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Oleksandr Mamunya’s full-service IP team at Aequo is ‘accurate, business focused, competent and experienced’. The group acted for a Dutch company in numerous trade mark infringement matters.

At Baker McKenzie, Kyiv Office, Ruslan Drobyazko represented Nissan in numerous trade mark prosecution, clearance and opposition cases. Other clients include 3M and Columbia Sportswear. Senior associates Oleksiy Stolyarenko and Yuliya Kolchenko are also recommended.

DLA Piper Ukraine LLC provides ‘fully appropriate service and is clearly experienced in litigation’. Practice head Natalia Pakhomovska and senior associate Natalia Kirichenko are recommended. Nike is a key client.

Specialist IP firm Doubinsky & Osharova is ‘a leader in its field’. Michael Doubinsky and Irina Osharova are leading practitioners. Yaroslav Ognevyuk acted for State Savings Bank of Ukraine in a case arising from the early termination of the Sberbank trade mark.

At Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners, Taras Kyslyy advised Viacom on the enforcement of IP rights. Associate Elena Kozhokar is also noted.

IP boutique IPStyle provides ‘quick responses and good value’. Mariya Ortynska’s team handled Elite Décor’s appeal against the refusal of a trade mark. Louis Vuitton Malletier is also a client.

Ilyashev & Partners’ practice head Irina Kirichenko has ‘a hands-on approach and is very commercial’. Mikhail Ilyashev acted for Grindeks (Latvia) in a trade mark dispute.

Marchenko Danevych specialises in IP management and litigation, largely for life sciences companies such as Eli Lilly. Next is also a client. Borys Danevych and Oleksandr Aleksyeyenko are highly regarded.

Mikhailyuk, Sorokolat & Partners has a leading reputation for IP matters. Valentin Mikhailyuk and Anna Mikhailyuk advised a leading pharmaceutical company on purchasing IP rights.

Pakharenko & Partners’ team handled patent infringement litigation for a global pharmaceutical company. Antonina Pakharenko-Anderson, Alexander Pakharenko and Elena Shamrina are recommended.

Sayenko Kharenko is ‘incredibly impressive’ in this space. Oleksandr Padalka advised Porsche Ukraine on matters relating to its VW, Audi and Seat brands. Nazar Chernyavsky is another key name.

Arzinger has ‘an especially impressive IP team for litigation’.Counsel Kateryna Oliinyk, who leads the practice, and Timur Bondaryev advised on IP portfolio management for Rigo Trading.

Asters’ ‘responsive and pragmatic’ team assisted Biosphere Corporation with registering patents. Practice head Julia Semeniy and Mariana Polishchuk are key names.

Axon Partners’ team stands out for its ‘deep expertise’ and provides ‘fast responses and good value’. Dima Gadomsky and Lida Klymkiv are noted.

Borovyk & Partners is known for ‘high-quality work, quick execution, responsiveness and creativity’. Petro Borovyk, Bogdan Borovyk, Olena Kyrylyuk and associate Svitlana Krysiuk are recommended. Bogdan Borovyk advised Porsche Finance Group on rebranding and the protection of trade marks.

CMS has a strong practice for IP rights management and disputes. Maria Orlyk handled patent infringement matters for a leading crop science company. Olexander Martinenko is also recommended.

Dentons’ team has notable expertise handling the IP aspects of large M&A transactions. Associate Oksana Horban, who is also a patent attorney, assisted Danish company Bojer Innovativ Ingeniør Rådgivning with licensing matters.

At Gorodissky & Partners, Nina Moshinskaya and patents specialist Maxim Bocharov are key names. Chocolate Toy is a client.

Specialist IP and IT boutique Juscutum Attorneys Association has a strong reputation in the space and a core focus on internet-related IP matters. Artem Afian is the name to note.

Legal Alliance Company’s team, which is ‘easy and efficient’ to work with, focuses on the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry. Patent and trade mark attorney Illya Kostin, who heads the team, and Natalia Lavrenova are noted.

Oleksandr Peremezhko & Partnersprovides high-level services and always offers solutions’. Oleksandr Peremezhko, who handled infringement matters for Bomond Group, and Volodymyr Smelik are key names.

Specialist IP firm PETOŠEVIC’s practice is ‘excellent – responsive and reliable’. Associate Elena Zubenko’s team provides the full range of IP services to clients that include an international drinks brand and a major online retailer.

SDM Partners LLC is ‘proactive and provides tailored support, high quality and good value’. Practice head Serhiy Dzis led advice to a major UK software company and a global technology consultancy on IP rights management and protection.

At Synergy IP Law Agency, Anna Kravchuk, who leads the litigation practice, secured a settlement for Tetafarm pertaining to a patent dispute. Victoriya Ostapchuk heads the registration team.

The team at TaylorWessing e|n|w|c Attorneys at Law handles the full range of IP work from registration to licensing arrangements, provides ‘fast responses and has in-depth knowledge’. Its ‘highly skilled lawyers’ include Olena Stakhurska. Ilarion Tomarov is now with Vasil Kisil & Partners.

Corporate partner Oleh Malskyy oversees the IP practice at Eterna Law. His highlights included advising Wefuture on the registration of an international trade mark. Associate Alina Podolyak is also noted.

At Gramatskiy&Partners, Mykola Voytovich and Andriy Trembich are ‘highly professional’. Highlights included handling a €7m dispute for Danfoss against a Chinese manufacturer of counterfeit products.

The team at Integriteshas strong academic knowledge and a business-oriented approach’. Practice head Pavlo Loginov advised a large engineering company on IP rights protection.

Clients of Jurimex Legal Solutionshappily endorse the firm for its quality, accuracy and value’. Yuriy Krayniak and Oksana Yefimchuk count Hromadske Radio as a client.

PwC Legal’s IP head Olga Romanenko joined from DLA Piper Ukraine LLC. Andrey Pronchenko handled IP matters for Google and for the UK government’s Department for International Development.

At Vasil Kisil & Partners, the team handled IP rights for a global electronics company. Practice head Ilarion Tomarov was a new arrival from TaylorWessing e|n|w|c Attorneys at Law. Vladyslav Podolyak left the firm.

Associate Olena Vardamatska at Wolf Theiss handles the IP aspects of M&A transactions. In one highlight, she assisted AVentures Capital with the IP portfolio issues pertaining to a $4.5m acquisition.

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