Victor Naumov has been advising government authorities and leading Russian and global companies for more than 25 years on a wide range of legal issues, including intellectual property protection and the management of intangible assets; regulation of Internet and e-commerce; IT and data security; regulation of video games, mass media and telecommunications, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, Legal Tech, Big Data, Fintech, 3D printing, robotics and quantum technologies. He also has unique experience providing legal support and successfully settling IT, IP, telecommunications, media and Internet litigation.

As part of implementing the Digital Economy of the Russian Federation program (ANO Digital Economy), Victor is a member of the main Statutory Regulation working group and also heads the Cyber-Physical Systems working group (an expert community at the Statutory Regulation competency center operating at Skolkovo Foundation). He is a member of the Russian Federation State Duma Expert Council on the Digital Economy and Blockchain Technologies under the Committee on Economic Policy, Industry, Innovative Development and Entrepreneurship. He is also a member of the Federal Antimonopoly Service Advisory Board on Competition in Information Technology. Since 1999, Victor has participated actively in developing processes for business to regulate itself, in the development of draft legislation on IP, innovation, the Internet and the “new economy.” He is the author of the Recommendations for E-Commerce in the Russian Federation (2000), the CIS’ first Recommendations for E-Commerce for the Committee on Economic Policy and Entrepreneurship of the State Duma of the Russian Federation Federal Assembly (2001), Organizational and Legal Recommendations on the Presentation of a Russian Federation Government and Administrative Authority Website (2003), co-author of the Concept for Using IT Technologies and E-Documents in the Activities of the Commercial (Arbitrazh) Court of St. Petersburg and Leningrad Region (2006). Victor’s most recent initiatives include the creation of the first robotics draft law in Russia—commissioned by Grishin Robotics—and the development of the draft of one of the world’s first international robotics convention, the Model Convention on Robotics and Artificial Intelligence commissioned by Skolkovo Foundation. The Convention is a major study unique for Russia and devoted to the development of legislation on robotics and cyberphysical systems. Victor has also prepared a unique international study to identify the scope of information covered, respectively, by banking secrecy, communication secrecy, doctor-patient confidentiality, trade secrets and other types of secrecy, and how to transfer them to third parties. The team led by Victor participated in creating a knowledge management system implemented by Rosatom State Corporation. In June 2017 Nextons and Rosatom co-founded a unique consortium whose participants act as joint experts, provide information support and popularize the culture of knowledge management. Also, under Victor’s leadership, Nextons lawyers were the first in Russia to develop a concept for regulating the Internet of Things and continue to work in this area, handling this topic in the Association of the Internet of Things.

Victor Naumov is a co-author, together with Vladislav Arkhipov, of the first online course in Russia on Internet regulation in Russia (Coursera Open Education platform). Victor was awarded a St. Petersburg Government prize for outstanding achievements in higher education (in 2018). He is a main researcher of the information law and global information security sector of the Institute of State and Law of the Russian Academy of Sciences (ISL RAS), where he lectures in the Economics and Law Faculties. In 2004 he received a state medal for the 300th Anniversary of St. Petersburg for his academic work, and in 2007 he received a state medal for his contribution to the computerization of society in Russia. He is the holder of the Justice law award for achievements in developing the practice of law (in 2017). He has received two grants from the Russian Foundation for Fundamental Research (RFFI) to conduct: (1) integrated research of the legal and ethical aspects of developing and using artificial intelligence and robotics systems and (2) research of conceptual approaches to shaping a system for the legal regulation of information security considering the major challenges in a global information society (in 2018). Victor Naumov is the author of the idea and the leader of the "Preserved Culture", a project founded in 2010 and dedicated to the preservation of the country's cultural heritage. The films and publications created in the framework of the project have repeatedly become winners of state and public competitions and festivals.

Victor authored the first monographs in Russia and the CIS on the legal regulation of the Internet and telemedicine (in 2002). He won the Rambler search engine’s “Person of the Year 2002” competition in the Legislation category (in 2003). Since 2010 he has been top ranked by Chambers and Partners, The Legal 500, Best Lawyers, IAM Patent 1000, Kommersant and Managing IP in IP and IT in Russia. In May 2019 Victor received a prestigious Chambers Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Legal Profession. He is the only lawyer to receive an individual award this year.

Victor Naumov is the developer of the IP risk calculator, which was introduced into the business processes of MTS. The development won the Legal Insight magazine’s award “The Best Legal Departments of Russia-2019” in the “IP Management” nomination and entered the shortlist of finalists in the “Innovation in the Legal Business: Technologies” nomination in the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Awards 2019.

He is a professor in the Department of Information Law and Digital Technologies at Kutafin Moscow State Law University (MSAL).

Victor Naumov is a senior researcher of the Information Law and International Information Security Sector of the Institute of State and Law of the Russian Academy of Sciences (ISL RAS).

