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The team at Baker & McKenzie–CIS, Limited has ‘a deep knowledge of trade mark law’, and ‘is well able to resolve complicated IP matters’. Practice head Eugene Arievich represented Hotel Cipriani in its long-running dispute against Altinus Trading over the Cipriani trade mark. Denis Khabarov heads the IP litigation practice, and Margarita Divina is the key contact for non-contentious matters.

At Dentons, practice head Victor Naumov splits his time between Moscow and St Petersburg, advising on all aspects of IP protection. Highlights for the firm included assisting Rosatom with the registration of trade marks across 23 countries and representing VKontakte in a series of illegal content-related disputes.

Goltsblat BLP, the Russian practice of Berwin Leighton Paisner provides ‘clear, timely and business-oriented advice within the agreed timeframe’. The group is noted for its litigation expertise, and is representing a number of IFPI members in a series of copyright infringement proceedings against VKontakte. Elena Trusova heads the practice, where Natalia Belomestnova is the other key figure.

One of the leading IP practices in the Russian legal market’, Hogan Lovells (CIS)’ team ‘works at the highest level’. ‘Highly skilled’ practice head Natalia Gulyaeva recently advised Ford on its extensive trade mark portfolio. Other clients include Rusal, GlaxoSmithKline and Mattel.

Ermakova, Stoliarova & Partners, Patent Agency’s ‘professional attorneys’ provide ‘an excellent level of service’ and ‘always consider every issue when looking for the best possible solution’. Practice head Elena Ermakova has ‘extensive knowledge of international patent and trade mark registration’, and Irina Stoliarova handles industrial property and patent-related issues.

Gorodissky & Partners’ ‘extremely qualified’ team provides, arguably, ‘the best support for private equity clients and major businesses’. Practice head Valery Medvedev handles prosecution and enforcement of patent rights in the mechanics and engineering space. Toyota and Celgene are key clients.

David Aylen heads the practice at Gowling WLG, which is advising Rosatom on registering patents and trade marks in Russia and overseas. Vladislav Ugryumov, who handles patent litigation and prosecution, has notable expertise in the life sciences sector.

The team at Patent & Law Firm Yus provides ‘a deep insight into the field of IP’ and has ‘a good view of the peculiarities of each case’. Managing partner Sergey Lovtsov and Maria Lovtsova, who ‘presents information in a clear and concise manner’, are the key names. Clients include Russian Railways, Rusnano and Lukoil.

Pepeliaev Group’s ‘quick and attentive’ team is jointly headed by Valentina Orlova and Yuri Yahin. The duo recently represented the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation in a dispute pertaining to the unlawful exhibition of copyrighted paintings. Other clients include Rosatom, Monsanto and Japan Tobacco International.

ALRUD Law Firm’s IP practice covers transactional matters, trade mark prosecution, and portfolio protection and management. Maria Ostashenko heads the IP, data protection and commercial practice. Irina Anyukhina is the other name to note.

The ‘highly experienced’ team at Andrey Gorodissky & Partnersworks in a coordinated, responsive and client-oriented way’. Trade mark lawyer Elena Gorodisskaya is ‘a brilliant practitioner with a perfect reputation’, and Alexey Gorodissky is the other key contact. Highlights included representing an individual entrepreneur in trade mark-related civil proceedings in Kazakhstan.

CMS’ expertise includes IP litigation, data protection, transactional matters, as well as registration and protection of IP assets. Anton Bankovskiy heads the department, which recently represented Carrier in a series of trade mark infringement and domain name disputes.

The team at Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners has ‘unparalleled mastery in court proceedings’ and ‘an extensive knowledge of IP regulations and Russian law’. Pavel Sadovsky heads the practice, which is representing Formula One in several anti-counterfeit cases and trade mark registration proceedings.

Alexander Ermolenko heads the department at FBK Legal, which recently advised Sport Broadcasting on transferring broadcasting rights of the 2016 Olympic Games to Gazprom-Media. Other clients include Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts and Sberbank.

Intellect-S maintains ‘a high level of communication with the client’. Maxim Labzin is ‘a great speaker in court hearings’ and has ‘a strong background in IP litigation’. Evgeny Shestakov heads the team.

KIAP (Korelskiy, Ischuk, Astafiev and Partners, Attorneys at Law)’s ‘clear, pragmatic and cost-efficient’ team recently assisted Leto Bank with a rebranding arising from the establishment of a joint venture with Russian Post. Practice head Daria Chernysh has strong IP protection expertise.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP advises on all aspects of IP law including copyright, licensing, franchising, anti-counterfeiting and domain name issues. Brian Zimbler is the key practitioner, and has worked extensively with high-profile technology companies and start-ups on IP protection matters. Clients include Warner Bros, NBC Universal and Viacom.

Noerr’s Vyacheslav Khayryuzov advises on a range of issues including IP due diligence, media and software licensing, data protection and broadcasting. Viktor Gerbutov specialises in Russian and international litigation, and has handled numerous internet-related disputes.

Squire Patton Boggs is noted for its strength in patent-related issues, and work highlights included numerous patent prosecution, protection and registration matters. Olga Bezrukova heads the practice, where key clients include 3M, Surinder and Strauss Coffee.

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