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Our motivated and experienced team consists of high-qualified experts in patent prosecution and in IP litigation who share our commitment to both meeting and exceeding our clients' expectations while upholding the highest professional and ethical standards. To give our clients A to Z services in IP protection we are keen to have the best professionals in every field that our clients might need. We also constantly seek to expand our professional team with well-qualified specialists and open to review new candidates to join us.

DR. ALEKSEY ZALESOV

Managing Partner

Ph.D. (Law), Russian Patent, Trademark & Design Attorney, Eurasian Patent Attorney, Attorney-at-Law (Moscow Advocate's Chamber), Vice-President of the Russian national group of AIPPI, Vice-President of the Russian Patent Attorney's Chamber
Aleksey Zalesov has been leading IP litigation counsel with major law firm in Moscow from 2001 to 2017.He has practised IP law since 1993 and has dealt with more than 250 patent and trademark litigations before Russian courts and administrative bodies.

Scores

Dr Zalesov has prevailed in many precedent-setting cases, including:

  • the first successful online trademark enforcement action and recovery of damages;
  • the first successful database copyright enforcement, with significant damages recovered;
  • the first pharmaceutical patent enforcement, with significant compensation for damages;
  • the first successful recovery of moral damages in a patent infringement case;
  • the first successful enforcement of an appellation of origin;
  • successful defence of pharmaceutical product manufacturer against infringement claim based on method of treatment with produced product.

Expertise

Dr Zalesov specialises in patent litigation, including infringement and validity trials. He is well known for successful invalidation of more than 40 Russian and Eurasian patents, mostly focusing on pharmaceuticals, applied science and electronics while the amount of successfully defended patents in validity trials is over 55. He has also represented clients before the Supreme Arbitration Court and the Supreme Court.

Clients

Dr Zalesov has represented major foreign clients in court and the Chamber for Patent Disputes (e.g. Ferrero, Porsche, Shell, Kia Motors, Nestlé, Seiko Epson, Canon, Dyson, Sony, Rado, Ericsson, British American Tobacco, Ishida, Teva, Ratiopharm, Actavis, KRKA and Gedeon Richter).

Qualification

In addition to an LLM from the Moscow Academy of Law and a PhD in law from the Russian Institute of Intellectual Property, Dr Zalesov holds a Master's degree in physics from the Moscow Physics Engineering Institute. He is registered as attorney-at-law (member of the Moscow Advocate's Chamber, reg. 77/13623) a Russian patent and trademark attorney (reg.904) and a Eurasian patent attorney (reg.189). He serves as Vice-President (served as the President 2009 — 2020) of the Russian group of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property and Vice-President of the Russian Patent Attorney's Chamber (served as the President in 2012 — 2018). As a member of the Russian Institute of Intellectual Property and the Moscow Academy of Law (IP section), Dr Zalesov regularly contributes to academic studies in IP law.


IRINA OZOLINA

Senior Partner

Russian Patent, Trademark & Design Attorney, Eurasian Patent Attorney, Attorney-at-Law (Moscow Advocate's Chamber), Secretary of the Russian national group of AIPPI
Irina Ozolina acted as IP litigator and then as deputy head of litigation practice with major IP law firm in Moscow, practicing IP law with focus on IP litigation since 2003.

Expertise

Mrs. Ozolina represented her clients (both as plaintiff and defendant) in more than 150 court and administrative IP disputes on patent, trademark and copyright enforcement matters and patent and trademark invalidation cases. She also acted as litigation counsel to the parties in numerous proceedings before the Federal Antimonopoly Service (and further appeal with the court) in unfair competition disputes (including trademark and patent right abuse disputes). Representation of the clients before the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation (Senate for Economic Disputes) also forms a part of her professional experience.

Mrs. Ozolina prepared a number of publications for the Russian and foreign editions specialising in IP law matters, took part in preparation of a monograph for the Austrian Chamber for Commerce and Industry regarding IP protection in BRICS countries. She is an active speaker in different national IP Events, and has vast experience in holding educational seminars for Russian science and industry on IP matters.

Clients

Mrs. Ozolina has been supporting major foreign clients in forming their IP enforcement strategy in Russia for many years and bringing their strategies to life. The effective representations of Ferrero, Teva, Golden Lady, Ericsson, KRKA and a lot of other major foreign companies are in her portfolio.

Qualification

Mrs. Ozolina graduated from the Moscow State Academy of Law with distinction, and holds a Diploma of the Russian Intellectual Property Academy. She is registered Russian Patent and Trademark Attorney and registered attorney-at-law.

Membership

Serves as the Executive Secretary to the Russian National Group of AIPPI since 2014. Attorney-at-Law in the Moscow Advocate's Chamber. Member of AIPPI, INTA, the Russian Chamber of Patent Attorneys.


