Elena Y. Gorodisskaya

Elena Y. Gorodisskaya

Partner, Attorney-at-Law and Trademark Attorney, PhD (Law)
Head of Intellectual Property
+7(495) 933-75-67


Elena Gorodisskaya is one of Moscow's leading trademark lawyers, with 18 years of experience in enforcing and defending trademark rights and other intellectual property rights. Her main focus of practice is representing clients in prosecution of trademarks before the Federal Service for Intellectual Property (Rospatent), during both the expert examination stage and at the Chamber for Patent Disputes, and handling trademark infringement actions and other IP disputes in courts (she has successfully litigated more than 100 cases since 2008).

Elena also handles advertising disputes before antimonopoly authorities and in courts and represents clients in defamation cases.

She was involved as a member of the State Duma expert committee in drafting the amendments to the Russian Law “On Trademarks, Service Marks, and Appellations of Origin” of November 11, 2002. Elena also contributed substantially to drafting a number of articles of the Russian Civil Code and the proposals of the Non-Commercial Partnership “Promotion of Corporate Legislation Development” (founded by Russian leading law firms) to make trademark-related amendments to the Civil Code.


  • Handled registration of trademarks for a number of major European and Russian producers of confectionary goods, computer and electronic equipment, clothing, footwear, and accessories, and represented them in legal proceedings.
  • Represented a major global tobacco producer in disputes at the Federal Antimonopoly Service and in commercial (arbitrazh) courts; developed and helped carry out measures to combat and stop counterfeiting.
  • Litigated cases for Lexmark to invalidate the registration of its trading name as a third party’s trademark, and represented the client in prosecution of its trademarks and in negotiating commercial contracts.
  • Represented European alcohol producers in prosecution of their trademarks in Russia and recordal thereof in the Customs Register of Intellectual Property, and in trademark infringement actions against third parties.
  • Advised and represented a major Russian alcohol producer in prosecution of its trademarks and in negotiating license and investment agreements.
  • Represented General Mikhail Kalashnikov, the designer of a series of automatic assault rifles, in connection with using his name as trademarks.
  • Successfully defended a Russian coffee drink producer in a lawsuit brought by a major global coffee producer.
  • Represented Citibank in connection with registration of its trademarks in Russia and their use by Citi’s companies.
  • Represented a large Russian media holding company in a trademark infringement lawsuit against a publisher.
  • Represented a large retail chain in a court action against improper use of its trademark.
  • Due diligence on intellectual property assets of large pharmaceutical companies and alcohol producers in foreign investors’ acquisition transactions.

Practice of law:

  • Andrey Gorodissky & Partners (since 1993)
  • Moscow Lawyers, a law firm of Moscow Bar Association Attorney (1992 -1993)
  • Legal Consultancy Office #6, Moscow Bar Association
    Attorney (1991 - 1992)
  • Soyuzmorniiproekt, Department of International Private, Soviet and Foreign Maritime Law
    Researcher (1982 -1984)


  • State Planning, Surveying, Research and Development Institute of Maritime Transportation (Soyuzmorniiproekt)
    Post-graduate school PhD in Law (1985)
  • Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO)
    Degree in International Law (1978)


Moscow Bar Association (since 1991)


  • English
  • French
  • Russian (native)