Sojuzpatent is the oldest leading law firm providing services in the field of IP protection in Russia and the former Soviet Union. Founded in 1922, it continues to serve the IP needs of major international companies in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), the Eurasian Economic Community and the Baltic states.
The firm’s activities began with the establishment of its predecessor, the Patent Bureau. 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. Sojuzpatent has forged long-lasting relationships with a number of famous names – for example, Chrysler Corporation has relied on the firm’s services since 1925 and the Russian Academy of Sciences and its predecessors have been clients since 1959. Throughout 80 years of change, 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’s team of over 100 qualified specialists includes 45 registered Russian and Eurasian patent and trademark attorneys and litigation lawyers. Between them, they offer incisive and highly practical expertise in all disciplines of science and technology. Most of the specialists have practical experience in trademarks, patents and litigation as former employees of the Russian Trademark and Patent Office, the Chamber for Patent Disputes or the All-Union Centre of Patent Services; a number of them are former key players in the patent departments of major industrial companies or former assessors and judges of the Russian courts.
Sojuzpatent concentrates on international IP services by representing foreign clients in Russia and the CIS (prosecution, enforsement and litigation) and by providing services for Russian companies on registering trademarks and patents abroad. To meet effectively the needs of Russian clients in different parts of Russia, Sojuzpatent operates several local representative offices (in Vologda, Astrakhan, Kostroma and Kirov), which mainly focus on trademark legal protection.
Sojuzpatent is a co-organiser and sponsor of Archimedes, the annual international industrial property fair. In cooperation with the Russian Academy of Sciences, the firm presents the achievements of some of the country’s finest academic institutions. It also organises highly regarded seminars and is a prominent presence at exhibitions and fairs in Russia and internationally.
Sojuzpatent has been the headquarters of the national group of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property since 1965 and participates fully in its aim of fostering international cooperation in the field of IP protection.
Sojuzpatent and its predecessors have always focused on the examination and unification of various areas of trademark and patent practices, as well as other strands of IP law, in order to develop methods to assist clients in protecting their intellectual property.
The firm’s patent and trademark attorneys and lawyers are qualified to resolve any IP issue arising in Russia or the CIS. They cover a full range of scientific technological expertise in order to provide clients with the highest-quality IP protection services.
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Tatiana Petrova, Head of trademark department
Alexey Zalesov, Head of litigation department
Svetlana Felitsina, Managing partner