MARIA MAKHLINA

Partner

Russian Patent, Trademark & Design Attorney,
Eurasian Patent Attorney
Maria Makhlina worked for a major IP law firm since 2006 to 2017, specialising in patent searches, FTO and validity opinions and IP litigation.

Expertise

Ms. Makhlina, apart from her litigation experience before the Chamber for Patent Disputes, as well as before the courts in Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan, is a very experienced patent searcher. She has more than 10 years' experience in patent searchers in different fields of art, which makes her participation in conferences and webinars on patent search techniques even more valuable.

Ms. Makhlina also supports foreign clients in patenting selection achievements in Russia and former CIS countries and represents clients for registration of computer programs.

Clients

Ms. Makhlina has a vast experience in representing and assisting to foreign clients, in particular, Japanese, American and European companies.

Qualification

Ms. Makhlina graduated from MEPhI (Moscow Engineering and Physics Institute) as a specialist in international scientific and technological cooperation and holds a lawyer's diploma from the Russian Academy of Intellectual Property.

Membership

Member of AIPPI, INTA, the Russian Chamber of Patent Attorneys.


DR. NATALIA SAMSONOVA

Partner

Ph.D. (Biochemistry),
Russian Patent Attorney,
Eurasian Patent Attorney
Natalia Samsonova worked for a major IP law firm in a litigation team for more than 7 years. Her previous experience as a researcher and co-inventor in one of the major pharmaceutical companies in Russia enables her understand the needs of the clients from their point of view.

Expertise

Ms. Samsonova is an indispensable part of the litigation team in pharma patent disputes, giving her deep expertise in biochemistry and molecular biology and seeing the hidden peculiarities of the substantial matter of a patent case no lawyer can trace.

The value of her experience in patent invalidation trials and in preparing numerous freedom-to-operate and validity opinions in the field of biochemistry, molecular biology and pharmaceuticals is hard to overestimate. She's also experienced in patent drafting, always having the real goals of patenting before her.

Clients

Most part of Ms. Samsonova's work was devoted to major pharmaceutical Russian and foreign companies, such as Teva, Gedeon Richter, Valenta and many others.

Qualification

Ms. Samsonova holds Ph.D. in molecular biology, a M,Sc. degree from the Moscow Engineering-Physics Institute in biophysics. Apart from her profound technical background, Dr. Samsonova also holds a Master's degree from the Moscow University of State Management in the field of law.

Membership

Member of AIPPI, the Russian Chamber of Patent Attorneys.


DR. JULIA DUTIKOVA

Leading Patent Specialist

Ph.D. (BioChemistry)
Dr. Dutikova joined our team having profound experience in patent prosecution as a leading patent expert in the Division of Medicine and Pharmaceuticals of the Federal Institute of Industrial Property of the Russian Patent Office (RU PTO). Julia is the author of 12 publications in foreign and domestic journals dedicated to pharmaceuticals and patenting in this field. It's important to mention that Dr. Dutikova repeatedly represented RU PTO as a speaker at the international events with participation of the Russian Patent Office, both dedicated to patent expertise in the Russian Federation, as well as the international activity of RU PTO.

Expertise

Dr. Dutikova is a part of the bio-tech patent group in our company, concentrating on drafting patent applications, making validity searches and contributing to freedom-to-operate opinions and patent disputes in pharma and medical science.

Qualification

Ms. Dutikova holds M.Sc. in Engineering and Technology of Biologically Active Compounds (Moscow State Academy of Fine Chemical Technology named after Lomonosov (MTU named after Lomonosov) and Ph.D. in Biochemistry (Oncology) after the N.N. Blown National Medical Research Centre of Oncology of the Ministry of Health of Russia. She also holds M.Sc. in Law after the Russian State Academy of Intellectual Property. Dr. Dutikova being an expert of RU PTO also had been trained at the WIPO International Bureau and the European Patent Office.


YURIY PINCHUK

Patent Attorney

Russian Patent Attorney,
Eurasian Patent Attorney
We are proud to have Mr. Pinchuk in our team with his more than 35 years of experience in patent examination and prosecution to give our clients the highest level of expertise in patent prosecution in mechanics and applied science.

Expertise

A Russian and Eurasian patent attorney with many years of practical experience, he has pursued many patent and utility model applications for Russian and foreign companies in different industries.

Qualification

Yurij Pinchuk holds M.Sc. degree in Aviation Mechanical Engineering from the Moscow Aviation Technological University. His further experience as a research engineer in the Central Scientific and Research Technological Institute gave him knowledge and practical skills and became a good start for further career. Mr. Pinchuk obtained post graduated degree in patent expertise from the Soviet Institute of Patent Expertise (now known as the Russian State Intellectual Property Academy).

