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Intellectual Property — Estonia


COBALT - Intellectual Property

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Band 1

第一等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Ave Piik and Pirkko-Liis Harkmaa
- 1 partner
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Market-leading practice with specialist expertise in patent litigation. Regularly advises clients in the software, media and pharmaceutical industries on data privacy and complex trade mark issues in addition to broader IT and technology laws.

Strengths Clients praise the practice for its impressive depth of expertise: "Their knowledge of dealing with internet privacy and data protection is second to none, the best in Estonia."

Work highlights Advised Reach-U on the sale of a number of its software lines, including sector-specific IP issues.

Advised Wisemile, a transport social network, on service terms and conditions as well as complex data privacy issues.

Significant clients IPF Digital, Gedeon Richter, Imperial Tobacco, AbbVie, Forum Cinemas.

Notable practitioners

Viive Kaur is highly regarded by peers for her standout reputation and expertise: "The most experienced IP lawyer in the market." She has considerable experience working with the EU and also worked with the Ministry of Culture on issues concerning the Copyright Act.

Ave Piik recently advised IPF Digital on data protection issues and compliance with IT regulations. She is well recognised in the market for her impressive depth of expertise: "She is very well established in dealing with data privacy issues."

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Ellex Raidla - Intellectual Property

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Band 1

第一等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Ants Nõmper
- 1 partner
- 3 other qualified lawyers

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

Strengths The practice is renowned by clients for its proactive and timely service: "They are very quick and efficient, there is never unnecessary delay."

According to another source, "they are very rational and adopt a really professional approach. They try to explain everything in a really clear way. From a professional perspective it was a very good experience."

Work highlights Advised Redd Solicitors on a complex Community trade mark infringement dispute.

Represented Pandora in litigation against an unofficial retailer of Pandora jewellery concerning the unlawful use of the store concept and the 'Pandora' trade mark.

Significant clients Bayer, AstraZeneca, Eesti Pandipakend, Sanofi Aventis Estonia.

Notable practitioners

Ants Nõmper is widely recognised as one of the most prominent practitioners in the market: "He is one of the key lawyers in Estonia IP, a real standout." He advises clients on high-profile IP cases, including in the IT and technology spaces, and according to clients, "he is very clever and his work ethic is good. He is excellent in court and he acts with haste." He recently acted for Bayer Pharma on a major patent dispute before the Supreme Court.

Mari Must has specialist expertise in IP registration and dispute matters and regularly advises clients on major patent, trade mark and domain name litigation. She recently assisted Saturn Investment with an EU trade mark cancellation action. One interviewee notes: "She explains to us why we need to do things a certain way. She is straightforward and analytical."

Department profile by Ellex Raidla

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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Ellex has many years of experience in handling all types of registration matters and disputes at all levels - Estonian, European and international. 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. This deep expertise supports our unique positioning as the go-to firm for top-flight international brands (e.g. Apple, Sandoz, Pandora, etc) looking to resolve IP  disputes with Estonian and pan-European dimensions.


Sorainen - Intellectual Property

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Kaupo Lepasepp
- 2 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for High-quality commercial firm that handles a broad scope of IP work with experience in franchising and licensing 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.

Strengths Clients praise the firm for its proactive and efficient manner: "The team works fast and thoroughly, their advice is always to the point."

Work highlights Advised Yliopiston Apteekki OU on the establishment of its franchising arrangements in Estonia.

Advised Hilton Worldwide on the infringement of its trade mark rights.

Significant clients Google, Atria Eesti, Toyota Baltic, Coca-Cola Balti Jookide, Olympic Entertainment Group.

Notable practitioners

Department head Kaupo Lepasepp is a key contact at the firm.

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TGS Baltic - Intellectual Property

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Sander Kärson
- 1 partner
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Specialist expertise in copyright infringement. 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.

Work highlights Advised Veljo Tormis on a plagarism dispute against BBC Worldwide in connection with the soundtrack of the well-known TV series 'Top of the Lake'.

Assisted Sanofi with compliance with changes to the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Association's Code of Conduct, including data protection issues.

Significant clients Merck Sharp & Dohme, Imatra Elekter, Fujitsu Estonia, Sandoz Pharmaceuticals, Cybernetica.

