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  • 07 Apr 2021 10:45 AM | Alexander Belyasov (Administrator)

    Gowling WLG is pleased to announce the release of The Universe of Pharmaceutical Trademarks in Russia 2021, authored by David Aylen, managing partner of Gowling WLG’s Russia/CIS practice. This is the third edition of the highly anticipated and authoritative publication.

    The Universe of Pharmaceutical Trademarks in Russia 2021 offers sector participants a comprehensive review of the trademark aspects of the pharmaceutical industry in Russia today – a market that Deloitte valued at almost US$30 billion in a recent study. The report examines the legal foundations for trademark protection in Russia, recent trademark decisions, the strong drive for localization, and the challenging issues of counterfeiting and parallel importation.

    The report includes a range of timely and practicable information, including:

    • An economic overview of the pharmaceutical industry in Russia and the drive to grow the market of locally produced medicines
    • A detailed examination of the legal foundations that underpin trademark protection in Russia
    • A guide to recent decisions by Russia's IP Court and the RF Supreme Arbitration Court, and what these decisions may mean going forward
    • A general overview of counterfeit pharmaceuticals in Russia and their consequences, and ongoing anti-counterfeiting efforts
    • An analysis of the parallel importation of pharmaceuticals in Russia, including the current status of parallel importation and concerns about what its possible legalization could mean for the pharma sector

    “We are very pleased to release the newest edition of this comprehensive paper,” said Aylen. “It’s a contemporary status report on trademark issues in the Russian pharmaceutical industry. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been a market of great challenges and opportunities. Now more than ever, trademark issues are at the very forefront of client success within the Russian pharmaceutical market.”


    About the author

    David Aylen is an internationally renowned intellectual property lawyer with extensive experience advising foreign companies on the procurement and protection of IP rights in Russia, the CIS countries, and Canada. His area of specialization include strategic IP advice and complex cross-border IP litigation, trade secrets as well as strategic patent and trademark portfolio management. Repeatedly recognized as a leading IP lawyer by Who’s Who Legal, IAM Patent, Managing Intellectual Property, and World Trademark Review, he regularly serves as an adviser to major global corporations in pharmaceutical, biotechnology, telecommunications, and manufacturing-based industries.

    Contact information:

    Madina Assylbekova

    Director of Business Development RUSSIA/CIS

    T +7 495 775 4863

    [email protected]

  • 05 Apr 2021 3:40 AM | Alexander Belyasov (Administrator)

    Dear CERBA Members and Partners,

    Please be informed that the Russian government has officially published the Decree No. 814-r dated 31.03.2021 that lifts the restrictions on entry for citizens and permanent residents of Germany, Syria, Uzbekistan, Tadzhikistan, Venezuela and Sri Lanka.

    As reported earlier, Russia resumed passenger flights from these countries on 1 April 2021.

    We would like to remind you that aforementioned foreign nationals will be allowed though the Russian border only if they take a direct flight from the country of their citizenship or permanent residence.


    You can read an original version here.

  • 31 Mar 2021 9:29 AM | Anonymous

    Dear CERBA members & partners, 

    The Government of Canada has released further guidance regarding sanctions and export controls against entities in the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus. More information can be found here regarding Russia and here regarding Belarus. 

  • 29 Mar 2021 11:00 AM | Alexander Belyasov (Administrator)

    • Global 7500 aircraft receiving positive market response for its unparalleled performance, innovative technology, unique cabin design and the smoothest ride
    • Global 7500 aircraft deliveries reaching steady run-rate as the company continues to swiftly progress through the program’s learning curve
    • Global 7500 in-service fleet demonstrating outstanding dispatch reliability rate of 99,7%
    • Global 7500 aircraft is the first business jet to have a third-party verified Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)

    Bombardier announced that it delivered the 50th Global 7500 aircraft. The milestone delivery was achieved as production of the industry flagship continues to mature, and as the aircraft’s in-service performance continues to deliver very high levels of reliability.

