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Steps to stop intellectual piracy urged

Dec. 15, 2004 at 10:29 PM

MOSCOW, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Russia's prime minister says his government isn't doing enough to protect intellectual property rights or curb the sale of counterfeit products.

Speaking in Moscow before a commission for protecting intellectual property rights, Mikhail Fradkov complained existing government resolutions in this regard have not been implemented.

Specifically, he said the Ministry of Education and Scientific Research did not impose strict requirements on the draft resolution dealing with the transfer of the right to intellectual property to its authors, the Itar-Tass news agency reported.

Fradkov said losses resulting from intellectual piracy run into hundreds of millions of dollars. The money obtained this way is spent on the development of illegal businesses, he said.

The Prime Minister said the struggle against intellectual piracy will be successful, only if "gaps in the legislation are filled with the needed legal acts."

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