Mr Sergey Medvedev

Sergey Medvedev



Franchising in Russia: practical aspects and legal basics
Russia | 09 February 2016

Franchising has recently experienced a rapid boom in Russia. A number of foreign franchises are entering the Russian market in order to develop their businesses, while many local companies are expanding within the country through application of the franchising model. This update highlights the primary legal considerations for franchises in Russia.

Intellectual Property

Domain name dispute resolution in Russia
Russia | 06 February 2017

While the Russian domain name registration procedure may seem easy, domain names are always at risk – especially when they overlap with traditional IP rights belonging to third parties. Nearly all domain name conflicts result in dispute resolution involving national and international principles of law and practice. Where the dispute is subject to Russian jurisdiction, a reliable and efficient domain name litigation process is available to rights holders.

Online brand protection
Russia | 25 April 2016

Brand protection in the digital space has become more complicated recently, with cybersquatters and bad-faith market participants adopting new tactics. This update summarises the different categories of online trademark infringement and related court practice in Russia, and provides an overview of enforcement strategies against infringing domain names and websites and the unauthorised use of trademarks in metatags or as keywords.

Tech, Data, Telecoms & Media

New rules and procedures for blocking mobile apps distributing pirated content
Russia | 10 July 2020

Recent amendments to the Information Law aim to tackle the issue of mobile apps and e-platforms that distribute pirated content which infringes copyright and related rights. This article examines upcoming amendments and highlights the new enforcement possibilities that will be available to rights holders in Russia. The changes will also be relevant for businesses that own and operate mobile apps, which should consider the associated risks if their mobile apps contain pirated content.

OnDemand: Cybersecurity trends and issues: Russia
Russia | 31 January 2020

Penalties for data localisation breaches were the highest fines issued by the Russian Government under the Code of Administrative Offences in 2019 and this issue looks set to continue to dominate the cybersecurity space in 2020. This video examines the scope of data localisation requirements, consequences for data privacy breaches and how companies can ensure compliance therewith.

Regulator clarifies key aspects of trademark use in keywords
Russia | 13 December 2019

Keywords play an important role in e-marketing. After typing a specific product name, company name or brand in a search engine, potential customers and users may view specific offers and data, including ads. Further, the list of offers may represent certain keywords selected by an advertiser. Unsurprisingly, the selection and reproduction of designations as keywords can trigger various trademark use concerns that inevitably lead to enforcement issues.

Federal Anti-monopoly Service clarifies role of online messenger systems in advertising
Russia | 12 July 2019

Advertisers are increasingly using online messenger systems to promote businesses, as well as their goods and services. In this context, the Federal Anti-monopoly Service recently issued an official letter clarifying, among other things, the application of the Federal Law on Advertising to messenger systems such as Viber and WhatsApp. The letter is notable as it reveals the regulator's approach to advertising campaigns disseminated via various instant messaging services.

New law introduced to regulate digital rights
Russia | 17 May 2019

The president recently signed the Digital Rights Law, which will take effect on 1 October 2019. The law has introduced a number of new legal concepts into Russian legislation, including digital rights, e-transactions, smart contracts and Big Data. Companies doing business on the digital level in Russia should familiarise themselves with the background and key provisions of the law to ensure that they are ready to operate in the new legislative environment.

New legal initiatives to regulate Big Data
Russia | 30 November 2018

Bill 424632-7 on the Amendment of Parts 1, 2 and 4 of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation (the Digital Rights Bill) and Bill 571124-7 on the Amendment of the Federal Law on Information, Information Technologies and Data Protection (the Big Data Bill) were recently submitted to Parliament for discussion. Both bills are essential developments, especially given the increasing interest in and high value of Big Data in the current digital reform.

Yarovaya Law and new telecoms data storage requirements
Russia | 08 August 2018

New data storage rules recently took effect for telecoms operators in Russia. Although the rules are aimed at fighting e-terrorism and preserving national cybersecurity, their application and implementation will inevitably lead to substantial financial and material investments by telecoms operators. Therefore, it will be interesting to see how this legislation will be complied with in practice.

Yarovaya Law and new data storage requirements for online data distributors
Russia | 07 August 2018

New data storage rules recently took effect for online data distributors (organisers) in Russia. The new rules form an integral part of the ongoing reform of the legislation on the national governance of internet sovereignty, data privacy and cybersecurity, which includes the package of laws known as the 'Yarovaya Law'. However, both the Yarovaya Law and the new data storage requirements have been widely criticised.

Regulation of audiovisual services
Russia | 26 June 2018

The Audiovisual Services Law recently took effect and has introduced an innovative legal regime for the operation of streaming and video on demand services in Russia. The law has defined 'audiovisual services', imposed special obligations on audiovisual service owners and introduced penalties for non-compliance with the law.