Russia

Following Grigory Ivliyev’s appointment as head of the Federal Service for Intellectual Property (Rospatent) in late 2015, practitioners have applauded the agency’s increased efficiency and conscientiousness – especially in regards to complex trademark matters. Recent procedural code amendments mean that parties must now actively seek to resolve IP disputes before filing suit; this initiative has resulted in much more effective mediation and significantly eased judicial backlogs. Foreign firms continue to dominate – especially on the enforcement and litigation side – but there is no shortage of local outfits snapping at their heels.

Firms - enforcement and litigation

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Baker McKenzie – CIS Limited
Hogan Lovells (CIS)
2
Dentons
Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners
Gorodissky & Partners
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ARS-Patent & Trademark
Ivanov Makarov & Partners
Patent & Law Firm YUS LLC
Vakhnina and Partners

Firms - prosecution and strategy

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Baker McKenzie
Gorodissky & Partners
Hogan Lovells (CIS)
2
ARS-Patent & Trademark
DLA Piper Rus Limited
Euromarkpat
Pepeliaev Group
3
Grebneva & Partners Law Firm
Liapunov & Co
Patent & Law Firm YUS LLC
Vakhnina and Partners
ARS-Patent & Trademark
Established in 1993, boutique ARS-Patent & Trademark houses 20 talented trademark and patent attorneys. It has offices in Moscow and St Petersburg, and the regional expertise to safeguard clients’ rights across the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and wider Eurasia. This has helped it to build a colourful multinational client roster featuring noteworthy public institutions, cultural organisations and commercial powerhouses. Elena Solovyova is a font of knowledge on the interplay between national trademarks and those registered under the Madrid Agreement. Challenging electronics-related briefs are meat and drink to scientific sage Tatiana Tarasova.
Baker McKenzie – CIS Limited
Baker McKenzie’s Russian IP squad counsels companies across the trademark spectrum, packing a hefty punch in both prosecution and litigation. Its diverse clientele features household names from the biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, food and beverage and tobacco industries, among many others. Leading the way in the non-traditional trademark space, it successfully registered Tiffany & Co’s signature ‘tiffany blue’ colour in Russia. Heading the CIS practice is enforcement maestro Eugene Arievich, who recently secured victory for the famous Hotel Cipriani in a fraught, protracted battle with competitor Altunis Trading which involved 20 separate litigations. “He has achieved great things and has fantastic knowledge and an outstanding relationship with clients.” Together with Arievich, Denis Khabarov assisted Julius Samann in four court actions relating to the company’s well-known tree-shaped air freshener. He previously worked for the Moscow Companies Registration Authority, which has given him a profound understanding of start-up culture. The business-minded Margarita Divina is a dab hand at drafting franchising and licensing agreements; she recently advised Ingram Micro in connection with its acquisition of Odin Service Automation Platform from Parallels.
Dentons
Dentons is a celebrated name for IP enforcement in Russia. Global reach and abundant resources allow it to meet and exceed the needs of even the most exacting Fortune 500 companies. Enterprises seeking insightful commercial counsel that places long-term business objectives front and centre will not be disappointed. “Denis Voevodin is a fabulous litigator who is very well known in the market and has over two decades’ worth of experience.” Working out of the Moscow office, he heads the European IP team; anti-counterfeiting is a strong suit.
DLA Piper Rus Limited
DLA Piper fields nearly 500 dedicated IP lawyers across 24 countries. Leveraging on the firm’s vast knowledge pool to superb effect, the Russian contingent astutely advises multinationals with sprawling portfolios and cross-border transactional concerns. Team leader Michael Malloy is a technology transfer hotshot with a nuanced understanding of media law. Strategic whizz Pavel Arievich complements his respected trademark practice with useful ancillary know-how in the franchising and unfair competition fields.
Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners
Outward-looking Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners has added a host of international power players to its client roster since its establishment in 1993. Its practitioners are fluent in English, Belarussian, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Ukrainian, making it a fantastic choice for foreign companies with interests across the CIS. Agile swordsman Pavel Sadovsky has represented illustrious names such as Conde Nast, UEFA, Sanofi and CTC Media in courtrooms across the country. He is vice chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce’s Russia Commission on Intellectual Property.
Euromarkpat
Euromarkpat excels at filing non-traditional marks and exploiting lucrative monetisation opportunities for major multinationals. It is intimately familiar with the regimes in neighbouring jurisdictions – particularly Albania, Estonia, Kosovo, Mongolia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. Group lynchpin Marina Grineva is “an extremely prominent professional in the trademark field. She is really knowledgeable – she knows everything and she’s very nice to work with, because she is proactive and kind to everyone. She impresses on all fronts”.
Gorodissky & Partners

