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Cobalt’s practice head Ingrida Karina-Berzina has been acting for Bayer in customs, data protection and regulatory matters, as well as patent infringement proceedings against Gedeon Richter. Senior associate Linda Bīriņa is defending Latvijas Televīzija against a copyright case brought by LNT regarding television show formats. Also recommended are Guntars Zile and senior associate Liga Fjodorova.

Top-notch’ senior attorney Mārtiņš Gailis heads the team at Ellex, which represented Goodyear Dunlop Tires Baltic in a dispute relating to the sale of illegal parallel imports bearing the company’s trade mark. Other clients include Michael Kors and Google. Senior attorney Sarmis Spilbergs has ‘a strong background’ in data protection and regulated fields, including telecoms and life sciences. Līga Merwin is another experienced figure. Ēriks Blumbergs is a key name from the former Glimstedt & Partners team.

Eversheds Sutherland Bitans leverages its litigation and cross-border strengths in protecting and enforcing IP rights. Together with managing partner Agris Bitāns, who is ‘knowledgeable about international cases’, senior associate and practice head Inese Kalnāja-Zelča has been representing Latvia Tours in filing a domain and trade mark infringement claim against Latvia Travel D, which filed a counter trade mark invalidation action. Other clients include Danone and Edgewell Personal Care.

Kronbergs Cukste Derling has been assisting Monetizator with developing software for payment services. Department head Valters Kronbergs is defending Marmoroc against trade mark and patent infringement claims, and is acting for Sandoz in a patent case. Vineta Čukste-Jurjeva is another name to note.

Highlights for Sorainen included assisting Prior Rights with developing an app, copyright enforcement and data protection. The team is advising Providence Equity Partners on acquiring BITĖ Group from Mid Europa Partners. Practice head Agris Repšs is recommended and senior associate Andris Tauriņš leads the communications, media and technology sector group.

At Vilgerts, department head Ineta Krodere is acting for members of the Business Software Alliance (BSA) in criminal proceedings and litigation related to counterfeit software prosecution and protecting copyrights and trade marks. New clients include Microsoft and Omega Pharma. Brigita Tērauda recently joined from Fort.

TGS Baltic’s practice head Andra Rubene recently won a trade mark infringement claim for Jungent Latvia against VIA 3L (Ceļš Trīs). New clients include Communicorp and Amenda Markets.

At Fort, practice head Ieva Judinska-Bandeniece assists Mogo with its multijurisdictional trade mark strategy, recently including opposing the registration of a community trade mark.

Leadell Fogels, Vitols & Paipa advised Proact IT Latvia on terms and conditions for cloud computing. Practice head Nils Fogels, Māris Paipa and senior associate Ilze Jankeviča are key figures.

Njord Law Firm’s Sergei Petrov has been advising DKH Retail on preventing a website from illegally using the client’s trade marks to sell goods. Other clients include Schweppes and Lucasfilm.

Agency Tria Robit’s Inese Polaka and Natalija Anohina have acted on trade mark oppositions for clients from industries such as pharmaceuticals and manufacturing.

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