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  1. Intellectual property
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next generation lawyers

Leading individuals

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    • Renata Beržanskienė - Sorainen
    • Andrius IÅ¡kauskas - AAA Law
    • Vytautas Mizaras - Ellex
    • Vilija VieÅ¡Å«naitė - Triniti
    • Reda Zaboliene - Metida Law Firm Zaboliene and Partners

Next generation lawyers

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    • Stasys Drazdauskas - Sorainen
    • Inga Lukauskiene - Metida Law Firm Zaboliene and Partners
    • Mantas Rimkevičius - Ellex
    • Aurelija Rutkauskaitė - Triniti
    • Erikas Saukalas - Metida Law Firm Zaboliene and Partners

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Noteworthy names in the department at AAA Law include Andrius Iškauskas, Giedrė Domkutė, managing partner Otilija Klimaitienė and IP registration specialist Aušra Pakėnienė. Pakėnienė is also recognised for her trade mark litigation expertise and recently represented MV Group in a trade mark dispute against Vilniaus degtinė regarding beer labeling, and acted for Procter & Gamble in trade mark litigation against ABC Deterjan relating to cleaning product labels.

As a key name in the market for IP litigation, Ellex’s recent work includes representing basketball club Kauno Zalgiris in a trade mark dispute against football club Vilniaus Zalgiris relating to the use of the name ‘Zalgiris’; acting for Akzo Nobel in two cross-border trade mark disputes; and defending Telia Lietuva in a blocking injunction. Vytautas Mizaras heads the group, which also includes Jaunius Gumbis and senior associate Mantas Rimkevičius.

Reda Zaboliene leads the team at Metida Law Firm Zaboliene and Partners, which counts Biovela and Carlsberg Breweries as clients. Erikas Saukalas is also recommended; his recent work includes representing a German automaker in a counterfeit case; acting for Euroapotheca in a trade mark opposition case, successfully invalidating a competitor’s trade mark; and representing Swatch in a trade mark dispute. Associated partner Inga Lukauskiene is another name to note.

At Sorainen, Renata Beržanskienė recently represented Red Bull in trade mark litigation against Lithuanian infringers; advised Google on trade mark filings, opposition proceedings and IP protection issues; and assisted Orkla Health with cease and desist letters. Wolf Oil, Absolut and Revel Systems are also clients. Žygimantas Pacevičius focuses on contentious matters, counsel Stasys Drazdauskas leads the communications, media and technology sector group, and associate Ignas Motiejūnas is also active in the IP space.

Žilvinas Kvietkus is the key name to note at Cobalt and specialises in the pharmaceuticals and life sciences sectors. Julija Beldeninovienė focuses on IP-related contract negotiations. Viltė Kristina Steponėnaitė left the firm.

Triniti’s practice handles trade mark, design, patent, copyright and unfair competition matters for a client roster including Hugo Boss, Crocs and Intelligence Communications. The group also recently advised smart device startup Deeper on the registration, prosecution and enforcement of its IP rights. Vilija Viešūnaitė leads the practice, which also includes senior associates Aurelija Rutkauskaitė and Edita Ivanauskienė.

Under the leadership of Rimtis Puišys, Eversheds Saladžius (a member of Eversheds Sutherland)’s expertise encompasses the full gamut of IP law with substantial expertise in trade mark litigation and counterfeiting work. BMW, Intellegentia Infinita and Vilniaus Pergalė are clients.

Fort’s recent highlights include advising Hyundai on trade mark registration and renewals, representing Top Connect in litigation relating to domain names in the UK and Australia, and acting for multiple publishers including Alma Littera in a claim relating to e-book copyright violations. Mindaugas Kiškis leads the practice; Aistė Samuilytė-Mamontovė is also recommended.

Leadell Balčiūnas & Grajauskas’ practice includes managing associate and team head Vaidas Radvila and senior associate Liūnė Storoženkaitė as key practitioners. Gintaras Balčiūnas is also active in the space; he and Storoženkaitė acted for Roche in a patent infringement case and are representing Naujoji Rūta in multiple trade mark infringement disputes.

Mindaugas Civilka heads the department at TGS Baltic, while Lina Darulienė is the key name for IP litigation; she recently represented Virtuvės Mitų Griovėjai in a trade mark dispute and acted for Identa Dental Material in trade mark litigation. Other clients include Viasat, BBC Worldwide Productions and Philip Morris Baltic. Vidmantas Drizga and senior associate Indrė Barauskienė are also names to note.

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