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ECO journal (ECOnomics and industrial Engineering)

2019 year, number 1

Parallel imports in Russia: Areas for Protection, Risk, Development

T. A. Radchenko1,2, A. Yu. Volkov1,3, (Sukhorukova) K.A. Bannikova1,3
1Analytical Center for the Government of the Russian Federation
2Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration
3National Research University Higher School of Economics
Keywords: международный принцип исчерпания прав, инвестиции, локализация, товарные знаки, брендированная продукция, International exhaustion of rights, investments, localization, trademarks, branded products


In 2014 FAS of Russia proposed to introduce international exhaustion of trademarks rights regime in Russia (legalize parallel import of branded products) step by step for different product groups. Meanwhile FAS of Russia did not present criteria for selection of product groups for introduction of international exhaustion of rights at first. An objective of this study was to formulate criteria for selection of product categories for parallel imports legalization in the first place on the basis of existing experience of the assessment of parallel imports legalization effects and to identify these categories taking into consideration the analysis of the composition of “protected” trademarks (included in TROIS), international trade flows of branded goods and the volume of investments of the right holders in Russia.