    The 50th delivery of the Global 7500 business jet follows a successful 2020, where Bombardier delivered 35 of these aircraft, including a record 16 deliveries in Q4. Bombardier continues to receive strong interest for the Global 7500 business jet and order activity is robust worldwide.

    "The Global 7500 aircraft is unrivalled in the market," said Éric Martel, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bombardier. "It provides an unmatched combination of speed, range, comfort and reliability, making it both the industry flagship and a key driver of our growth strategy. As we mark this delivery milestone, I want to recognize and thank the many talented employees who supported the development and launch of this aircraft, as well as those currently working on the program and supporting our customers in the field. The world-class calibre of workmanship and technology found in each aircraft continues to drive strong market demand and industry-wide recognition."

    Since its entry-into-service at the end of 2018, the Global 7500 business jet has demonstrated an outstanding dispatch reliability rate of 99.7% in-service and has proven to be the highest-performing aircraft in the industry by completing various key speed records and challenging flights, including the longest city-pair flown by a purpose-built business aircraft, connecting Sydney and Detroit non-stop. In its inaugural year of service, the aircraft received multiple accolades including the 2019 Aviation Week Grand Laureate Award, the 2019 Robb Report Best of the Best Business Jet of the Year Award and the 2018 Red Dot Award for Product Design.

    More information available at:

  • 29 Mar 2021 6:00 AM | Alexander Belyasov (Administrator)

    Dear CERBA Members and Partners,

    According to the information kindly provided by CERBA Corporate Member – Intermark Relocation, please be informed that the governmental Operational staff for the prevention of importing and spreading of the new coronavirus infection has decided to resume air traffic with Germany, Syria, Uzbekistan, Tadzhikistan, Venezuela and Sri Lanka.

    The decision will take effect on 1 April 2021.

    Which document introduces the changes?

    The decision of the Operational staff for the prevention of importing and spreading of the new coronavirus infection (available in Russian at the following link

    What are the changes?

    The list of countries whose citizens and residents are allowed to enter the Russian Federation through air checkpoints now includes 30 countries:

    - UK
    - Tanzania
    - Turkey
    - Switzerland
    - Egypt
    - Maldives
    - UAE
    - Kazakhstan
    - Kyrgyzstan
    - Republic of Korea

    - Belarus
    - Serbia
    - Cuba
    - Japan
    - Ethiopia
    - Seychelles
    - Qatar
    - Finland
    - India
    - Vietnam

    - Azerbaijan
    - Armenia
    - Greece
    - Singapore

    - Germany
    - Syria
    - Tadzhikistan
    - Uzbekistan
    - Venezuela
    - Sri Lanka

    Who is affected?

    Russian and foreign citizens who travel from Russia to the listed countries or vice versa.

    Intermark comments

    We expect that these countries will also be included in the list of states exempted from entry restrictions for citizens and permanent residents who travel by direct flights from the respective countries. However, the relevant governmental decree has not been published yet.


    You can read an original version here.

  • 18 Mar 2021 8:00 AM | Alexander Belyasov (Administrator)

    Dear CERBA Members and Partners,

    We would like to invite you to the upcoming seminar, organized by CERBA Corporate Member – Bellerage Alinga on March 24: "Such different individuals: employees, individual entrepreneurs, civil contracts, self-employed". The event will take place at Bellerage Alinga office (11, Schipok street, bldg. 1), start time is 10:00 am Moscow time. The language of the event is Russian.

    The seminar is devoted to detailed analysis of work and legal relations with the individuals in Russia, with the focus on the discussion of tax-legal terrain cooperation with different types of individuals.

    For more details and to register, please visit event page on our website:

  • 16 Mar 2021 10:55 AM | Anonymous

    TORONTO (March 15, 2021) - Close to 200 leading governmental, business, and academic representatives of the Canadian and Eurasian mining industries joined the 2021 CERBA Eurasia Virtual Mining Conference on March 12, 2021 organized by the Canada Eurasia Russia Business Association (CERBA).

    CERBA National Chairman, Gilles Breton, traced the history of the event back to the year of 1994 “when the first delegations from Russia took part in CERBA founding partner CRBF's Conference program during PDAC and the first bilateral Canada-Russia meeting happened in Moscow in 1996.” Since 2000 the event has been held by the CERBA annually at PDAC.

