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Intellectual Property — Ukraine


Aequo - Intellectual Property Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Prominent team climbing to the top tier this year. Applauded for its impressive track record in contentious IP matters. Active on a wide range of civil and criminal proceedings involving patents, copyright and trade mark issues, including counterfeiting matters. Also advises on trade mark and patent prosecution, and portfolio management. Represents a diverse client base of international and local clients, including a significant number of pharmaceutical companies as well as clients from the TMT sector.

Strengths Sources praise the market insight and pragmatism of the team. One impressed source highlights the team's "great knowledge of IP matters and impressive skills in litigation. They understand the client's needs and provide advice of an excellent quality."

The client-oriented approach is another key strength. One source calls them "incredibly responsive," adding: "They have really great business sense and practicality, and they do a great job."

Work highlights Represented Mitsubishi Motors in trade mark prosecution and portfolio management cases, as well as in domain name re-delegation.

Advised Forbes Media on a dispute related to the termination of the trade mark licensing agreement of a former licensee based in Ukraine.

Notable practitioners

Oleksandr Mamunya is universally considered a leader in the sector. He is regularly instructed by major international companies to protect their brands in the Ukrainian courts. Clients praise his commercial approach as well as his experience in litigation, calling him "an experienced trade mark litigator." One source explains: "He gives business-oriented advice both on prosecution and on the enforcement of IP rights."

Senior associate Andrey Nikolayenko provides support to international and domestic companies involved in a wide range of contentious and non-contentious intellectual property matters.

About the Team (content provided by Aequo)

Intellectual property has become a strategic asset, which is crucial to your business’s competitive position. We understand the challenges in the IP sphere and we know how to effectively protect the intellectual core of our clients’ businesses.

We have more than a decade’s worth of experience helping our clients meet ongoing business challenges and have been at the heart of some of the most high-profile and landmark cases in the sector.

We are a full-service intellectual property practice engaged in prosecuting, protecting, managing, asserting and leveraging IP assets. Routinely assisting clients ranging from Fortune 100 corporations to small start-ups, we have developed comprehensive expertise in all aspects of patents, trademarks, copyright, designs, domain names, trade secrets and related unfair competition issues.

For more details please visit our website: https://aequo.ua/

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Baker McKenzie - Intellectual Property Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Impressive team offering comprehensive advice and representation. Broad practice covers copyright, patent and trade mark issues. Increasingly active on anti-counterfeiting matters. Solid track record in IP disputes and also assists with the registration of IP rights and brand management, including advice on anti-genericisation issues. Active in trade mark portfolio management. Represents prominent international names from a range of industry sectors.

Strengths Sources are quick to praise the strength of the team's contentious practice, enthusing: "They are good, they do a lot of prosecution and litigation."

Work highlights Represented Columbia Sportswear in trade mark infringement cases, including criminal proceedings against counterfeiters.

Advised on Nissan's trade mark portfolio in Ukraine, including trade mark prosecution and registration.

Notable practitioners

Ruslan Drobyazko is one of the most respected intellectual property litigators in the Ukrainian market. He is particularly well regarded for his expertise in trade mark prosecution, where he regularly acts for major international brands. "He's a trade mark prosecution guy, he's really good at that," a source says. He is also active in anti-counterfeiting disputes.

Senior associate Yuliya Kolchenko focuses her practice on trade mark disputes, including registration and cancellation cases. She regularly advises international companies on domestic regulatory issues as well as representing clients in court. Sources note her increasing visibility in the market.

About the Team (content provided by Baker McKenzie)

The Kyiv office of Baker McKenzie provides the full spectrum of services and solutions to protect, manage and enforce the IP rights of international and local companies in Ukraine, in the CIS region and all over the world.

Our focus is on comprehensive services in connection with structuring transactions related to intellectual property and information technologies, securing the intellectual property rights of our clients in Ukraine, including registration of trademarks and patents in Ukraine, as well as protecting clients against unfair business practices.

