associations from 78 countries worldwide, and 179 Russian public organizations, federal and legislative agencies, and federal subjects.

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Anti-Monopoly Legislation and Economic Support Under the Current Conditions
29 June 2022
14:30—16:00
KEY CONCLUSIONS
Parallel import is an important aspect of relieving sanction pressure

We live in a situation where parallel import is real. Under the current conditions it is a survival prerequisite for certain industries — Sergey Puzyrevsky, Secretary of State – Deputy Head, Federal Antimonopoly Service of the Russian Federation (FAS Russia).

The problem of parallel imports and its legalization is partly exaggerated. We had – and still have – two mechanisms to protect the rights holders. One is through the inclusion of trademarks in the customs register of CRIPO [Customs Register of Intellectual Property Objects. – Ed.]. The other is through the right that exists under international conventions, when the customs always have the opportunity to suspend the declaration of goods and check for signs of counterfeit — Wilhelmina Shavshina, Associate Partner, Head of International Trade and Customs in CIS, Company B1.

Anti-monopoly activities should not limit market competition

We cannot give up on developing competition — Sergey Puzyrevsky, Secretary of State – Deputy Head, Federal Antimonopoly Service of the Russian Federation (FAS Russia).

We would like to ensure non-discriminatory access to suppliers of different types of services. It should not only be affiliated companies from both the financial and non-financial sectors, but the broadest possible pool of suppliers that meet the basic conditions of quality and financial stability — Vladimir Chistyukhin, First Deputy Governor, The Central Bank of the Russian Federation (Bank of Russia).

ISSUES
Lack of business regulation

Today, when the foreign <...> infrastructure that we used to get information is gone from the Russian market, we need to have an alternative. Otherwise, we will use biased data, which can definitely lead to big problems in terms of competition and determining the real value, price dumping and other actions — Vladimir Chistyukhin, First Deputy Governor, The Central Bank of the Russian Federation (Bank of Russia).

The period during which a person can be held liable for a violation of the general rules of competition in a cross-border market is now three years from the date of commission or discovery of the violation. This is a negligible and ridiculous period — Aleksey Sushkevich, Director of the Department for Antitrust Regulation, Eurasian Economic Commission.

Violations of intellectual property regulations

There is no supranational regulation of intellectual property circulation in the Eurasian Economic Union today. <...> Unfair competition with the use of other people's intellectual property is a common type of behavior — Aleksey Sushkevich, Director of the Department for Antitrust Regulation, Eurasian Economic Commission.

The problem of parallel import has been discussed for over ten years. It is not the CRIPO that imposes a ban on parallel imports, but the civil code, which tells us when the right holder has exhausted their rights. If the product is introduced in Russia then the rights are exhausted, and if not, then the product which is produced by the original manufacturer, can be recognized as a counterfeit. This situation is not entirely legally correct, — Sergey Puzyrevsky, Secretary of State – Deputy Head, Federal Antimonopoly Service of the Russian Federation (FAS Russia).

SOLUTIONS
Soft regulation of IP turnover

Our behavioral prescriptions may include voluntary abandonment of a registered trademark if it is confusingly similar to someone else's mark. An offer to enter into a franchise agreement and legally transfer to a foreign company from another Eurasian Union member state the rights to use intellectual property registered under the laws of another state — Aleksey Sushkevich, Director of the Department for Antitrust Regulation, Eurasian Economic Commission.

Companies should watch out for illegal usage of its properties

It is necessary to join CRIPO. If rights holders care about their reputation and do not want to allow counterfeit products to circulate – now counterfeits are so impressive that they cannot be distinguished from the original – rights holders need to adjust the settings of CRIPO and give as many descriptions of the criteria and differences between the original and counterfeit goods as possible. Then they will save their reputation and help us as consumers — Wilhelmina Shavshina, Associate Partner, Head of International Trade and Customs in CIS, Company B1.

The material was prepared by the Russian news agency TASS