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Cobalt focuses on patent litigation, data privacy and trade mark law, particularly in the pharmaceuticals, online payment, online gambling and advertising industries. Specialist counsel Ave Piik is a key adviser to IPF Digital and is also assisting software company Reach-U with its transfer of a business line to a different brand. Pirkko-Liis Harkmaa and senior associate Viive Kaur are also recommended.

Ellex’s practice head Ants Nõmper and counsel Mari Must are ‘very effective’, especially in IP matters related to the pharmaceuticals industry. They are representing longstanding client Bayer Pharma in several patent disputes, some of them before the Supreme Court. Other clients include Sanofi-Aventis and the Estonian Authors’ Society.

Sorainen’s IP practice regularly handles commercial franchise systems, licensing agreements and litigation. Headed by Kaupo Lepasepp, it is representing Roche Eesti in a complex pharmaceuticals patent dispute, which has been referred to the European Court of Justice. The IT law team, led by senior associate Mihkel Miidla, advises on launching new technological services (Elisa Eesti is a recent client in this regard), compliance matters and data protection.

AAA Legal Services’ managing partner Urmas Kernu heads the trade mark and design team, while Tõnu Nelsas leads the patent group. IP litigation is a key strength, and the firm does work on behalf of international clients such as McDonald’s, F Hoffmann-La Roche and mobile.international GmbH. Mikas Miniotas, Almar Sehver and Ingrid Matsina are key contacts.

Advokaadiburoo Derling OU’s IP, IT and telecoms practice is headed by Toomas Taube, who is ‘knowledgeable and effective’ in trade mark and trade name matters, as well as in litigation. He represented HP in several trade mark infringement and customs interception matters. Hannes Vallikivi is a key adviser to Nikon on data processing issues.

Eversheds Sutherland Ots & Co regularly advises on data protection issues, including recently for Avon in a personal data transferring case. Practice head Tambet Toomela has ‘a very good understanding of his clients’ needs and thorough knowledge of IP and IT regulation, including at an international level’. In IT, Toomela and Risto Rüütel assisted Elisa Eesti with a network sharing agreement. Samsung Electronics and Microsoft are other clients.

Highlights for TGS Baltic’s associate partner Sander Kärson included advising Cybernetica on its software development contracts with several public institutions, including the US Airforce, and acting for Kevelt on its asset purchase agreement with Xenetic Biosciences. Ants Mailend left for Sorainen.

Alterna delivers ‘supportive and personalised customer service’. Head of practice Annika Vait provides ‘quick solutions in a professional manner’. She is, with litigator Siret Siilbek, a key adviser to Ericsson Eesti.

In IP, LinkLaw handles registrations, litigation, drafting agreements and due diligence, while in IT-related matters it advises on acquisitions, data protection, e-commerce and disputes. Partner Kairi Kurisoo and associate Kaisa Üksik are key contacts.

Jaanus Mägi and associates Mirjam Võsu and Sille Lehtsaar form the core IP, IT and telecoms practice at Magnusson. Litigator Denis Piskunov is another key contact, having acted for Sense in an infringement of trade secrets claim against a former management board member. Production company Filmimees is another client.

Njord Law Firm’s recent hire Anne Veerpalu, who joined from Attela Advokaadibüroo, is the main expert for IT and telecoms, while Karolina Ullman heads the IP law and marketing practice. They handle matters regarding patents, the commercialisation of products, infringement litigation, trade mark registration, IP spin-offs and licensing agreements, acting for Estonian and international clients.

Associate Jaanus Prost is the head of the IP, ICT and data protection practice at Advokaadibüroo PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal OÜ. He has a fintech sector strength and regularly handles e-Estonia projects. Karl Paadam, Indrek Ergma and senior associate Karin Henno are also recommended. Clients include AdCash, Maxima Eesti and Aktsiaselts Datel.

Tark handles trade mark infringement and anti-counterfeiting actions. Practice head Hannes Küün advises Icosagen Group on its patent registration, licensing and IP protection matters. Together with Marit Savi and Tanel Küün, he is also assisting Sentab Estonia with establishing spin-off company Pairby.

At Triniti Estonia, senior associate and main contact for IP, media and technology Karmen Turk recently represented global satellite operator Viasat in a copyright dispute with the Estonian Authors’ Union. She also advised e-book publisher Eesti Digiraamatute Keskus on the development and maintenance of its e-library.

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