Sojuzpatent is the oldest leading law firm providing IP protection services in Russia and the former Soviet Union.
Sojuzpatent’s team of over 160 qualified specialists includes 50 registered Russian and Eurasian patent and trademark attorneys and litigation lawyers offering incisive and highly practical expertise in all disciplines of science and technology.
The firm originated with the establishment of its predecessor, the Patent Bureau, which was a structure of the Soviet Chamber of Commerce and Industry. For many years, Sojuzpatent was the only patent and trademark law firm in the Soviet Union that was authorised to deal with IP protection and assist Soviet inventors in obtaining protection for their inventions, industrial designs and trademarks on exported goods. It also rendered IP services to foreign entities.
The name Sojuzpatent comes from the word ‘sojuz’ or ‘soyuz’ meaning ‘union’. The best-known collocation of sojuz is Sovetsky Sojuz (Soviet Union) – the word was only included in the names of organisations of nationwide importance. Further, the name ‘Sojuz’ is traditionally associated with cooperation and friendship.
During the Soviet era, Sojuzpatent was the only organisation of patent attorneys in the country and the only entity authorised to deal with foreign entities on IP protection matters. After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Sojuzpatent became a limited liability partnership owned by its attorneys.
Sojuzpatent is proud of its history. Our team members consistently bring the successes of the past into their daily work routines while confidently preparing for the future.
Sojuzpatent has forged long-lasting relationships with many famous companies. Throughout its 90-year evolution, Sojuzpatent’s main goal has always been the provision of IP rights protection in Russia and other states – for both domestic and foreign applicants. Its decades of cooperation with the Russian Trademark and Patent Office, the All-Union Centre of Patent Services, international trade organisations and industrial enterprises have given Sojuzpatent a unique depth of experience in trademark and patent prosecution services and in litigation before courts and administrative bodies. It has also established its reputation within the international IP community, developing trusted connections with leading law firms around the world.
Sojuzpatent provides client services within and outside the Russian Federation on patenting inventions, utility models, industrial designs, selection achievements, trademark registration (service marks), appeals (origin of goods), selection achievements, domain names, software, databases and integrated circuits.
Sojuzpatent attorneys file between 2,000 and 3,000 patent applications and between 1,000 and 2,000 trademark and design applications each year. It pays annuities for more than 50,000 patents and renews about 1,500 trademarks each year.
Sojuzpatent uses customised software, has strictly defined the workflow rules of documents in circulation and fine-tuned the necessary internal procedures – all of which helps to process large volumes of data.
Sojuzpatent’s lawyers successfully represent their clients before the Russian Chamber for Patent Disputes and all Russian courts, as well as before some foreign courts.
The firm’s professionals have extensive experience in trademark, patent and design prosecution and enforcement, including opposition proceedings, cancellations, infringement, anti-counterfeiting and parallel import cases, and advise on IP commercialisation, including drafting licences and other IP agreements.
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