Maria Ostashenko


ALRUD Law Firm
17 Skakovaya Street
Moscow 2
Russia, 125040

Tel: +7 495 234 96 92


Maria Ostashenko is a Partner at ALRUD Law Firm, heading the Intellectual Property, Data Protection and Cybersecurity practice areas.

In the Intellectual property area Maria renders legal support for formalizing IP rights, use, management and protection of brands and intangible assets, conducting marketing campaigns and advertising. She possesses extensive experience of resolving disputes regarding intellectual property, including alternative dispute resolution.

Maria represents international clients in the matters involving data protection regulation in Russia, advises on obligations of operators related to data processing, including cross-border data transfers, structuring data flow between the members of international groups.

Maria supports Russian and foreign clients providing her expertise in areas including pharmaceuticals and healthcare, FMCG, banks and financial institutions, retail trade, telecommunications, media and technology.

Maria is a frequent speaker at major Russian and foreign conferences and workshops, and an author of many analytical articles published in legal periodicals. Maria is a member of International Bar Association (IBA) and International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). Maria also took part in working on the draft amendments to the Civil Code of the RF and presently conducts workshops on the Civil Code developments.

Maria Ostashenko graduated from the Moscow State University in 2004 and was awarded a LL.M. degree in private law by the Russian Private Law School by the President of the RF in 2006. Maria joined ALRUD team the same year.

  • Structuring, appraisal and due diligence of intellectual property objects
  • Advising on usage and protection of trademarks, business names, objects of copyright and neighbouring rights, including the matters arising out of sales of counterfeit goods and acts of unfair competition
  • Advising on technology matters including information technologies, Internet trading and know-how, and on data protection issues
  • Advising on usage of intellectual property objects in the Internet
  • Registration of trademarks with Rospatent including preliminary comprehensive analysis of designations in order to evaluate the chances of their registration as Russian trademarks
  • Inclusion of trademarks into the unified customs register of intellectual property objects with a view to ensuring control over import of goods marked by such trademarks
  • Challenging decisions, acts/omission of Rospatent with respect to issues related to the trademarks
  • Advising on advertising, marketing and conducting promotional events
  • Designing of franchising schemes and drafting of the respective agreements
  • Drafting of trademark licence agreements, trademark assignment and pledge agreements. Registration of agreements related to trademarks with Rospatent
  • Drafting of copyright/other IP rights’ license agreements, agreements for the assignment and pledge of intellectual property rights
  • Advising of distributors, dealers and software designers on intellectual property matters including those connected with copyright and know-how protection
  • Drafting of agreements for development of information technologies and software licensing
  • Advising on acquisition of rights and use of works made for hire
  • Legal support of creation, conduct and development of business in the Internet
  • Representation of clients at domain names auctions

ALRUD – is a leading independent law firm in Russia and is a recognized market leader. ALRUD offers a full range of legal and tax services for clients and advises in all legal spheres. We provide complete solutions of complex cases by analyzing all the nuances and problems that may arise.

Currently the number of the company’s employees is more than 150 people, 100 of whom are professional lawyers, advocates and tax specialists who speak one or more foreign languages. Our lawyers specialize in several areas of law simultaneously, providing comprehensive analysis of all relevant issues and high quality of service.


Counsel Maria Ostashenko heads the practice. She assists with a broad range of commercial, regulatory and contentious issues. Sources consider her “commercial, very quick and responsive.”
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