Intellectual property in Russia
Covering the full range of IP matters concerning patents, trade marks and copyrights, Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited ‘provides the most pragmatic legal advice’ and ‘responds extremely quickly’. In 2017, the team won a major public tender by Rosatom State Nuclear Energy Corporation pertaining to patent portfolio management and prosecution. The practice is jointly headed by the ‘highly skilled’ Denis Khabarov and Eugene Arievich, who is ‘extremely nice to cooperate with’ and has ‘great commercial awareness combined with immense IP experience’. Associate Marianna Grigorova and counsel Darya Ermolina are also recommended.
The IP team at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP is praised for its ‘incredible professionalism, unique creativity in coming up with solutions to complex problems and its balanced business-oriented approach’. The firm is defending Double Data in precedent-setting proceedings alleging unauthorised data collection and violations of certain IP rights held by VKontakte, a Russian competitor to Facebook. Practice head Elena Trusova stands out for her ‘exceptional dedication and great power to convince and win any dispute’. Other key clients include the Association of International Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and OJSC Publishing House Prosveshcheniye. Evgeniy Oreshin has ‘the strongest analytical and advocacy skills’, according to one client; Anton Nefedev is ‘outstandingly motivated’; and senior associate Irina Shurmina is ‘incredibly professional’.
Dentons, according to one client, has ‘the strongest IP practice, which is able to quickly develop a winning strategy and find creative solutions allowing clients to meet any challenge successfully’. Practice co-head Victor Naumov, who has ‘a brilliant legal mind’ and ‘understands the specifics of the business’, led the team in representing First HD TV in copyright infringement proceedings against Kartina TV. Denis Voevodin is ‘a very experienced litigator’ and heads the IP department in Moscow. Counsel Tatiana Nikiforova ‘combines great expertise with incredible dedication’.
Natalia Gulyaeva heads the IP department at Hogan Lovells (CIS), which provides contentious and non-contentious assistance to clients including Ford Motor Company, McDonald's, gambling company Novomatic and Millennium Pharmaceuticals. The team successfully acted for pharmaceutical company Novartis in obtaining a precedent-setting injunction against the threat of patent infringement. Recently promoted counsel Vironika Pilyugina and senior associate Julia Gurieva are also highly recommended.
Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners has ‘one of the most competent IP teams in Russia’, which is also ‘highly regarded for its fast speed and professional attitude’ making it ‘simply a pleasure to work with’. The firm collaborated with Hogan Lovells (CIS) in representing Novartis in proceedings concerning a potential infringement of its patent rights over a drug. Practice head Pavel Sadovsky is a ‘well-known and well-informed expert in the sector’, who has 'a broad professional network' and ‘a reassuring manner in assisting clients’. Senior associate Irina Kosovskaya is also noted.
At IP boutique Gorodissky & Partners, highlights included acting for tableware and ceramics manufacturer Villeroy & Boch in a series of trade mark infringement disputes regarding domain names and grey import sales, as well as representing Roxtec International AB in invalidation proceedings concerning a patent for a sealing solution model. Valery Medvedev, Yury Kuznetsov and Vladimir Biriulin are key contacts.
Gowling WLG’s IP lawyers are ‘thoughtful, intelligent and highly responsive’ and ‘understand how to tailor their advice to the particular needs of the client in light of Russia's legal landscape and culture’. Led by ‘extremely competent’ managing partner David Aylen, the team handles the full range of contentious and non-contentious IP matters. Alexander Christophoroff is ‘an excellent attorney who proactively addresses his clients’ concerns’. Notable clients include the State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom and Mondelēz International.
KIAP (Korelskiy, Ischuk, Astafiev and Partners, Attorneys at Law) is praised for its ‘proactive approach in understanding the needs of the client’ and ‘excellent communication on a cross-functional level’. The team acted for key client Gleener in multiple cases regarding trade mark infringements and imports of counterfeit products. Elena Buranova heads the practice. Daria Chernysh left to pursue further education.
