Belarus

Please contact the React North-East Europe-office for more information about our services in Belarus:

React North East Europe
Subaciaus g. 15-45
01300 Vilnius
Lithuania
T +370 5 212 2866
Contact: Mr Kazimieras Sarzickas
baltics@react.org
ksarzickas@react.org


Our activities in Belarus are coordinated by React North East Europe Regional Office in Lithuania. Since 2007 our partner in Belarus is 'Shevyrev & Partners' Bureau of attorneys, which was established in 2001 by Mr. Sergey Shevyrev, a certified lawyer and now specializes in the full scale IPR protection activities with a strong accent to trade marks, while also being involved with an assortment of general legal issues on behalf of clients. The bureau is proud to be one of the first independent trade mark protection agencies in the local legal services market, with a well-established cooperation with all major law enforcement institutions: State Customs and the Economic crime police. This bureau has offices in Moscow (HQ), St. Petersburg, Khabarovsk and Minsk/Belarus, with totally more than 30 lawyers, paralegals, investigators and patent attorneys.

Our services in Belarus

  • Amicable settlements and/or negotiation settlement following Customs actions
  • Appearing in court hearings in criminal proceedings as witnesses or experts
  • Attending personal hearing
  • Desk research
  • Drafting and filing of administrative complaints
  • Drafting and filing of criminal complaints
  • Drafting and filing of expert reports, affidavits and written witness statements
  • Filing a demand for a raid
  • Filing Customs applications
  • Filing surveillance letter
  • Follow up Customs/Police cases (C&D letters, negotiations, settlement drafting)
  • Handling court proceedings (appeals and civil claims)
  • Informing Customs officers on brand details
  • Organize and assist the police and relevant authorities in market raids
  • Organize inspections and investigations of markets, shops and events
  • Organize test purchases
  • Organizing the transportation, storage, destruction and, wherever possible, the recycling of counterfeit products
  • Organizing training sessions and information meetings for Police, Customs and/or Trade Inspection authorities
  • Preparing and submitting civil actions (including C&D letters)

Country Procedures

  • Customs application is mandatory in order to enable Customs to inspect shipments containing possibly infringing/counterfeit goods, although Customs may also act ex officio
  • Customs application is valid for up to 2 years with the option for renewal
  • No simplified procedure is in place. If counterfeit goods are detected, Customs start an administrative or criminal procedure. Customs notification must be responded within 10 business days, the term may be extended up to 10 more days in case the rightolder files an application for the protection of his rights to the authorities
  • The importer has the right to answer on the detention of goods within the whole term of the detention
  • The infringers may be brought to criminal responsibility only in case of numerous infringements of rights on the trademarks