Chapter 10

Creating Intellectual Property Rights From a Standing Start: Russia Since 1992

How and Why Do You Create a Field of Legal Jurisprudence Overnight?

A. If We’re Russia, Where Do We Begin?

To understand why it is important to look at the behavior of the Russian Federation with respect to intellectual property, it is necessary to realize that the USSR, the predecessor nation to the federation, espoused a communist economic and political philosophy for over 70 years before its collapse in the 1990s. The orientation of the Soviet Union toward intellectual property was that such property belonged to the state and not to any individual. The demise of the former nation and the embrace of a market-driven economy by the new one mandated a recognition ...

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