    The conference kicked off with a warm welcome from their Excellencies Alison LeClaire, Ambassador of Canada to the Russian Federation, Republic of Uzbekistan, and Republic of Armenia; Nicholas Brousseau, Ambassador of Canada to the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, and the Republic of Tajikistan; Akylbek Kamaldinov, Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to Canada; and Javlon Vakhabov, Ambassador of the Republic of Uzbekistan to Canada and the United States of America.

    The first session of the Mining Conference was led by Erin Campbell, CEO ECMB Partners and the CERBA Vancouver Board Chair. The focal point of the session was the updates from the Eurasian lawmakers in the mining industry: Maxim Kirzhimanov, Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment of the Russian Federation presented new regulatory initiatives of the Ministry for the improvement of the attractiveness of Russian mining projects for foreign and domestic investors; Almat Abdikeshov of the Ministry of Industry and Infrastructure Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan, State Committee for Geology spoke about the recent updates to the international standards Subsoil Code, as well as the Astana International Financial Centre and Exchange being among the major instruments of foreign investment attraction to Kazakhstan; and Azam Kadirhodjaev from the State Committee of Geology and Mineral Resources of the Republic of Uzbekistan updated the audience on the new mining code developed in cooperation with EBRD, the World Bank and BCG, as well as the mining projects open for investment in Uzbekistan.

    An expert on macroeconomics of the region, Chris Weafer of Macro-Advisory, mentioned that “all governments were under pressure to attract investment and to show credible recovery and growth strategies which offer opportunities for investors…” and noted the importance of the ESG aspect in the industry.

    The event highlighted the success of the mining and metallurgy sector investors in Kazakhstan, Russia and Uzbekistan: Kinross Gold, Metalloinvest, Cameco and B2Gold – corporate stakeholders in the region – presented in the second session. The session was moderated by Kirill Kozenyashev of EY Parthenon, who set the stage by covering the major trends in the mining industry and the success factors for international players.

    Due to the ongoing pandemic, the conference was held virtually, instead of in its usual locale of Toronto at PDAC’s venue. The Conference was immediately followed by an interactive networking reception hosted on Remo, a platform which allowed the attendees move around the reception “hall” freely and engage in video chats at “tables” with their peers from the mining industry, replicating the real - life experience.

    For further information and the video recording of the official part of the events, please visit

    About CERBA

    Founded in 2004, the Canada Eurasia Russia Business Association (CERBA) is a non-profit business association seeking to support trade, investment, and friendly relations between Canada and the countries of Eurasia. Through its chapters situated in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Alberta, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Russia, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan, CERBA supports the dynamic needs of its growing membership in regards to advocacy activities, establishing fora of discussion, the dissemination of information and networking, and the establishment of partnerships for the benefit of the Canadian-Eurasian transnational business environment. 

  • 02 Mar 2021 6:00 PM | Alexander Belyasov (Administrator)

    Moscow, 2 March 2021 – Dentons has advised Sberbank on the acquisition of 100 percent of Yo-Engineering, which has been developing the Russian “Yo-mobile” hybrid electric car, from Belarusian company KG Impex.

    Yo-Engineering team will become part of SberAutoTech (Sber Automotive Technologies), Sberbank’s dedicated subsidiary focused on the strategy for developing automotive digital platforms, and will develop its lines related to creating a platform for autonomous vehicles, self-driving cars, as well as automobile operating systems and technologies.

    Partner Glenn Kolleeny led the Dentons team working on the transaction, with the support from senior associate Oleg Khlestov and associates Tatiana Shadrina and Oxana Pishvanova. The Belarusian aspects of the project were handled by Stepanovski Papakul and Partners, member of Dentons Nextlaw Referral Network.

    “We are very excited to have represented Sberbank on the transaction that contributes to the development of self-driving cars. This represents the solution to Moscow’s traffic and parking problems as well as a way to significantly ameliorate the air quality in Moscow,” commented Glenn Kolleeny.

