Intellectual property in Russia

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited

The large and specialised intellectual property team at Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited comprises over 20 practitioners, including registered trade mark and patent attorneys; the group recently benefitted from the arrival of senior associate Yuri Yahin, formerly of Pepeliaev Group. The firm is equally adept at handling contentious and advisory work, and frequently acts as transactional and franchising counsel for international and domestic businesses. Practice head Denis Khabarov focuses on litigious matters, for which counsel Darya Ermolina is also noted, while non-contentious work is overseen by 'transactional guruMargarita Divina. For all issues relating to trade marks, senior counsel Eugene Arievich and Pavel Gorokhov are the key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Denis Khabarov

Other key lawyers:

Eugene Arievich; Darya Ermolina; Margarita Divina; Pavel Gorokhov; Yuri Yahin

Testimonials

‘High professionalism, responsiveness, understanding of the client’s needs.’

‘The IP Tech team has continued to be a number one practice in the area of IP and technology in Russia for many years. They cover pretty much all areas of IP law and practice, starting from IP commodity work, such as trademark registration and searches, to the most complex contentious and transactional matters. They are the go-to team in the most complex cases.’

‘Margarita Divina is an IP transactional guru most famous for complex technology and IP-heavy transactions and franchising deals.’

‘Eugene Arievich, who is still the most famous name in IP private practice in Russia, continues to be an active member of the team.’

‘The team at Baker & McKenzie provides extremely thorough, detail-oriented advice that is strategic in nature. I have consistently found them to be my go-to firm for Russian trademark advice, especially on difficult matters.’

‘We primarily work with Margarita Divina. She is extremely responsive, and provides thorough, highly-detailed advice that reflects a keen understanding of latest developments in Russian trademark law.’

‘I have known Denis Khabarov for many years. He is one of the key and visible players in the IP market in Russia. He is valued by clients for his advice which is very clear, practical and helpful. His litigation skills are superb. We greatly benefited from his involvement in a project with the Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service that evolved into the creation of a new procedure for trade-dress-infringement-related antimonopoly cases. This is really a hot topic for our members. Based on the guidelines and criteria created by the Baker team, we have assisted the Federal Antimonopoly Service with 11 cases.’

Key clients

Gilead Sciences

EPK Company

ROSATOM

Starbucks Corporation

Rambler

LVMH

McDonald’s

Diageo

Christian Louboutin

Chanel

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Gilead Sciences in a patent defence case before the IP court.
  • Successfully represented Christian Louboutin in an enforcement campaign against infringers bringing products illegally marked with the client’s trade marks to the Russian market.
  • Assisting Rosatom with patent portfolio management issues, including advising on patent prosecution strategies.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP

Two new sub-teams have recently been introduced to further widen the range of specialist advice provided by the intellectual property offering at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP; the data protection and advertisement group is headed up by Natalia Belomestnova and the IP in technology department is under the leadership of Anton Nefedev. 'Brilliant organiserElena Trusova continues to oversee the practice, which is particularly known for its successes in representing clients from the IT and media sectors in trade mark, copyright and patent litigation. Counsel Evgeny Oreshin is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Elena Trusova

Other key lawyers:

Anton Nefedev; Natalia Belomestnova; Evgeny Oreshin

Testimonials

‘Natalia Belomestnova’s advice has always been really clear, prompt and concise. I feel confident following her recommendations and appreciate the steps she has taken to understand our business and make sure the advice is applicable to us.’

‘The practice is uniquely able to really perfect the proposed solutions.’

‘Elena Trusova is a high-level specialist, a brilliant organiser, a perfectionist in a good way. She perfectly selected the composition of the team, thanks to which tasks are solved at 110% efficiency. Anton Nefedev is a high-level specialist.’

‘Non-standard approach, the ability to work through the situation to benefit the client.’

‘Stability, creativity, individual approach to the client.’

Key clients

Double Data

Prosveshcheniye Publishing House

Association of International Pharmaceutical Manufacturers (AIPM)

NIKE

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries

Mobile TeleSystems (“MTS”)

John Deere

Tokyo Broadcasting System Inc.

Reckitt Benckiser

Work highlights

  • Represented Prosveshcheniye Publishing House in trade mark litigation.
  • Defended Double Data against a claim filed by VKontakte which aimed to  stop the client collecting open information posted by users on the VKontakte network since this was alleged to be a breach of database rights.
  • Advising Teva Pharmaceutical Industries on a wide variety of advertising matters, including  reviewing all the client’s promotional materials on a daily basis.

