Authorities will start controlling quality of regional brands


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19.09.2020 the amendments to the Civil Code of the Russian Federation introduced on 26.07.2019 came into force, which determined peculiarities of the application for the appellation of origin (NMPT), as well as the authorities authorized to issue permits on such goods. There are four agencies in this area: the Ministry of Health (Minzdrav), the Ministry of Industry and Trade (Minpromtorg), the Ministry of Agriculture (Minselkhoz), the Federal Service for Alcohol Market Regulation (Rosalkogolregulirovanie). According to the new version of the Code, if conditions affecting the «specialty» of goods disappear, the authorized agency must reflect this in the appropriate conclusion. Any person can file an application for disappearance of special conditions in a particular area. The office must verify the facts provided within 10 days and, if confirmed, send a notice to the NMPT right holders and to the governor of the region where the goods are produced, inviting them to submit their reasoned position on the matter within 40 days. If the right holder or the governor fails to provide convincing arguments, legal protection of the NMPT will be terminated. If the arguments are convincing, the Office will send an application with both positions attached to Rospatent, which will give a definitive verdict.


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