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Editorial

Index of tables

  1. IP, IT and telecoms
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next generation lawyers

Leading individuals

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    • Viive Kaur - Cobalt
    • Priit Lätt - PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal OÜ, Advokaadibüroo
    • Kaupo Lepasepp - Sorainen
    • Ants Nõmper - Ellex
    • Toomas Taube - Derling

Next generation lawyers

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    • Sander Kärson - TGS Baltic
    • Rauno Kinkar - Lextal
    • Mihkel Miidla - Sorainen
    • Mari Must - Ellex
    • Mari-Liis Orav - PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal OÜ, Advokaadibüroo
    • Ave Piik - Derling

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Cobalt regularly assists with transactional matters in the TMT sector, but is also experienced across the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious IP work as well as in advising on online payments, gambling and advertising. Recent highlights include advising media company Ekspress Grupp on the acquisition of Babahh Media. Pirkko-Liis Harkmaa took over the role of practice lead after Ave Piik joined Derling. Viive Kaur is recommended.

Derling fields an ‘experienced team of IP lawyers’, but the group is equally experienced in IT and media matters. Recent highlights include advising Avon on various IT matters such as online shipping restrictions. Hewlett Packard is another key client. The team welcomed the ‘well-established and very dedicated’ Ave Piik from Cobalt who is particularly ‘strong for IT work’. The ‘brilliant’ Toomas Taube heads the team.

Ellex’s ‘market-leading practice with remarkable capabilities in the telecommunications and technology sectors’ also includes a ‘substantial team that can advise on a comprehensive range of IP matters’. Clients include Estonian Public Broadcasting and AS TV3. Ants Nõmper exhibits ‘outstanding knowledge, an approachable manner and is someone who works fast and effectively at finding pragmatic solutions’. Other key members of the team are the ‘very knowledgeableMari Must and Merlin Liis, who is praised for her ‘expertise in data protection and the telecoms sector’.

Covering the full spectrum of IP, IT and telecoms matters, Sorainen has a ‘very efficient’ and ‘seasoned team that knows what it is doing’. The group successfully represented the Estonian branch of Sandoz Pharmaceuticals in two patent litigation matters in Estonia. Kaupo Lepasepp ‘quickly gets to the root of the problem and then advises calmly on strategy in a very understandable way’. On the contentious side, Carri Ginter has ‘exceptional experience and superb acumen’. Mihkel Miidla is also noted.

AAA Legal Services covers all aspects of IP for clients such as McDonald’s and has a particular strength in IP litigation. Urmas Kernu and patent expert Tõnu Nelsas are the names to note.

Clients of Eversheds Sutherland Ots & Co are ‘greatly impressed with the team’, not least due to its experience in data protection matters. In a recent highlight, the group advised Zaum Studio on various matters including a major distribution agreement with games distributor Humble Bundle. ‘Very active’ practice head Tambet Toomelastays on top of things and has a very good understanding of IP, IT and all tech-related matters’.

Magnusson advised Mothership on the crowdsale of its new cryptocurrency exchange platform. Jaanus Mägi ‘always delivers great work’ and Elvira Tulvik is ‘vastly experienced’. ‘Very thorough and excellent communicator’ Sille Eerik and the ‘very knowledgeable’ Mirjam Võsu, who are both senior associates, are also recommended.

TGS Baltic assisted AK Systems with the sale of its IT services business to Telia Estonia. In another key matter the group represented Ty Nordic in a dispute with Tactic Games Oy over product labelling and the use of a business name. Associate partner Sander Kärson and senior associate Peeter Viirsalu are key contacts.

The head of the team at Alterna is Annika Vait, who is praised for her ‘good response times, helpful attitude and informative answers’. The group advises on trade marks, domain names and designs in addition to protecting patents and copyright. Key clients include Ericsson Eesti. Siret Siilbek ‘always finds time for her clients’.

Hedman Partners’ ‘overall levels of service are excellent and beyond expectations’. The group’s core strengths lie in the music and tech sectors and it has a broad range of start-up clients. Toomas Seppel is ‘extremely knowledgeable and quick’.

Lextal’s ‘fast and professional’ team is known for its experience in self-driving vehicles and cybercrime. Associate Rauno Kinkar is ‘very experienced and knowledgeable’.

LinkLaw provides a ‘very personal service’ to clients such as Asymmetric Frame and Sterotek. Key highlights included advising Reyktal on a potential patent dispute. Maksim Kozlov gets ‘straight to the main issues and provides practical advice’; Kairi Kurisoo heads the team.

Njord Law Firm’s main areas of expertise include cryptocurrencies, blockchain and data protection issues. Starman and Heathmont / mSolutions are key clients. Karolina Ullman, Anne Veerpalu and Triinu Hiob are the names to note.

Advokaadibüroo PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal OÜ is representing the three major Estonian collective societies in a complex and unprecedented court action against the Government of Estonia over private copying levies. Priit Lätt heads the team that welcomed Mari-Liis Orav to its ranks from Advokaadibüroo GLIMSTEDT Estonia OÜ.

Rask Attorneys-at-Law’s Tarmo Petersonputs his clients’ needs above all else’ and Ramon Raskdoes things well’. The team advised Bambona on the legal aspects of opening a web shop.

Tark recently advised on several trade mark infringement matters and on various anti-counterfeiting actions. Clients include Advanced Sports Installations Europe, Westway and QualityKitten. Tanel Tark is a key contact.

Triniti Estonia successfully represented Bolagsuppysningen in a major case regarding the liability of an internet intermediary before the European Court of Justice (Grand Chamber). The team also has considerable strength in assisting with the legal aspects of robotics. Practice head Karmen Turk is recommended.

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