Dentons

With notable practitioners split across two offices, Dentons offers local and global clients highly specialised advice on copyright, patent and trade mark protection and litigation. Denis Voevodin, who also acts as the head of the European intellectual property and technology practice, takes the lead in Moscow, while Victor Naumov, who oversees Russian IP, IT and telecoms work, is the key contact in St. Petersburg. Counsel Vladislav Arkhipov is also recommended. The team was further strengthened by the recent arrival of 'terrific' counsel Irina Stepanova and senior associate Philipp Dubovik from Baker Botts L.L.P. and KPMG in Russia and the CIS, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Denis Voevodin; Victor Naumov

Other key lawyers:

Vladislav Arkhipov; Philipp Dubovik; Irina Stepanova

Testimonials

‘The practice has unique expertise, in-depth knowledge and commercial insight, is very professional and responsive.’

‘Counsel Irina Stepanova is incredibly responsive, knowledgeable and an experienced IP specialist and brilliant negotiator. She understands the client.’

‘Dentons lawyers are very accessible and responsive. They consistently seek to understand the needs and objectives of our business and tailor their services to help achieve our business objectives.’

‘Irina Stepanova is highly experienced and reliable, she has an excellent knowledge of law, creative thinking and ability to solve complicated issues.’

‘Strong expertise and theoretical foundation.’

It is one of the leading IP practices in Russia, having a keen understanding of the industry, considerable knowledge, commercial insight.’

‘Irina Stepanova is a terrific specialist, with a very strong academic and practical background. She previously worked at other large law firms and Dentons has certainly strengthened their IP practice with her arrival.’

‘A very professional team in everything – from purely technical knowledge and experience, to strategic vision, in-depth analysis and out of the box solutions.’

Key clients

STADA

Biocad JCS

Avito (Keh Ecommerce)

Siliz

Rosatom

Gazprom Neft

MTS

Work highlights

  • Advised the Stada group on the intellectual property aspects of an asset purchase agreement for more than 20 Rx and OTC drugs and dietary supplements from the Takeda group.
  • Assisted Gazprom Neft with the design of a matrix reflecting the key terms of a list of open source software licences.
  • Advising Rosatom on the management of its patent portfolio in Russia, China, Japan, Korea, EU, USA.

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners

The team at Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners provides comprehensive advice on the full range of matters relating to the registration, transfer and use of intellectual property. Contentious work is also an area of strength for the group, which comprises a large number of registered patent and trade mark attorneys, including 'experienced team leadPavel Sadovsky and deputy practice head Irina KosovskayaMaxim Burda, who was recently promoted to senior associate, is noted for his proficiency in advising on the administrative protection of IP assets, particularly from piracy, counterfeiting and cybersquatting.

Practice head(s):

Pavel Sadovsky

Other key lawyers:

Irina Kosovskaya; Maxim Burda

Testimonials

‘Good understanding of international needs and the Russian legal environment.’

‘The team is easily accessible and involved. Pavel Sadovsky is an experienced team lead, Maxim Burda is very knowledgeable and committed.’

‘They are very practical, they fight for the client and the result and do not give up. Excellent forensic work.’

‘The EPAM team are leaders in Russia. They have an excellent team and specialists, which allows them to be constantly involved in various projects, gain experience and improve their skills. The EPAM lawyers have excellent educations and are well aware of changes in legislation. They have excellent connections with specialists throughout Russia, which helps a lot in working on large projects, where you need to act in several directions and do business in specific areas.’

‘Pavel Sadovsky is an outstanding lawyer who always finds optimal solutions to problems. The strategies he suggests show good results. He is familiar with Russian legislation, the judicial system and the specifics of the regulation of intellectual property rights. Pavel is an IP expert with fresh ideas and deep practical skills. He is always ready to share his valuable knowledge. I can also recommend Irina Kosovskaya, she is very smart and has extensive knowledge. It is comfortable to work with her. Irina is attentive to the needs of clients, is proactive and has extensive experience in resolving intellectual property issues.’

‘Pavel Sadovsky is an excellent professional who is distinguished by intelligence, excellent knowledge of the practice area, knowledge of all aspects of the case, commitment, accuracy, pragmatism, and the ability to critically look at the situation. Irina Kosovskaya is a creative specialist with the highest level of professionalism. An excellent practitioner, well versed in practical aspects, with excellent writing skills and reasoning of position, as well as a calm, confident and reasoned manner in court.’

‘We instructed EPAM as we were sure that its skilled IP practice would excellently handle our contentious matter. EPAM has already resolved numerous issues for us.’

‘Pavel Sadovsky is a very pleasant lawyer with an excellent reputation. Pavel combines excellent knowledge of theory with a wide practice. He has extensive experience in counselling on intellectual property issues. He is flexible and proactive.’

Key clients

Rona

Orion Corporation

AKVA Investments

Work highlights

  • Representing Vita Express, a major Russian pharmacy chain, before the Chamber for Patent Disputes in a case concerning the misleading registration and use of the client’s trade marks by a competitor.
  • Successfully represented the Finnish pharmaceutical company Orion Corporation in a patent dispute.
  • Successfully represented Aqua Investments, a company which produces mineral water, before the Court of Intellectual Rights, proving that the defendant violated the client’s exclusive rights to the appellations of origin Essentuki No. 4 and Essentuki No. 17.

