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Recordal of changes in Russia

In accordance with paragraph 2 of Article 1232 of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation the applicant/patent owner must notify the Russian Patent Office about the change of the data relating to the applicant/patent owner, namely change of name or denomination, address and correspondence address. In case such a notification is not provided, the risks of unfavourable consequences are borne by the applicant/patent owner.

According to the Russian patent legislation a request for the recordal of change of the applicant's name and/or address in respect of an application may be filed only before paying the official fees for grant and for the first post grant annuities. In case said fees are paid it is possible to proceed with the recordal of change only after issuance of the Russian patent.

The documents required for the recordal of change of the applicant's/patent owner's name and/or address in respect of one Russian application/patent are as follows:

1) one original OR one notarized copy of the document confirming the change of name and/or address, for example, an extract from the company register, etc. Under the requirements of the Russian patent legislation the confirmation document should obligatory contain information on both old and new names and/or addresses;

2) one original Power of Attorney from the applicant/patent owner with indication of the new company name, which should be signed and stamped with specifying authorized person's name and corporate position; notarization or legalization is not required, unless it is signed by an authorized signatory.

The procedure of change recordal takes about 2 months. As soon as the change in respect of an application is recorded an Official Notification on change is issued. Upon recordal of change in respect of a patent an Official Notification on change and a Supplement to the patent are issued.