Our firm has extensive experience in the protection of intellectual property in the international setting, taking into account issues specific to Russia and CIS — including past and present privatization of intellectual property and protection of intellectual property investments.We counsel companies in a range of industries in stand-alone IP transactions related to industrial property, including patents, trademarks, and industrial designs. Our lawyers have expertise in drafting and negotiating of IP related contracts, such as license agreements, development and co-development agreements, information technology agreements, marketing agreements.We advise companies investing or operating in Russia to ensure protection of:
- Company and brand name
- 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
- A unique domain name
- Website content and design
The firm provides due diligence and legal audit services to ascertain the ownership of intellectual property for technology transfer and development agreements and structures international cooperation and development efforts where intellectual property is an important component.
Marks & Sokolov recently obtained a favorable settlement for its plaintiff client, 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.