Elena Trusova

Partner, Dispute resolution, Head of Intellectual property, Advocate, Patent Attorney

Practice areas: commercial disputes, international arbitration, IP protection, anti-trust disputes, disputes over realty, unfair competition, insolvency and bankruptcy.

Elena Trusova has accumulated vast experience in handling commercial disputes in arbitration courts, courts of general jurisdiction and international commercial arbitrations (ICAC, SCC, LCIA).

Elena has contributed to a successful outcome of a number of litigations and major advisory projects pertaining to protection of copyright, trade marks and corporate names.

Elena has represented her clients in the Rospatent Chamber for Patent Disputes and the Federal Anti-monopoly Service, including on cases of unfair competition and illegal use of intellectual property.

Elena advises clients on conclusion and enforcement of licence agreements, registrability of trade marks and ensuring copyright protection.

Elena has represented and advised major manufacturers of cosmetics, construction materials and medical products, motor and food companies and retail chains.

For several years in a row, Elena has been named a recommended lawyer in dispute resolution and Intellectual Property by The Legal 500Chambers Global and Chambers Europe: "She is not afraid to solve conflicts.” (Chambers Global 2021); Sources appreciate her strength in disputes, with one explaining: "Elena is very good at representing clients in court." (Chambers Europe 2020); “Elena Trusova stands out for her exceptional dedication and great power to convince and win any dispute.” (The Legal 500 2019); "Department head Elena Trusova is well known for trade mark protection and litigation work and has practical experience of handling high-profile cases.” (Chambers Europe 2017); “Department head Elena Trusova receives enthusiastic feedback from clients: "She is an inexhaustible generator of ideas, very good strategist and tactician. If Elena takes something on, then you can be sure that absolutely everything that could be done in the situation is being done." (Chambers Global 2016).

Elena was also named a Leading Individual in Dispute resolution: litigation by The Legal 500 2018 – 2021.

Elena has also been selected by peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in Russia  2012 – 2022 Editions in the fields of Litigation, International Arbitration, Arbitration & Mediation, Insolvency and Reorganization, Intellectual Property, ТМТ and Information Technology.

The Intellectual Property Practice, headed by Elena, is ranked in Tier 1 by The Legal 500 EMEA 2016 – 2021.

Elena is an Attorney at Law, a member of the Moscow Region Chamber of Attorneys since 2002 and a Patent Attorney of the Russian Federation.

Track record

  • Acted for a Skolkovo resident (Double Data) in a high-profile, precedent-setting dispute against the VKontakte social network over use of Big Data and the functioning of search engines. The case has evolved into one of the most talked about disputes in recent years over use of Big Data and the functioning of search engines.
  • Represented Prosveshcheniye Publishing House, the leading educational publishing house in Russia, in a complex litigation over the protection of rights to a trade mark. This is the biggest court case in the history of the publishing industry, with the value of the claim totalling RUB 4 billion.
  • Representing  a major American FMCG company in an over USD 10 m complex construction dispute with a general contractor that had been building a large-scale real estate facility in Russia for the client. 
  • Represented McDonald’s LLC in a dispute over recovering the cost of inseparable improvements under a preliminary lease.
  • Represented Tyumen Plywood Plant’s former owner and managing director Almira Karimova in a dispute launched by SVEZA LLC against her based on a warranty claim under the sale and purchase agreement for Tyumen Plywood Plant. 
  • Acted for ARUP in a dispute with a client over returning an advance payment for completed works to design a cinema and concert hall in Moscow. Our team won the case at trial, on appeal and in cassation. We managed not only to have the claim for recovery of RUB 26.3 m from the client dismissed but also to have court rulings issued confirming that the client had actually performed the works to a total of RUB 33.8 m. 
  • Advising and representing OAO NOVATEK in a dispute with Nefte Petroleum Limited in relation to their joint venture Yargeo, the Yarudeyskoye oil field operator in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Area. The project involved our legal assistance to the client at the pre-trial dispute resolution stage and representation of NOVATEK before the first instance and appeal courts, which considered the claims for Nefte Petroleum Limited to be excluded from Yargeo LLC. Our client's claims were satisfied in full, following which, during the appeal proceedings, the parties reached an amicable agreement.
  • Acted for a major automobile holding in a number of disputes concerning supply contracts in the International Commercial Arbitration Court under the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation.
  • Enforced an ICAC ruling awarding outstanding debt under a loan agreement to our client (an international bank).
  • Acted for a European cosmetics company in a dispute with the customs authorities about whether licence payments are to be included in the customs value of imported goods.
  • Acted for a major food company in an unfair competition and improper advertising dispute.
  • Acted for TechnoNICOL in litigations involving protection of rights to trade marks and their illegal use on the Internet.
  • Acted for Reckitt Benkiser in disputes over and illegal use of a trade mark in TV commercials.
  • Acted for a number of international companies in the cosmetics and fashion industry and a major car company in court disputes of illegal use of trade marks in domain names by cybersquatters.
  • Acted for Novorossiysk Commercial Sea Port and Novorossiysk Grain Terminal in challenging the resolution and order of the Russian Federal Anti-monopoly Service in a case over abuse of dominant position on the commodity market (monopoly high prices).
  • Acted for the renown Dutch architect Eric van Egeraat in a number of litigations in the ICAC under the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce pertaining to disputes over repayment of arrears and compensation for copyright infringement to architectural designs of the Capital City Complex and Barvikha Hills villa community totalling over USD 4 mn.
  • Advising and rendering legal support to Mars, Danone, General Motors, and Oriflame in connection with infraction of trade mark rights and copyright items.
  • Negotiating on behalf of Sick AG with a company illegally placing the client’s proprietary trade marks on a website.
  • Acting for Swerford in a dispute with an infringer of rights to commercial videos (applied to law enforcement authorities, arranged for closing the websites following communications with the hosting provider, etc.).
  • Acting for Air Charter in a dispute with a company that used the client’s corporate name in business operations similar to those of the client (the illegal activities were discontinued following negotiations).
  • Acting for Vaillant in a dispute with a firm selling the client’s products in Russia via an e-store without obtaining the status of an official distributor. The e-store website was closed down following negotiations.
  • Acting for Reckitt Benkiser before the Federal Anti-monopoly Service and the state arbitration court in a dispute over illegal use of a trade mark in TV commercials.
  • Acting for TechnoNIKOL in state arbitration courts, the Federal Anti-monopoly Service and the Chamber for Patent Disputes with respect to rights to the trade mark and the client retaining the right to manufacture products under the disputed brand.
  • Acting for Fenix Film in a copyright dispute with respect to a series of TV programmes and the right to use their name and associated trade marks.
  • Advising Mars and a range of other food and pharmaceutical companies on licensing matters and franchise agreements.
  • Acting for General Motors before the Federal Anti-monopoly Service and the State arbitration court in a dispute over illegal use of a trade mark, including Olympic symbolic.