Notable practitioners

Department head Sander Kärson is a key contact at the firm.

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AAA Legal Services - Intellectual Property

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Band 3

第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

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. Also adept in IP rights enforcement and disputes.

Notable practitioners

Almar Sehver leads the disputes side of the practice. He also advises clients on a broad range of IP rights and is highly regarded by clients for his impressive depth of expertise: "He gave us very good legal advice, prompt attention to our requests and very good availability for discussion."

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

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Band 3

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Tambet Toomela
- 1 partner
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Provides a blend of corporate and IP skills covering acquisitions, licensing, franchising, and data privacy and protection issues. Also advises an impressive clientele more generally on contentious and non-contentious IT and telecommunications matters.

Strengths Clients emphasise the client-centric approach of the department: "I can certainly say that Eversheds have been a practice that we would recommend to others."

Work highlights Advised Tahe Outdoors on the infringement of its EU design rights and trade mark.

Advised Jobbatical OÜ on privacy and data protection issues relating to the development of a global online platform.

Significant clients Samsung Electronics, Avon, Bookworld, Microsoft, Eesti Meedia.

Notable practitioners

Tambet Toomela leads the department and is a key contact at the firm.

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Turvaja Patent Agency - Intellectual Property

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Band 3

第三等

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What the team is known for Experienced patent and trade marks agency advising clients on the registration and protection of trade marks, patents, utility models and industrial designs. Also advises on disputes concerning the infringement of protected IP rights.

Notable practitioners

Enn Urgas is a key contact at the firm.

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COBALT

From the Chambers Europe guide

Viive Kaur is highly regarded by peers for her standout reputation and expertise: "The most experienced IP lawyer in the market." She has considerable experience working with the EU and also worked with the Ministry of Culture on issues concerning the Copyright Act.

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PwC Legal Baltics

From the Chambers Europe guide

Priit Lätt joined PwC Legal Estonia in April 2017. He is widely acknowledged in the market as a exceptional adviser on IP issues and procurement relating to software and IT. He is praised by clients for his pragmatic and analytical approach to cyber issues.

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Ellex Raidla

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ants Nõmper is widely recognised as one of the most prominent practitioners in the market: "He is one of the key lawyers in Estonia IP, a real standout." He advises clients on high-profile IP cases, including in the IT and technology spaces, and according to clients, "he is very clever and his work ethic is good. He is excellent in court and he acts with haste." He recently acted for Bayer Pharma on a major patent dispute before the Supreme Court.

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Band 2

IP Law Firm KÄOSAAR

From the Chambers Europe guide

Indrek Eelmets of IP Law Firm KÄOSAAR is highly regarded for his handling of the registration of IP rights. He is especially in demand for his patents expertise.

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Band 2

Ellex Raidla

From the Chambers Europe guide

Mari Must has specialist expertise in IP registration and dispute matters and regularly advises clients on major patent, trade mark and domain name litigation. She recently assisted Saturn Investment with an EU trade mark cancellation action. One interviewee notes: "She explains to us why we need to do things a certain way. She is straightforward and analytical."

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AAA Legal Services

From the Chambers Europe guide

Almar Sehver leads the disputes side of the practice. He also advises clients on a broad range of IP rights and is highly regarded by clients for his impressive depth of expertise: "He gave us very good legal advice, prompt attention to our requests and very good availability for discussion."

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Band 2

DERLING

From the Chambers Europe guide

The skills of Toomas Taube of DERLING encompass copyright licensing and IP asset transfers. He also regularly represents domestic businesses and international corporations from a broad range of industries in IP disputes.

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Band 3

COBALT

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ave Piik recently advised IPF Digital on data protection issues and compliance with IT regulations. She is well recognised in the market for her impressive depth of expertise: "She is very well established in dealing with data privacy issues."

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Up and Coming

Advokaadibüroo ALTERNA

From the Chambers Europe guide

Annika Vait of Advokaadibüroo ALTERNA is recognised in the market for her adept handling of copyright and data protection issues alongside her general corporate work.

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Associates to watch

TRINITI

From the Chambers Europe guide

Karmen Turk of TRINITI is highly regarded for the range of her media and IP expertise. She has considerable experience representing clients in the media industry in disputes.

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