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Almost like the original

Almost like the original

Dmitry Seregin, Adviser to the Law Firm “YUST”, wrote an article for the Russian Business Newspaper.

Russia adopted the so-called “national principle of exhaustion of the exclusive rights to a trademark” in 2002: the copyright holders received the right to deny access to their own products to Russia, alongside with the counterfeit ones, if they had not initially sanctioned their importation to Russia specifically. Genuine products were equalized with the counterfeit ones, and the attempts at their importation into Russia were treated the same as the importation of falsified goods. The discussion of the legality of the parallel importation took many years and resulted in the decision of the Government of Russia to go back to the “international principle”.

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