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Galina Grishanova

Galina Grishanova

Associate
Moscow Branch of Baker & McKenzie CIS, Limited

Biography

Galina Grishanova is an associate in the Moscow office of Baker McKenzie. She focuses on IP, including general IP advice, protection of rights to IP results, and registration of trademarks and appellations of origin. Galina Grishanova represents clients in administrative and judicial disputes related to the above areas in Russia and successfully coordinates similar efforts in foreign countries, including but not limited to CIS countries.

Galina Grishanova is a registered Patent Attorney (trademarks and appellations of origin) with the Russian PTO and is a member of the Russia Patent Attorneys Association.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Represented an international company managing more than fifty unique historical hotels, trains and cruise ships in a dispute with a long-standing competitor. A series of successfully won court cases paved the way for the Client toward the Russian market.

  • Represented a veteran Swiss watch-making company in a judicial dispute over annulment of a series of unfair registrations of Parmigiani trademarks in relation to clothes and accessories in Russia.

  • Represented Microsoft in a judicial dispute over invalidation of legal protection of the Windows trademark because of its alleged failure to comply with the conditions of registrability as prescribed by law. The legal protection of the disputed registration was not invalidated.

  • Represented OAO Narzan, a major Russian producer of mineral water, in administrative disputes against the appellation of origin of Arkhyz.

  • Represented the interests of Diageo, a leader in the international market of alcoholic beverages of the premium class, in court in a non-use cancellation action against a competing company’s trademarks, which lay as an obstacle to the launching of the Client’s new product in the Russian market.

  • Represented Les Laboratoires Servier, a leading European research and drug manufacturing company, in a dispute with a producer of generics, i.e. branded drug equivalents, who succeeded in obtaining legal protection for trademarks confusingly similar to a Client-developed international non-proprietary name. The courts of all levels acknowledged the fact that the granting of legal protection to such trademark by the Russian PTO was an infringement on the requirements of legislation.

  • Protected one of the most famous nonalcoholic beverages brand BAIKAL known since the Soviet era and challenged by a competing company on an array of independent grounds in the Russian PTO and copyrights court (Intellectual Property Rights Court). The brand was successfully protected and the parties arrived at an amicable settlement and embarked on cooperation.

  • Represented the interests of the New Yorker chain of youth clothing shops in court and with the Russian PTO and annulling trademarks earlier registered by third parties and prevented the Client from obtaining legal protection for its trademarks used on clothing, footwear and headgear.

  • Represented the interests of Molo, a children’s clothing manufacturer, in court and with the Russian PTO in case that made it possible for the Client to enter the Russian market legally, despite the presence there of an identical registration of a “senior” trademark held by a Chinese company. This paved the way for an amicable settlement with the Chinese company on conditions mutually beneficial for both parties to the dispute.

  • Represented a major world manufacturer of home appliances in an administrative dispute over an unfair trademark registration obtained from the Russian PTO by the Client’s former distributor. The unfair registration was invalidated and its holder never ventured to challenge the PTO’s decision in court.

Admissions

  • Russia (2002)

Education

  • Moscow State University (Law Degree) (2002)
  • Moscow State University (Institute of Asian and African Studies) (1998)

Languages

  • English
  • Russian