IP and Technology

The Intellectual Property and Technology Practice provides comprehensive legal support for projects involving protection of copyrights, patents, commercial secrets and know-how, trade marks, brands and designs, and domain names. Our competencies include supporting transactions involving intellectual products and technology assets, personal data projects, resolution of IP and patent disputes.

The BGP Litigation team of lawyers has a deep understanding of the sector’s specifics thanks to active interaction with regulatory bodies, including the Federal Institute for Industrial Property, Rospatent, the Ministry for Digital Development, Roscomnadzor and others, participation in relevant working groups and expert communities for reforming the legislation and promoting the GR agenda of high-tech companies, and scientific research work.

One advantage of the team is its profound expertise not only in legal regulation of IP but also digital technology, including Digital Health, Edtech, Legal Tech, Fintech and others. We support companies on innovative projects, including as part of the national Digital Economy programme, software and IT import substitution projects, and more. The lawyers of the Practice have unique experience of developing and introducing experimental legal frameworks in the Russian Federation for developing digital innovations.

Our clients include digital ecosystems, telecommunications, pharmaceutical, insurance, logistics, IT and industrial companies, manufacturers of medical items, telemedicine services, financial institutions, government institutions created as part of implementing federal programmes in the technology sector, entertainment industry companies, etc.

Our support on all IP-consulting matters includes:

  • Preparation of opinions and memoranda on IP issues
  • Drafting of complex licensing, alienation and contractor agreements for creating and exercising IP rights
  • Elaboration of strategies for protection and commercialisation of assets and brands
  • Development of an IP works-for-hire regime within organisations, preparation of a set of documents for minimising the risks of employees using IP assets
  • IP compliance and elimination of risks involved in protection of rights to assets
  • IP Due Diligence
  • Support for combating counterfeit goods and pirated content on the Internet
  • Audit of advertising materials
  • IP law advice
  • Comprehensive support for businesses on IP matters

We offer the full range of IP registration services:

  • Assessment of the prospects for registering IP assets and recommendations on amending the documentation (checks on designations registered as trade marks, geographical indications or designations of origin of goods; performance of patent and freedom-to-operate searches)
  • Registration with Rospatent of trade marks, geographical indications and designations of origin of goods
  • Registration of software with Rospatent
  • Receipt of patents for inventions, utility models, industrial designs and selection patents for IP protection
  • Inclusion of trade marks on the Customs Register (TROIS) for protection against import of counterfeit goods
  • Registration of IP in other jurisdictions, including international patenting and receipt of Eurasian and European patents. Comprehensive support for registration procedures in other countries
  • Prolongation of trade mark validity and payment of patent duties
  • Accelerated registration of trade marks, inventions, industrial designs and utility models
  • Inclusion of software on the Register of Russian Software
  • Registration of transfer of exclusive rights to IP (alienation, licensing, pledge and cession of rights agreements)
  • Amendment of information on registered IP
  • Preparation of responses to Rospatent notifications
  • Domain name registration
  • Deposit of copyright items
Our team is successfully advising international pharmaceutical and FMCG companies on matters of compliance with both Russian and European laws on personal data (152-FZ and GDPR), taking account of gap filling using the existing databases.
Disposal of a medicine portfolio
Our team has successfully structured a series of transactions for the transfer of a pharmaceutical portfolio (over 10 transactions). The structuring took account of IP, drug regulations, applicable antitrust limitations, and commercial structuring issues.