The Russian legal firm
"Internet & Law"
“Internet and Law” legal company started working in 1998. In
2018 the company accomplished 20 years, and the web-site has been visited by
more than 60 million. During these years the web-site has turned from the
home page of Doctor in Law, Prof. Anton Sergo into the central area for discussions on
key legal issues concerning the Internet in Russia. On its pages regulatory
acts, interesting judicial decisions and urgent draft laws are published, that
are discussed on the user forum of the web-site together with the their authors.
Please become acquainted with those, who entrusted us the protection and our cases.
At the begin of 2018 the company was included into TOP-20 of the Russian legal firms in the field of intellectual property and TMT (Telecom. Media. Technology).
“Internet and Law” legal company render the full range of
legal services, connected with intellectual property and the Internet excluding
criminal cases. At present the basic activity of the company is concentrated on
protection of the rights of trade mark owners, company name owners and domain
name owners, and also owners of copyright in the Internet.
The largest volume of the company’s work consists in
preparation of the documents and/or participation in the judicial hearings in
Russia and international arbitration courts concerning the following:
- domain disputes in the Russian courts with respect to RU, SU and other domain zones;
- domain disputes in international WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center
(Geneva) with respect to COM, NET, ORG, BIZ, INFO zones etc.;
- protection of right to trade marks, company names, domain names;
- copyright to texts and photographs;
- protection of honor, dignity and business reputation; rights of mass media;
- protection of the owners of web-sites and “informational facilitators
(providers of hosting services, communications service providers, search
The President of the company – Anton Gennadyevich Sergo – is
Doctor in Law, professor of Russian State Academy of Intellectual Property, the
author of more than twenty
books and several hundred of publications concerning law
and the Internet, that are published in Russia and abroad.
More than 700 clients have used the company’s services since
the company was found. It was chosen as an executor of specialized legal
services by the largest Russian and world-famous international giants in the
sphere of household appliances, electric tools, sport clothes and footwear,
navigation systems and news agencies and leading Internet projects.
List of legal services
1. Consultation on the issues of the Russian legislation: domain
disputes (RU, SU, COM, NET,
ORG, BIZ, INFO etc.), copyright, photos, protection of honor, dignity and
business reputation, mass media.
You may stop the violation of rights, or in some cases prevent the rights from
being violated in case you receive competent and qualified legal consultation in
time. In generally, everything depends on the primary appraisal of situation.
2. Judicial domain name examination (in order to establish similarity to trade
marks, brands, company names, registered and/or protected in Russia).
Judicial domain name examination (in order to establish
similarity to trade marks, brands, company names, registered and/or protected in
Russia) is aimed to reveal real or possible opponents of a domain name owner,
and also to check judicial validity of their possible claims.
3. Registration of computer programs, registration of the copyright to the
site, registration of software and of the contracts of sale/purchase.
Everything is simple and quick:
1. You respond to the questionnaire and after we prepare all the documents.
2. You put the signatures on the documents prepared and the documents are
transferred to the registration.
3. Afterwards you receive the official certificate.
4. Notary assurance of the site, Internet page (notaries attestation of the site,
web pages), preparation of the protocol of the web site and pages survey.
One of the mail evidence of copyright violation in Russia in the
Internet or trade mark rights violation in a domain name is notarization of web
sites and Internet pages (notarial attestation of sites and web pages), that is
carried out by a notary and is marked by a web site survey protocol. This
service is included into our range of services.
5. Legal support of purchase or sale of a domain name (RU, SU, COM, NET, ORG, BIZ, INFO etc.), a site, software.
Elaboration of a contract or drawing of an expert conclusion on
the existing set of documents (or its part) for transfer of rights to a domain
name, a website or a computer program. Contracts, which by chance or
purposefully do not provide for any transfer to the buyer due to the
illegitimate status of such a contract, despite the information, stated in these
contracts, or according to which the seller can often receive a burden of
responsibility or extra liability, which often results in higher price to pay
than the one stated in the contract, often appear. To protect you from such
unpleasant experience with such documents we are ready to offer you elaboration
of a contract or drawing of an expert conclusion on the existing set of
documents (or its part) for transfer of rights to a domain name, a website or a
6. Participation in the pre-judicial stage of the conflict
regulation in Russia: domain disputes (РФ, RU, SU, COM, NET, ORG, BIZ, INFO
etc.), copyright, photos, protection of honor, dignity, business reputation,
In case any conflict in the legal sphere arise it is
necessary to resolve it as soon as possible. Probably the parties may come to
the mutually advantageous decision without court, it is not a secret, that the
Russian courts are overloaded therefore the process may last for years and the
final result can be not acceptable for both parties. It can be avoided in case
both parties come to out-of-court settlement.
