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LA LAW FIRM (Legal Alliance) founded in 1995, is today one of the leading Ukrainian law firms that provides comprehensive corporate counselling and practical support to national and global companies in Ukraine, СEE & Central Asia..

OUR CLIENTS represent life sciences industries including healthcare and pharmaceuticals, medical devices, cosmetics, biotechnology as well as healthcare institutions.

LEADING ASSOCIATIONS — AIPM Ukraine, APRaD as well as the EBA Healthcare Committee have chosen LA Law Firm as their legal advisor.

Illya Kostin

Specializations: Pharmaceutical Regulation, Intellectual Property, Dispute Resolution, Employment and Labor, Criminal

Partner, Attorney-at-law, Patent and trade mark attorney

Illya Kostin has been practicing law since 1994. He focuses on pharmaceutical regulation, intellectual property, labor and criminal law.

Mr. Kostin chairs the firm’s Intellectual Property practice area. He handles patent infringement and other IP litigation matters.

Experienced in the area of labor law, in particular concerning the representation of employers’ interests, traces its roots to the beginning of 2000. Since then he has regularly been involved in all types of business and employment matters, from drafting employee policies, procedures and handbooks, to negotiating employment contracts and contractual disputes, to defending his clients against claims of all kinds.

Illya Kostin has more than one hundred publications in legal magazines on pharmaceutical law issues, intellectual property, dispute resolution and legal business.

Since 2017 IIlya Kostin is a member of the Qualification-Disciplinary Committee of Lawyers in Kyiv region.

Illya is a founder of the Charitable Organization «Charitable Foundation for Soldiers’ and their Families Support «The Circle», which implemented a number of projects of legal and social focus.

Representative legal matters

  • Protection of the interests of international manufacturer of cosmetics in domain dispute.
  • Representation of foreign pharmaceutical manufacturer in the litigation with a German pharmaceutical company for invalidation of the certificate for a trademark of branded medicinal product.
  • Performing the project on transfer of rights for trademarks for goods and services of several dozen OTC and RX drugs, including a group of antibiotics, antidepressants and other drugs for the multinational pharmaceutical manufacturer.
  • Protecting the rights of the pharmaceutical manufacturer Jadran, for the “Vagisan” drug trade mark in all court instances, including the Supreme Economic Court of Ukraine.
  • Legal support of the transaction of exclusive rights transfer for the trademarks used for medicines.
  • Advising Client, a global pharmaceutical company, on the issue of data exclusivity of the original drug of pediatric group.
  • Legal support of the process of registration of trademarks for the entire panel of products of a major pharmaceutical products manufacturer.
  • Representation of a large foreign pharmaceutical company in litigation on intellectual property rights to an invention protected by the patent.
  • Representation of the client in litigation to ban use and cancel the registration of Indian manufacturers’ medicinal product, which violated the rights of our Client.
  • Successfull extrajudicial settlement of the conflict on the rights to the slogan between the two international pharmaceutical companies.
  • Advising projects of TACIS “Primary and secondary health care in Ukraine, Kiev, and selected areas" (European Union - CII / EPOS Consulting, Germany, 2003-2004) and "Support of development of the system of health care standards in Ukraine" (European Union - Nicare, Ireland, 2005-2006).


  • The Best Lawyers™ in Ukraine 2022: named among the best lawyers in arbitration and mediation, litigation, intellectual property, life sciences and health care practices. In 2019 received the award Lawyer of the Year - Life Sciences.
  • Client Choice. Top 100 Best Lawyers of Ukraine 2021: named among the 100 best lawyers in the country according to the results of research on the quality of legal services provision and recognized among the leaders in the practice of medicine / pharmaceutics.
  • The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa: named among Ukraine's leading experts in dispute resolution, intellectual property, labor and criminal law.
  • Who's Who Legal: Life Sciences 2022: recognised in Regulatory and Patent Litigation. In 2018 also recommended in transactional and named among the leading life sciences lawyers in the world.
  • Ukrainian Law Firms 2021: a Handbook for Foreign Clients: noted among the strongest professionals in Ukraine, practicing intellectual property law, labor and employment law.
  • LMG Life Sciences 2022: named White Collar Crime Lawyer of the Year.
  • TOP-100. Best top-managers of Ukraine, Economica publishing house: in 2011-2012 and 2014-2015 included in the list of best TOP-managers of Ukraine in law-business.


  • Kyiv Branch of Council of Attorneys-at-Law of Ukraine. Head of the Committee on Protecting Professional Rights of Attorneys and Guarantees of Attorneys Activity (2015 - 2017)
  • Ukrainian Bar Association. UBAs' representative in the Public Council under the Ministry of Health of Ukraine (2011-2017). Head of Pharmaceutical Law Committee of Ukrainian Bar Association.
  • Ukrainian Lawyers Association
  • European Business Association
  • International Association of Trademark Owners (INTA)
  • International Group for the Protection of pharmaceutical trademarks (PTMG)


  • Law Faculty of Simferopol State M. Frunze University
  • Institute of Intellectual Property of Odessa National Academy of Law in Kyiv

Admission to the Bar

  • Ukraine (2005)


  • Ukrainian, English, Russian

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