Hogan Lovells (CIS)

As exemplified by practice head Natalia Gulyaeva, who leads both the IP, media and technology team, and the life sciences group, a specialised understanding of many industry sectors with a nexus to TMT marks out the offering at Hogan Lovells (CIS). The firm regularly handles patent portfolio development and litigation in Russia and other CIS countries, as well as assisting with transactional intellectual property matters. For disputes, newly promoted partner Vironika Pilyugina is a key contact; she acts in cases concerning trade mark, patent, copyright and domain name infringements, invalidity actions, defamation and slander cases, and unfair competition actions. Senior associate Julia Gurieva has a combined IP and commercial focus.

Practice head(s):

Natalia Gulyaeva

Other key lawyers:

Vironika Pilyugina; Julia Gurieva

Testimonials

‘Positives include knowledge of the area, good reputation and hard work.’

‘Natalia Gulyaeva amazes with the breadth of her knowledge in the field. Her approach focuses on solving the problem, rather than coming from a formal position.’

Key clients

Bristol Myers Squibb Holdings Ireland Unlimited Company

Novartis AG

Astellas Pharma Inc.

Suzuki Motor Corporation

RUSAL

Novomatic AG

McDonald’s Corporation

Lego

Work highlights

  • Representing Bristol-Myers Squibb in numerous court disputes, including patent infringement cases against producers of generic medicine and their distributors, as well as a compulsory licence case in which the client is involved as a defendant.
  • Representing Novartis in numerous patent infringement cases before Russian courts, as well as in a compulsory license case.
  • Advising McDonald’s on its trade mark portfolio in Russia and CIS-wide, including assisting the client with trade mark clearances, prosecution and maintenance.

ALRUD Law Firm

Transactional support, trade mark and industrial design prosecution and enforcement, portfolio maintenance, and representation of clients in disputes all make up part of the regular practice of the intellectual property team at ALRUD Law Firm. Recently, the firm has increased its proficiency in advising on matters with a nexus to IT, as exemplified by practice head Maria Ostashenko's expertise in issues relating to software development and resale of digital products. For advertising and marketing work, Irina Anyukhina is the name to note. Senior associate Ilya Khodakov is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Maria Ostashenko

Other key lawyers:

Irina Anyukhina; Ilya Khodakov

Key clients

Olympus Corporation

Global Fashion Group S.A

International Management Group (UK) Limited

Autobahn Tank & Rast GmbH

GNFA Holding

Work highlights

  • Represented Olympus Corporation in a complex counterfeit dispute against the Ural Bank of Reconstruction and Development related to an import of huge consignments of equipment to Russia.
  • Assisted International Management Group (UK) with the amendment of its complex master licence agreement to bring it into compliance with the Russian law, allowing the client to operate global sporting programmes (Euro2020).
  • Successfully overcame a provisional refusal issued by the Russian IP Office on behalf of client Global Fashion Group, allowing the client to protect its core trade mark.

Gorodissky & Partners

Boutique firm Gorodissky & Partners provides highly specialised and diverse services, including representation in the Intellectual Property Court and the Supreme Court, IP protection and registration, and advice on e-commerce and advertising issues. The practice also includes three unique platforms - Gorodissky IP Security, Patadmin and Management - which allow for efficient organisation and maintenance of IP assets, as well as rapid identification of infringements. The key contacts are Valery MedvedevYury KuznetsovVladimir BiriulinEvgeny Aleksandrov and Sergey MedvedevValentin Kirillov and Elizaveta Popova recently made partner, and associate Ilya Goryachev is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Valery Medvedev; Yury Kuznetsov; Vladimir Biriulin; Evgeny Alexandrov

Other key lawyers:

Sergey Vasiliev; Sergey Medvedev; Ilya Goryachev; Valentin Kirillov; Elizaveta Popova

Testimonials

‘The uniqueness of the firm lies in a clear division of labour between practitioners and a competent distribution of tasks between specialists of the required expertise. A sufficient number of competent specialists in all areas of work within intellectual property allows the full range of companies’ needs for IP services to be satisfied.’

‘The team works very harmoniously and exclusively in the interests of achieving the goals set by the customer.’

Key clients

AO Raiffeisenbank and PJSC ROSBANK

PHILIP MORRIS PRODUCTS S.A.

SCANIA CV AB

MAN TRUCK & BUS SE / MAN SE

PJSC Tatneft (Russia)

Work highlights

  • Advised AO Raiffeisenbank and Rosbank on a series of transactions involving IP and IT assets.
  • Conducted due diligence relating to the intellectual property aspects of Tatneft’s purchase of Finnish corporation Neste Oyj on behalf of the client.  
  • Representing MAN Truck & Bus in an action against a large unauthorised dealer of truck equipment and software.

