4 December 2015
Twenty of the Russian innovation companies were awarded the right to use the special “Russian Nanotechnology Product” mark as a sign of localized production, quality, and safety of their products, in addition to the fact of the product being produced with nanotechnology. The award ceremony was held at the IV Nanoindustry Enterprise Congress in Moscow.
The Award certificates were presented to each of the winner companies personally by Mr. Anatoly Chubais, CEO at the RUSNANO Holding Company and Mr. Alexei Abramow, head of the ROSSTANDART agency.
The II Nanoindustry Enterprise Congress held in 2013 saw the RUSNANO’s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs (FIEP) and ROSSTANDART coming up with a joint initiative of establishing a dedicated mark to distinguish domestic innovation products made with nanotechnology. The initiative gained entrepreneurial support and a year later, at the next Congress, the first 24 Russian companies were awarded the right to use this special mark.
This year another 20 companies, VIRIAL Ltd. being among these, were awarded the same right.
The “Russian Nanotechnology Product” mark is used to distinguish products made in Russia and from the Russian raw materials. The products also undergo extensive tests for health and environmental safety, and must not infringe on the third-party IP rights.
Each manufacturer claiming the right to use the “Russian Nanotechnology Product” mark and supporting this claim by presenting a set of documents that confirm quality and safety of its products, is entitled to enter a dedicated evaluation procedure provided free of charge by the innovation technology experts and aimed at confirming that the stringent criteria set for the Mark users are met.
The final decision about awarding the right to use this mark is made by a Committee that includes members and experts from FIEP, ROSSTANDART, and environment protection authorities. The winners are entitled to use the mark commercially, in order to distinguish their products. In case of inappropriate usage, the Committee may divest the infringing company of the right to use the mark.