Russian Intellectual Property

Our attorneys have extensive experience protecting intellectual property rights involving issues specific to Russia and the CIS. We counsel companies in Russian IP transactions involving patents, trademarks and industrial designs. We have expertise performing due diligence for transactions and drafting and negotiating Russian IP related contracts, such as license agreements, development and co-development agreements, information technology agreements and marketing agreements. We have advised companies investing or operating in Russia with regard to:


  • Company and brand names
  • Trademarks, service marks and appellation of origin of goods
  • Creative works including software and databases
  • Selection achievements
  • Inventions, industrial designs, and useful models
  • Topologies of integrated microcircuits
  • Copyrights and neighboring rights
  • Trade secrets and know how
  • Patents
  • Internet unique domain names
  • Website content and design


Marks & Sokolov obtained a favorable settlement for a Russian translation company in a lawsuit against the International Accounting Standards Committee Foundation relating to the licensing of translations in the U.K., Russia and Ukraine.