Gowling WLG

The intellectual property practitioners at Gowling WLG are known for their technical expertise and industry-specific knowledge. Managing partner David Aylen focuses on patent monetisation and complex litigation and enforcement matters; the life sciences sector is an area of particular specialism for registered patent attorney Vladislav Ugryumov; newly arrived counsel Veronica Fridman, formerly of Jones Day, is regularly instructed by Russian and international oil and gas, pharmaceutical, fast-moving consumer goods, and media giants; and recently promoted partner Yulia Yarnykh has extensive experience advising on advertising, e‑commerce and data protection issues. The team frequently represents clients before the courts and antimonopoly authorities.

Practice head(s):

David Aylen

Other key lawyers:

Yulia Yarnykh; Veronica Fridman; Vladislav Ugryumov

Testimonials

‘The firm has a well-deserved reputation for comprising high-class professionals in the field of intellectual property, having the ability to quickly grasp the essence of the problem and immediately proceed with the assignment, and flexibility in negotiating the terms of payments for legal services provided.’

‘The team has deep knowledge of the Russian territory. The team is very transparent and responsive.’

‘I sincerely appreciate Gowling’s flexibility in defining a strategy and pricing it.’

‘Outstanding availability.’

‘Within the framework of the project Gowling provided our company with an exhaustive legal opinion about registration and other requirements for a conclusion of trade mark license agreements in 82 jurisdictions.’

‘The timeline for provision of the services was quite limited (less than a month), but thanks to Yulia Yarnykh everything was done on time.’

‘I can recommend Yulia Yarnykh because she acted as a professional who knows how the job should be done. Also I can express that Yulia is not only a great lawyer, but also an excellent project manager, since during the performance of the project there were lawyers involved from all parts of the world, but the work was organised as though I was working only with Yulia herself.’

‘Our co-operation with this firm has been going very well since 2004. The law firm efficiently conducts our cases before the competent authorities in a friendly manner.’

Key clients

Rosatom

Cargill, Incorporated

Starbucks

Ashley Homestores Ltd.

Volvo Cars

Toruńskie Zakłady Materiałów Opatrunkowych SA

Amsted Rail Company Inc.

Mondelez International

Cisco Systems Inc.

Louis Vuitton

WD-40

Pernod Ricard

Dyson Technology Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised Rosatom on the need for trade mark licensing and subsequently drafted 52 ready-to-go trade mark license agreements.
  • Successfully represented Cargill in several disputes against an infringer, who was producing copycat products.
  • Representing Starbucks in the ongoing dispute between the client and One Bucks Coffee.

KIAP (Korelskiy, Ischuk, Astafiev and Partners, Attorneys at Law

At KIAP (Korelskiy, Ischuk, Astafiev and Partners, Attorneys at Law, patent litigation is a key area of growth for the intellectual property practice; the firm's commitment to this type of work was exemplified by the recent hire of experienced associate Anastasia Skopven, a pharmaceutical patent specialist, from Lidings. Other areas of focus for the team include trade mark prosecution and litigation, and transactional IP matters. Associate Maxim Tabolo is noted for his expertise in non-contentious trade mark issues. Practice head Elena Buranova made partner in February 2020.

Practice head(s):

Elena Buranova

Other key lawyers:

Maxim Tabolo; Anastasia Skopven

Testimonials

‘They are constantly in contact, giving advice, and go beyond the usual formal “question and answer”. KIAP tries to help by taking into account the vast background of the project, sometimes anticipating expectations.’

‘Elena Buranova always tries to give in her consultations even more than is required, which is appreciated by us. One feels that Elena is really interested in intellectual property and is ready to share her knowledge with others.’

‘Elena Buranova has in-depth knowledge of various aspects of IP law and great strategic vision which enables her to solve any complex business challenge. Being a highly experienced lawyer and an efficient negotiator, she has strong mentorship skills and is actively involved in all matters the team handles.’

‘Maxim Tabolo is fantastic when it comes to prosecution issues and portfolio management. What makes Maxim stand out is his flair to provide all the information that is needed to make a decision in the first exchange of e-mails/phone call. This is so convenient and I would definitely recommend Maxim for anyone from another jurisdiction or someone who just does not have any experience with IP law in Russia.’

‘Dedicated and to-the-point advice. They try to find the best solution for the client without pushing unnecessarily for initiating procedures. Swift responses to queries.’

‘The professional qualities of the KIAP team, combined with the quality of the provided consultations and the sufficiency of internal intellectual resources, is a serious competitive advantage over other law firms in terms of price and quality of services.’

‘Elena Buranova is exactly that partner of KIAP who can be called the diamond of the entire team. Her level of professional knowledge in the field of patent law and experience in practical application deserves respect and the highest praise.’

