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What is copyright?
According to Article 1259 of the Russian Federation Civil Code (hereinafter – the Code), copyrights are recognized as intellectual rights to published or unpublished works of science, literature and art expressed in any objective form, including written or oral forms (in the form of a public pronouncement, public performance, and in another similar form), in the form of an image, in the form of a sound or video recording or in a three-dimensional form.
What works are protected by copyright?
Works of science, literature, and art are protected results of intellectual activity. Objects of copyright also include computer programs, which are protected as literary works.
When does copyright arise?
Copyright in a work of science, literature, and art arises due to the fact of its creation. No registration of the work and any other formalities are required for the creation, exercise, and protection of copyright.
Who is recognized as the author of a work?
According to Article 1257 of the Code, the author of a work of science, literature, or art is recognized as the citizen whose creative work it was created.
What rights does the author of a work have?
The author of the work owns property and non-property rights. Property rights include the exclusive right to a work, which is valid throughout the life of the author and 70 years after his death. Non-property rights include, in particular, the right of authorship (the right to be recognized as an author of a work) and the author’s right to a name (the right to use or allow the use of a work under his/her own name, under a pseudonym or anonymously), which are inalienable and non-transferable and are protected indefinitely.
How can I protect my copyright?
Our company’s specialists are ready to advise you on any issues related to copyright protection, including drafting and sending warnings and cease-and-desist letters to alleged infringers, preparing expert opinions regarding infringement, as well as representing your interests in court
Vera Rubanova
Trademark Attorney
Vera Rubanova
Trademark Attorney
Vera has been with Liapunov & Co since 2006 and since 2013 as a trademark attorney. Vera deals with conducting trademark searches and provides advice to clients on possible risks of trademark registration and use. She has extensive experience in preparing and filing both national trademark applications and international trademark applications and further handling registration procedure until obtaining a Registration Certificate or statement of grant of protection.
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Anna Reznichenko
Trademark Attorney
Anna Reznichenko
Trademark Attorney
Anna provides a wide range of services related to trademark protection, domain names, and copyright objects, and advises on customs regulation. Clients from many countries highly value her professional experience, unconventional thinking, and involvement in solving all issues.
Victoria Peneva
Trademark Attorney
Victoria Peneva
Trademark Attorney
Victoria has been working with Liapunov & Co. since 2006 and is the head of the trademark department. She has extensive experience in issues related to the preparing of the documents for filing applications for registration of trademarks, including the international procedure via Madrid system, to preparing of the documents for registration of disposal of the exclusive right to trademarks on the basis of licensing agreements, franchise agreements, pledge and assignment agreements.
Vasilina Chekhorduna
Assistant Trademark Attorney
Vasilina Chekhorduna
Assistant Trademark Attorney
Ms. Chekhorduna has been working for Liapunov & Co. since 2021 and assists Trademark Attorneys in preparing and filing trademark applications, submitting the requests of renewal, recordal of changes and assignment in respect of trademark registrations.
Elena Shevchenko
Trademark Attorney
Elena Shevchenko
Trademark Attorney
Elena has been with Liapunov & Co since 2008 and since 2012 as a trademark attorney. Elena deals with preparing and filing the applications for state registration of trademarks and service marks, including the ones according to the international procedure, preparing and filing responses to the examiner’s requests and office actions, preparing and filing of oppositions, appeals and responses thereto with the Chamber of Patent Disputes, participating in the hearings of the Chamber of Patent Disputes, as well as preparing and filing the requests for state registration of amendments, transfer of rights, granting the right to use trademarks and service marks, renewal of the exclusive rights to trademarks and service marks, and conducting searches.
Yuri Torshin
Trademark Attorney
Yuri Torshin
Trademark Attorney
He started his professional journey at Liapunov & Co. in 2006. In the field of legal protection of trademarks and service marks, he provides a full range of services, including the preparation and filing of applications, analysis and development of licensing and concession agreements, as well as agreements on the alienation of exclusive rights.
Darya Zamotina
Trademark Attorney
Darya Zamotina
Trademark Attorney
Darya has been with Liapunov & Co since 2008, qualified as a trademark attorney in 2015. Darya is working in the trademark department, the main activity is protection of the exclusive rights to the trademarks from the unlawful import and realization of the counterfeit goods by means of the Customs regulation, namely including of intellectual property objects into the Customs IP Registers of the Russian Federation and CIS countries.
Alina Sidorenko
Attorney-at-law
Alina Sidorenko
Attorney-at-law
Alina Sidorenko specializes in issues related to the legal protection of trademarks, including responses to notifications and examination requests, preparation of objections to the Chamber of Patent Disputes. Alina has successful experiendunce in cocting administrative cases and she is engaged in the development and preparation of expert opinions on the protection of trademark rights in court. Alina also has successful experience in conducting cases to protect trademark rights in the Intellectual Property Rights Court.
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