On December 11, 2018, the State Duma of the Russian Federation approved amendments to the Civil Code regarding the registration of Industrial designs.

Under current regulations, the maximum period for state registration of an Industrial design by Rospatent is 20 months and 2 weeks. In practice, if the application is filled correctly, the term of its consideration is about 6 months.

The period for consideration can be reduced to 2 months by ordering a preliminary information search on a paid basis at the Federal Institute of Industrial Property.

The amendments provide temporary legal protection of Industrial designs from the date of publication of information on the application until the date of publication of information on the grant of a patent. The use of an object declared as an industrial design is possible from the moment of such publication.

A publication will be only at the request of the applicant.

During the period of temporary protection, the right owner will be able to receive compensation from users, but only if the Industrial design will be registered.