‘Competence, punctuality, exceptional politeness and consistency.’

‘The IP practice of KIAP is knowledgeable, responsive, pro-active and a pleasure to work with. I believe that the team is perfect for trade mark contentious and non-contentious work in Russia. They understand the business goals of clients and are able to provide clear and truly bespoke solutions. Compared to other firms I have worked with in Russia, KIAP stands out with the clarity of work that they carry out until the end of the project. The billing policy is very clear and consistent.’

Key clients

BASF

SISTEMA CAPITAL

Fosun

Pochta Bank

GPB Resource (a subsidiary of Gazprombank JSC)

Globus Holding GmbH & Co. KG

PAULIG

Lidskoe Pivo

Russian representative office of KARL STORZ

Galeco

GERA Management

Game Insight Holdings Limited

Sokolov

Private Brewery “Afanasy”

Schindler

TEK PACK

Work highlights

  • Defending Afanasy, a leading Russian brewery, against a trade mark opposition filed by Facebook.
  • Assisting Pochta Bank with ongoing trade mark portfolio management, including resolution of a potential dispute with Alfa-Bank over unlawful use of one of the client’s trade marks.
  • Successfully represented Lidskoe Pivo, the leading Belarusian brewery, in a trade mark infringement dispute during multiple hearings and before the Russian antimonopoly authority.

Noerr

An enviable roster of international clients, including Shell, Volvo and Ravensburger, instruct the team at Noerr to advise them on a wide range of non-contentious intellectual property issues, from trade mark protection to complex technology licensing and franchising agreements. The group is also known for its outstanding track record in IP disputes, an area in which 'well-known litigator' and joint team lead Viktor Gerbutov has extensive expertise. Gerbutov's co-head Vyacheslav Khayryuzov has a broad practice, which includes advising on diverse IT and media issues. Trade mark attorney Polina Galtsova is another key team member.

Practice head(s):

Viktor Gerbutov; Vyacheslav Khayryuzov

Other key lawyers:

Polina Galtsova

Testimonials

‘I would describe Polina Galtsova as very passionate, competent and efficient.’

‘Very responsive and fast.’

‘Viktor Gerbutov is very reliable, competent, available on short notice and has great knowledge and experience in the field of IP both in Russia and internationally.’

‘The practice has a high level of client service and provides its clients with efficient solutions.’

‘Viktor Gerbutov is a well-known litigator in the IT field who offers the best solutions for his clients and develops efficient strategies for IP disputes.’

Key clients

Shell

Harry Winston

Anywayanyday

G-Star RAW

Triumph International

Sephora

Volvo Group

HiPP

Swatch Group

Ravensburger

Procter & Gamble

Work highlights

  • Representing Ravensburger Spieleverlag in various Russian actions against sellers and importers of counterfeit games.
  • Representing the world’s leading producer of diesel engines and its Russian subsidiary in a number of actions against a group of Russian infringers of the client’s intellectual property.
  • Representing the Volvo Group in two pending court cases concerning trade mark and company name infringements online and offline.

Pepeliaev Group

Transactional specialist Valentina Orlova leads the team at Pepeliaev Group, and focuses on advising clients on entry into agreements regarding the use of IP and the disposal of exclusive rights, as well as assisting with e-commerce and advertising matters. For contentious work, senior associate Nikolay Medvedev is the key contact; he has significant experience protecting intellectual property rights before administrative and judicial authorities, including the Supreme Court and the Intellectual Property Court. Areas of recent growth for the firm include software licensing issues and disputes concerning violations of right to fonts.

Practice head(s):

Valentina Orlova

Other key lawyers:

Nikolay Medvedev

Key clients

Barilla Rus LLC

Festo

F. Uhrenholt Holding A/S

Gazprom PJSC

Jaguar Land Rover

Japan Tobacco International

Kavminvody

OBI

Procter & Gamble

Richter Gedeon Nyrt

Science and Innovation (ROSATOM)

SKOLKOVO Foundation

Work highlights

  • Advising Rosatom on various matters related to patent registrations abroad, including assisting with the Patent Cooperation Treaty which concerns registration in 15 European jurisdictions through the European Patent Office procedure.

Andrey Gorodissky & Partners

Patent and trade mark registration forms the cornerstone of the practice at Andrey Gorodissky & Partners. The team is also extremely active in representing clients before law enforcement agencies and the Federal Antimonopoly Service in the full gamut of intellectual property disputes. The team, which is led by Elena Gorodisskaya, also includes registered Russian and Eurasian patent attorney Anatoly Sherstin and trade mark specialist Anna Velichko.

Practice head(s):

Elena Gorodisskaya

Other key lawyers:

Anatoly Sherstin; Anna Velichko

Testimonials

‘The team is highly competent and helpful.’

