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Thursday, 6 July 2006

GUNS AND BYTES


Russia sends in the big guns

Mosnews.com reports on a speech made by Russian Federal Intellectual Property, Patent and Trademark Service (Rospatent) Boris Simonov. He argues that Russia is losing out to the tune of $6bn a year by failing to gain patent protection for its military technology. Allegedly, Russia patents just 7% of its patentable military technology, which contrasts unfavourably with its rivals.

Previously the belief was that failing to obtain patent protection would enable Russia to maintain secrecy about its military operations, but that approach is of limited utility in the current climate of military co-operation.

The IPKat notes that such technology may have applications other than the merely violent and so there may be a public interest in their protection by patent.


Electric avenue

OHIM now permits the electronic filing of oppositions (see order of the President here).

The IPKat says hurray!

2 comments:

Guy said...

Although no Russian firms have got in on the act there are five UK or OHIM registrations for KALASHNIKOV in differnt classes and one pending OHIM application. I doubt whether the ageing general gains anything from the fame caused by his "sorok sem".

Anonymous said...

I seem to recall that some time ago, it was declared that patents for land mines were against "ordre public" and therefore not patentable. Is a depleted uranium anti-tank missile any different?

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