Federal copyright service will be created in Russia - newspaper

A decision on the creation of a federal service for copyright protection in Russia was made during a meeting with Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov last week, Izvestiya reported on Monday.

A decision on the creation of a federal service for copyright protection in Russia was made during a meeting with Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov last week, Izvestiya reported on Monday.

"The new structure will provide public services for the registration and protection of intellectual property, normative and legal regulation, supervision and coordination of the work of the authorities in this sphere," the paper reported, citing an official with the deputy prime minister's secretariat.

The source said Shuvalov has ordered the Trade and Economic Development Ministry to draw up a presidential decree on the creation of the new service.

A federal official, who took part in the meeting, said the decree is expected to be signed by January 1, 2014 and the new service is expected to begin functioning by July 1, 2014.

The issue of the future of Rospatent is now being discussed, he said.

Alexei Mitrofanov, the head of the State Duma committee on information policies, reiterated that the main purpose of creating the federal service for copyright protection is to control the work of the Russian Copyright Society, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and the Russian Union of Right Holders (RUR).

"The new service will get supervision functions and will conduct probes at the innovators' request. You can't resolve all such issues in court, it's a long and inert procedure. It's very important that no manager of the inspected organization should be a member of the administration of this service," the parliamentarian told Izvestiya.

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