By order of February 6, 2021, the Russian Government plans to strengthen the protection of intellectual property rights, create a national center of competence to analyze the situation in this sphere, develop and implement electronic services for citizens.
As Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin explained, the Strategy for Combating Illicit Trafficking of Industrial Products until 2025 was approved to improve the effectiveness of the fight against counterfeiting. Its goal is to reduce the volume of illegal traffic and reduce its impact on the development of the economy and social sphere.
Among the industries subject to special monitoring are the chemical, electronic, food, and light industries, pharmaceuticals, the automotive industry, the children’s goods industry, agricultural engineering, and folk arts and crafts.
To combat counterfeiting, it is planned, in particular, to focus on the development of a product traceability system, to form a national competence center that will analyze the situation in the shadow market, provide specialized bodies with highly qualified specialists, and the necessary special equipment. Another important area of work is the elimination of legal gaps and the harmonization of the laws of the countries – members of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU).
The strategy pays attention not only to the fight against “gray goods” but also to the suppression of the use of counterfeit accompanying documents, countering illegal logistics schemes. These measures are of particular importance in the context of the development of Internet commerce.
The action plan for the implementation of the strategy will be presented by the Ministry of Industry and Trade within three months.