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A new bill is now passing through the final stages of legislative procedure, which is going to introduce important amendments to the law regarding industrial designs protection. The referred amendments, if adopted, should introduce provisional protection for industrial designs similar to provisional protection of inventions. First, industrial designs applications can be now published on the applicant's request after formal examination is complete. Second, after the design is registered, the design owner can seek for monetary compensation from those, who infringed such a design from the date of the referred publication till the grant date. At the same time, after publication any person has a right to get access to the application documents. This step is done mostly in response to demands of the fashion industry, who needs more quick tools of protection of their IP, than they now have in Russia.

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