We concentrate on providing clients an easy way to implement practical solutions to their IP related needs, including IP rights licensing and franchising, IP rights clearance for the use in marketing campaigns, e-commerce, product labelling and distribution, IP rights enforcement at the border, customs clearance during importation and exportation of goods. We also advise on various consumer protection and unfair competition issues related to products protected by IP rights.

We are the only firm to offer a technology platform that gives clients real-time access to their global trademark portfolios, an online monitoring system covering customs procedures in 55 countries, and a dedicated support centre to reduce costs and hassles of global trademark management.

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Doubinsky & Osharova - Intellectual Property Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Market-leading IP boutique with exceptional expertise in all areas of contentious IP, including patents, trade marks, copyright and domain name cases. Also has extensive experience in complex infringement cases, including anti-counterfeiting disputes. Popular with global corporations and big domestic brands across a spectrum of industry sectors. Pharmaceutical and consumer goods-related disputes are areas of particular expertise.

Strengths The firm is widely regarded as a leader in the market. Echoing the sentiments of many, one source opines: "They are probably the best on the market, offering an excellent combination of registration and legal advisory and able to handle everything connected with intellectual property."

The team is also distinguished by the depth of experience it can offer, with interviewees describing them as "pioneers" and continuing: "They were the first firm in Ukraine to have a fully-fledged IP practice and are particularly strong in litigation."

Work highlights Represented Oschadbank in a trade mark dispute with Sberbank.

Notable practitioners

Founding partner Irina Osharova is a highly regarded figure in the market who is widely recognised for the longevity of her practice. She advises multinational clients on trade mark registration and disputes. Several sources highlight her prominence, with one calling her "a very strong, knowledgeable and important figure on the market."

Yaroslav Ognevyuk is an increasingly prominent trade mark litigator advances in the rankings due to very positive market feedback. He acts for domestic and international companies, which appreciate his "very comprehensive advice."

Anton Koval enters the rankings this year. He is particularly recognised by commentators for his focus on litigation and other contentious matters. He advises international brands on prosecution and defence in intellectual property disputes, as well as cease and desist letters.

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Pakharenko & Partners - Intellectual Property Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Excellent IP litigation-focused boutique acting on a broad range of disputes. Patent, trade mark and domain name infringement cases are all areas of experience. Particularly renowned for its expertise in anti-counterfeiting cases, the team frequently represents clients from the pharmaceutical and media industries in both civil and criminal proceedings.

Strengths The firm is widely regarded as one of the market leaders. Sources regard the firm as being particularly strong in anti-counterfeiting matters, with one commentator enthusing: "They are a specialist in anti-counterfeiting." Another source adds that the firm "does litigation, prosecution and anti-counterfeiting, that's where they focus."

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Antonina Pakharenko-Anderson is recognised as a key figure in the market. She is widely regarded as "one of the most experienced patent attorneys in Ukraine." She lends her considerable market experience to clients, providing unparalleled insight into legislative and regulatory issues.

Alexander Pakharenko is a highly recognised intellectual property litigator. He is praised for his focus on anti-counterfeiting cases as well as trade mark enforcement matters. As well as his contentious practice, Pakharenko also assists clients with licensing of intellectual property.

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Asters - Intellectual Property Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-regarded team providing a full-service offering to clients. Advises on patents, copyright, trade marks and domain names. Active in the prosecution of IP rights and also represents multinational and regional clients in IP disputes. Client base features international corporates from a range of industry sectors, boasting notable experience in the FMCG and technology industries.

Strengths Sources highlight the benefits of the client-oriented approach of the team, with one reporting that "they have a high level of service, are always in touch and fulfil all requests on time."

Work highlights Advised Biosphere Corporation on the registration of patents in Ukraine as well as the company's trade mark strategy.

Represented Car-Freshner Corporation in trade mark infringement actions regarding unlawful use of client’s trademarks.

