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…


Maxim Ali has commented on an experimental law for artificial intelligence in Moscow for Advokatskaya Gazeta

On 1 July 2020 a new law will enter into force in Moscow that provides for a five-year experimental legal regime aimed at supporting the development of artificial intelligence. The main objective of the experiment is to test how artificial intelligence technologies work, in which areas of the economy and socially where it could be used. Based on the results of the experiment, a decision may be…


Maxim Ali has discussed with Pravo.ru how decisions of the Supreme Court have influenced judicial practice in intellectual property

On 23 April 2020, the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation approved clarifications on the application of the fourth part of the Civil Code, codifying the established judicial practice on intellectual property. The document is already widely used by lower courts and is cited in almost every court decision. At the request of Pravo.ru, the Head of the IP/IT practice at Maxima Legal, Maxim Ali,…


Maxim Ali has commented on the FAS draft law to extend antitrust regulation to agreements and actions to exercise exclusive rights

The Federal Antimonopoly Service of the Russian Federation has proposed to expand legislation on the protection of competition. In particular, the current rules of law are proposed to supplement Article 11.2, which establishes restrictions on agreements between persons engaged in the sale of goods on the same market that contain the results of their intellectual activity, including computer…


Maxim Ali has assessed for RBC the prospect of using insolvency in relation to the violation of intellectual property rights

Two years ago, the British company Entertainment One UK Limited, which owns the rights to the characters in the animated series “Masked Heroes” through the court, won more than 1 million rubles in compensation for the illegal use of its images. However, Baltic Circus, which violated the intellectual property rights, is still evading payments, and therefore Entertainment One UK Limited filed a…


Maxim Ali has criticised a bill governing Big Data

The Russian Ministry of Communications and Media has submitted for public consultation a bill amending the Law on Information. The amendments will affect the regulation of Big Data and will consolidate the basic concepts “Big Data”, “Big Data Processing” and “Big Data Operator”. However, as Maxim Ali, Head of the IP/IT Practice at Maxim Legal, explained to Advokatskaya Gazeta, the draft law…


Maxim Ali has talked with the Kaliningrad news portal about registering trademarks

The administration of a cathedral, one of the iconic sights of Kaliningrad, has registered the cathedral as a trademark. Since 2019, businesspeople who wish to use the image of the cathedral for commercial purposes are required to purchase rights to do so; the cost of which depends on the retail cost of the product and varies from 2.5 to 10 roubles per item. By February 2020, the cathedral had…


Maxim Ali has commented on the proceedings with the Sever-Metropol franchise for Delovoy Petersburg

In 2017 entrepreneur Vadim Dolgoborodov acquired the right to use the Sever-Metropol trademarks and the secret to the production of branded products. In February last year, representatives of the brand identified a number of alleged breaches and, despite their prompt resolution, sought to terminate the contract unilaterally. In the court of first instance, the franchisee-partner of the network of…