7. Court litigation: domain disputes in (РФ, RU, SU, COM, NET, ORG, BIZ, INFO etc.), protection of company name, copyrights, photos, rights of the mass media, providers, hosters.
Unfortunately it is not possible to resolve each
conflict during the pre-judicial stage. If you or your opponent have made up the
decision to meet in the court, then it is necessary to prepare for the
procedure. We are ready to help you with this matter by providing you with the
fullest possible protection of rights and legal interests from whatever claims.
8. Domain disputes for COM, NET, ORG, BIZ, INFO, AERO, COOP, JOBS, MOBI, MUSEUM, NAME,
PRO, TRAVEL and others according to the UDRP rules in the WIPO Arbitration
center WIPO (Geneva).
International dispute resolution system provides the
parties with effective means of regulation of domain disputes. We will arrange
preparation of the full set of documents for a plaintiff or a defendant in order
the domain dispute could be considered according to the international UDRP
system (in the WIPO Arbitration Center or other analogous international
arbitration domain dispute center).
9. Protection of the rights of an owner of the trade
mark of the account in the social network ("Odnoklassniki" - odnoklassniki.ru, "VKontakte"
- vk.com, Facebook, Youtube, etc.), and of a copyright holder.
The rapid development of social networks has led to the fact
that different brands are represented in them not only by the owners and users
of these brands, but also by their opponents and competitors. Unauthorized use
of a trademark (brand) as an account in the social network is often illegal
and violates the rights of a trade mark owner. Existing legal tools allow to
deal with such use effectively, all the more it can do great damage, including
reputational one for a right holder of a trade mark.
10. Protection of honor, dignity, business reputation
in the Internet, recovery of compensation for moral injury.
Modern activity of Internet users leads to numerous conflicts
connected with the need to bring to responsibility for the protection of honor,
dignity, business reputation and recovery of moral damage. If it is impossible
to settle the issue peacefully, there is a need to resolve it in court.
11. Repeal of site/domain name blocking in
Russia (Roskomnadzor, public prosecution, court).
The current law contains a lot of grounds for "blocking" of a particular
site/domain name. Moreover, from time to time there are situations when such
blocking is erroneous either due to an incorrect assessment of the content of
the site or when the site/domain name is blocked because of another resource.
12. Conduct of cases on infringement of the legislation on
advertising, unfair competition with use of protected intellectual property:
trade marks, copyright etc. in the Federal Anti-Monopoly Service.
The conflicts relating to the unauthorized use of
intellectual property: trade marks, copyright objects often tend to involve the
mechanism of protection of rights associated with the reference to the Federal
Anti-Monopoly Service concerning infringement of the legislation on advertising,
unfair competition while using of protected intellectual property (trade marks,
13. Notarization of copyright objects in Russia.
Notaries attestation of any copyright object (computer program, literary work,
picture, design, illustration and other creative work in a paper-based form) is
14. State registration of Internet-sites in Russia as
electronic mass media (network mass media).
Execution of the full complex of works connected with the official
registration in the competent federal state authority including full and
operative preparation of all necessary documents and its delivery to all
destinations and certificate receipt.
Х. Legal support in any disputed situation.
We will fulfill the following. We will:
- competently and clearly explain the "attacker", that he is wrong if he really
- conduct negotiations and resolve the conflict in accordance with law and to
the mutual satisfaction of the parties;
- offer simple steps to minimize legal risks in the future,
- prepare a claim, a complaint and other documents required,
- provide you with drafts of contracts, web site usage rules,
- prepare a disclaimer, sample of a claim and response to a claim.
And also we will perform remote work concerning the following issues:
- legal support of Internet projects;
- elaboration of optimal schemes of payment in the electronic environment;
- drawing up of contracts, legal examination of copyright agreements;
- examination of the site for compliance with the legislation;
- elaboration of web site usage rules (forum usage rules) and contract-offers,
in particular for Internet shops and other trading units;
- finding of reliable providers for placement of your site (including servers
- registration of domain names, advice on choosing of a domain name,
consultations on the registration and use of domain names;
- consultation with the issue of a written opinion on the use and protection of
- drafting of claims, motions and other business documents;
- solution of other related legal issues.
The Russian legal firm "Internet & Law"