Notable practitioners

Julia Semeniy is described as a "very knowledgeable IP lawyer" by market sources. She regularly provides regulatory insight on non-contentious matters to international corporates active in the market. Franchise agreements, software licensing, transactions and registration mandates are all areas of experience.

About the Team (content provided by Asters)

Asters associates have hands-on experience in IP issues, both stand-alone and arising from other practices, including mergers and acquisitions, tax structuring, other corporate and finance transactions.

Asters expertise covers various aspects of intellectual property such as trademarks and patents, designs and copyright, trade secrets and confidential information etc. 

The legal support that we provide to clients embraces registration and acquisition of IP rights, IP due diligence and portfolio management, licensing and assignment as well as enforcement of intellectual property rights including out-of-court dispute resolution, IP litigation, development and implementation of complex anti-counterfeiting and antipiracy strategies.




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Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners - Intellectual Property Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Strong team advising regional and international clients on a range of IP matters. Active in litigation, representing clients in patent and trade mark disputes, including counterfeit claims. Also advises on non-contentious mandates, transactional mandates, registration and software licensing issues. The firm is recognised for its strength in pharmaceutical and media mandates.

Work highlights Represented Paramount Pictures in anti-counterfeiting and trade mark infringement disputes.

Notable practitioners

Taras Kyslyy regularly advises international companies from the telecoms, media and pharmaceutical sectors, representing them in contentious mandates as well as providing market insight and regulatory advice. A source describes him as "a sound an experienced lawyer" while other interviewees note his activity in IP legislature creation work.

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Ilyashev & Partners - Intellectual Property Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Compact team best known for acting on contentious cases, advising clients from Russia and Austria, as well as domestic companies. Maintains strong expertise in the pharmaceutical sector. Active in patent and trade mark litigation and registration. Also provides advisory services.

Strengths Sources appreciate the pragmatism of the team's advice, with one saying: "They have the flexibility to find non-standard and effective ways to solve each case, and they have a team of very specific specialists."

Work highlights Represented Megainpharm in a patent registration dispute against domestic pharmaceutical company Darnitsa and the Ukrainian Ministry of Health.

Notable practitioners

Irina Kirichenko focuses her practice on the pharmaceutical sector. Clients appreciate her tailored approach to problem solving, in both contentious and regulatory matters. One interviewee reports: "She has an open-minded and creative approach to finding the best solutions for each concrete case."

About the Team (content provided by Ilyashev & Partners)

Specialisations
Intellectual Property is a major practice area for the firm and one where the firm has provide specialist services for over 15 years.
The firm offers a completely full range of IP legal services for its clients, including:

  • patent and trademark filings;
  • patent-information research and analysis regarding the eligibility of designations;
  • counselling on protection against unfair competition, confidential information protection and use of intellectual property rights in advertising;
  • counselling and representing clients in negotiations related to contracts;
  • extensive range of non-contentious legal IP services such as licensing and IP audits;
  • dispute resolution regarding IP issues;
  • invalidation of the registration of IP rights;
  • counterfeiting matters;
  • IP portfolio analysis and management, etc.

We also provide services on choosing the optimal strategy for protection of intellectual property. 

Recent work highlights
Among the recent landmark projects are protection the intellectual property rights for “Mildronate” produced by Grindex in court proceedings. Notably, the firm acted as legal advisor to State Enterprise Antonov in disputes with OJSC Aviakor Aviation Plant and for OJSC Aviakor on recovery of losses under a licensing agreement for the right to use the trademark.

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Senior Statesperson

Doubinsky & Osharova

From the Chambers Europe guide

Founding partner Irina Osharova is a highly regarded figure in the market who is widely recognised for the longevity of her practice. She advises multinational clients on trade mark registration and disputes. Several sources highlight her prominence, with one calling her "a very strong, knowledgeable and important figure on the market."

