Reimbursement of Legal Costs

The Russian Arbitration court has taken a landmark decision in respect of reimbursement of the attorney’s fees. The full text of the court decision is available here. Although the Russian law allows a winner to claim reimbursement of reasonable attorney’s fees, up to date the court usually admitted “reasonable” much smaller amounts than those actually incurred and claimed by the winner. The recent case can become a turning point since the winner managed to prove the reasonableness of the amount of more than 1 million US dollars as reimbursement of the attorney’s fees. It is also remarkable that this amount is mainly a contingency fee, and the winner managed to justify its application before the court, which is unusual for the practice of the Russian courts.


New website

Welcome to our brand new website! Internet is changing so rapidly that our previous website fell behind the present look of the world wide web. Although one may say that a law firm can be just fine with a non-contemporary website, we found that it is not about us. So, here it is - a fresh looking home page of Ivanov, Makarov & Partners.

We keep our website straight forward and compact. You may find all you want to know about us in one-two clicks. The website has three main sections: "Firm" - a brief history and distinguished traits of our firm, "Team" - collection of photos and personal details of our lawyers and "Services" - the list of legal services we provide. Announcements of something important are going to be published on the starting page from time to time. Be our guest!


Best Lawyers 2011

We are proud to announce that three partners of our firm: Mark Chizhenok, Alexey Ivanov and Dmitry Makarov were ranked among the best Russian lawyers in intellectual property matters in 2011 edition of Best Lawyers ranking. Best Lawyers is the oldest international ranking provider, which has been publishing its lists of leading lawyers for more than three decades by now. This is the third consecutive time we have made to this ranking which proves our constant efforts to be the best in the profession.

The full listing has been published in the Russian media and it is also available for subscribers of


New Associate

We gladly welcome a new associate of the firm Ivanov, Makarov and Partners – Mr. Alexey Karabanov. For almost 10 years Alexey Karabanov worked in the Russian Trademark Office, among other positions as the Head of Intellectual Property Registration Department & Head of National Trademark Department. Alexey is one of the most experienced trademark specialists who knows trademark filing and prosecution in every detail. Alexey has an extensive experience in legal aspects of IP transactions, license, assignments and due diligence of trademarks.


133th INTA Meeting

This May Ivanov, Makarov & Partners will participate in the 133th Annual Meeting of INTA in San Francisco. Mark Chizhenok, the partner of our firm, will lead one of the table topics of the Meeting - "Eurasian Economic Community: Trademark Implications". The attendants will discuss recent developments of the Eurasian Customs Union and its influence on the regional trademark protection system. If you are interested in arranging personal meetings with our representatives during this INTA event in San Francisco please feel free to contact us.