‘Anatoly is eager to find solutions to problems.’

Key clients

Drone Rescue Systems GmbH

GNT BIOTECH & MEDICALS CORPORATION

Noustique Perfumes, S.L.

Auchan

Unilever

New Dimension Fund Variable Capital Investment

Citibank N.A.

Microsoft

General Electric

Davide Campari-Milano S.p.A.

Saint-Gobain RUS

Kronos International, Inc.

Saipem S.p.A.

Bauer, Alberto, CEO of Green Seas Ventures Ltd

OJSC Moscow factory of processed cheese “Karat”

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented the Rambler Group in a trade mark dispute.
  • Filed a series of invention applications on behalf of Kronos International, leading to the successful issuance of patents.
  • Assisting Drone Rescue Systems with a patent application.

Ermakova, Stoliarova & Partners, Patent Agency

The specialised team at boutique firm Ermakova, Stoliarova & Partners, Patent Agency handles registration and maintenance of trade marks and patents, negotiation of contracts related to the assignment of rights, and dispute resolution. Name partner Elena Ermakova leads the team, which also includes licensed patent attorneys Larisa Verbitskaya and Vladimir Naumov; Naumov is noted for his technical engineering expertise.

Practice head(s):

Elena Ermakova

Other key lawyers:

Larisa Verbitskaya; Vladimir Naumov

Testimonials

‘The firm employs highly qualified specialists with extensive experience in the protection of various intellectual property objects, specialists in Russian and international law. The employees are always available, promptly respond to inquiries and carry out assignments, comprehensively approach the solution of the assigned tasks.’

‘The team is handling very complicated issues related to the registration of the trade marks of our company in more than 50 countries. They work quickly, efficiently, suggest optimal, and step-by-step solutions to the difficult legal issues that arise. The team works diligently to understand our business and to leverage that understanding to achieve our intellectual property goals in a cost-efficient manner. The team has proved that we can entrust them with the most complicated cases in the field of IP.’

‘They are professional, experienced, and very reliable. They are always ready to carefully study a matter and propose the most acceptable and reasonable solution for us taking into account the specific nature of our business.

‘Excellent communication on all projects, readiness to adapt to the client’s requests and the specifics of their activities.’

‘High responsibility, professionalism, quality of work.’

‘Excellent value for money and quality of services. All services were provided on time. Their quality was high.’

‘The practitioners are always in touch. They promptly provide information on the progress of the work. The service level is very high. It’s a pleasure to work with these people.’

‘High competence, good variability of proposed solutions.’

Key clients

PJSC “Mobile TeleSystems”

IDS BORJOMI RUSSIA

“Mercator Holding” Ltd.

“Russian pyrotechnics” Ltd.

“Wine International Project” S.R.L.

PJSC “Rosbank”

“Information Agency “Ferghana.Ru “” Ltd.

“BELL Equipment Russland” Ltd.

JSC “Vnukovo International Airport”

JSC “NARZAN”

F&I Energy AG

JSC “DOM.RF”

“PILZ RUS” Ltd.

“DAICHI” Ltd.

Group of Companies “VIC” Ltd.

“DVIN” Ltd.

“ORAK” Ltd.

“United Water Company” Ltd.

“Coffee company “Vokrug sveta” Ltd.

“Promaktiv” Ltd.

“Familia Trading” S.a.r.L.

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented VIC Animal Health following patent infringement by a competitor.  
  • Successfully represented Svet-2000, a lighting company, in a claim for violation of exclusive design rights.  
  • Assisting F&I Energy with the growth and maintenance of its trade mark portfolio by filing applications in a number of states, as well as negotiating the terms and conditions of dispute settlements.

Eversheds Sutherland

Ekaterina Tilling, who has over 20 years of experience handling both contentious and advisory matters, heads up the intellectual property practice at Eversheds Sutherland. The team is equally proficient in assisting with complex investment projects involving different IP assets and in representing clients in disputes before courts of all levels. Senior associate Alexey Darkov is particularly recommended for litigious work.

Practice head(s):

Ekaterina Tilling

Other key lawyers:

Alexey Darkov

Testimonials

‘The lawyers give clear and precise answers which get to the essence of the issue within the set deadlines.’

‘Deepest expertise and years of successful experience.’

‘Ekaterina Tilling is result oriented, shows true interest in the client’s success, and has the ability to offer effective solutions.’

Key clients

The International Air Transport Association (IATA)

Bayer HealthCare

Moscow Planetarium

BURDA Publishing House

Clark Equipment Company

KAVMINKURORTRESURSY

Turakovo

IKEA

Indutrade Flödesteknik AB

Work highlights

  • Representing pharmaceutical company Bayer in a patent infringement dispute against a Russian generic company.
  • Acting for the Moscow Planetarium in a potential dispute with the Russian Authors’ Society regarding authors’ fees.
  • Assisting Indutrade Flödesteknik with issues relating to trade mark usage and license registration in Russia.