Storied Moscow-based ensemble Gorodissky & Partners has a stalwart team of 140 IP practitioners spread across nine Russian offices and one in Ukraine; many of them have studied at some of the world’s most prestigious institutions, so international best practices are second nature. The firm’s comprehensive offering is supported by a bespoke e-system incorporating electronic billing and deadline controls. Managing partner Valery Medvedev puts his keen business nous to excellent use on transactional mandates. The versatile Vladimir Biriulin cuts a dash on strategic consultations, in office actions before Rospatent and in the courtroom, where he frequently represents big-name foreign companies in the automotive and alcohol sectors. Appellation of origin specialist Vladimir Trey has significant expertise in the perfume and cosmetics, sporting goods and toys and games industries. The commercially attuned Alexey Kratiuk is always one step ahead, keeping his eye on the possible long-term business implications of all developments. He is at the vanguard of the non-traditional mark space, managing complex briefs relating to colour, sound and three-dimensional (3D) marks. Registration ace Natalia Stepanova appears in the WTR 1000 for the first time this year. “She is a very experienced practitioner who has a really strong knowledge of the IP field and always digs deep. It is a pleasure working with her.”

Firmly rooted in the Russian market, Gowling WLG is “a fine choice for complicated matters”. “The team there is very strong. It’s really hard to successfully register a 3D trademark, but the innovative attorneys at Gowlings know what to do. They can get the job done.” In 2016 it hired five new professionals and poured further resources into its burgeoning anti-counterfeiting practice – investments which are already paying handsome dividends. Managing partner David Aylen “sees the big picture and looks for ways to get clients what they need in the most efficient and cost-effective way. He comes to everything with the background of a litigator. He ensures that you won’t run into difficulties – now or in 10 years. He is very responsive and a true pleasure to deal with”. Trailblazing Alexander Christophoroff has litigated hundreds of cases in venues across the country; a stint as general counsel for Rospatent has also given him first-hand insight into its processes. “You can tell that Anastassia Sinitsyna has really strong knowledge in the trademark field. She is very familiar with all the case law and the workings of the courts.” Fellow enforcement virtuoso Julianna Tabastajewa comes into her own representing companies in the media and automotive fields. She has recently been representing Volkswagen in a high-stakes cancellation action. Marina Drel has played an integral role in strengthening the firm’s anti-counterfeiting arm, not least thanks to the close relationships she has forged with border officials and customs authorities.
Grebneva & Partners Law Firm
Its unique location in Siberia has enabled Grebneva & Partners to carve out a real niche in the natural resources, minerals, heavy industry and construction sectors. It recently underlined this expertise in its representation of Sibirskaya Orekhovaya Companya; supporting the launch of new product lines, it successfully filed several key applications, overcoming high registration hurdles along the way. Respected across the country, Anna Voytsekhovich is a reliable first port of call.
Hogan Lovells (CIS)
Hogan Lovells is a pioneer in the life sciences sector, but also burns bright in a plethora of other fields. Its diverse workload has lately included vital clearances for Kao Corporation, for which it also devised protection strategies for forthcoming products. It also assisted Novomatic before the Chamber for Trademark Disputes regarding multiple cancellation actions. Other prestigious clients include Ford, McDonald’s and Lego. Working with all three of these is superstar all-rounder Natalia Gulyaeva, who heads the IP, technology and media practice. Patrons rest easy thanks to her holistic service and dedication to achieving their goals.
Ivanov Makarov & Partners
The dynamic Ivanov Makarov & Partners continues to turn heads on the Russian IP scene. Its trademark offering covers all bases, making it a true one-stop shop; it has won many loyal fans for its hands-on, personalised service and flexible pricing structures. The tobacco and pharmaceutical industries ate happy hunting grounds. Co-founders Mark Chizhenok and Dmitry Makarov lead from the front. Full-blooded litigator Chizhenok maintains consummate poise in the courtroom and has a sure command of the online space; while Makarov takes a no-stone-unturned approach to due diligence and has supplementary expertise in trade secrets.
Liapunov & Co
Compact boutique Liapunov & Co punches well above its weight on branding matters. With offices in Saint Petersburg, Moscow and Kiev – supported by a tight network of affiliates in every CIS country – it is frequently sought out by local entities with ambitions of expansion and small to medium-sized foreign businesses seeking a regional interface. IP team captain Anna Reznichenko makes light work of availability searches, prosecution and complex contract drafting.
Patent & Law Firm YUS LLC
Patent & Law Firm YUS is a nimble boutique with 17 Russian patent and trademark attorneys on hand, five of whom have PhDs in the IP field. With deep expertise in the electronics and computer software sectors, it serves as the trusted adviser of cutting-edge clients drawn from all corners of the world. Cosmopolitan and commercially focused Olesya Zakharova deftly escorts clients through the trickiest non-contentious mazes. The enviably experienced Sergey Lovtsov is a "versatile and efficient practitioner who provides robust solutions".
Pepeliaev Group
An extensive Asian footprint is proving a real USP for Pepeliaev Group, whose five Russian bureaux are complemented by offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Seoul. In a further sign of its commitment to the region, it recently launched a specialised practice to advise Chinese investors in Russia and local businesses moving into the Middle Kingdom. Clients also single out its commercial prowess and resources: “The firm’s tax team is one of the strongest in the country, and there is strong collaboration between it and the IP team, meaning that we receive an excellent product that we can successfully use for our business.” Taking the reins of the trademark division, Valentina Orlova brings over 30 years’ experience to the table; her specialties include drafting franchising and licensing agreements and handling multifaceted e-commerce and advertising issues. Her star-studded client roster includes FIFA, Tele2 and the Brunswick Rail Group. “She is an extremely skilled IP specialist who provides a very high level of client-focused service.” With a history stretching back nearly a century, Sojuzpatent casts a long shadow on the Russian IP landscape. It offers A-to-Z counsel with a particular emphasis on the commercialisation of IP rights, technology transfers and domain name dispute resolution; pharmaceuticals is one of its strongest provinces. President of the Russian national group of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property, Aleksey Zalesov has an impressive contact book; a slew of US companies call on him for his formidable contentious skills. Trademark head Tatiana Petrova has the non-contentious side locked down; the strategic maven prosecutes with precision and has singular knowledge of appellation of origin issues.
Vakhnina and Partners
Established in 1997, Vakhnina and Partners has become a prime destination for clients with issues spanning the contentious/non-contentious divide. It has cultivated an intimate understanding of the legal regimes in neighbouring countries – from Ukraine to Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan – so is a fine first port of call for companies with pan-CIS interests. Tatyana Vakhnina’s 35 years of experience shine through in her smooth filing of high-value marks and robust defence of them in the courtroom.

