Maxim Ali has commented on the possibility of the Supreme Court suing Facebook in Russia

The Supreme Court cancelled the decisions of lower courts, which refused to consider a lawsuit from Russian users against Facebook. The Court emphasized that the dispute concerns the collection of personal data, the blocking and deletion of personal accounts and issues around the use of the social network. Maxima Ali, Head of IP/IT Practice at Maxima Legal, explained to Advokatskaya Gazeta that…


Maxim Ali has commented on the unblocking of Telegram

On 18 June, Roskomnadzor, in agreement with the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office, lifted the restrictions on accessing the Telegram messenger app. The Head of the IP/IT Practice at Maxima Legal, Maxim Ali explained that Roskomnadzor had simply ignored the court’s decision on a plausible pretext. “Telegram was blocked until it fulfilled its obligation to transfer encryption keys. Whilst this…


Maxima Legal’s lawyers have helped protect a fashion industry player from unfair competition

ANSE, one of the largest players in the fashion industry in the Russian faux fur market, instructed to Maxima Legal to protect its clothing designs that a competitor had misused. Maxima Legal lawyers helped the client prove the unlawful use of original designs. The Federal Antimonopoly Service has ruled that Goodwill’s actions amount to unfair competition. It was found that the company and its…


Maxim Ali has commented on a bill to unblock Telegram

A bill has been submitted to the State Duma, which proposes to block certain information resources in an emergency situation and on the distribution of information to state authorities and officials. Additionally the draft law will unblock some previously prohibited apps, including Telegram. Many Russian government agencies, including the Ministry of Communications, and the Coronavirus…


Maxima Legal has taken part in a SPIBA webinar about legal risks on the internet

On June 8, Maxima Legal lawyers took part in the joint webinar of the SPIBA Legal Committee on the topic “Legal Risks on the Internet”. The webinar was moderated by Maxim Ali, Senior Associate and Head of IP / IT Practice at Maxima Legal, Co-Chair of the SPIBA Legal Committee. Dmitry Uryakin, Associate in the Dispute Resolution Practice at Maxima Legal, spoke about the legal nuances in the…


Maxim Ali has assessed amendments to the Law on Information, which will enter into force on 1 October 2020

On 1 October 2020, amendments to the Law on Information will enter into force, introducing the concept of “software application” and providing for the procedure for blocking mobile applications that violate copyright and related rights. The final bill also included changes to the rules on restricting access to information disseminated in violation of the law (for example, calls for riots,…


The Best Lawyers international rating has listed Maxima Legal in 16 areas and named Maxim Avrashkov lawyer of the year

International ranking Best Lawyers has presented its annual list of Russian lawyers recommended in various fields of law. Seven experts from Maxima Legal were listed. Managing Partner, Head of the Commercial and Corporate department, Maxim Avrashkov, has been listed as one of the leading Russian lawyers for M&A matters. In addition, Maxim Avrashkov was listed in corporate governance and…


Maxim Ali has commented on the position of the Supreme Court in a dispute over exclusive rights

The Supreme Court of the Russian Federation overturned the decisions of three lower courts and sent for re-hearing a case an intellectual property case. The court ruled that the previous decisions were based on an erroneous understanding of the findings of an expert’s report regarding a patent and the contents of the formula. The higher court ruled that the use of only certain features of the…


Maxim Ali has commented on a bill for Kommersant to expand the list of purposes for which close relatives can transfer the body of the deceased

Deputies of the Leningrad region have submitted to the State Duma a bill granting close relatives of deceased persons the right to transfer the body for use in scientific, medical and educational purposes. According to the current legislation, they can give consent to the removal of organs or tissues of the deceased only for donation. According to the authors of the initiative, legislative gaps…


Maxim Ali has commented on key recent trademark disputes for Pravo.ru

At the request of Pravo.ru, Maxima Legal, Head of Intellectual Property and Information Law Practice, Maxima Ali, spoke about some of the most notable recent trademark cases. According to Maxim, as the array of such cases accumulates, an increasingly interesting and diverse practice appears, which is sometimes no less important for lawyers to make the right decision than the norms of the Russian…