Viacheslav Shmelev

  • A top choice for mid-market cases, representing both international clients and notable local names
    Chambers Europe 2018
  • KIAP areas of expertise include financial liability and insurance disputes as well as debt recovery claims. Acts on contractual disputes and assists with local enforcement proceedings
    Chambers Europe 2018
  • Represents clients from a variety of industries, including manufacturing, retail and pharmaceuticals
    Chambers Europe 2018
  • The team has a very practical and can-do attitude
    Chambers Europe 2018
  • KIAP team provides comprehensive legal advice that combines a strong breadth of resources with deep knowledge of the client’s business
    Legal 500 EMEA 2018
  • The team is praised for their ability to resolve complex cases quickly
    Legal 500 EMEA 2018
  • They are flexible and everything they provide is highly detailed. We appreciate the commercial approach and personalised attention of KIAP lawyers
    Chambers Europe 2019
  • The team has a proactive approach in understanding the needs of the client
    Legal 500 EMEA 2019
  • Excellent communication on a cross-functional level
    Legal 500 EMEA 2019

Associate of KIAP IP practice, joined the team in 2018. Viacheslav has over 4 years of working experience as an IP lawyer. According to Best Lawyers 2021 international rating Viacheslav Shmelev is recognized ‘Lawyer of the Year’ in the area of 'Privacy and Data Security Law' in Russia. His main specialization is brand protection matters both in judicial and extra judicial procedures. Viacheslav represents clients in protection of IP interests in law-enforcement authorities, in negotiations and in courts. Prior to joining KIAP, Viacheslav worked in a Russian law firm consulting Russian and foreign clients in the field of IP rights protection. Speaks English and French fluently.


  • Kutafin Moscow State Law University (MSAL), Intellectual property law master’s degree program (diploma with honours) (2014–2016)
  • Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University), International Law School (2010–2014)


  • Representing world-famous company-producer of shoes and apparel in courts upon use of the signs confusingly similar to the client’s registered trademarks with compensation award in favour of the company.
  • Protection of the world-famous universal lubricant producer in relation with sales and import of counterfeit goods, including cooperation with the customs authorities and the police.
  • Negotiations with major Russian apparel retail-nets with subsequent settlement agreements signing while representing popular sport brand due to use of the signs confusingly similar to the client’s registered trademarks.

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