On December 14, 2021, the Russian State Duma amended the law “On patent attorneys”, which allocates the legal status and obligations of the organization of patent attorneys.

From now on, the organization of patent attorneys will have to ensure the proper execution of the client’s instructions, the safety of the documents received from a client, and also ensure that there is no conflict of interest. In case of the inaction of the organization or improper fulfillment of these obligations, a client will be able to complain to Rospatent.

In addition, the law introduces the institution of secrecy of a patent attorney, and in the judicial process equates his status with that of a lawyer. A patent attorney’s request will also have a similar force: government agencies will be required to respond to it within a month.

Also, patent attorneys will have access to the information resources of Rospatent, which contain information on the registration of intellectual property rights objects.

These changes are intended to increase the prestige of the profession and increase the number of patent attorneys in Russia.

All the provisions of the updated law will come into force one year after the official publication.