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Russia - Parallel Imports of Medical Goods

Effective methods to prevent them and practical recommendations for rights holders

Parallel import remains one of the most relevant topics in trademark protection in Russia. On the one hand, foreign rights holders have the ability to control the import of goods
bearing their trademark into Russia and to preclude unauthorized shipments. Thanks to the joint work of rights holders and the Russian customs authorities, more than 13 million non-genuine goods were identified at the import stage in 2020 alone. The ability to control the import of trademarked goods allows rights holders to increase their sales, protect their distributors in the country, and also protect their brand’s reputation. At the same time, we cannot ignore the antitrust risks that result from the fight against parallel imports and the restriction on the ability of other business entities to import authentic goods into Russia. In addition, the distribution of medical goods is a centre of contention: on the one hand, rights holders fight to ensure the quality of goods being delivered, but on the other hand the Russian antitrust authorities believe that under certain circumstances imports by parallel or “independent” importers can be a good thing. In this brochure, we will talk about how to do business under these conditions and how to maintain control over imports without violating antitrust legislation.


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