He is a senior researcher of the Laboratory of Applied Informatics and Problems of Information Society at the St. Petersburg Federal Research Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

He is the founder of Nextons’ Legal Innovations Lab, which has been operating since 2018 and is focused on developing and implementing innovative technologies in the field of law (LegalTech). He is also the author of the Law Operating System (Law OS) idea which the Lab developed in 2021. LawOS is a modular software environment based on Russian technologies. It is intended to support, structure and carry out business processes in legal departments and companies.

Market Recognition

  • Kommersant, 2008-2012, 2017-2024:  Leading lawyer in Digital Economy (2021-2024), FinTech (2020-2024), IP and TMT in Russia (2017, 2019-2024), one of the most open practice heads and advisers in St. Petersburg (2008-2012).
  • Rossiyskaya Gazeta, 2023: Leading lawyer in intellectual property (Band 1), litigation resolution (general jurisdiction) (Band 1), digital assets and their management (Band 1). Special nomination "Lawyers-Educators".
  • Chambers Russia Awards, 2019:  Victor Naumov has received award for Outstanding Contribution to the Legal Profession.
  • Pravo-300, 2019-2023:  Leading lawyer in personal data protection (2023). Leading lawyer in IP, TMT and Digital Economy in Russia (2019-2020, 2023). Leading lawyer in IP: Disputes, Consulting and Digital Economy in Russia (2021, 2023). Leading lawyer in IP (2022-2023). Recommended lawyer in TMT in Russia (2021-2022). Recommended lawyer in Leading lawyer in IP: Disputes, Consulting (2022).
  • Chambers Global and Chambers Europe, 2007-2021: he has been recognized as a leading lawyer in IP in Russia (Band 1) and TMT in Russia (Band 1). From 2012 to date, he has been a leading lawyer in dispute resolution in St. Petersburg. “He always looks for the interesting approach and way to solve the problem. It's interesting to work with him.” “He knows how to support a client, how to do it quickly and effectively, and how to get things co-ordinated and done. He is not just a lawyer, but he understands the IT business.” “Sources emphasise the team’s all-round assistance, saying it demonstrates a ‘practical approach’ on projects that are ‘multifaceted, complex and often require niche expertise.’” “He is valued for his ‘exceptional strategic thinking and in-depth knowledge of the industry.’ One client adds: ‘Having him on your team is almost an unfair advantage!’” “Victor Naumov has a ‘brilliant’ reputation in intellectual property and technology. He is described as the ‘IP guru’ by market sources and works with market-leading clients such as Yandex and Diebold.” “He is a star in our IP litigation sphere.”
  • The Legal 500, 2008-2021: he has been named a leading lawyer in IP in Russia (Tier 1) and TMT in Russia (Tier 1). “Practice head Victor Naumov is ‘at the core of the team, providing deep knowledge, fantastic effectiveness and a quick wit.’” “St Petersburg-based practice head Victor Naumov ‘always goes the extra mile for the client’.” “Victor Naumov’s professionalism makes his team the ‘best adviser on Russian IT law.’” Also in 2021 Victor appeared as a recommended lawyer in Commercial/Corporate/M&A in St. Petersburg and Dispute resolution - in IT litigation.
  • Best Lawyers, 2013-2021: Victor has been recognized as a leading lawyer in Intellectual Property and Telecommunications, Media Law and Corporate Law in Russia. In 2022 he has been acknowledged as a leading lawyer in Information Technology Law, Entertainment Law and Technology Law. Victor was named Lawyer of the Year in Information Technology Law in Russia (2021, 2020, 2019 and 2017), Lawyer of the Year in Intellectual Property in Russia (2016), Lawyer of the Year in Information Law in Russia (2015 and 2014).
  • Leaders League, 2021:  Leading lawyer in FinTech and TMT in Russia.
  • World IP Review, 2021:  Leading lawyer in Patents and Trademark in Russia.
  • Acritas Stars, 2021:  Featured as a ‘standout lawyer’ based on client recommendations.
  • Client Choice Awards, 2018:  Leading lawyer in IT & Internet in Russia.
  • IAM Patent 1000, 2017:  Leading lawyer in IP in Russia. “He has a mix of professional skills and human qualities that makes collaborating with him a great experience.”
  • IP Stars, 2014-2017, 2020:  IP star in Russia; Trademark star in Russia (2020).
  • Media Law International, 2015:  Leading lawyer in Media Law in Russia.
  • Delovoy Peterburg TOP 100, 2014:  One of the best managers in St. Petersburg and Leningrad Region in the Legal Services category.
  • International Law Office Awards, 2013:  Exclusive winner of Client Choice award for the Information Technology category in Russia.
  • The Lawyer Monthly Legal Awards, 2013:  Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year in Russia.

