Apple, Microsoft, Dreamworks and J.K. Rowling. I have been responsible for defending innovation and creativity on behalf of the world’s most ground-breaking companies. I have helped dozens of talented artists, directors, writers and programmers receive the recognition (moral and financial) they deserve.

Below I have shared many examples of interesting cases I have been involved in to give you an idea of the depth of intellectual property law and my experience in the field.

Peruse this whole list below from top to bottom or choose from the following topics:


Copyright Litigation & Settlements

    Successfully litigated a copyright infringement case involving unauthorized use of my father’s music in a radio advertisement campaign in a Moscow District Court, the Moscow Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Russia;

    Successfully litigated a copyright infringement case where music by several authors was reproduced without authorization on a luxury CD collection;

    Successfully litigated in a Moscow District Court and the Moscow Court of Appeal a copyright infringement case involving unauthorized printing by a major Russian accounting magazine of my client’s article under a fictitious name.

    Successfully prevented a producer of a motion picture from releasing the film when the producer fired the director in the middle of the project and insisted on the producer’s right to use the old director’s creative input;

    Successfully litigated a copyright infringement case for a documentary film company whose materials were used to create a derivative work, leading to a substantial monetary award and confiscation and destruction of all counterfeit copies of the infringing work;

    Successfully settled numerous cases when my father’s music was used without authorization by performing artists in their live performances or on recorded media, and successfully litigated a copyright infringement case involving unauthorized recording of a song by a performing artist and subsequent broadcasts of videos thereof by two Russian TV channels;

    Successfully defended the director of a famous Russian cartoon against the heirs of the author of the underlying literary works, both in the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Russia;

    Successfully settled a case between an independent book publisher and a translator;

    Assisted parties reach a settlement to a protracted and destructive dispute involving the use of an unpublished TV series where one party owned exclusive copyright to the series, while the opposite party owned the only set of film materials;

    Drafted a settlement agreement between a Russian programmer and a major international software and computer hardware company with respect to the ownership of copyright to video surveillance and face recognition software;

    Successfully caused counterfeit Russian translations of several Harry Potter books to be removed from multiple websites;

    Successfully caused an unauthorized hardware compatibility patch for a major operating system to be urgently removed from a popular website;

    Obtained a satisfactory settlements in cases involving infringement of moral rights and unauthorized use of modified fragments of my father’s music by several Russian federal TV broadcasters;

    Successfully caused unauthorized copies of Syddha Yoga books to be removed from circulation;

    Caused a Russian software developer to cease unauthorized use a trademark of a multinational conglomerate corporation in the description of its software;

    Compelled a Russian website to remove user-posted scans of copyright-protected embroidery designs;


Copyright Licensing

    Drafted a software development agreement for a Vancouver startup;

    Drafted a set of agreements for the production of a motion picture and a TV series based on Alexander Soljenitsyne’s novel;

    Drafted countless license agreements for the use of my father’s music by performing artists, in TV shows, movies, theater performances, as part advertisement, on albums and compilations, as MP3s and ringtones;

    Drafted an access and use agreement for an actor database company;

    Drafted terms and conditions for several websites;

    Drafted a set of template agreements between a music production company and performing artists;

    Drafted a complete set of template agreements for a movie production company;

    Drafted a complete set of template agreements for an independent book publisher;

    Drafted a template agreement with a graphic artist for a recording company;

    Drafted an agreement with a screen writer for one of the most prominent Russian film directors;

    Drafted an agreement between a film production studio and a candidate for the Russian presidency;

    Drafted a compete set of copyright agreements for a music publishing company;

    Negotiated these agreements with major music labels and celebrity authors and artists;

    Drafted a complete set of agreements designed to protect the idea for a TV lottery project created by a group of individuals;

    Drafted an agreement for a major international online gambling project;

    Drafted a set of dubbing agreements between a major American film studio and a Russian studio and actors;

    Drafted a software development and outsourcing agreement for an American software company on the verge of being acquired by a multinational computer technology giant;

    Drafted an agreement between a major international electronics manufacturer and a Russian branch of a major international advertising agency;

    Drafted a complete set of agreements for two new episodes of a famous Russian cartoon series resurrected after a break of almost 20 years;

    Drafted intellectual property sections of numerous employment agreements for various clients;

    Localized end-user license agreements for several major international software, electronics and music publishing giants;

    Drafted a localized software license agreement for a major international healthcare company;

