Intellectual property


The Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP IP Practice takes pride in its track record of winning highly complex contentious cases using unconventional evidence and innovative litigation tactics and of handling unique advisory projects.

We have won 97% of our litigations over the last four years.

The Legal 500 2020

Well known for its wealth of expertise in trade marks, copyright, data protection and patent litigation. They have an active involvement in client projects and are interested in achieving optimal results for their clients.

Our Practice is rated in Tier 1 by The Legal 500 2020, Band 2 by Chambers and Partners 2020 and Band 1 by 2019 for Russia.

Being a multi-disciplinary team, we are able to deal with large-scale and resource-intensive instructions. The taskforce includes patent attorneys, non-contentious lawyers and other specialists with in-depth niche knowledge, along with litigators with extensive experience of handling all genres of dispute before courts at all levels, including the Supreme Court and Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, before the FAS of Russia, the Russian Patent Office and other government bodies, and also UK and EU courts and patent authorities.

Chambers Europe 2019

Clients appreciate the lawyers' detail-oriented approach, saying: "They always find a comprehensive solution to our problems by looking at all the possible variations of different solutions." Sources further praise the lawyers' "creativity, speed and business-oriented approach."

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Intellectual property

Joom SIA

Advised Joom SIA on buying a 10% stake in on-line shopping platform iGooods, the retail food delivery service with the biggest turnover.

Mistral Wine

Advising Mistral Wine, a major food and alcohol producer and distributor, a part of the Mistral group, on its acquisition of 200 ha of vineyards and a winery with a designed output of 840,000 litres per year in Russia’s Krasnodar Krai. The deal is the first big-ticket investment by the Group, one of the leading domestic alcohol importers, in its own wine estate in Russia.


Developed a licensing model related to software for setting up a high-speed Wi-Fi network in Russia, the BVI and the UAE, accommodating massive traffic in spacious public areas. The project was unique owing to the nature of the client’s business (the Wi-Fi service with a signal five times faster than any other network in the world) and cross-jurisdictional and cross-office work from our side.


Developed internal policies and regulations for personal data processing and protection.


Developed a system of licence agreements for the Client’s key software marketed in Russia.

Volga - Dnepr

Advised on ownership of copyright- and patent-protected items following the collapse of the USSR in connection with a military aircraft designed in the Soviet Union.


Drafted a franchise agreement for a trade mark portfolio and other IP assets of a big quick-cook noodle manufacturer (more than 70 IP items) Mareven and advised on Rospatent registration of the agreement. Developed a set of internal documents introducing trade secret arrangements within the company.


Advised regarding a strategy for having a trade mark recognised as well-known.


Offcial consultant for NIKE on IP and advertising issues for FIFA World Cup 2018 held in Russia. Our team provided advice on a broad range of issues, including review of legal compliance by NIKE’s advertising campaigns, placement of outdoor advertising, use of offcial symbols of sports events and images of sportsmen, risks related to copyright and trade mark rights, trading restrictions and organisation of sports events.


We defended the interests of TECHNONICOL in a lawsuit for protection of business reputation filed by our client’s competitor.

The Russian FORBES magazine founder (Axel Springer Russia)

Won a high-profile case for the Russian FORBES magazine founder (Axel Springer Russia) on the claim against it. The claim was a part of informational provocation against FORBES, third parties intentionally placed advertising with incorrect information in FORBES in order to present the situation as an example of FORBES’ and other media’s corruption.

Prosveshcheniye Publishing House

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.

Double Data: Open Data processing on the Internet

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.

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