Alexander Christophoroff Partner


Speaks:  English, Spanish, Russian

Year of Call: 1997 - Russia (advocate)

Year of Call: 1997 - Russia (patent attorney)

Year of Call: 1997 - EAPO (patent attorney)

Year of Call: 1986 - Russia (lawyer)

Primary phone: +7 495 502 1253

Secondary phone: +7 495 766 3996

Fax: +7 495 787 2071

Email: alexander.christophoroff@gowlingwlg.com

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Primary office:  Moscow




Alexander Christophoroff

Alexander Christophoroff is a partner in Gowling WLG's Moscow office, specializing in the areas of intellectual property litigation and prosecution.

His practice includes, in particular, representing clients in patent and trademark trials before the general and commercial courts, where he has been involved in many precedent-setting cases, as well as the Board of Patent Disputes of the Russian Patent & Trademark Office and anti-monopoly authorities. He has been an attorney in private practice since 1997, admitted as an Attorney at Law (advocate), Russian patent attorney and Eurasian patent attorney. Prior to this, he worked for the Russian Patent & Trademark Office as General Counsel and as a member of its Board.

He is vice-president of the Russian Chamber of Patent Attorneys and is recognized as a leading Russian IP litigator by Chambers, IAM Patent 1000, World Trademark Review 1000, The Best Lawyers (including the title of Lawyer of the Year), Managing Intellectual Property and Who’s Who Legal, among others.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2018

  • 2017

  • 2016

  • 2015

    • Rankings & Awards
      September2015
      Who's Who Legal: Trademarks 2015
    • Rankings & Awards
      September2015
      The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers 2015
    • Rankings & Awards
      August2015
      Expert Guides: Patents
    • Rankings & Awards
      July2015
      IAM Patent 1000, 2015
    • Rankings & Awards
      July2015
      Managing Intellectual Property 2015
    • Rankings & Awards
      June2015
      Chambers Europe 2015
    • Rankings & Awards
      May2015
      The Best Lawyers in Russia 2016
    • Rankings & Awards
      April2015
      Chambers Global 2015
    • Rankings & Awards
      February2015
      World Trademark Review 1000: The World's Leading Trademark Professionals , 2015
    • Rankings & Awards
      2015
      The Best Lawyers in Russia 2016
  • 2014

    • Rankings & Awards
      December2014
      Who's Who Legal: Russia Special Report 2014
    • Rankings & Awards
      September2014
      Managing IP's IP Stars Handbook 2014
    • Rankings & Awards
      September2014
      Who's Who Legal: The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers 2014
    • Rankings & Awards
      July2014
      IAM Patent 1000, 2014
    • Rankings & Awards
      July2014
      Who's Who Legal - The International Who's Who of Patent Lawyers 2014
    • Rankings & Awards
      June2014
      Managing IP's Trade Mark & Copyright Handbook 2014
    • Rankings & Awards
      May2014
      The Best Lawyers in Russia 2015
    • Rankings & Awards
      February2014
      World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000 2014
  • 2013

    • Rankings & Awards
      September2013
      Who's Who Legal - The International Who's Who of Patent Lawyers 2013
    • Rankings & Awards
      July2013
      Who's Who Legal: The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers 2013
    • Rankings & Awards
      June2013
      IAM Patent 1000 , 2013
    • Rankings & Awards
      May2013
      The Best Lawyers in Russia® (CIS), 2013
    • Rankings & Awards
      February2013
      World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000 (2013)
    • Community
      2013
      Chamber of Patent Attorneys, Vice-President
    • Community
      2013
      Friends of Stanislavsky Opera, Member of the Board
    • Rankings & Awards
      2013
      BESTLAWYERS.COM and Vedomosti - Lawyer of the Year
  • 2012

    • Rankings & Awards
      July2012
      IAM Patent 1000, 2012
    • Rankings & Awards
      May2012
      Guide to the World's Leading Trade Mark Law Practitioners 2012
    • Rankings & Awards
      April2012
      World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000, 2012
  • 2011

    • Community
      2011
      Chamber of Patent Attorneys, Member of the Board, Chairman of Professional Ethics Committee
  • 2010

    • Career
      October2010
      Gowlings International Inc., Partner
  • 2002

    • Career
      February2002
      Zhigachov & Christophoroff, Senior partner
    • Community
      2002
      Association of Russian Patent Attorneys, Member of the Board
  • 1999

    • Education
      August1999
      The Federal Judicial Center, Protection of Intellectual Property
  • 1998

    • Career
      August1998
      McGuire Woods International
  • 1997

    • Education
      October1997
      Emory University, American Law Center in Moscow, Diploma in American Law
    • Career
      June1997
      Zhigachov & Christophoroff, Senior partner
    • Education
      April1997
      Special Trade Policy Course of the World Trade Organization, Certificate
    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      1997
      Year of Call, Russia (advocate)
    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      1997
      Year of Call, Russia (patent attorney)
    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      1997
      Year of Call, EAPO (patent attorney)
  • 1991

    • Education
      October1991
      KIPO International Intellectual Property Training Institute, Intellectual Property
    • Education
      February1991
      Moscow Peoople's University of Informatics, PC Computing
  • 1987

    • Education
      February1987
      Higher State Courses on Patent Law and Inventive Activity, Certificate hons.
  • 1986

    • Education
      July1986
      Moscow State University, JD (Hons.)
    • Career
      June1986
      USSR/Russia Patent & Trademark Office, in-house counsel, then General Counsel and member of the Board
    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      1986
      Year of Call, Russia (lawyer)

Alexander has written numerous articles in the Russian and international press on IP law-related topics.

  • "Intellectual Property, Russia and WTO", European Commission (in Russian), 2006.

Insights & Resources

  • Successfully litigated hundreds of cases in the Russian commercial and general courts, including precedent-setting cases in the highest instances.
  • Negotiated acquisition of Russian businesses and its IP by foreign companies.
  • Negotiated settlement of a commercial and IP dispute between a St. Petersburg company and an Austrian company.