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Goltsblat BLP is particularly strong in internet-related disputes, drawing on its strong combination of solid IP expertise and litigation skills.

Legal 500 EMEA 2015

What others say about us..

Highly regarded for its strong performance in IP disputes.

Chambers Europe 2015

IP Dispute Resolution and anti-piracy initiatives

Representation of Santek in 12 cases (more than 40 court sessions) in different parts of Russia – Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Kazan, Samara, Essentuki, Ekaterinburg, Perm, Vladivostok, Khabarovsk. Cases are connected with using trade marks on the packaging of “Golden Eagle” coffee. more deals

Acted for the famous Dutch architect Erik Van Egeraat in several arbitration cases in Moscow and Stockholm relating to disputes over debt collection and compensation of more than USD 4.3 million for infringement of copyright to the Capital City and Barvikha Hills architectural projects.

Goltsblat BLP lawyers have won the case for Unilever Rus LLC against Nestle Russia LLC over use of the Knorr. Pure Flavour. No Magic. slogan in commercials.
Moscow Circuit Federal Arbitration Court upheld the position of the lower courts and the defendant (Unilever Rus) and ruled that the alleged improper comparison with MAGGI (Nestle Russia) branded products in Knorr TV commercials was not proven.

In a lawsuit contesting a resolution passed by the Chamber for Patent Disputes of Rospatent regarding early termination of legal protection for a trademark, our lawyers successfully defended the interests of a leading big foreign cosmetics production company in the RF Supreme Arbitration Court.

GBLP lawyers Acted for VimpelCom - one of the leading Russian companies on the mobile services market in a court action concerning infringement of copyright and related rights as a result of use of a famous Russian song in a TV commercial.

In the UK, we advised luxury accessories brand Aseef Vaza in a copyright and design rights dispute with a high street retailer, in relation to Aseef Vaza’s Pagoda clutch handbag.  The dispute arose when Aseef Vaza found a clutch bag being sold by the retailer that appeared to replicate key features of his design. The dispute was settled by the  retailer agreeing immediately to remove the bags from sale, deliver up their unsold bags and pay Aseef Vaza’s legal costs and a compensation payment relating to the bags sold

Advising a software house in the UK and Russia on misuse of confidential information and copyright infringement issues as a result of a big team of ex-employees setting up a competing business and collaborating with our client’s biggest customer.

Representing a world’s leading Internet services and search tools provider in a dispute over dissemination of defamatory information returned in search results, with the plaintiff subsequently withdrawing its lawsuit.

Our lawyers successfully interceded and acted on behalf of Philips in a case initiated by the Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service regarding circulation of improper advertisements.

We successfully represented a number of well-known German companies (motor industry) in a series of litigations against the patent-holders in disputes over patent invalidity.

Our lawyers represented the interests of a major German pharmaceutical company in a series of patent disputes relating to the client’s inventions initiated under statements of claim filed by companies producing generic medications.

In Russia we have also represented FritoLay in a dispute involving patent infringement that might have resulted in a criminal case being initiated against our client. Our lawyers successfully defended the interests of our client during the pre-trial investigation and prevented the client from being criminally prosecuted.

Our attorneys have successfully protected the rights of General Partnership SmartMoney in court disputes over unlawful use of the clients’ trade marks in domain names by Russian cyber-squatters.

Successfully protected the rights of several leading international companies in the fashion and cosmetics business, as well as a leading international company in the motor industry, in court disputes over unlawful use of trade marks in domain names by Russian cyber-squatters.

Acting on behalf of Sick AG in Russia we have successfully resolved several potential disputes over unlawful use of the client’s trade marks in domain names by third parties at the prejudicial stage.

GBLP lawyers recently represented one of the biggest healthcare companies and successfully settled out of court a dispute over copyright violation in a TV commercial.

Advised XXth Century Fox on customs clearance and determination of the customs value of goods, including intellectual property, and representing the Company’s interests in court cases appealing against customs authority actions.

We are representing William Grant & Sons Limited – a major importer of alcoholic beverages into Russia in a series of actions against importation and distribution of counterfeit products in Russia.

We have significantly reduced the number of counterfeit products distributed in Russia in violation of the IP rights of several consumer goods companies.

With a CIS network of trade mark attorneys to rely on, our company is fighting counterfeiting and sale of counterfeits of products manufactured by one of the leading international food producers holding the rights to more than 500 trade marks.