enforcement and litigation

Eugene A Arievich - Baker McKenzie – CIS Limited
Alexander Christophoroff - Gowling WLG
Natalia Gulyaeva - Hogan Lovells (CIS)
Denis I Khabarov - Baker McKenzie – CIS Limited
Denis Voevodin - Dentons
Aleksey Zalesov - Sojuzpatent
Vladimir Biriulin - Gorodissky & Partners
Mark Chizhenok - Ivanov Makarov & Partners
Marina Drel - Gowling WLG
Pavel Sadovsky - Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners
Julianna Tabastajewa - Gowling WLG
Ekaterina M Tilling - Tilling Peters LLC
Tatiana Vakhnina - Vakhnina and Partners

prosecution and strategy

Eugene A Arievich - Baker McKenzie – CIS Limited
David Aylen - Gowling WLG
Margarita Divina - Baker McKenzie – CIS Limited
Marina Grineva - Euromarkpat
Natalia Gulyaeva - Hogan Lovells (CIS)
Valentina Orlova - Pepeliaev Group
Olesya Zakharova - Patent & Law Firm YUS LLC
Pavel Arievich - DLA Piper Rus Limited
Vladimir Biriulin - Gorodissky & Partners
Michael J Malloy - DLA Piper Rus Limited
Tatiana Petrova - Sojuzpatent
Anastassia Sinitsyna - Gowling WLG
Elena A Solovyova - ARS-Patent & Trademark
Vladimir Trey - Gorodissky & Partners
Ksenia Andreeva - Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
Anna Kholobudovskaya - Intellect-S
Alexey V Kratiuk - Gorodissky & Partners
Sergey Lovtsov - Patent & Law Firm YUS LLC
Dmitry Makarov - Ivanov Makarov & Partners
Valery N Medvedev - Gorodissky & Partners
Anna Reznichenko - Liapunov & Co
Natalia Stepanova - Gorodissky & Partners
Tatiana Tarasova - ARS-Patent & Trademark
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