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Intellectual Property — Estonia


COBALT - Intellectual Property Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Market-leading practice with expertise in patent litigation and transactional matters within the IT sector. Regularly advises clients in the software, media and pharmaceutical industries on data privacy and complex trade mark issues.

Strengths Market commentators note that the firm is "capable of meeting any of the client's needs in the field."

Work highlights Advised Creathor Venture and MedTech Innovation Partners on financing Blueprint Genetics, including related IP issues. The matter is valued at approximately EUR14 million.

Notable practitioners

Viive Kaur is "a prominent IT lawyer" who handles significant trade mark and patent litigation, and is also noted for her expertise advising on copyright matters. Experienced at taking on EU-related issues, as well as domestic cases.

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Ellex Raidla - Intellectual Property Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for An outstanding practice that handles the gamut of complex IP disputes concerning copyright, patent, trade mark and design protection matters as well as data protection and domain name issues within Estonia and wider Europe. Acts for well-known clients in sectors such as publishing, software, IT and pharmaceuticals.

Strengths Clients find that the firm has "a market-leading practice with remarkable capabilities in the IP sector," highlighting its "remarkably reactive and flexible team" and "legal opinions which are clear, precise and adapted to our industry sector, which requires a thorough understanding of IP rights."

One referee appreciates the "feeling of having an actual team and selection of experts available for me, not just one single individual lawyer."

Work highlights Advised the Estonian Authors' Society on several disputes over licence fees, including a claim against Tartu City regarding copyright infringement by Miina Härma Gymnasium, a secondary school.

Defended Sanofi-Aventis Estonia in a patent infringement suit and preliminary injunction filed by Hoffmann-La Roche, regarding the duration of supplementary protection certificate for medicinal products. The case was eventually referred onto the ECJ for a preliminary decision.

Notable practitioners

Ants Nõmper is praised for his knowledge of the medical and technology sectors. He acts for clients within the pharmaceutical, media and publishing industry on cross-border transactions, regulatory and litigation matters. Clients highlight his "great adaptability to the industry constraints and his strategic approach," while others praise his "outstanding knowledge and approachable manner." He defended AstraZeneca from a claim for compensation brought by KRKA for damages caused by a preliminary injunction which forbade the sale of a generic medicinal product during patent infringement proceedings.

Mari Must handles both registration and various litigation matters, including patent, trade mark and unfair competition. She represented Brave Captial against Arco Vara in a dispute over the registration of the domain name veskimoldre.ee. The court of first instance was satisfied with Brave Capital's claim. Clients highlight her dual qualifications as an European trade mark and design attorney and Estonian trade mark attorney, adding: "Mari has excellent legal and unparalleled intellectual property know-how. She has showed us her dedication in the field and the willingness and ability to explain the legal solutions and outcomes so that everyone can understand our position."

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The firm has over 14 years of practice in all types of registration matters and disputes (trademarks, copyrights, patents, designs, domain name rights, data protection); in all types of infringement disputes (dealing with police, customs and court matters); at all levels - Estonian, European, and international (from the patent office to the Supreme Court, from the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market to the European Court of Justice). Ellex key examples of work are in connection with patent, trademark, copyright litigation, unfair competition and trademark registration matters.

Ellex IP team has been led by Mr Ants Nõmper, who is partner in Ellex and he is highly recognised IP opinion leader in Estonia. He is also a member of the Estonian Bar Association´s IT&IP Committee. Another key expert in team is a highly experienced counsel, European trademark and design attorney Ms Mari Must. In 2016 Ms Mari Must was elected as the member of the Board in the Association of the Estonian Patent Attorneys. 

Ellex is the only law firm in Estonia with a partner who specializes in IP matters and a European trademark and design attorney, who has also passed the bar exam, on its team.


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Sorainen - Intellectual Property Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for High-quality commercial firm that handles a broad scope of IP work with experience in franchising, licensing and infringement as well as advising on disputes concerning the media such as defamation. Assists industry-leading clients with trade marks, copyright and design rights, often in the context of M&A deals and portfolio management. Frequently represents clients in the media, pharmaceutical, telecommunications and retail sectors.

