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Highlights from the 2014 Moscow Dispute Resolution Conference held by the ABA

Lidings supported the ABA’s sixth annual conference on the resolution of CIS-related business disputes as strategic partner. The conference held on 19 September 2014 at the Radisson Royal hotel in Moscow traditionally brought together leading experts in the field of international arbitration and dispute resolution from a wide range of jurisdictions worldwide.

For six years the ABA conference has been creating a unique platform for communication between lawyers from many countries. The list of key speakers includes Russian and American judicial authorities, arbitrators of international arbitration institutions, legal experts representing prominent Russian and international law firms, and in-house corporate counsels.

Partner and Head of Dispute Resolution practice at Lidings Andrey Zelenin chaired the conference session entitled “The New Russian IP Court: Taking Stock One Year On”. In this panel Russian and international experts discussed the IP Court’s place within the Russian court system, its competence, rules of procedure and first case statistics. Speakers also covered disputes involving foreign companies, use of technology and innovation, collaboration with industry experts and foreign consultants, as well as the Court’s general impact on the IP disputes landscape in Russia.

The panel chaired by Andrey Zelenin consisted of remarkable speakers including Head of Department of Analysis and Overview of Judicial Practice at the IP Court Dmitry Afanasiev, Managing Partner and CEO at the Intellectual Property Center Skolkovo Anton Pushkov, Partner at Buchanan Ingersoll and Rooney PC in Washington Bruce A. McDonald, and Legal Affairs Manager at BASF Alexey Bolshakov.

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