IPF 2015: A. Afinogenov Tells How to Prevent Import of Infringing Products
Legal Practice, June 18, 2015
Closing the first parallel section of IPF 2015 “Patent Law. Commercial Signs”, Andrey Afinogenov, Corum Group’s Director for Legal Support, presented his report “Protection of titles for industrial proprietary subject matters”.
Particularly, he presented a case for successful prevention of import of infringing products fr om China. According to Mr Afinogenov, his work over intellectual property rights started with five customers’ plants, which manufactured about 100 product items and had no protective documents at all. After the respective patents were received, part of them entered the customs register for intellectual property items, as the layers knew wh ere their competitors could come from.
According to the reporter, first competitors from China appeared in about six months. Then, there was a long judicial process, which resulted in the judgement to destroy the infringing products. It is interesting that pursuant to the Customs Code, infringing products can only be destroyed upon the application of the product owner. Maria Ortinska added that in Belarus, for instance, in case of a positive judgement, infringing products were sold in special shops, but to destroy them, it was required to prove why this should be done.