We have included a small selection of representative cases to identify public and professional impact of our practice.
Our lawyers offer business and legal counsel relating to any and all aspects of IP rights, from helping to identify practical solutions to protect a company or personal property rights, to litigation with individuals or companies or state authorities (i.e. ROSPATENT). We can help you with your (a) exclusive rights to trademarks, service marks, brand names, commercial marks, etc., (b) author’s and adjacent rights, (c) patents, (d) rights to use intellectual results generated by a third party.
Out-of-court settlements for our clients and successful representation of their interests in arbitration proceedings. We assist our clients in a variety of matters relating to customs law, including but not limited to the following: legal advice and protection of interests in disputes with customs authorities; litigation, classification and customs value correction; complaints on action/inaction of customs authorities at the time of goods’ clearance; return of funds paid as security; review of business documents to minimize the risk of unfavorable consequences with customs authorities.
Disputes relating to parallel import rise in the presence of quality-discrimination or price-discrimination policy aimed against consumers, or if qualitative goods that differ in their unique properties are sold under one and same trademark.
In Russia we mostly deal with price and quality discrimination of Russian consumers, while abroad all disputes around grey import are aimed to protect consumers’ interests.
As court practice has it, there is no such thing as being not guilty of an administrative offence when administrative liability cases are considered. Presumption of innocence is non-existent. However, on rare occasions exceptions occur. Also lately out-of-court settlements tend to be an effective tool for dispute resolution.
DISPUTES & DISAGREEMENTS WITH LAWYERS
In this section we present cases where not only lawyers but also courts were acting as defendants, thanks to the Arbitration Procedural Code which affords this option. There is a specific routine in this type of cases: lawyers point to their clients (“we were acting on our client’s instructions”) and court representatives demonstrate mute knowledge of applicable legislation, which actually explains a lot.
LECTURES & PUBLIC APPEARANCES
Below is a series of plenary sessions at the Supreme Arbitration Court of Russia where PARAGON lawyers have had a chance to contribute to the development of mandatory legal acts related to the interpretation of law.