On March 1, 2018, Kurai was registered as a territorial brand of Bashkortostan. Minister of Culture Amina Shafikova announced to Bashinform agency that a patent of the Federal Service for Intellectual Property was already received.
“The initiator of the registration was a famous kuraist, teacher and public figure, then Chairman of the Union of Kurai Performers Azat Aitkulov. Since 2014, the regional Ministry of Culture has been working hard to have this registration. Cities Ufa and Kumertau are named in t patent as the places of origin of this ethnic wind instrument which symbolizes Bashkortostan. In the latter city, a branch of the Republican Center of Folk Art prepared all the documentation. A lot of archival materials and confirmations were collected to prove that kurai was originally from our land,” said the Minister.
First Deputy Chairperson of the Federation Council Committee for Science, Education and culture, representative from Bashkortostan Liliya Gumerova announced the news about the obtained patent during the meeting dedicated to the regional traditional products, the so-called “regional brands” and their subsequent registration. The event took place in the national patent and technical library and gathered more than 250 participants, including the representatives of more than 40 regions.
Kurai became the first result of the activities started in the Federation Council and regions reflecting the instruction of the Chairperson of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko to identify regional brands and register them.
“Our meeting is aimed at giving further assistance to senators and regions. In this regard, the official website of the Federal Service for Intellectual Property has created a special portal dedicated to the pressing issues of legal protection of applications concerning goods origin,” said Liliya Gumerova.
In her speech, the Senator highlighted that the regions have high potential in terms of the availability of goods unique due to geographical location and traditions being passed from generation to generation. Among such goods are there are Bashkir honey, Khokhloma, or Tula gingerbread.
The discussion was attended by the members of the Federation Council, head of the Federal Service for Intellectual Property Grigoriy Ivliev, representatives of the federal and regional executives, subject-matter experts, and manufacturers of traditional Russian goods.