Activities and Affiliations

Prior and Present Employment

    2022 – present
    Managing Partner, Head of the Russia IP, IT and Telecommunications practice, Co-Head of Europe Internet & Tech Regulatory – Nextons, St. Petersburg
    2022
    Chairman of Europe Innovation Committee – Dentons, St. Petersburg
    2019-2022
    Managing Partner, Head of the Russia IP, IT and Telecommunications practice, Co-Head of Europe Internet & Tech Regulatory – Dentons, St. Petersburg
    2012-2019
    Managing Partner, Head of the Russia IP, IT and Telecommunications practice – Dentons, St. Petersburg
    2008-2012
    Partner, Head of the Russia IP/ IT/ Telecommunications practice – Salans, St. Petersburg
    2006-2008
    Partner – Beiten Burkhardt, St. Petersburg
    2005-2006
    Senior Associate, Head of the IP/ IT/ Telecommunications Group – DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary, St. Petersburg
    2003-2005
    Manager, Head of IP/ IT Litigation Group – Ernst & Young, St. Petersburg
    2003
    Private law practice and research at the St. Petersburg Institute for Informatics and Automation of the Russian Academy of Sciences (SPIIRAS)
    1997-1999
    Lawyer – Tetris (Russia’s first Internet café), Dux Internet provider
    1997-1998
    Economist – Military Insurance Company OJSC, St. Petersburg branch

News and Events

An overview of IP, digital and IT regulatory changes for business in 2023
An overview of IP, digital and IT regulatory changes for business in 2023
15 2024

Nextons experts have prepared an overview of the main changes in legislation and practice in the field of information technology, information security and intellectual property for 2023.

Liability for the Propaganda and Demonstration of Non-Traditional Relationships: A Review of Judicial Practice and Legislative Changes
Liability for the Propaganda and Demonstration of Non-Traditional Relationships: A Review of Judicial Practice and Legislative Changes
22 2023

Nextons experts have prepared a brief summary of offences, evolving judicial practice and the criteria for classifying information as "promoting non-traditional sexual relationships and/or preferences" as established by the Roskomnadzor Order that came into effect on September 1, 2023

The last changes in Russian  Law on Information
The last changes in Russian Law on Information
16 2023

On July 31, 2023, the President of Russia signed two Federal laws that amend Federal Law No. 149-FZ of July 27, 2006 (the “Law on Information”) and introduce new requirements.

SPC RAS and Nextons launch unique AI-based system to determine originality of logos
SPC RAS and Nextons launch unique AI-based system to determine originality of logos
2 2023

The St. Petersburg Federal Research Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences (SPC RAS) and Nextons law firm have launched a digital system for checking the originality of trademarks (logos) using artificial intelligence technologies.

Personal Data Regulation in Russia: Top10 Facts Foreign Business Should Know
Personal Data Regulation in Russia: Top10 Facts Foreign Business Should Know
27 2023

Nextons IP, IT and telecommunications Practice has prepared an overview of 10 facts about the regulation of personal data in Russia for foreign businesses.

Amendments to the Russian Civil Code regulating the rights of authors of derivative works and compilations
Amendments to the Russian Civil Code regulating the rights of authors of derivative works and compilations
28 2023

Amendments to the norms of the Russian Civil Code regulating protection of the rights of authors of derivative works and compilations went into effect on June 24, 2023.

Top changes for business in the legal system of IP/IT 2022
Top changes for business in the legal system of IP/IT 2022
3 2023

Nextons’ experts have prepared an overview of the major changes in legislation and practice in the field of information technology, information security and intellectual property for the year 2022.

Liability for owners of informational resources
Liability for owners of informational resources
1 2023

New grounds for administrative liability were introduced for information resources owners.

Victor Naumov and Vladislav Arkhipov participate in meeting of “Digital Readings” intellectual club
Victor Naumov and Vladislav Arkhipov participate in meeting of “Digital Readings” intellectual club
28 2022

On December 26, 2022, St. Petersburg State University hosted the first meeting of the "Digital Readings" intellectual club. Meeting participants discussed the future regulation of the digital environment to 2030, including the challenges facing the law, the increasing influence of technologies and problems of quality policy-making, and the need to develop and enact a uniform glossary of key legal definitions in the IT and digital transformation field.

Consequences of the Tverskoy District Court of Moscow decision regarding Meta Platforms Inc.
Consequences of the Tverskoy District Court of Moscow decision regarding Meta Platforms Inc.
27 2022

On March 21, 2022 the Tverskoy District Court of Moscow delivered a decision (prepared in final form on March 28, 2022) that “banned the activities <…> of Meta Platforms Inc. selling the Facebook and Instagram social media products in the Russian Federation on the grounds of engaging in extremism.”

Victor Naumov spoke on digital environment of trust and right to refuse technology at Problems of Media Law 2022 Conference
Victor Naumov spoke on digital environment of trust and right to refuse technology at Problems of Media Law 2022 Conference
21 2022

On 19 December 2022 the XXXI International Conference "Problems of Media Law - 2022"was held in Moscow. The event was organized by the International Scientific and Educational Center "UNESCO Chair on Copyright, Related, Cultural and Information Rights" together with the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Creative Industries of the National Research University Higher School of Economics.

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