Handling a full scope of matters concerning all types of IP objects, the ‘incredibly competent, well-prepared and responsive’ team at Patent & Law Firm Yus ‘gives clients full confidence through comprehensive advice’. The ‘superb’ Sergey Lovtsov heads the practice, where key clients include Société des Produits Nestlé and Samsung Electronics, among others. Denis Levchuk, whose ‘attention to detail is exemplary’, the ‘impressively competent’ Elena Schelkunova and Maria Lovtsova, who stands out for her ‘remarkable IP litigation skills’, are other names to note.
Jointly headed by the 'incredibly knowledgeable' Valentina Orlova and Yuri Yahin, the IP department at Pepeliaev Group assisted Rosatom with projects involving local patent registrations based on Russian applications and patent registrations through the European Patent Office. The firm also represented Richter Gedeon Nyrt in patent cancellation proceedings against Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, with the matter currently pending before Rospatent. Other clients include Procter & Gamble and mineral water manufacturer Kavminvody.
Praised for being ‘highly skilled and incredibly efficient’, ALRUD Law Firm’s IP team is also ‘unique because it includes professional patent attorneys and provides patent services in addition to high-quality legal services’. Practice head Maria Ostashenko led in assisting Italian manufacturer Ferroli with issues concerning unlawful sales of counterfeited heating and air conditioning systems. Counsel Larisa Lysenko is ‘very attentive to details and always gives business-oriented advice tailored specifically to the client’s circumstances’.
Andrey Gorodissky & Partners is recommended for its ‘highly competent work on the prosecution of patent applications and trade mark filings’. ‘Experienced’ practice head Elena Gorodisskaya represented Olive Line International S.L. in proceedings brought against Logo-Trade LLC for the cancellation of a trade mark registration due to non-use. The ‘very dedicated’ Alexey Gorodissky and ‘great patent attorney’ Anatoly Sherstin are highly regarded.
Ermakova, Stoliarova & Partners, Patent Agency advises on trade mark and patent registration and represents clients before multiple authorities, including Rospatent and the Eurasian Patent Organization. Elena Ermakova heads the practice, where key clients include automation technology company Pilz and the Human Stem Cells Institute. The firm represented Mercator Holding in arbitral proceedings against Mercator-Service Special Equipment regarding violations of trade mark rights held by the firm's client.
With significant experience in representing clients before courts and authorities, INTELLECT-S handles contentious and non-contentious matters concerning all types of IP objects. Managing partner Evgeny Shestakov heads the practice, where key clients include Multiobrabotka, Azbooka-Atticus Publishing Group and Zoon.ru. Recently promoted senior partner Maxim Labzin defended Omsk Electromechanical Plant in a patent infringement case.
Kosenkov & Suvorov Law Firm
Kosenkov & Suvorov Law Firm is seen as ‘the go-to firm in Moscow for patents’ by one client, but it also handles a wide spectrum of disputes involving trade marks and copyrights as well as unfair competition. Practice head Konstantin Suvorov is 'a technologically savvy, practical and highly skilled litigator’.
Noerr’s ‘excellent, responsible and professional’ team ‘quickly provides straightforward clarifications to clients’ including the Volvo Group, Shell and the Swatch Group. Jointly headed by the ‘exceptional’ Vyacheslav Khayryuzov and ‘excellent lawyer’ Dr Viktor Gerbutov, the practice is recommended for its high-quality assistance concerning unlawful uses and infringements of trade marks, parallel imports and counterfeiting of products. ‘Impressive’ senior associate Dr Natalya Babenkova is also highly regarded.
With its remarkable experience in handling both contentious and non-contentious matters across multiple industries, boutique IP firm PATENTUS is managed by ‘experienced litigator’ Dmitry Markanov. Highlights included assisting the Russian Post with trade mark registrations and representing Pioneer High-Bred International in criminal proceedings concerning the unlawful use of the company's trade marks by private individuals. Other clients include toys distributor Toy.ru and pharmaceutical company Merck & Co.
At Squire Patton Boggs, Olga Bezrukova heads the IP department, which assists key client Strauss Coffee with the general management of its designs portfolio, trade mark acquisitions and licensing, and trade mark and design registrations. Other clients include food company Sunrider and GM-AvtoVAZ, a joint venture between General Motors and AvtoVAZ.