For more than 10 years Mr.Pinchuk worked in the State Patent Office starting from a position of an expert in the All-Russian Scientific and Research Institute of the State Patent Examination (today — the Federal Institute of Industrial Property) — up to the deputy head of examination department and further — to a leading specialist of the High Patent Chamber of Rospatent (now it is Chamber for Patent Disputes — a department of RU PTO responsible in particular for patent oppositions and invalidations trials). Thereafter he worked as a patent attorney focusing on patent drafting and prosecution in several fields of art including mechanics, aviation, automative, electrical equipment and telematics in one of the major Russian patent firms for 8 years and after that in a major foreign patent firm working in Russia.

Membership

Mr. Pinchuk a member of the Russian Chamber of Patent Attorneys, member of AIPPI.


MARIA GORDEEVA

Patent Attorney

Russian Patent Attorney
Maria Gordeeva has a wide experience in patent prosecution, which she gained having worked for several years as a leading expert for the Russian Patent Office from 1999 till 2010 (the Division of Energy and the Division of Mining Works and Building Industry), and in Moscow consulting firms.

Mrs. Gordeeva specializes in patent research (e.g. infringement study, research according to Russian government technical requirements, patent landscape research etc.), preparation, filing and prosecution of patents, designs and trade mark applications for Russian and foreign clients, copyright registration.

Qualification

Mrs. Gordeeva graduated from the Moscow Institute of Steel and Alloys and Moscow Institute of Economics, Management and Law, holds diplomas and degrees in metallurgical engineering and law. Maria also obtained a post-graduated degree in patent expertise from the Russian State Intellectual Property Academy. She is a registered Russian Patent Attorney.


OKSANA VOROBYOVA

Patent Attorney

Oksana Vorobyova worked at the Moscow Institute of Steel and Alloys in the Department of Intellectual Property protection for the period from 2005 to 2010. She contributed to the Federal target program "Development of nano-industry infrastructure in the Russian Federation for 2008-2010" in the field of methodological, technological and organizational support of patent and licensing activities of Moscow universities. She worked as a chief specialist in the Center of Transfer Technologies of Lomonosov Moscow State University from 2010 to 2017. She contributed to the creation and implementation of IP management system at the university in cooperation with the company «Innopraktika». Oksana worked at the State Research Center Institute of Immunology of the Federal Medical and Biological Agency in Moscow and at Moscow State University of Medicine and Dentistry named after A.I. Evdokimov from 2017 to 2019. She has wide experience in drafting and maintaining applications for the issuance and registration of inventions.

Qualification

Lomonosov Moscow State University (physicist, specialization in biophysics), Russian State Institute of Intellectual Property (advanced training courses, specialization in intellectual property), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) (distance learning courses) SKOLKOVO Patent School


ALEKSANDR KUZNETSOV

Leading Patent Specialist

Ph.D. (Technical Sciences)
Aleksandr Kuznetsov joined our team having deep experience in the field of environmental protection and food production technologies. Aleksandr worked as a leading specialist in the research and patent-licensing department of Moscow State University of Food Production. Prior to joining A.Zalesov & Partners team Aleksandr worked for four years as a technological engineer for a research and production company as well as a multidisciplinary industrial enterprise.

Qualification

Mr. Kuznetsov graduated from Moscow State University of Food Production, holds a Diploma in Environmental Engineering and Economics. He also has Ph.D. in technology of processing, storage and processing of cereals, legumes, cereals, fruits and vegetables and viticulture.


IVAN ISTOMIN

Patent Specialist

For the period from 2017 to 2019 Ivan worked as an expert at the Federal Institute of Industrial Property in the Division of Textile and Light Industry. Since 2018, he has been a postgraduate student at the Russian State Academy of Intellectual Property (specialty 12.00.03).

Qualification

Mr. Istomin graduated from the Moscow State University of Radio-Technic, Electronics and Automatics — Russian Technological University and holds a Diploma in Engineering. He graduated from Kutafin Moscow State Law University (MSAL) professional retraining course with a specialization in «Lawyer training: Basis level» as well as from the advanced training courses in «Basics of forensic examination of intellectual property objects».


ANASTASIA KIRIUKHINA

Head of the Trademark Group

Russian Trademark Attorney
Anastasia Kiriukhina has a wide experience in trademark prosecution and trademark searches, has been responsible for filing new trademark applications and their support during prosecution since 2013. Initially, Mrs. Kiriukhina worked for a Scientific and Production Company in the field of electric power engineering as a patent engineer from 2008 to 2012, then from 2012 to 2013 worked for a National Thermal Engineering Institute as an engineer of a Patent Department. In the period from 2013 up to 2017, Mrs. Kiriukhina worked for a major IP company in a trademark department.