IP Consulting

We assisted Royal Canin with franchising and trade mark licensing and implementation of global franchising arrangement in Russia. more deals

In Russia GBLP lawyers advised Metro AG on its model of trade mark licensing and franchising in Russia, assisted with drafting and registration of all trade mark licence and franchise agreements with the Russian Intellectual Property Office.

We advised Where International on the licensing structure for proper use of Where trade marks in printing and publishing Where Magazines in Moscow and St. Petersburg; drafted the licensing agreements and arranged for their registrations with Rospatent.

GBLP lawyers conducted IP due diligence of Russian subsidiaries of a big international media company that holds exclusive rights to many famous Russian TV series and films.

GBLP assisted Kimberly Clark with trade mark licensing and registration of trade mark licence agreements with the Russian Intellectual Property Office.

Acting for a multinational media holding company interested in merging with a Russian media group, we conducted a due diligence review of Russia’s biggest mass media companies. Our research included the key aspects of the history of these companies. This enabled our client to determine the viability of the proposed transaction and its terms.

We prepared know-how licence and franchise agreements for Yum!, Samsonite, Metro and other FMCG companies involving transfer of know-how as well as documents necessary for protection of know-how, including company guidelines and policies, lists of information protected as know-how, confidentiality and non-disclosure clauses and statements, etc.

GBLP lawyers drafted a large number of copyright license and assignment agreements including agreements for Mars, Motorola and PTC Software.

We advised a Norwegian hi-tech company on inventions created by employees and compliance with Russian law.

We have also drafted several patent assignment and licence agreements as well as registered the said agreements with the Russian Patent Office in accordance with the Russian IP legislation.

Our lawyers negotiated and represented clients in entering into scientific research contracts with national scientific institutions and agricultural enterprises.

Drafted a supplementary agreement to an agreement on clinical testing for a contract research organisation in the field of the pharmaceutical and biotech industries.

Information Technologies

Comprehensive advice to Dell, a major computer technology manufacturer, on developing end-to-end legal models for distributing software over communications channels, including by sale of E-keys (certificates of access) in consideration of transactions in different jurisdictions and under different tax regimes. more deals

Advised TomTom, a Dutch producer of navigation equipment entering the Russian market, on compliance with Russian IP and personal data laws.

Advised SAP on software development and IPR in Russia.

Prepared a set of technology development agreements for Motorola and advised Motorola on technology development and IP in Russia.

Advised SmartLine Inc, developer and distributor of security software on software licensing, prepared a set of software licence and sublicence agreements.

Advised TeleAtlas BV and its Russian subsidiary on technology licensing in Russia and compliance with Russian regulatory requirements.

Advised a big international IT company on compliance with Russian regulatory requirements prior to launch of new products and services for the Russian market, intellectual property and disclosure of information.

Assisted PTC (Parametric Technology) on software licensing, tax and commercial law issues, prepared agreements with its Russian software resellers.

Assisted Mars on software licensing, provision of technical services and intra-group IT charges, drafted services and software licence agreements.

Advised Shazam entertainment on copyright in Russia.

Advised Mars on its advertising contracts and relations with content providers.

IP Registration

Our trade mark attorneys have extensive experience in registration of trade marks, including rare ones. The practice has been successful in gaining registrations for marks that are difficult to register, such as sound marks, slogans, hieroglyphic marks and colour combinations more deals

Our trade mark attorneys assisted VimpelCom with registration of contrasting stripes as a figurative trade mark, this being a break-through in registration practice and providing broader opportunities for protecting individual elements of corporate style.

We manage the Financial Times’ entire global trade mark portfolio and have recently advised on its new marketing campaign “We Live in Financial Times” including international trade mark filings to protect the Financial Times' rights. The work we have carried out for the Financial Times supports one of the UK's leading brands which has a strong worldwide footprint.

We manage trade mark portfolios for a large number of prominent companies, including: JP Morgan, TGI Friday’s, Tie Rack, Financial Times, FTSE, BAFTA, Ocado, ACE Limited (the world’s biggest insurance company), Pirelli , Dentsply International (the world’s biggest manufacturer of professional dental health products), Campbell Gray Hotels, Searcy, MWB Malmaison (owner of Hotel Du Vin and Malmaison hotel chains) and City Inn.

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