Kosenkov & Suvorov Law Firm

Clients from the pharmaceutical, retail, e-commerce and electronics manufacturing industries regularly instruct the intellectual property team at Kosenkov & Suvorov Law Firm. Practice head Konstantin Suvorov is a 'prominent IP and IT guru'. Suvorov is supported by senior associate Elena Izotova, who focuses on contentious work, regularly representing major Russian and international companies in complex cases, including patent litigation, before courts and administrative bodies.

Practice head(s):

Konstantin Suvorov

Other key lawyers:

Elena Izotova

Testimonials

‘The team includes highly qualified copyright lawyers, patent and trade mark attorneys, and dispute resolution lawyers, so they can handle any non-standard IP task as well as big complex projects.’

‘Konstantin Suvorov is a star performer. He combines superior technical knowledge with a practical, legal approach tailored to a client’s needs.’

‘The team is highly experienced in all areas of intellectual property and able to work with even the most complex cases. I have been working with the firm for several years and I know that I can entrust them with any task from registering trade marks to resolving IP disputes.’

‘Their professional boldness and deep knowledge really stand out.’

‘For the high-quality work of the team, I’d like to thank the head of the IP department – Konstantin Suvorov. He is an amazing highly experienced IP lawyer and an excellent manager.’

‘I would like to single out Konstantin Suvorov. He is undoubtedly one of the most outstanding and experienced IP lawyers in Russia, capable of finding an effective solution for the most challenging and non-standard cases.’

‘Konstantin Suvorov is a prominent IP and IT guru, and Elena Izotova is a young star in the field. They are both highly skilled and really easy to communicate with.’

‘Highly involved with the process, ready to fight for the right result, provide a variety of ideas and options.’

Key clients

Wildberries LLC

Black Star Group

Familia Trading Sarl

Retail Rocket LLC

Shaltai Gallery of Contemporary Art

Bushe LLC

Work highlights

  • Defended Familia Trading Sàrl against a competitor trying to win over the Siberian market using a designation similar to the client’s famous trade mark series.
  • Advised Black Star Group on the purchase of a trade mark which was part of a bankrupt estate.
  • Successfully proved that cookie stuffing is a form of unfair competition on behalf of Retail Rocket.

Lidings

Highly sensitive patent, copyright and trade mark disputes for multinational corporates, particularly those from the life sciences, IT and manufacturing sectors, form the cornerstone of the practice at Lidings. Key contacts include team lead Boris Malakhov and managing partner Andrey Zelenin. The firm is active across Russia and the CIS region.

Practice head(s):

Boris Malakhov

Other key lawyers:

Andrey Zelenin

Testimonials

‘Lidings employees are distinguished by their high, I would say, the highest professionalism, and their attentive attitude to the client.’

‘Boris Malakhov is a highly educated lawyer with a good grip on the relevant issues. He is precise and attentive.’

‘Support is provided throughout the entire process. The company offers a variety of strategies for solving issues, which allows for flexibility in solving complexities.’

Key clients

Glenmark

Merck & Co

Nanopharma Development

Viacom

Yokogawa

Work highlights

  • Representing global pharmaceutical company Merck & Co in a series of patent and data exclusivity disputes across Russia, Kazakhstan, and Georgia.
  • Advising a Finnish textile company on the co-existence of its brand with worldwide publishing house Condé Nast, the publisher of Vogue Magazine.
  • Representing an American manufacturer of fluid-handling equipment in a series of domain name disputes in Russia.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

A broad advisory service is offered by the team at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP; the practice is best known for assisting corporations with a nexus to technology with transactional IP matters. Practice head Ksenia Andreeva has significant experience of multijurisdictional software licensing, as well as franchising and services agreements involving intellectual property.

Practice head(s):

Ksenia Andreeva

Testimonials

‘The lawyers at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP are very deeply immersed in the issues they advise on.’

‘The firm has experience both in cross-border transactional work and in purely “technical” issues. Perhaps the best practice for the protection of personal data on the market. Good knowledge of the various areas of IP, and there is always an opportunity to get the position of the regulator on your question.’

‘Ksenia Andreeva is a very strong practitioner, she always sees the commercial essence of the issue, does not practice a formal approach, and is very pleasant in communication.’

Key clients

VEB.RF

NVIDIA

VTB Bank

21 Century Fox

Yandex

Home Box Office (HBO)

Nike Russia

NBC Universal

ABBYY

Veon

Viacom

Warner Bros.

Work highlights

  • Advising Gazprombank on the intellectual property aspects of its joint venture with Ansaldo Energia.
  • Assisting Nvidia and its Russian affiliate with the protection of its portfolio of brands.
  • Assisting the VEB.RF with the restructuring of its IP and IT functions as part of a complex cybersecurity project.

