Our intellectual property practice is focused on servicing a variety of client needs arising in the processes of the development, acquisition, exploitation, and transfer of their intellectual assets such as trademarks and copyrights, patents and technologies, trade secrets, and confidential information. We know the value of IP for many different businesses including in IT, media, and entertainment, FMCG, pharmaceutical, automotive and other sectors, and thus our goal is to deliver a tailored and industry-specific solution.
The deep expertise of Asters' attorneys embraces both stand-alone IP issues and the relevant implications within complex projects such as corporate transactions, tax-structuring and so on, wherever intellectual property rights are concerned.
We offer representation before the competent authorities including the Ukrainian Patent and Trademark Office, the courts, the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine, the law-enforcement and customs authorities in order to guide clients through both registration and enforcement procedures.
We advise both domestic and multinational companies on various aspects of intellectual property:
Adidas Ukraine in regard to a trademark license agreement, the payment of royalties, and the associated tax implications;
AVA/TBWA, the Ukrainian subsidiary of the international advertising agency, on various IP, contractual and advertising issues, including advice regarding a claim by Gillette Ukraine against BIC CIS on the violation of Ukrainian advertising and unfair competition laws in connection with the use of a slogan;
Beiersdorf Ukraine on various intellectual property issues regarding trademark registration and license agreements; competition issues including protection against unfair competition;
Coca-Cola Ukraine on a large variety of IP issues including its confidentiality policy and staff liability for the unauthorized disclosure of information;
Ecolab LLC, the world's leading provider of cleaning, food-safety and health protection products and services for the hospitality, food-service, healthcare and industrial markets, on various intellectual property issues regarding trademark registration, license and sub-license agreements, and anti-cybersquatting;
Elite Ukraine, a subsidiary of the leading food company Elite International B.V. (The Netherlands), on various issues such as labelling and import requirements, license agreements; protection against unfair competition, and advertising requirements;
Millennium & Copthorne, a multinational hotel operator, in connection with the filing, prosecution, and renewal of trademarks in Ukraine;
Nissan Motor Ukraine on various IP issues, including trademark clearance search, registration and use, protection of trademark and patent rights; counselling and successful representation of the company in consumer claims litigation;
New Line Cinema in connection with the transfer of novel scripts intellectual rights;
VELUX Ukraine on certain issues on trademark protection in Ukraine;
Biosphere Corporation, a large Ukrainian manufacturer of cosmetic and hygienic products, on the registration of trademarks, designs, and patents in Ukraine and abroad, as well as on various aspects of the client's products such as new product functionalities, substances for cosmetic use, and the development of a trademark strategy;
Ferrero, a leading confectionary maker, in regard to the protection of trademarks and trade dress in Ukraine, infringement actions against the unauthorized use of the client's famous brands such as "Raffaello", "Kinder" etc., pre-trial settlement of trademark disputes;
Car-Freshner Corporation in regard to trademark infringement action concerning the unlawful use of the client’s trademarks, i.e. the import and distribution of products that imitate the client's genuine tree-shaped air-fresheners;
KUKA AG, a robotics manufacturer, on trademark prosecution and strategy, including on domain names and anti-cybersquatting issues, which resulted in the cease of trademark and copyright infringement;
GSN Games, a computer games developer, in regard to IP and contractual issues in order to ensure that the client holds all the rights to the software and other IP developed at the client's request;
Zwak Unicum Nyrt. in a trademark cancellation action against the imitations of the client's trademarks related to the famous Hungarian herbal liqueur.