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Practice Focus

Denis Khabarov is the head of the Intellectual property practice group and an advocate. Denis specializes in intellectual property and dispute resolution, including general IP advice and enforcement, arbitration and litigation.

Representative Legal Matters
  • Successfully represented KIA Motors Corporation, Kia Motors Russia and CIS LLC and Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Rus in complex and long-lasting litigation in which the claimant, a local trademark owner, tried to claim almost a RUB 91 billion (~USD 1.2 billion) compensation from our clients and prohibit the use of the «XLine» designation for cars.
  • Provided GSK Group of companies with TM portfolio management services, including advice on protection strategies, preliminary clearance, and trademark prosecution and enforcement, and coordinated contentious activity related to oppositions against and cancellation of third party identical / confusingly similar trademarks.
  • Succeeded in defending in the IP Court the Gilead Sciences’ Eurasian patent protecting its blockbuster combinatory medication Truvada, effective inter alia for the treatment of HIV.
  • Acted for a major Korean food producer Paldo Co., Ltd in the matter involving seeking well-known status for its flagship ДОШИРАК (DOSHIRAK in Cyrillic) trademark used for instant noodles. It is the first case when a trademark has been recognized well-known in Russia in the absence of consumer awareness of the identity of the applicant.
  • Successfully represented Christian Louboutin in an effective enforcement campaign against infringers bringing to the Russian market products illegally marked with the client’s trademarks, including counterfeit products with a red sole, which is protected as a trademark.
  • Successfully represented Richemont International in a precedent setting litigation involving cancellation of the JAEGER-LeCOULTRE and VACHERON CONSTANTIN trademarks registered in Russia in the name of third parties.
  • Provision of the international patenting services for the Rosatom group of companies relating to more than hundred PCT applications.
  • Successfully represented a Japanese manufacturer of automobile spare parts in a litigation involving a domain name registered in the .COM top level domain, considered by the Supreme Arbitrazh Court of Russia. This was the first case where Russian courts developed guidelines and justification for application of the UDRP criteria.
  • Successfully represented a major Russian technology company specializing in Internet-related services and products in a complex and intense litigation initiated by one of the biggest Russian computer engineering companies over alleged infringement of its patent.
  • Successfully represented a major multinational computers, mobile devices and software developer in a series of patent and trademark disputes.
Professional membership
  • member of the Moscow City Bar since 2003
  • chairman of the working group on parallel imports of the Association of European Businesses (AEB)
  • member of the working group on parallel imports of the Eurasian Economic Commission
  • member of the International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • member of ECTA
  • member of MARQUES
  • Russian Peoples’ Friendship University, Master of Laws with Honours, 2002.
  • Russian Peoples’ Friendship University, Law Degree with Honours, 2000.