Patent & Law Firm Yus

Boutique practice Patent & Law Firm Yus comprises over 50 specialists, among them a large number of Eurasian and Russian trade mark attorneys. Patent experts within the team are well placed to assist with all matters related to inventions, utility models and designs, such as drafting and filing new applications, prosecuting applications, managing portfolios and developing strategy. Sergey LovtsovPavel YasnitskyDenis Levchuk and Maria Lovtsova are the names to note.

Practice head(s):

Sergey Lovtsov

Other key lawyers:

Maria Lovtsova; Pavel Yasnitsky; Denis Levchuk

Testimonials

‘A great firm to work with – they advise you promptly and honestly and will always try to find a solution for your problem. Whenever I work with them, I am surprised for how little money you can get an excellent service.’

‘Maria Lovtsova is my main contact at the firm and she is always very helpful when you do not know how to best tackle a problem in Russia.’

‘Very responsive, great quality and support, exactly what you require and actually need.’

‘Denis Levchuk is a greatly skilled attorney, to the point, very intelligent, works very well.’

‘Very excellent work and communication.’

‘Very precise and top quality work.’

Key clients

Samsung Electronics Co, LTD

Societe des Produits Nestle S.A.

Nutricia International B.V.

HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO.,LTD

Hochland SE

DANFOSS A/S

FURLA S.p.A.

AIRBUS Operations GmbH

Reemtsma Cigarettenfabriken GmbH

John Player & Sons Limited

Imperial Tobacco Limited

SHENZHEN CHINA STAR OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.

Ehrmann AG

WEYERHAEUSER NR COMPANY

Kiekert AG

ZTE CORPORATION

Rockwool International A/S

DEUTSCHE LUFTHANSA AG

INDIAN OIL CORPORATION LIMITED

ROLLS-ROYCE MARINE AS

SHENZHEN CHINA STAR OPTOELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD. Nippon Steel Nisshin Co., Ltd.

XIAOMI INC ZTE CORPORATION

Novozymes A/S

PIRELLI & C. S.P.A.

China Tobacco Hubei Industrial Corporation Limited

Foseco International Limited

ŠKODA AUTO a.s.

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Hochland SE before the Intellectual Property Rights Court in trade mark invalidation proceedings.
  • Successfully represented the Société des Produits Nestlé in an invalidation action against a trade mark filed by Abbott Laboratories.
  • Represented Natrol leading to a successful partial invalidation of a trade mark registered in the name of BQB contrary to the exclusive right to the client’s company name.

PATENTUS

At full-service intellectual property boutique PATENTUS, the team comprises numerous expert litigators and industry specialists. Key practitioners include managing partner Dmitry Markanov, head of patents Alexey Mikhailov, trade mark attorneys Larisa Grudina and Nikolay Pyzhev, and patent attorney Alexander Lebedev. The firm handles both contentious and advisory work, excelling particularly in dispute resolution before the courts and antitrust authorities.

Practice head(s):

Dmitry Markanov; Larisa Grudina; Nikolay Pyzhev; Alexey Mikhailov; Alexander Lebedev

Testimonials

‘Very efficient; understand the issues immediately and address the same very fast.’

‘One of the leading patent offices with wide experience and diverse areas of expertise.’

‘PATENTUS consists strictly of IP law specialists providing comprehensive and business-oriented assistance. The team seems very open-minded, harmonious and well-balanced.’

‘Individuals working within PATENTUS are characterised by their high-level of legal knowledge and goal-oriented operating. Most importantly, the information and advice is always given in full transparency, together with suitable fees. In the end, it is also a pleasure to work with them, as they manage to deliver professional advice in a very kind and friendly way. ’

‘It is the quality of service and speed of response which really sets the firm apart. ’

‘The firm’s specialists provide a full range of professional services in the field of intellectual property. Strong specialists are available in each field. In the course of our co-operation, with the help of the PATENTUS team, the most difficult tasks were solved.’

‘High qualifications, many years of experience, customer focus, punctuality, scrupulousness.’

‘We have been working with PATENTUS for a long time. The team of specialists is professional and multidisciplinary. Services are provided in full and on time. You can always get professional advice on intellectual property issues, both in relation to the registration of trade marks and industrial designs, and on the subject of the lawful use of unprotected elements.’

Key clients

Kia Motors Corporation

Dixy

Orange Group

Ostrovok.ru

Russian Post

Terrasoft

Ingosstrakh

Moscow credit bank

Amylco

Northern Star

Work highlights

  • Represented leading Russian pharmaceutical company Northern Star in a patent dispute against ICOS Corporation, a subsidiary of the pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly.
  • Fighting parallel imports on behalf of KIA Motors.
  • Successfully represented client Delta in a violation of exclusive rights case against American airline giant Delta Airlines.