Work highlights Advised Google on transferring the ownership of some of its Estonian trade marks to an affiliated company.

Successfully defended the Estonian branch of Sandoz Pharmaceuticals in parallel patent infringement claims brought by Bayer Pharma and Chemical Works of Gedeon Richter.

Notable practitioners

Kaupo Lepasepp is a key contact at the firm.

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TGS Baltic - Intellectual Property Department

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Band 2

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Specialist expertise in copyright infringement and licensing issues. Handles both transactional and contentious patent and trade mark issues. Represents start-ups, and regularly acts for clients in the pharmaceutical, technology and financial sectors. Growing expertise in data protection and transactional IT mandates.

Strengths One client says: "They have understood our businesses and goals. We have a feeling that they deal with our issues from our point of view. It has also been kind of fun!"

Interviewees appreciate the firm's efficiency, noting the team's "quick responses, flexibility and a good counterpart who reacts quickly."

Work highlights Advised Advapay on its software licensing and service level agreements in order to offer its payment services software and Canopus EpaySuite to its clients.

Represented Ty Nordic in a dispute with Tactic Games Oy over product labelling and use of business name.

Notable practitioners

Sander Kärson and Peeter Viirsalu are key contacts at the firm.

About the Team (content provided by TGS Baltic)

Our IP/IT team has the knowledge and experience to advise our clients in all areas of intellectual property extending from transactional advice and trademark issues to solving the most complex court disputes as well as advising on a wide range of data protection, undisclosed know-how and trade secrets matters. Our attorneys have the necessary theoretical and practical knowledge how to enforce intellectual property owners rights in criminal matters and court proceedings as well as out of court disputes.

We assist clients on employee privacy and data protection having conducted several data protection compliance audits, including ones that covering multiple jurisdictions as well as provided comprehensive advice on matters relating to employee monitoring, including through various tracking devices.

The firm has a special emphasis on the pharmaceuticals sector advising multinationals such as AstraZeneca, Sanofi and Merck Sharp & Dohme as well as Estonian based Kevelt (recently acquired by Russian pharmaceutical giant Pharmasyntez) on data protection regulation and IP matters.

We are exceedingly more present on the IT and tech M&A market and the team works closely with our baking and finance department on fintech projects ranging from web-based peer-to-peer lending to payment services platforms.


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AAA Legal Services - Intellectual Property Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Prominent patent and trade mark agency advising clients on the registration of new trade marks, patents and design rights, and is noted for its significant technical understanding of IP rights. Also adept in IP enforcement and disputes.

Strengths Market commentators consider them to be "well established in technical work," while another notes its "speciality in trade mark work."

Notable practitioners

Almar Sehver is an Estonian patent attorney for trade marks and European Community trade mark and design attorney who handles copyright and trade mark litigation. In addition to Estonian, he is fluent in Russian and English.

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Eversheds Ots & Co (a member of Eversheds Sutherland) - Intellectual Property Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Provides a blend of corporate and IP skills covering acquisitions, licensing, franchising, and data privacy and protection issues. Able to utilise a strong global network to advise an impressive clientele on a range of domestic and international matters, generally on contentious and non-contentious IT and telecommunications transactions.

Strengths One client highlights the team's "devotion to the job" as a strength, while another underlines its "outstanding work culture: they deliver well on promises and have a client-centric mindset."

Others also appreciate the quality of client service, adding: "Eversheds Sutherland are client-oriented, therefore you can rely on the quality of the work."

Work highlights Acted for Samsung Electronics on various IP, commercial, privacy and data protection issues, including the launch of the Samsung e-marketplace in the Baltic region, the launch of the Galaxy S8 mobile phone, and supplementation of global privacy policy and warranty terms.

Represented Zaum Studio in negotiating distribution agreements with Humble Bundle and with music and VO services providers, including Sony.

Notable practitioners

Tambet Toomela heads the practice and advises on a wide range of IP issues within the IT sector, including transactional, registration and disputes, as well as advising on data protection regulation. He advised Mexichem on the pan-Baltic data transfer agreement between its Estonian and Lithuanian subsidiaries. Referees value his "ability to understand the client's business and therefore provide personalised advice," adding: "During our co-operation he has always been easily available and accessible, which makes it real easy to communicate and work with him."

