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EPAM Successful for Petersburg Tractor Plant in Claim of Unfair Competition Against Spetsstroymash

EPAM Successful for Petersburg Tractor Plant in Claim of Unfair Competition Against Spetsstroymash

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Egorov, Puginsky, Afanasyev and Partners has successfully defended the interests of the Petersburg Tractor Plant in an unfair competition dispute.

EPAM describes JSC Petersburg Tractor Plant (JSC PTZ) as "one of the oldest and one of the largest Russian tractor manufacturers," and reports that "tractors and other road equipment manufactured by PTZ, manufactured under the Kirovets brand since the 1960s, have a distinctive appearance and special identification numbers of models that have become widely recognized among consumers for more than 50 years of production."

EPAM's lawyers demonstrated that equipment produced by a competitor, Spetsstroymash LLC, "imitated the appearance of the Kirovets equipment, including special model identification numbers, which could entail the mixing of goods from competitors in the tractor products market [and] also violates the exclusive rights to the principal’s industrial design protected by a patent."

The EPAM team working under the guidance of Advisor Denis Gavrilov included lawyers Ksenia Firsova, Darya Sergeeva, and Maria Kuznetsova.

EPAM at a Glance

Founded in 1993, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners is the leading full-service law firm in the CIS with offices in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus and associated offices in the UK, the USA and Cyprus.

We advise its clients in many areas of law, including: dispute resolution in Russia and abroad, corporate law, M&A, antitrust issues, project finance and PPP, restructurings and insolvencies, energy and natural resources, property management and privatization, environment, technical regulation and industrial safety, banking and finance, intellectual property, criminal law, real estate and construction, taxation, family and labour disputes, marine and transport law, and international trade and customs.

We combine high academic qualifications, internationally acknowledged moral and ethical values, senior partners' professional experience and practical abilities with the vigour and knowledge of younger attorneys that enables thus providing clients with reliable, first-class service according to both Russian and western standards through a flexible structure.

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Firm's website: www.epam.ru