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Nalco Company
Vaclav Harant, General Director for Russia and CIS
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Siberian Coal Energy Company (SUEK)
Alexander Redkin, Legal Director
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Sibur
Aleksey Nikiforov, Legal Support,
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RusHydro
Dmitry Panchenko, Legal Director
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United Metallurgical Company (OMK)
Vladimir Markin, President

Double Data: Open Data processing on the Internet

TMT (Telecommunications, Media and Technology)
VKontakte filed a claim against our client Double Data to stop it collecting open information posted by users on the VKontakte network since, VKontakte claimed, such collection breached its rights to the database. Our position relied primarily on Double Data software operating like a search engine so no breach of the claimant’s rights was possible. We succeeded in having the IP Court overturn the appeal court’s ruling against our client and remand the case for reconsideration. The case has evolved as one of the most discussed disputes in recent years over use of Big Data and how search engines function.

Prosveshcheniye Publishing House

TMT (Telecommunications, Media and Technology)
Entertainment & Media
Represented Prosveshcheniye publishers in a trade mark litigation, the biggest court case in the history of Russia’s publishing industry, with the compensation totalling RUB 4 bn.

Volga Film

TMT (Telecommunications, Media and Technology)
Entertainment & Media
Represented interests of a distributor of the British film “The Death of Stalin” in a sensational case related to withdrawal by the Ministry of Culture of a distribution certificate for the film.

IFPI/ Sony Music Rus Universal Music Rus and Warner Music UK

TMT (Telecommunications, Media and Technology)
Entertainment & Media
Represented IFPI on behalf of three music majors – Sony Music Russia, Universal Music Russia and Warner Music UK – against the VKontakte social network in suits to defend their neighboring rights to phonograms. The first instance court ordered VKontakte to use digital fingerprinting technology to filter illegal content uploads, which is a unique instance in Russian practice. Amicable settlements with the claimants followed.

Mars

FMCG
Food & Beverages / Restaurants
Successfully defended the Client before the Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) of Russia in a case concerning the Pedigree TV commercial “School kids”, which, according to the FAS, infringed the advertising legislation by showing minors in dangerous situations. Following case consideration by the FAS Expert Council, continued broadcasting of the disputed commercials on TV was allowed.

Major pharmaceutical company

Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals
Developed a legal position and assisted with initiating an FAS case against competitors for advertising biologically active supplements under names coinciding with those of prescription medicaments (surrogate advertising). Having considered the case, the regulator ruled that such advertising was inadmissible.

Independence Group

Automotive
Retail
Acted for one of the main BMW distributors in Russia – Independence Group – in a case over TM infringement when selling cars. The client faced a gigantic claim for USD 2 trillion in damages. This was the first case in Russia when such an immense amount was claimed in compensation. We managed to reduce drastically the ultimate compensation to a sum of only USD 6,000.

Unilever Rus LLC

FMCG
Acted for our Client in a case initiated by Nestle Russia LLC (owner of the MAGGI trade mark) over use of the ‘Knorr. Pure Flavour. No Magic.’ Slogan in its commercials. Our team managed to defend the Client’s position in courts of three instances.

The major Russian media company Editorial of Daily Newspaper

TMT (Telecommunications, Media and Technology)
Entertainment & Media
Acting for the major Russian media company Editorial of Daily Newspaper, we have won two high-profile disputes against the biggest online newspaper in Russia – Gazeta.ru, over the trade mark GAZETA.