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Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited provides ‘an excellent overall level of service’, and the team ‘has a good understanding of the administrative system in Russia’. The firm advises on the full spectrum of IP matters including trade marks, copyright, anti-counterfeiting and domain name issues. Highlights included acting for Nissan Motor in a trade mark validity matter, and representing Les Laboratoires Servier in its bid to invalidate Bravadin, an international trade mark registration in the pharmaceutical sector. Practice head Eugene Arievichcomes up with non-standard approaches to complex issues’, and counsel Darya Ermolina is also recommended.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP’s ‘responsive’ team ‘always aims to get a deep understanding of the client’s business objectives’, and is ‘at the cutting edge of court practice, legislation and market views’. The practice is led by Elena Trusova, who, along with Evgeny Oreshin, recently advised Nike on a range of trade mark and copyright issues concerning its advertising campaign. Senior associate Anton Nefedev handles transaction-related IP issues.


Gorodissky & Partners

A home grown Russian IP boutique Gorodissky & Partners with its headquarters in Moscow, 11 branch offices in Russia and 1 — in Ukraine remains heading top positions in every aspect of protection, disposal and enforcement of IP rights. The main jurisdictions are Russia and Ukraine, and thanks to the existing trustworthy network the firm represents also clients around Eurasia.

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The ‘strong’ team at Dentonsis able to quickly understand the issues at hand’ and ‘explains Russian procedures to international clients and internal legal teams very well’. Led by Denis Voevodin, the firm currently advises Gazprom on worldwide trade mark prosecution proceedings, and is also handling several trade mark registration matters for Rosatom. Victor Naumov is the other key figure.

Hogan Lovells (CIS) has ‘one of the strongest IP practices among international law firms in Russia’; its team ‘is very client- and solution-oriented, and has good market intelligence’. Key sectors of focus include electronics, media, life sciences and food and beverages; the team recently represented McDonald’s in several trade mark and copyright infringement disputes against Russian third parties, and is currently advising Lego on trade mark and copyright enforcement proceedings across the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). Practice head Natalia Gulyaeva is ‘a great lawyer with sound business acumen’.

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners is ‘particularly recognised for its strength in patent litigation and trade mark portfolio management for large global brands’. The team also advises on counterfeiting issues, licensing and the transfer of IP rights. Practice head Pavel Sadovsky is ‘noted for his strong knowledge of IP and IT legislation and court practice’. Key clients include Danone and Formula One Management.

Ermakova, Stoliarova & Partners, Patent Agency provides ‘a high level of expertise in various issues’ and offers ‘prompt, detailed advice in response to all requests’. The firm handles trade mark and patent registrations, and regularly represents clients in administrative and arbitral cases before the Russian Chamber for Patent Disputes (CPD). In a recent highlight, the team acted for an Israeli cosmetics company in a case related to the cancelling of several illegal trade marks. Elena Ermakova jointly heads the team with Irina Stoliarova.

At Gorodissky & Partners, notable work included representing Russian confectioner Chocolate Toy in a copyright infringement dispute; defending Decor Rus against an infringement action brought by a competitor; and representing Perfetti Van Melle in a trade mark infringement case filed by New Technologies regarding its "FOOTBALL" mark. Managing partner Valery Medvedev is recommended along with patent and trade mark attorney Sergey Dudushkin.

Gowling WLG is ‘able to handle every type of trade mark matter’; its team is ‘highly responsive, and provides good-quality advice’. Areas of expertise include trade mark and patent portfolio management, anti-counterfeiting matters, domain name registration and IP enforcement actions. Managing partner David Aylen advises foreign entities on their Russian and CIS operations, and Vladislav Ugryumov has notable expertise in the life sciences sector, particularly within pharmaceuticals and biotechnology.

KIAP (Korelskiy, Ischuk, Astafiev and Partners, Attorneys at Law)responds promptly to all requests’ and ‘demonstrates a high level of knowledge and experience in the field of IP law, providing solid, business-oriented advice’. Daria Chernysh is the key figure, and is currently advising Polaris on its trade mark and patent portfolio across the CIS and other regions.

The ‘strong professionals’ at Patent & Law Firm Yus are ‘very knowledgeable about all aspects of IP in Russia, and keep themselves up to date on all important developments and changes’. The firm’s responsivenesss is ‘highly impressive, and easily matches international standards’. Sergey Lovtsov heads the department, which recently represented International Masis Tabak in a trade mark infringement case filed by Philip Morris Brands.

Pepeliaev Group provides ‘a high level of professional support’ and is ‘a valuable partner in IP issues’. Practice head Valentina Orlova is praised for her ‘thorough analysis of complex issues’ and ‘efficient support across the full range of registration processes’. Work highlights included advising Rosatom on various patent registrations overseas, and representing Richter Gedeon Nyrt. in patent cancellation proceedings before the CPD.

ALRUD Law Firm’s team of ‘attentive specialists’ wins praise for its ‘knowledge, expertise and deep level of IP experience’, and its ‘willingness to provide input at any stage’. The firm has been notably active in the IT sector, advising on data localisation matters, personal data protection and contentious matters involving the Roskomnadzor. Maria Ostashenko advises on IP management and protection, and counsel Larisa Lysenko ‘always evaluates potential risks and develops effective measures to solve any issues faced by the client’.

Andrey Gorodissky & Partners has ‘a strong grasp of trade mark law’ and is ‘able to meet the goals and expectations of clients unfamiliar with Russian systems’. The team’s client base includes a mix of software, electronics, retail and pharmaceutical companies; recent work includes representing Groth & Co in negotiations with owners of similar trade marks, and acting for an individual entrepreneur in a registration application before the Russian Patent & Trademark Office. Elena Gorodisskaya heads the team.

CMS’ ‘wonderful’ team ‘always completes all tasks on time, especially in cases of very urgent and time-sensitive requests’. Key clients include Syngenta Participations, Ecolab and Microsoft; the team is currently advising the latter on copyright audit matters across various Russian regions. Anton Bankovskiy is the name to note.

FBK Legal has notable expertise in the retail, IT, pharmaceutical and non-profit sectors, and counts a range of domestic and foreign companies among its clients. Alexander Ermolenko heads the practice, which is currently acting for Marie Brizard Wine & Spirits in a series of longstanding trade mark disputes.

In a recent highlight, Intellect-S successfully represented Belarusian hosiery manufacturer Conte Spa in a domain name dispute with a direct competitor. Evgeny Shestakov heads the department, which has a strong track record in patent, copyright and trade mark disputes before a range of authorities.

Noerr’s ‘reputable IP practice’ is led by Vyacheslav Khayryuzov and Viktor Gerbutov, who is praised by clients as being ‘responsive, practical and thoroughly knowledgeable’. Notable clients include Shell, Volvo and Triumph International.

Patentus has a strong track record in trade mark applications and IP litigation, and also advises on prosecution, enforcement and transaction-related IP issues. The four-partner team is led by Dmitry Markanov, who recently represented Kazan-based plant Europlast in a patent infringement case against Azimut.

Squire Patton Boggs has significant capabilities in the IT and technology sphere, and regularly advises startup businesses on IP rights and trade mark and patent registration for software products. Olga Bezrukova heads the team, and is currently advising GM AvtoVaz on trade mark and copyright registration.

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