Expertise

Mrs. Kiriukhina specializes in preparation, filing, and prosecution of trademark applications. She represents interests of Russian and foreign clients before the Russian Patent Office on all matters both during the prosecution of an application and after the registration.

Qualification

Mrs. Kiriukhina graduated from Bauman Moscow State Technical University, the Department of Construction and Mechanics, holds a Diploma in Engineering. She is a registered Russian Trademark Attorney.


VLAD RYABOV

Senior Lawyer

Vlad Ryabov worked as IP litigator with major IP law firms in Moscow, practicing IP law with focus on IP litigation since 2013.

Expertise

Vlad Ryabov represented clients (both as plaintiff and defendant) in different court and administrative IP disputes on patent, trademark and copyright enforcement matters including domain disputes and trademark invalidation cases. He also acted as litigation counsel to the parties in some proceedings before the Federal Antimonopoly Service in unfair competition disputes.

Clients

Vlad Ryabov has been consulting major foreign and Russian clients. The effective representations of Teva, Golden Lady, Ecolab, Arthrex and a lot of other major foreign and Russian companies are in his portfolio.

Qualification

Vlad Ryabov graduated from the Moscow State Academy of Law with honors holding Diplomas in jurisprudence and in professional translation (from English to Russian).


INNA OLEYNIKOVA

Lawyer

Inna Oleynikova joined the team after she gained her experience in legal profession having worked in Moscow offices of international law firms in general legal practice.

Qualification

Inna graduated from the College of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation in 2007 and Moscow State Linguistic University, law faculty (former Moscow State Institute of Foreign Languages named after Maurice Thorez).


ANNA TINKOVA

Lawyer — Trademark Attorney Assistant

Anna has been working in A.Zalesov & Partners since 2019. Mrs. Tinkova is a part of the trademark group in our company, specializing in preparation, filing and prosecution of trademark applications for Russian and foreign applicants, as well as legal support of the trademark transactions.

Qualification

Mrs. Tinkova graduated from the Russian Foreign Trade Academy, Foreign Law Department. Foreign languages used in the work: English, German


KSENIA ZALESOVA

Patent Filing Specialist

Mrs. Zalesova has a vast experience in patent filings, having been responsible for formalities related to filing new patent applications with the Russian Patent Office and the Eurasian Patent Office for many years.

Qualification

Mrs. Zalesova holds M.Sc. degree from Moscow State Pedagogical University, Faculty of Foreign Languages, also has a Diploma of patent specialist awarded by the Russian State Academy of Intellectual Property. She worked as assistant in the N. N. Blokhin Russian Cancer Research Center of RAMS. From 2000 till 2017 worked as senior specialist in the Group of Patent Filings of a large patent law firm.


LEO OZOLIN

Patent engineer

Mr. Ozolin joined our team as a patent engineer to support the patent team in the field of IT and telecommunications.

Qualification

Mr. Ozolin holds M.Sc. Applied Mathematics and Computation degree from Moscow Aviation Institute. He is an experienced programmer with solid knowledge of mathematical and computational methods that are aimed to solve challenging problems in engineering, business, computer science, and industry.


ELENA SOLOVYOVA

Assistant to Patent Attorney

Elena joined A.Zalesov&Partners in 2019 as an Assistant to Patent Attorney. For many years Elena worked in the largest foreign representative offices and firms and held leading administrative positions, including work with clients. Elena deals with administrative, marketing, financial issues as well as personal requests.

Qualification

Elena graduated from the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (Human Resources department); Higher School of Economics (diploma with honors). Elena speaks Russian and English.


DARYA KUSHNARENKO

Lawyer — Assistant to Patent Attorney

Ms. Kushnarenko strengthened her knowledge in civil law by practical work as a trainee in state authorities and private companies before she joined our team. Darya is a smart, scrupulous and promising young specialist, who undertakes patent prosecution as well as supporting patent attorneys in a day-to-day work. Darya manages records on applications for inventions, utility models, industrial designs, and computer programs, deals with carrying out patent searches and performs other orders of patent attorneys.

Qualification

Ms. Kushnarenko graduated with honors from the Kutafin Moscow State Law University (MSAL) in 2019 with a bachelors degree in a business law.      She has been studying in Kutafin Moscow State Law University since 2019 in the field of study "Master of Intellectual Property and Law of innovative technologies".


DARYA NEFEDKINA

Junior Lawyer

Darya has been working in A.Zalesov&Partners since 2019. Before joining our team Darya gained her experience working in IP court and other international firms. Darya assist lawyers of the company in drafting statements of claims, statements and letters of claim. She also deals with search for judicial practice, record keeping on current projects of the firm and execution of other orders from lawyers and patent attorneys.

Qualification

graduated from the Kutafin Moscow State Law University (MSALL) in 2020 with a bachelor's degree in International law. Foreign languages used in the work: English