Administrative actions against violation of intellectual property rights on the principle ex officio will be cancelled in Belarus

The procedure for bringing to administrative sanctions for violating intellectual property rights has been changed in Belarus. Sanctions for this type of administrative offences are provided for in article 9.21 of the Code of Administrative Offences. From January 31, 2018, relevant cases will be considered only if there is a request from the right holder or his legal representative. Previously, any person could have applied to law enforcement agencies, as well as the law enforcement officers could initiate administrative proceedings in the specified category of cases without any request. The changes were implemented by the Law of the Republic of Belarus No 95-Z dated 08/01/2018.