Intellectual property in Belarus

REVERA

REVERA’s ‘very solid and strong team’ is headed by the ‘excellentHelen Mourashko, who is ‘an expert in the industry’. The group recently acted for Schneider on a project to combat counterfeit products in Belarus, which involved collecting evidence of unauthentic products and presenting it to law enforcement agencies. In another highlight, leading associate Yulia Prokopenko, who always ‘does her research before giving advice or consultation’, was instructed by Sun Pharmaceutical Industries regarding the registration by a Belarussian manufacturer of a trade mark for a medicinal product produced by the client. Artem Khandriko has ‘deep expertise in IT’. Other sectors of specialisation include media, telecoms and food and beverage.

Sorainen

At Sorainen, the ‘advice is practical’. The team ‘delivers a good service’ on ‘intellectual property (IP) enforcement’ and handles a broad range of instructions, ranging from securing ownership of IP to IP-related disputes. Intel Corporation is a notable client and the firm manages its trade mark portfolio in Belarus. The team also recently assisted CrossFit with designing an IP protection strategy and enforcing it against multiple infringers. Alexey Anischenko and Maksim Salahub jointly lead the practice, which also includes Marina Golovnitskaya, who is ‘a very competent lawyer’ and is noted for her ‘exceptional IP knowledge’.

Arzinger & Partners

The IP practice at Arzinger & Partners is 'a one-stop shop’ and predominantly acts for IT companies. Alexander Korsak and Klim Stashevsky jointly head the ‘skilled team’ and are praised as ‘highly skilled lawyers in the IP sphere’. Stashevsky recently advised Facebook on various IP-compliance and data protection requirements in Belarus and Korsak acted for Belitsoft on a scheme of protection for the IP assets owned by the client. The team also includes junior associate Nikolai Gorelik, who ‘shows good understanding of IP and data protection laws’.

SBH Law Office

At SBH Law Office, the ‘strong expertise of particular counselors is remarkable’. The team recently advised Amazon on a contract issue pertaining to the transfer of IP rights and also assisted Discovery Communications with issues pertaining to state permissions to broadcast its Discovery and Eurosport Channels in Belarus. Anastasiya Malakhova heads the practice which is adept at handling the registration of trade marks, non-disclosure and IP agreements, licensing agreements and the transfer of IP rights.

Verkhovodko & Partners LLC

Igor Verkhovodko and Dmitry Bokhan head the practice at Verkhovodko & Partners LLC, which handles information technology developments, transfers and acquisitions as well as licensing and distribution arrangements. Verkhovodko is assisting Green Bay LLC with IP-related financial issues related to the client’s investment project, which includes a golf course, welfare and sports facilities and residential houses. The team also recently advised Siemens Group on IP considerations arising from the amendments to its commercial golden rules.

VMP Vlasova Mikhel & Partners

The team at VMP Vlasova Mikhel & Partners is ‘responsive, meticulous, reliable and client oriented’. Its areas of expertise include IP registration, domain names registration and assignment, and licensing as well as enforcement. It has a core focus on the IT sector and frequently assists with IP issues related to software and firmware development, mobile applications and games publishing. Practice head Tatiana Emelianova is acting for The Procter & Gamble Company on counterfeit imports and also recently drafted and registered licensing agreements for LC Waikiki.