The Federal Customs Service provides protection of intellectual property rights (IP), which include both trademarks and equivalent service marks, as well as appellations of origin, copyright and allied rights. The functions of the customs authorities to protect IP rights are determined by the provisions of Chapter 38 of the Customs Code of the Russian Federation.
When trying to cross the customs border with counterfeit goods and finding out evidence that the IP right is infringed, the release of goods into free circulation is suspended. The effectiveness of protecting IP rights is greatly enhanced by the close interaction of customs authorities and copyright holders, who have included their trademarks (brands) in the customs register.
To include IP objects in CIPR, the Copyright Holder has to file an
application, pay a fee and collect a package of documents. The term for
inclusion of IP objects in CIPR is up to two years and can be extended an
unlimited number of times.