Gowlings Expands Its Office In Russia and The CIS

Published 18 January 2011

Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP is pleased to welcome four prominent IP lawyers and a biotech patent specialist to its office in Moscow. Alexander Christophoroff, Julianna Tabastajewa, Yulia Yarnykh, Larissa A. Osharina and Tatiana Lyu join the Firm as it celebrates 20 years of working in Russia and the CIS.

Alexander Christophoroff, who joins as a partner, is a well-known IP litigator and advocate who has been highly visible in the Russian IP courts. Prior to owning his own firm, he was general counsel to the Russian Patent Office (ROSPATENT). A graduate of Moscow State University, Alexander has been practising law since 1986, during which time he has developed considerable knowledge in the areas of IP, labour and international law.

Julianna Tabastajewa, a graduate of Krasnoyarsk State University and former IP department head, also joins as a partner with a primary focus on intellectual property protection and litigation, pharmaceutical law, competition law, media law and franchising. Throughout her career in Germany and Russia, Julianna has represented major Russian and international companies in sophisticated copyright, trade-mark, patent and domain disputes.

Yulia Yarnykh, who joins the Firm as an associate, will focus on intellectual property and corporate matters. A graduate of Moscow State University, Yulia will advise on IP matters including copyright, right to company names, trade-marks and data protection.

Larissa A. Osharina, joins Gowlings as an associate. A graduate of the Moscow Institute of Electronic Technology and the Moscow Public Institute for Patent Studies, Larissa is a registered senior patent attorney with specialization in electronics.

Tatiana Lyu joins Gowlings to work in the patent area. With a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Technology and a master’s of science in Biotechnology and Organic Synthesis from the Lomonosov Moscow State Academy of Fine Chemical Technology, Tatiana brings considerable expertise to our patent team, focusing on all aspects of patent prosecution in life sciences and chemistry.

"We are very proud of our 20 years in Russia and this recruiting move reaffirms our commitment here,” said David Aylen, managing partner of Gowlings’ Moscow office. “Our newest members are global thinkers and very tied into European and U.S. business cultures. They give us a further edge in assisting clients to establish themselves in Russia, and further strengthens Gowlings’ IP presence and top-tier status in Russia and the CIS.”

Gowlings’ Moscow office was recently recognized by World Finance’s 2010 Legal Awards as the Best Intellectual Property Team in Russia.