"Divided courts fail to see gray imports as black-and-white issue". It is the title of the article published in Brand in the Boardroom 2010, a special edition of IAM magazine, written by two partners of our firm - Mark Chizhenok and Dmitry Makarov. The article explains recent and dramatic changes in the Russian court practice in respect of parallel import of branded goods, which was long and still is an important issue for trademark protection in Russia. The publication was distributed in many copies during Annual INTA meeting in Boston and it is also available on the net: download Brand in the Boardroom 2010.
Dmitry Makarov, the partner of Ivanov, Makarov & Partners, became a member of the Russian National Group of AIPPI - International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property, the world's leading International organization with almost 9000 individual members from more than 100 countries working on the development and improvement of intellectual property. The organization operates by conducting studies of existing national laws and makes harmonization proposals.
The Russian monthly magazine "Law and Defense" (No.12 of 2009) has published an article written by Mark Chizhenok and Alexey Ivanov, both are partners of Ivanov, Makarov and Partners. The article follows its title - "Improper and comparative advertising" and explains the Russian advertising legislation and the practice of the Federal Anti-monopoly Service in respect of many cases of unfair competition advertising. Click here to access the full text of the article (in the Russian language).
The partner of our firm, Dmitry Makarov, who is the member of the Russian Licensing Executives Society and our firm's best specialist in intellectual property licensing, participated in the LES International Annual Meeting, which was held in Sandton, South Africa, 11-14 of April, 2010. This annual meeting focused on the business of innovation in emerging economies including such countries as Argentina, Brazil, China, Chile, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Poland, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan and Turkey.
This month Ivanov, Makarov & Partners became members of International Trademark Association (INTA). This international organization unites some 5,900 trademark owners, attorneys and scholars from more than 190 countries and focuses on trademark protection issues, providing its members with great opportunity to exchange views and knowledge as well as build new and strengthen existing professional relationships. Our firm will be active member of INTA and plans to participate in the upcoming INTA Annual Meeting in Boston.