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David Aylen
Managing Partner, Moscow

Primary Office: Moscow

David Aylen

David Aylen is an internationally renowned intellectual property lawyer with extensive experience advising foreign nationals on doing business in Russia and the CIS, as well as helping emerging Russian companies establish and protect their IP rights around the world. David is known for providing timely, responsive service and delivering innovative solutions that achieve results — whenever and wherever a problem arises.

As managing partner of the firm’s Russia/CIS practice, David is a client’s first point of contact to the Russian market. He provides strategic, practical legal advice to help clients understand and access the significant business opportunities available in Russia, as well as overcome any difficulties.

Under David’s management, Gowling WLG’s Russia/CIS practice brings a Western-style approach to legal issues and is consistently ranked as a top-tier IP practice. From IP litigation, patent and trademark prosecution to licensing, domain names, and advertising and marketing law, David makes sure clients receive the best possible service and results.

Repeatedly recognized as a leading IP lawyer by Who’s Who Legal, IAM Patent, Managing Intellectual Property and World Trademark Review, some of David’s notable litigation experience includes:

  • An infringement action upheld in favour of his client Dimplex by the Federal Court of Appeal, in respect of electric fireplace technology.

  • Co-counsel in the well-known “patent diaper wars” between Kimberly-Clark and Procter & Gamble.

  • Co-counsel in the “telecommunications wars” in Canada and the United States between AT&T, MCI and others on the subject of the pioneer patents for 800 and calling card services.

Having practised in Canada for many years, David is certified as an IP specialist (trademarks, patents and copyright) by the Law Society of Upper Canada. He is also the only Alternative Dispute Resolution expert certified by the International Trademark Association in Russia.

 


“...a major contributor to the development of trademark law and practice at home and abroad." “Great at putting a team together and providing it with strategic direction."
World Trademark Review 1000, 2015

September2015

The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers 2015

July2015

IAM Patent 1000, 2015

Featured insights & resources

Parallel imports sneak into Russia due to procedural loophole

David Aylen, Valeria Mironova

Articles February 1, 2017

LinkedIn unlinked in Russia

David Aylen

Articles December 7, 2016

XVII International Customs Exhibition celebrates 25 years of Russian Federal Customs Service

David Aylen, Valeria Mironova

Articles November 17, 2016

Russian tax authorities impose tax on foreign company for assisting local distributor

David Aylen

Articles July 1, 2015

Russia's IP Court will not tolerate trademarks adopted in bad faith

David Aylen

Articles June 1, 2015

Memberships

Career & Recognition

2016

2016

2015

September 2015

The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers 2015

2015

July 2015

Who’s Who Legal: Patents 2015

2015

July 2015

IAM Patent 1000, 2015

2015

July 2015

Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA)

2015

July 2015

Managing Intellectual Property 2015

2015

February 2015

World Trademark Review 1000: The World's Leading Trademark Professionals, 2015

2014

December 2014

Who’s Who Legal: Russia Special Report 2014

2014

July 2014

Who's Who Legal – The International Who's Who of Patent Lawyers 2014

2014

July 2014

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2014

2014

July 2014

IAM Patent 1000, 2014

2014

June 2014

Managing IP ’s Trade Mark & Copyright Handbook 2014

2014

February 2014

World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000 2014

2013

July 2013

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2013

2013

May 2013

Starbucks International Excellence in Diversity Award

2013

February 2013

World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000 (2013)

2012

July 2012

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2012

2012

April 2012

World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000 (2012)

2011

February 2011

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2011

2010

February 2010

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2010

1981

1981

Year of Call, Ontario

1981

1981

Registered Trademark Agent

1979

1979

University of Ottawa, LLB (Cum Laude)

Carleton University, Civil Engineering, High Distinction

INTA Panel of Neutrals (PON)

David Aylen
Profile highlights

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David Aylen

David Aylen is an internationally renowned intellectual property lawyer with extensive experie...

David Aylen
Featured insights & resources

Parallel imports sneak into Russia due to procedural loophole

David Aylen, Valeria Mironova

Article February 1, 2017

Memberships

Insights & Resources

Parallel imports sneak into Russia due to procedural loophole

David Aylen, Valeria Mironova

Article February 1, 2017

LinkedIn unlinked in Russia

David Aylen

Article December 7, 2016

XVII International Customs Exhibition celebrates 25 years of Russian Federal Customs Service

David Aylen, Valeria Mironova

Article November 17, 2016

Russian tax authorities impose tax on foreign company for assisting local distributor

David Aylen

Article July 1, 2015

Russia's IP Court will not tolerate trademarks adopted in bad faith

David Aylen

Article June 1, 2015

David Aylen
Profile highlights

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David Aylen

David Aylen is an internationally renowned intellectual property lawyer with extensive experie...

Insights & Resources

EXTERNAL PUBLICATIONS &
PAST SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

David is a frequent writer and speaker on changes to the IP landscape in Russia. His notable publications include a review on 2014 amendments to Russian trademark law, and an in-depth discussion of the new Russian IP Court, established in 2013. He also co-authored a feature for Trademark World entitled “Now that’s hot — Paris Hilton Entertainment Inc.”

David gives an annual review of the law of assignment and licensing in copyright at McGill University/the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada’s intensive copyright course. He has also presented papers on “Understanding monetization of patents,” “The branding of celebrities” and “The changing landscape for Canadian patents,” to name a few.

Additional published works:

  • Patent Law in Russia: Along the Path of Continual Improvement, Who's Who Legal (November 2014)
  • Upcoming changes to Russian trademark law: A detailed review of the amendments of chapter 76 of "Trademark and service mark law" (September 2014) 
  • Global Patent Litigation: How and Where to Win, Bloomberg BNA (May 2014)
  • Analysis of the IP legal market in Russia (May 2010)
  • Dos and Don'ts for choosing and using trademarks in Canada (February 2006)
  • Harnessing the power of intellectual property (January 30, 2003)

Client Work

David Aylen
Profile highlights

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David Aylen

David Aylen is an internationally renowned intellectual property lawyer with extensive experie...

David Aylen
Featured insights & resources

Parallel imports sneak into Russia due to procedural loophole

David Aylen, Valeria Mironova

Article February 1, 2017

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