PETOŠEVIĆ PEOPLE: Q&A with Pavel Seleznev

After working in the IP field for over 20 years, Trademark and Design Attorney Pavel Seleznev joined PETOŠEVIĆ Russia in 2020. Pavel’s practice focuses on trademark prosecution in Russia, with an emphasis on preparing opinions, oppositions, appeals and cancellation actions. We asked Pavel about his work, his favorite food, books and much more.

  1. How did you start your career in the IP field?

    I started as an assistant to one of the top attorneys at a Russian IP firm in 1999 absolutely by accident. I was very lucky not only because it was difficult for a young graduate to find a job after completing military service, but also because I had the chance to learn a lot.

  2. What is the most challenging aspect of your work?

    When you reach a certain level in your career people start to think you’re a clairvoyant, but it is unfortunately not always possible to make predictions.

  3. What do you most enjoy doing at work?

    I like everything I do, but my favorites are oppositions and appeals – the part of work when you can be creative.

  4. What would you be working in, if you weren’t working in IP?

    I dreamt of being a professional musician when I was a young boy, so it would probably be this.

  5. What was the first job you’ve ever had?

    I worked at a large supermarket.

  6. What is your favorite thing to do when you are not working?

    Playing music. I have played the guitar ever since I was able to pull the strings. I used to play with various bands or solo in clubs and bars. Hope I will do it again soon.

  7. What book did you read last?

    “The Gulag Archipelago” by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.

  8. What is your favorite song/music at the moment?

    “The Trooper” by Iron Maiden – oldie but goldie.

  9. What is your favorite dish of all time?

    I absolutely love Georgian cuisine, so something Georgian, basically anything.

  10. If you could meet anyone in the world, from the past or present, who would it be and why?

    My wife and daughter. I haven’t seen them for more than a year due to the pandemic.

  11. What was your favorite subject in school and why?

    I think it was French. I had an amazing teacher.

  12. What did you want to be when growing up?

    I wanted to be a rock star!

  13. Tell us three things most people don’t know about you.

    I can speak and read Thai language; จริงๆนะครับ (“yes, really” in Thai). I studied jazz at a Moscow music academy. I’m an army sergeant first class, but it’s an old story.

  14. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

    To fly as a bird.

  15. What is your biggest frustration about the world around you?

    Lies at any level.

  16. What is the most important thing you have learned in the last five years?

    I have learned patience.

  17. What do you wish you could have told yourself at age 13?

    Liverpool won’t take the trophy in 2020, don’t place your bet, boy.

  18. What cities/countries have you lived in?

    I’ve lived in Moscow, Russia, and Bangkok and Phuket City in Thailand.

  19. If you could live in another country of the 30+ countries where PETOŠEVIĆ operates, which would you pick and why?

    I would pick Georgia. I’m in love with that country, its people and the cuisine.

  20. If someone came to your city for 24 hours, where would you take them?

    Away! I would definitely take them out of the city – it is too noisy and crowded.

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