COMPUTER PROGRAMS, DATABASES
REGISTRATION OF COMPUTER PROGRAMS DATABASES AND INTEGRATED CIRCUIT TOPOGRAPHIES
Intellectual property rights to computer programs and databases are copyrights. Relations in the field of computer programs and databases are governed by Chapter 70 "Copyright" of the Civil code of Russian Federation
- preparation of package of documents for registration;
- submission of application materials to Federal Institute of industrial property of Russian Federation, registration of application materials;
- obtaining of the certificate;
LEGAL PROTECTION AND OFFICIAL REGISTRATION OF COMPUTER PROGRAMS AND DATABASES IN RUSSIA
A computer program is a set of data and commands for the operation of computers and other computing devices presented in an objective form in order to obtain a certain result, including preparatory materials obtained during the development of software and audiovisual display generated by it.
Copyrights to all kinds of software (including operating systems and software packages) that can be expressed in any language and in any form, including the source code and the object code (compiled code) are protected the same way as copyright works of literature.
A database is a collection of independent materials (articles, calculations, legal regulations, judicial decisions and other similar materials) presented in an objective form and systematized so that these materials could be found and processed using electronic computing machines (computers).
During the term of validity of the exclusive rights to the computer program or database, a possessor of right may wish to register the program or a database in the Federal Executive body for intellectual property.
A person by whose creative work a computer program or a database was created is recognized as the author of the computer program or the database.
The exclusive right to a computer program and database is valid throughout the life time of the author and seventy years after his death
The exclusive right to a computer program and database can be transferred in full volume to physical or juridical persons under the contract.
No registration of the work or any other formalities is required for occurrence, implementation and protection of copyrights.
Registration of computer programs and databases is optional according to the wish of the possessor of right.
The character "C" is used by the possessor of right to declare his copyright.
Contracts of alienation of the exclusive right to a registered computer program and database are also subject to registration in the Federal executive authority for intellectual property.
No registration is required for license agreements granting the right to use of the computer program or database.