Intellectual Property: Lithuania
THE FIRM This full-service IP and business law boutique advises on the whole spectrum of contentious and non-contentious work. The practice covers trade marks, patents, industrial designs, copyright and collateral rights, and the lawyers can also advise on issues relating to commercial secrets. The firm has particular expertise in technical registration, with a number of patent attorneys on the team.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Sources recognise managing partner Otilija Klimaitiene as an expert in the field. She is strong in trade mark and patent litigation, and is a certified patent attorney with significant technical experience.
Andrius Iskauskas focuses on licensing, copyright and trade mark litigation, and specialises in the IT industry. He remains a well-respected figure in this area.
THE FIRM This boutique firm is well recognised by sources as a leader in the market, and draws clients with its technical know-how. It is able to assist with all aspects of contentious and non-contentious work, covering trade marks, design, patents, domain names and copyright.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Sources agree that Reda Zaboliene is an "outstanding" practitioner. She specialises in trade mark and design litigation.
THE FIRM This Lithuanian giant advises on the full range of IP matters and supports clients in a variety of industries, ranging from pharmaceutical to telecoms and automotive. Recent work highlights include advising Laboratorios Leon Farma on the launch of generic medicines in the Baltic market, and representing oil refinery Orlen in a number of patent disputes. The team has specialised expertise in pharmaceutical patent litigation and import disputes.
Sources say: "The team is client-oriented and always works within deadlines. It's able to provide a pan-Baltic analysis and give advice that applies across the region."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Ruta Pumputiene is the key contact for clients.
THE FIRM Sources commend this full-service firm for its pan-Baltic reach and ability to advise on a broad range of IP matters. It has particular expertise in trade marks and domain names. The team has seen an increase in transactional work and continues to advise high-profile clients such as Google, Hewlett-Packard and DHL. Highlights include advising the world governing body for basketball, FIBA, during EuroBasket 2011.
Sources say: "The lawyers really get involved and give advice from both the legal and commercial sides.”
KEY INDIVIDUALS Department head Renata Beržanskienė is well known for her work in trade marks and copyright. She is a litigation expert and has advised both Layher Baltic and Playboy on trade mark infringement cases.
Up-and-coming associate Laurynas Ramuckis handles contentious and non-contentious work, and specialises in pharmaceutical regulation. Interviewees laud his strong communication skills and proactive approach.
THE FIRM This growing team has a strong Baltic client base, and focuses on counterfeiting, trade mark registration and patent infringement mandates. Sources comment that the team is very client-focused and the lawyers are approachable. It counts Lietuvos geležinkeliai, Litgrid and Latvenergo amongst its clients.
Sources say: "The team is diligent in all that it does and it delivers what the client wants. It's definitely an outfit we would use again and again."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Practice head Vilija Viesunaite is highly regarded for her work in contentious IP matters, particularly in trade mark litigation. She recently represented the country's biggest lottery organiser in a trade mark dispute.
Commentators agree that Vytautas Mizaras
of Baltic Legal Solutions is “one of the best lawyers in Lithuania in IP
.” He is widely respected in academic circles, and is an active member of a number of working groups that advise on IP legislation. He recently advised the Agency of Lithuanian Copyright Protection Association on infringement compensation for authors.
of VARUL is noted for his technical expertise, particularly in the registration of patents, trade marks and designs. He has recently represented clients in IP disputes within the retail and food sectors.
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