Maxim Ali has criticised the bill that will introduce additional responsibilities for email services

A draft amendment has been submitted to the State Duma that will introduction a single concept for email services and instant messengers in federal law. The amendments also include the extension to email services of the restrictions, duties and responsibilities currently in force with respect to instant messengers. Among the possible innovations are obligations to identify users by phone numbers,…


Maxim Ali has commented on the adjournment of to identify the defendant in disputes in the housing and utilities sector

On September 24, the State Duma of the Russian Federation passed a law until April 2019 delayed the entry into force of provision that allow for the identifying of debtors of overdue payments for utility bills. In accordance with the new rules, when filing statements of claim and applications for court orders, the managers of apartment buildings and utility suppliers are required to indicate the…


Maxim Ali has commented on RBC dispute over the use of photographs

The Moscow Commercial Court found it a violation of exclusive rights to use photos belonging to its St Petersburg rival iGooods in the Instamart product service catalogue. At the same time, the court decided to recover from Instamart more than 965,000 roubles, which is only half of the damages requested by the claimant. The Head of the IP/IT practice at Maxima Legal, Maxim Ali, explained to RBC…


Maxim Ali has provided his comments on possible changes to the Law on Communications

The Russian Ministry of Economic Development has published draft amendments to the Law on Communications, which will exclude technical data from the concept of “communications secrecy”. Technical data includes: the date and time of communications, the duration of telephone calls, numbers and their unique identification codes. In addition, it is proposed that the list of entities that can receive…


Maxim Ali has given an assessment of the beta online justice service for Advokatskaya Gazeta

At the end of August, a beta online justice service appeared on the ESIA’s State Services website. It is planned that the service will perform several functions at once, including the automatic listing of cases, sending documents and electronic notifications to the parties as well as offering a 30% discount on court fees. The service will also offer the possibility of "remote participation” in…


Maxim Ali written about temporary protection of industrial designs for the fashion industry in Russia for the ILN IP Insider blog

At the end of June 2019, a mechanism providing temporary legal protection for patent pending industrial designs was introduced into Russian legislation. According to the authors of the initiative, this measure will be a good way to protect the interests of the fashion industry in Russia.  Maxim Ali, Head at Maxima Legal IP/IT practice, reviewed the changes for the ILN IP Insider blog and…


Maxim Ali has spoken with Expert Severo-Zapad magazine about protecting intellectual property in foreign economic activity

Maxim Ali, Head of the Practice of Intellectual Property and Information Law at Maxima Legal, explained the information and analytical magazine Expert Severo-Zapad, for which companies entering international markets or working with foreign partners need to protect intellectual property. Maxim gave advice on how to build a competent protection strategy for minimal cost and to reserve the rights to…


Maxim Ali has participated in a review by Pravo.ru on recent legislative changes

Pravo.ru published a review of legislative changes that entered into force in June 2019. Among the most significant changes, the website highlighted the possibility of temporary legal protection for industrial designs for which a patent application has been filed. Commenting on the new mechanism, Maxim Ali, Head of the Intellectual Property and Information Law practice at Maxima Legal, stated…


Maxim Ali has commented on an initiative from the Ministry of Justice to resolve disputes online

The Ministry of Justice has begun the development of a draft law creating a mechanism for dealing with consumer disputes on the Internet. According to the ministry, it will strengthen consumer confidence in the field of online commerce, make it easier and more accessible to protect their rights and reduce the burden on the judicial system. Maxim Ali, Head of the Practice of Intellectual Property…


Maxim Ali spoke about intellectual property issues that are becoming more acute in the foreign economic activity

On 27 May, Maxim Ali, Head of the IP/IT Practice at Maxima Legal spoke at the conference "Currency Contracts in Existing Economic Realities" organized for companies participating in foreign economic activity by Bank Saint Petersburg Petersburg and Expert North-West Information and Analytical Magazine. Maxim reminded that the Russian mechanisms of protection of intangible assets do not ensure…