Julianna Tabastajewa Partner

Speaks:  English, German, Russian

Primary phone: +7 495-502-1262

Fax: +7 495-787-2071

Email: julianna.tabastajewa@gowlingwlg.com

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Primary office:  Moscow

Julianna Tabastajewa

Julianna Tabastajewa is a partner in Gowling WLG's Moscow office. Her practice focuses on intellectual property protection and litigation, pharmaceutical law, competition law, media law, and franchising. She also has extensive experience in domestic litigation and arbitration in Russia.

Throughout her career, Julianna has represented major Russian and international companies in sophisticated copyright, trademark, patent and domain disputes, including several successful precedent cases for Quelle AG, Volkswagen AG, Audi AG and Champagne Cristal Louis Roederer.

Julianna has contributed significantly to new domain regulations in the Russian Federation and has written extensively on the subject. She also worked with the Russian Franchising Association on changes to franchising law and advised media, pharmaceutical, and medical device companies on related issues in Russia.

Prior to joining the firm, Julianna served as head of the intellectual property and information technology department in the Moscow office of a Munich-based international law firm for over nine years, and in the Moscow office of a Washington, D.C.-based international firm for over four years.

Julianna holds a PhD degree from the Institute for State and Law in Moscow. The topic of her dissertation focused on intellectual property aspects in unfair competition in Russia. She has also since authored over 70 publications on IP issues.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2018

  • 2017

  • 2016

  • 2015

    • Rankings & Awards
      Expert Guides: Women in Business Law 2015
    • Rankings & Awards
      Managing Intellectual Property 2015
    • Rankings & Awards
      Chambers Europe 2015
    • Rankings & Awards
      The Best Lawyers in Russia 2016
    • Rankings & Awards
      Chambers Global 2015
    • Rankings & Awards
      World Trademark Review 1000: The World's Leading Trademark Professionals , 2015
  • 2014

    • Rankings & Awards
      Managing IP's Trade Mark & Copyright Handbook 2014
    • Rankings & Awards
      The Best Lawyers in Russia 2015
    • Rankings & Awards
      Chambers Global 2014
    • Rankings & Awards
      World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000 2014
  • 2013

    • Rankings & Awards
      Expert Guides: Women in Business Law 2013
    • Rankings & Awards
      Chambers Europe 2013
    • Rankings & Awards
      The Best Lawyers in Russia® (CIS), 2013
    • Rankings & Awards
      Chambers Global 2013
    • Rankings & Awards
      World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000 (2013)
  • 2012

    • Rankings & Awards
      Guide to the World's Leading Trade Mark Law Practitioners 2012
    • Rankings & Awards
      Chambers Global 2012
    • Rankings & Awards
      World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000 (2012)
  • 2011

    • Rankings & Awards
      World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000 - The definitive guide to trademark legal services (2011)
    • Rankings & Awards
      PLC Which Lawyer? 2011
  • 2010

    • Rankings & Awards
      Expert Guides, 2010
  • 2002

    • Education
      The Institute of State and Law of The Russian Academy of Sciences, Postgraduate Degree in Civil Law
  • 1991

    • Education
      Krasnoyarsk State University, LLB


  • German Business Association
  • German-Khakassian Legal Association
  • German-Russian Lawyers Association
  • International Trademark Association
  • Rheinisch International Lawyers Union, DAAD
  • Russian Franchising Association (RAF)

Article for German-Russian Lawyers Association Bulletin, "The structure and competence of the new Intellectual Property Court, recently court practice in IP sphere in Russia", Nr. 56, September, 2013

Advertising and Marketing Law Handbook, International Adlaw chapter, 2012

"Challenging legal protection of the International Trademark Registrations in Russia" in the Russian legal magazine "Corporate Lawyer", No 9, 2011

"Russian Chapter of the IP" in Business Transactions Handbook (Practical Law Company Book), 2011

"Russian Chapter of the IP" in Life sciences book. Globe Business Publishing Ltd.; 2011.

"Hidden Dangers," World Trademark Review, Globe Business Publishing Ltd, March 1, 2010

"Exhaustion of Right on Trademarks in Russia," Korporativny Jurist (In-house Counsel), September 21, 2009

"Chapter 12: Russian Federation," Global Pharmacovigilance Laws & Regulations: The Essential Reference, Food & Drug Law Institute, June 6, 2009

"Privacy & Data Security Law Update," Privacy & Data Security Law Journal, March 2, 2009

"Intellectual Property and Media Law," Euroforum, training course "Successful Business in Russia," lection 10, May 1, 2008

Insights & Resources

Successfully represented French elite champagne house Champagne Louis Roederer in a dispute with the Rospatent (Russian Agency for Patent and Trademarks) and the Russian Federal state-owned enterprise Soyuzplodoimport on providing legal protection for the combined trade-mark Cristal Louis Roederer (champagne label) in Russia. The court has reversed the decision of the Russian Chamber for Patent Disputes to cancel the legal protection of the "Cristal" trade-mark in Russia.

Advised a major international company selling clothes and household products by mail, on intellectual property issues, including successfully representing the company in a number of litigation cases relating to the disputes in connection with infringement of the company's trade-mark rights in the Internet domain names, and with regard to the acquisition of the trade-mark portfolio in the course of acquisition of another international company business.

Legal advice to a well-known American producer of woman's and children's footwear (under PayLess trade-mark), in connection with the opening of a franchising network in Russia.

Successfully represented Volkswagen AG in a complex cyber squatting dispute in connection with the infringement of VW trade-marks in the domain vw.ru.

Successfully represented Volkswagen AG in a case relating to trade-mark infringement in advertising and obtained a precedent judgment before the Supreme Arbitrage Court of the Russian Federation.

Represented Nestlé in connection with trade-mark protection against a major competitor and advised on copyright issues with regard to the purchase of the Russian company Bystrov.