Veronica Fridman Counsel

Speaks:  English, Russian

Year of Call: 1999 - Russia (Lawyer)

Year of Call: 1999 - Russia (Trademark Attorney)

Primary office:  Moscow

Veronica Fridman

Veronica Fridman is a counsel in Gowling WLG's Moscow office with more than 20 years' experience advising clients on their intangible assets in Russia and the CIS. She focuses her practice across multiple areas of IP law, and her clients include Russian and international oil & gas, pharmaceutical, fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), and media & entertainment giants.

As both a qualified Russian lawyer and registered Russian patent attorney, Veronica has broad experience representing clients before the Chamber of Patent Disputes, the Court for Intellectual Property Rights, as well as before local state courts, on a range of complex matters.

With each client, she works closely with the relevant business units to develop a customized IP protection strategy tailored specifically to their industry and unique needs.

Among her many accomplishments, Veronica recently successfully defended the trademark and patent rights of one of the world's leading FMCG companies in several intricate disputes related to "compatible with" and look-a-like products.

Veronica holds a PhD in jurisprudence and teaches international IP law at the Higher School of Economics.

For several years, Veronica has also been a lecturer on copyright law for museums, gallerists, and art dealers, as part of an art management course at the Russian State University for Humanities. She is well-versed in copyright law, and is frequently invited as the guest lecturer in copyright law by different institutions.

Career & Recognition

Filter timeline:
  • 2019

    • Career
      Counsel, Jones Day, Moscow Office (2011–2019)
  • 2009

    • Career
      Senior Associate, Dewey & LeBoeuf (2008–2009; 2004–2007)
  • 2008

    • Career
      Regional Intellectual Property Adviser/Department Head, Nestle Rossiya LLC (2007–2008)
  • 2005

    • Education
      February 2005
      Supreme Attestation Commission, PhD in Jurisprudence
  • 2003

    • Career
      Associate, LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae, Moscow Office (1999–2003)
  • 1999

    • Education
      Moscow State Law Academy, JD, Diploma in Jurisprudence
    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Year of Call, Russia (Lawyer)
    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Year of Call, Russia (Trademark Attorney)
  • 1992

    • Education
      State University for Humanities, BA, Diploma in History and Archives
  • 1986

    • Education
      Moscow ordinary school No. 192, Advanced Studies in Chemistry and Biology


  • MOO Chamber of Patent Attorneys

Previous speaking engagements

Webinar on defending trademarks designs strategies On-demand webinar
06 November 2020 Lifecycle of a Smart Idea | Defending your trademarks & designs: global enforcement strategies CLE/CPD:1 hour of CPD credts with the LSO and LSBC, and may be eligible for up to 1 hour of CPD/CLE credits in other jurisdictions.

Representative Work

  • Advises clients on various legal issues in a transactional context and in connection with alleged violation of intellectual property rights.
  • Advises major state-owned companies on its overseas investments in biotech and pharma projects and partnerships with US investors.
  • Advises clients on anti-trust and regulatory matters specific to the pharmaceutical and FMCG sectors. Represents international clients before the state arbitration courts, Chamber for Patent Disputes, and the Court for Intellectual Property Rights.
  • Represents clients in challenging generic companies' claims for interchangeability with the reference medicines and arguing against requests for compulsory licensing.
  • Represented a client in the first compulsory licensing and data exclusivity cases ever filed in Russia.