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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 L√§tt - Advokaadib√ľroo PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal O√ú
    • Kaupo Leppasepp - Sorainen
    • Ants N√Ķmper - Ellex
    • Ave Piik - Derling Primus
    • Toomas Taube - Derling Primus

Next generation lawyers

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    • Sander K√§rson - TGS Baltic
    • Rauno Kinkar - LEXTAL
    • Mihkel Miidla - Sorainen
    • Mari Must - Ellex
    • Mari-Liis Orav - Advokaadib√ľroo PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal O√ú

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Pirkko-Liis Haarkma heads the IP and IT practices at Cobalt, which acts for clients on the full range of matters in these areas. Viive Kaur is recommended for IP work, while Kristel Raidla-Talur is the key name for blockchain and crypto matters.

Ellex¬†recently acted for Ambient Sound Investments in two disputes before the European Union Intellectual Property Office pertaining to the phrase "ASI".¬†Ants N√Ķmper¬†heads the practice and counsel¬†Mari Must¬†handles the firm's IP work in EU courts.¬†J√ľri Raidla¬†led the advice to Eesti Loto on a recent ICT procurement. Other key clients include Telia and Estonian Public Broadcasting.

Sorainen recently defended Lenovo in a trade mark infringement lawsuit, which was eventually resolved in the client's favour. Mihkel Miidla heads the practice, and Ants Mailend, Kaupo Lepasepp and Carri Ginter are also noted. Other key clients for the firm include Google, Sandoz and Toyota Baltic.

At Derling Primus, Toomas Taube heads the practice, which is noted for its 'ambition and drive'. The group represents HP in several trade mark infringement matters. Another key recent mandate for the firm is representing Liviko in a cross-border trade mark dispute with the Absolut Company. Senior associate Ave Piik is 'one of the strongest tech lawyers in the region' and recently led the firm's advice to IPF Digital on General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and data protection.

At Eversheds Sutherland Ots & Co, the 'always available and proactive' IP and IT team recently advised Zaum Studio on all IP aspects of its game development projects. Practice head Tambet Toomela is 'especially strong in contract negotiations' and recently advised Microsoft on data protection matters. Other key clients include Samsung Electronics and Jobbatical.

Elvira Tulvik heads the practice at Magnusson, which recently advised VLBToken on the legal aspects of its ICO. On the IP side, the firm acted for FinnFleet Tankers in European and global trade mark proceedings. Senior associate Sille Eerik is also recommended.

Advokaadib√ľroo PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal O√ú¬†recently represented Admiral Markets in a domain name dispute against a fraudulent website. Practice head¬†Priit L√§tt¬†is defending Synthon in a dispute with Teva Pharmaceutical Industries over alleged patent infringement, and senior associate¬†Mari-Liis Orav¬†assisted Endover with preparing for the GDPR.

TGS Baltic recently represented Liivimaa Lihasaaduste Wabrik in a dispute with a former partner over the ownership of a trade mark. Sander Kärson  and Peeter Viirsalu head the practice, which also recently advised Maxima on the implementation of the GDPR.

Acting for clients across the full spectrum of IP work, AAA Legal Services is an established name in the Estonian IP law market. Almar Sehver is a key name at the practice, along with patent attorney Urmas Kernu.

Annika Vait heads the IP/IT practice at ALTERNA, which recently advised IncProIT on the legal status of software ownership, and related copyright issues. The firm also acts for Ericsson Eesti on several matters, as well as advising Baltic Restaurants on data protection matters. Attorney-at-law Epp Lumiste is also recommended.

LEXTAL is acting as the main legal adviser to AFilm on the adaptation of children's book Sipsik. Practice head Rauno Kinkar 'really stands out for his thorough knowledge and experience in fintech', and Oliver Nääs is noted for his 'proactive and detail-oriented approach' in court cases.

LINKLaw is advising Asymmetric Studios on the creation of the animated film The Adventures Of Pinocchio, as well as advising Stereotek on the production of a concert film for Estonian band Ruja. Kairi Kurisoo heads the practice, which also advises Viru Keemia Grupp and Datacradle.

At NJORD Law Firm, Karolina Ullman represents OneTouch Technologies in a large trade mark dispute with Progressive Games Partners. Anne Veerpalu advises crypto exchange Mothership Foundation on various regulatory matters and heads the practice along with Ullman.

Hannes K√ľ√ľn¬†and¬†Marit Savi¬†head the IP/IT practice at¬†TARK, which recently represented DStream in a dispute with a software development company over allegedly deficient software. Other key clients for the firm include Bauhof and EveryPay.

FORT recently advised KredEx on the procurement of a new financial administration service. Kirsti Pent and Kuldar-Jaan Torokoff head the practice, and Rene Frolov handles competition matters for industry clients, such as defending STV in an unfair pricing dispute pertaining to pay-TV and broadband access.

Hedman Partners recently drafted IP transfer and licensing documents for Enterprise Estonia and defended the Estonian Film Foundation in a precedent-setting case pertaining to the liability of a film's financial backers in IP disputes. Toomas Seppel heads the practice.

Risto Agur¬†heads the IP/IT practice at¬†Advokaadib√ľroo KPMG Law, which recently advised Eesti Post on the implementation of the GDPR. Another key mandate for the 'competent' team was advising Finmec on the registration of an EU trade mark.

RASK Attorneys-at-Law recently represented Allfilm as a third party in a court dispute between Factory, a film company which lost a film contest to Allfilm, and the Estonian Film Institute. Tarmo Peterson heads the practice, which also advises Transcom Vara and Nordlin Ehitus.

Triniti Estonia handles a wide range of IP, IT and telecoms matters, often utilising the firm's pan-Baltic structure to benefit clients. The firm's practice is led by Karmen Turk.

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