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Turvaja Patent Agency - Intellectual Property Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Experienced patent and trade marks agency advising clients on the registration and protection of trade marks, utility models, industrial designs and patents, including for inventions. Also advises on disputes concerning the infringement of protected IP rights. Able to provide advice in a number of European languages, including Russian, German and Finnish.

Strengths Sources highlight its specialism and say it is "good at technical patent work."

Notable practitioners

Enn Urgas is a key contact at the firm.

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COBALT

From the Chambers Europe guide

Viive Kaur is "a prominent IT lawyer" who handles significant trade mark and patent litigation, and is also noted for her expertise advising on copyright matters. Experienced at taking on EU-related issues, as well as domestic cases.

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PwC Legal Baltics

From the Chambers Europe guide

Priit Lätt of PwC Legal Baltics specialises in IT, particularly internet of things and cryptocurrency-related matters, and is noted for his work with public procurement for software development. He advised Exscudo on the regulatory requirements and authorisations for a new blockchain-based cryptocurrency, designed to ease transfers between different currencies. Clients appreciate his "deep understanding of the software industry and knowledge of where to put our attention in contractual negotiations."

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Ellex Raidla

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ants Nõmper is praised for his knowledge of the medical and technology sectors. He acts for clients within the pharmaceutical, media and publishing industry on cross-border transactions, regulatory and litigation matters. Clients highlight his "great adaptability to the industry constraints and his strategic approach," while others praise his "outstanding knowledge and approachable manner." He defended AstraZeneca from a claim for compensation brought by KRKA for damages caused by a preliminary injunction which forbade the sale of a generic medicinal product during patent infringement proceedings.

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Ellex Raidla

From the Chambers Europe guide

Mari Must handles both registration and various litigation matters, including patent, trade mark and unfair competition. She represented Brave Captial against Arco Vara in a dispute over the registration of the domain name veskimoldre.ee. The court of first instance was satisfied with Brave Capital's claim. Clients highlight her dual qualifications as an European trade mark and design attorney and Estonian trade mark attorney, adding: "Mari has excellent legal and unparalleled intellectual property know-how. She has showed us her dedication in the field and the willingness and ability to explain the legal solutions and outcomes so that everyone can understand our position."

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AAA Legal Services

From the Chambers Europe guide

Almar Sehver is an Estonian patent attorney for trade marks and European Community trade mark and design attorney who handles copyright and trade mark litigation. In addition to Estonian, he is fluent in Russian and English.

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DERLING

From the Chambers Europe guide

Toomas Taube of DERLING has over 20 years' experience in trade mark litigation, licensing and transactions. He also handles border enforcement of IP rights and import compliance matters. Recently, he advised Hewlett-Packard on several trade mark infringement and custom interception matters. Clients appreciate that "he is always personally and actively involved in the cases," adding: "He is also a very experienced litigator, combining outstanding knowledge of IP and litigation."

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IP Law Firm KÄOSAAR

From the Chambers Europe guide

Indrek Eelmets of IP Law Firm KÄOSAAR is renowned for his trade mark registration practice as well the enforcement of IP rights. He also has expertise with domain disputes.

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DERLING

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ave Piik of DERLING is highlighted by market commentators for her technology expertise, with a focus on data protection and privacy issues. She played a key role in advising IPF Digital Estonia on current data protection matters and performed a data privacy audit to ensure compliance with the EU's General Data Protection Regulation.

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Eversheds Ots & Co (a member of Eversheds Sutherland)

From the Chambers Europe guide

Tambet Toomela heads the practice and advises on a wide range of IP issues within the IT sector, including transactional, registration and disputes, as well as advising on data protection regulation. He advised Mexichem on the pan-Baltic data transfer agreement between its Estonian and Lithuanian subsidiaries. Referees value his "ability to understand the client's business and therefore provide personalised advice," adding: "During our co-operation he has always been easily available and accessible, which makes it real easy to communicate and work with him."

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