    About Dentons

    Dentons is the world's largest law firm*, connecting talent to the world's challenges and opportunities in more than 75 countries. Dentons' legal and business solutions benefit from deep roots in our communities and award-winning advancements in client service, including Nextlaw, Dentons’ innovation and strategic advisory services. Dentons' polycentric and purpose-driven approach, commitment to inclusion and diversity, and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client and community interests in the New Dynamic.

    * The American Lawyer 2020 – Global 200 law firm ranking by number of lawyers.

  • 10 Feb 2021 9:15 AM | Alexander Belyasov (Administrator)

    Dear CERBA Members and Partners,

    According to the information kindly provided by CERBA Corporate Member – Intermark Relocation, please be informed that in accordance  with the governmental decree No. 258-p dated on February 6, 2021 (link in Russian) HQS employees and their family members may enter Russia multiple times based on the approved lists.

    What are the changes?

    HQS employees and family members (spouses, children, parents, adoptees and adopters) are eligible to multiple entry to Russia if they are included in the lists, which have been sent to the MIA of Russia and the Federal security service of Russia by the federal executive body responsible for the area of the employer company’s activities. Before that single entry was the only available option as per the original decree.

    According to the information from Association of European Businesses, the amendment should apply both to new HQS and their family members, and to those who have previously received permission to enter according to the Federal security service lists. The wording of the amendment is in line with this interpretation from a legal point of view. A potential risk may arise from the technical processing of requests by the border control, since it is not known for certain whether the information on all previously issued entry permits is actually stored in the border control database.

    Who is affected?

    HQS employees, their family members and employer companies.


    You can read an original version here.

  • 09 Feb 2021 10:15 AM | Alexander Belyasov (Administrator)

    Dear CERBA Members and Partners,

    According to the information kindly provided by CERBA Corporate Member – Intermark Relocation, please be informed that the MFA of Russia has approved a new list of the purposes of entry, which is used by state authorities when issuing letters of invitation and visas to foreign nationals.

    The list took effect on 8 February 2021.

    Which law introduces the changes?

    Order of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation of 21.12.2020 N 23235 "On Approval of the List of Travel Purposes Used for Issuing and Issuing Visas to Foreign Citizens".

    What are the changes?

    1. The newly approved list of available purposes of entry has some differences from the old list. Please find the most important differences below:

    • The "Work for hire" purpose of entry has been renamed to "Work activities";
    • The "Technical services" purpose of entry has been renamed to "Installation works" and the category of the relevant visa has been changed from "Business" to "Work".

    NB! Please note that as per general rule, all work visas are issued as single entry visas for 90 days with possibility of in-country extension (with exception to HQS employees and their family members who are eligible to multiple visas valid for 3 years).

    • The "Commercial" and "Aim tourism" purposes of entry are not included in the new list. A regular business visa should be requested for any type of business activities in Russia;
    • The "Private" purpose of entry has been renamed to "Guest";
    • Work visas with "accompanying family member" purpose of entry may be issued only to HQS dependents as well as dependents of foreign mass media workers.

    NB! The new list does not provide for issue of dependent visas to family members of employees who work based on regular (non-HQS) work permits.

    2. According to the information that we have received from the migration authority, filing of work visa invitation applications in the Moscow migration department (Pokrovka Street 42) has been temporarily suspended due to technical reasons and in connection with the above changes.

    3. Currently, we are receiving reports that some of the Russian consulates abroad suspend filing of applications for work visas and technical services visas. The officials of the consulates and relevant visa centres refer only to receiving some internal instructions to suspend filing of the relevant applications.

    Intermark comment

    We would like to alert our clients to the possibility of temporary suspension of filing applications and the resulting delays in the processing of work LOIs in the migration departments in Russia and processing of work visas in Russian consulates abroad. In some cases, at the decision of a competent authority, the necessity to re-apply or obtain a new LOI instead of a previously issued one may arise.

    Who is affected?

    Foreign nationals from visa countries and their inviting parties.


    You can read an original version here.

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