On October 28, 2021, the Russian government approved and sent to parliament a bill on Russia’s accession to the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement on Appellations of Origin and Geographical Indications.

Participation in it will allow Russian companies to register intellectual rights abroad, as well as to protect them in the presence of Russian registration.

Today, entrepreneurs, when entering foreign markets, need to apply to the national office of each country separately for registration of either a geographical indication or an appellation of origin.

The government noted that owners of more than 230 regional brands will be able to apply for international registration.

The Lisbon Agreement has been in effect since 1958 and aims to protect appellations of origin. In 2015, as part of the development of the international registration system, the Geneva Act was adopted, which, in addition to the appellations of origin, should also protect a geographical indication. The difference in concepts has been introduced in Russian legislation since 2020.

The new rules are to take effect one year after the president signs the law. During this time, the Russian authorities will create similar opportunities for foreign business. So, Rospatent will be authorized to consider such applications for the protection of intellectual rights, the Civil Code will have a rule on the registration of geographic indications and appellations of origin under international treaties.