    Drafted a localized software license agreement for a major international medical research company;

    Drafted a data collection agreement for a major international healthcare company;

    Reviewed a localized marketing agency agreement for a major broadcasting corporation;

    Reviewed intellectual property sections of numerous due diligence reports;

    Drafted a license agreement between a major software developer and the Russian Ministry of Education;

    Revised a localized master services agreement for a major communications company;

    Revised a localized software license agreement for a major international hotels network;

    Revised a localized software clickwrap license agreement for an international software giant;

    Revised a license agreement between a major investment banking and securities firm and the Moscow Interbank Currency Exchange;

    Drafted a software license agreement for a Russian subsidiary of a major international automobile manufacturer;


Trademark & Domain Name Litigation and Enforcement

    First ever to win a dispute over a .COM domain name in the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center for a Russian-based plaintiff (KOMMERSANT.COM, D2002-0531);

    Settled a cybersquatting case for a multinational software giant;

    Compelled a cybersquatter to transfer a domain name confusingly similar with a trademark of a major international manufacturer of health and beauty products;

    Compelled a cybersquatter to transfer a domain name confusingly similar with a trademark of a major computer manufacturer;

    Successfully represented a major Japanese auto parts manufacturer in a domain name dispute in Saint-Petersburg Arbitrazh (State Commercial) Court after a cybersquatter appealed a UDRP transfer decision;

    Represented a major international jeans manufacturer in several police raids leading to criminal convictions for the counterfeiters;

    Successfully represented a famous perfume manufacturer in a police raid leading to a criminal conviction for the counterfeiters;

    Successfully caused a trademark of a software giant to be removed from a computer club’s outdoor signage;

    Successfully litigated a precedent-setting domain name case for a major international manufacturer of health and beauty products;

    Successfully caused a counterfeiter to cease sales of infringing phone accessories;

    Successfully caused a registrant to transfer a confusingly similar domain name to a major printers manufacturer;

    Successfully litigated and settled a domain name dispute for a major computers manufacturer;

    Caused a website to change its logo that was confusingly similar with a registered trademark of a major communications company;

    Successfully represented a famous sportswear manufacturer in several police raids leading to confiscation of thousands of counterfeit goods;

    Successfully represented a famous sportswear manufacturer in administrative proceedings following confiscation by the customs of several thousands of counterfeit goods;

    Successfully represented a major manufacturer of cell phones in administrative proceedings initiated by the customs following confiscation of a shipment of counterfeit phones, parts and accessories;

    Compelled a cybersquatter to transfer a domain name confusingly similar with a trademark of a major international manufacturer of skin care products;

    Compelled a former licensee to take down all content from a website with an URL confusingly similar to a registered trademark of a German banking hardware and software manufacturer;

    Compelled a fan club of a famous sports car manufacturer to take down infringing content from its website;

    Assisted client in shutting down an operation involving sale of cartridges bearing the client’s trademark and refilled without authorization;


Trademark Prosecution and Licensing

    Consulted a major international courier delivery company with respect to obtaining a famous trademark status;

    Drafted a trademark license agreement for a major international perfume manufacturer;

    Drafted a trademark assignment agreement for a major international human resources company;

    Drafted a trademark coexistence agreement for a major vitamins manufacturer;


Other Miscellaneous Projects

    Drafted a template employment agreement involving creation and use of various intellectual property for a Vancouver software startup company;

    Drafted a franchise agreement for a major Russian oil company;

    Drafted several know-how licensing agreements for a biotech company;

    Drafted several legislative proposals in the field of Russian audiovisual industry, including a proposal regarding a unified system of cinema ticket sales monitoring;

    Drafted a non-disclosure agreement for an outdoor advertising business going through a major restructuring;

    Drafted a confidentiality agreement for a major healthcare products company;

    Reviewed legislative requirements and regulations in respect of production, use and distribution of digital maps and satellite photos for a major multinational internet software corporation;

    Drafted an agreement between an international electronics manufacturer and a Russian training center relating to organization of training for the company’s Russian partners as well as for the users of the company’s products;

    Caused a Russian confectionery manufacturer to refrain from using an image of the celebrity founder of a skin care products manufacturer;

    Revised and localized an advertising agency agreement for a major international publishing house;

    Successfully caused a Russian ISP to urgently remove an account used to phish confidential data from clients of a major Italian bank.

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