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Eminent Practitioner

Antonina Pakharenko-Anderson

Pakharenko & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Antonina Pakharenko-Anderson is recognised as a key figure in the market. She is widely regarded as"one of the most experienced patent attorneys in Ukraine." She lends her considerable market experience to clients, providing unparalleled insight into legislative and regulatory issues.

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Ruslan V Drobyazko

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ruslan Drobyazko is one of the most respected intellectual property litigators in the Ukrainian market. He is particularly well regarded for his expertise in trade mark prosecution, where he regularly acts for major international brands. "He's a trade mark prosecution guy, he's really good at that," a source says.He is also active in anti-counterfeiting disputes.

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Oleksandr Mamunya

Aequo

From the Chambers Europe guide

Oleksandr Mamunya is universally considered a leader in the sector. He is regularly instructed by major international companies to protect their brands in the Ukrainian courts. Clients praise his commercial approach as well as his experience in litigation, calling him "an experienced trade mark litigator." One source explains: "He gives business-oriented advice both on prosecution and on the enforcement of IP rights."

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Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Taras Kyslyy regularly advises international companies from the telecoms, media and pharmaceutical sectors, representing them in contentious mandates as well as providing market insight and regulatory advice. A source describes him as "a sound an experienced lawyer" while other interviewees note his activity in IP legislature creation work.

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Alexander Pakharenko

Pakharenko & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alexander Pakharenko is a highly recognised intellectual property litigator. He is praised for his focus on anti-counterfeiting cases as well as trade mark enforcement matters. As well as his contentious practice, Pakharenko also assists clients with licensing of intellectual property.

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Asters

From the Chambers Europe guide

Julia Semeniy is described as a "very knowledgeable IP lawyer" by market sources. She regularly provides regulatory insight on non-contentious matters to international corporates active in the market. Franchise agreements, software licensing, transactions and registration mandates are all areas of experience.

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Marchenko Danevych

From the Chambers Europe guide

Borys Danevych of Marchenko Danevych specialises in the pharmaceutical market. He regularly advises significant international companies on non-contentious domestic regulatory issues.

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Ilyashev & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Irina Kirichenko focuses her practice on the pharmaceutical sector.Clients appreciate her tailored approach to problem solving, in both contentious and regulatory matters. One interviewee reports: "She has an open-minded and creative approach to finding the best solutions for each concrete case."

^ See whole ranking table

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Yaroslav Ognevyuk

Doubinsky & Osharova

From the Chambers Europe guide

Yaroslav Ognevyuk is an increasingly prominent trade mark litigator advances in the rankings due to very positive market feedback. He acts for domestic and international companies, which appreciate his "very comprehensive advice."

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Up and Coming

Doubinsky & Osharova

From the Chambers Europe guide

Anton Koval enters the rankings this year. He is particularly recognised by commentators for his focus on litigation and other contentious matters. He advises international brands on prosecution and defence in intellectual property disputes, as well as cease and desist letters.

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Up and Coming

Patent Law Company IPStyle

From the Chambers Europe guide

Mariya Ortynska of Patent Law Company IPStyle regularly provides comprehensive support as local counsel to international law firms without a presence in Ukraine. Sources appreciate her regulatory knowledge, and note her activity in patent prosecution cases. Sources comment on her proactive approach.

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Associates to watch

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Senior associate Yuliya Kolchenko focuses her practice on trade mark disputes, including registration and cancellation cases. She regularly advises international companies on domestic regulatory issues as well as representing clients in court. Sources note her increasing visibility in the market.

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Associates to watch

Andrey Nikolayenko

Aequo

From the Chambers Europe guide

Senior associate Andrey Nikolayenko provides support to international and domestic companies involved in a wide range of contentious and non-contentious intellectual property matters.

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Associates to watch

Arzinger

From the Chambers Europe guide

Kateryna Oliinyk of Arzinger is noted for her client-oriented approach, with clients commenting that "she is always available to discuss issues." She acts on various contentious and non-contentious mandates, and is known for her focus on regulatory matters.

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