The WTR 1000 focuses exclusively on trademark practice and has firmly established itself as the definitive 'go-to' resource for those seeking world-class legal trademark expertise
Silver - Individuals: enforcement and litigation
In recent years, A Zalesov & Partners has become one of the best-known boutiques in Russia and has featured in many of the country’s highest-profile cases on both the soft IP and patent sides. Despite the economic challenges of the last two years, the “straightforward, strategic and cost-sensitive” group has continued to evolve: “A Zalesov has a proactive and progressive team of IP specialists, which is constantly developing in professional competence.” Large-scale portfolio management and the implementation of robust anti-counterfeiting measures are further fortes. One significant client in the latter area is Teva Pharmaceuticals, whose Sudocrem brand the firm has lately been protecting. Taking care of this is Irina Ozolina, a dual-qualified attorney at law and trademark and design attorney who has been practising on both sides of the contentious/non-contentious divide since 2003. A familiar face at venues including the Russian Supreme Court and the Federal Anti-monopoly Service, she is known for her sharp analytical mind. Working shoulder to shoulder with her is name partner Aleksey Zalesov, a “dynamic and experienced team leader, a superb litigator and not only a leading IP professional, but also a business-oriented entrepreneur”. Since 2003, he has duked it out in more than 250 separate IP disputes. Heading up the trademark group – and entering the WTR 1000 rankings this year – is Anastasia Kiriukhina, a prolific filer and a supremely capable plate-spinner for whom the Federal Service for Intellectual Property (Rospatent) is a second home. She recently overcame a provisional refusal on behalf of biotechnology company Devicare.