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Key figures at Ellex (Lithuania) include group head Vytautas Mizaras, Jaunius Gumbis and senior associate Mantas Rimkevičius. They defended FIBA Europe’s rights to the EuroBasket trade mark in a domain dispute heard before the Supreme Court. Coca-Cola, IBM and Pfizer also feature on the impressive client roster. Miglė Petkevičienė has taken over the life sciences group and was promoted to senior associate along with Julius Zaleskis; associate partner Rūta Pumputienė left and launched Ruta Pumputiene Law Firm.
Sorainen’s new hires from Borenius’ include specialist counsel Stasys Drazdauskas, who acted for Pharmadiet in trade mark opposition proceedings against Laifarma. Department head Renata Beržanskienė represented Wolf Oil Corporation in a Supreme Court anti-counterfeiting case against a Lithuanian automotive lubricants and oil manufacturer. Former pharmaceuticals and life sciences group head Rokas Janauskas now operates a consultancy; fellow senior associate Vytė Danilevičiūtė went to Riot Games.
AAA Law’s expertise includes patents and trade secret cases. Senior partner Marius Jakulis Jason and managing partner Otilija Klimaitienė – who specialises in registering and protecting IP rights in the state and European patent offices, WIPO and other institutions – are experienced patent attorneys with additional expertise in trade marks.
Cobalt’s clients include Novartis (a regular source of work in patent infringement, customs and IP rights registration), Paris Elysees and Bayer CropScience. Senior associate Liudas Karnickas heads the team and specialises in contentious IP matters and commercial agreements pertaining to IP rights. Žilvinas Kvietkus is a pharmaceutical sector expert.
IP boutique Metida law firm of Reda Zaboliene fields skilled patent and trade mark attorneys as well as consultants. Led by managing partner Reda Zaboliene, the practice’s caseload includes IP right protection and enforcement and anti-piracy matters. Associate partners Inga Lukauskiene and Erikas Saukalas are key figures.
Tark Grunte Sutkiene’s practice is headed by Gediminas Lisauskas, who joined from Baltic Legal Solutions with senior associate Ramūnas Birštonas. The group represents Olympic gold medallist Rūta Meilutytė in various matters, including infringements of name and image rights. Iraida Žogaitė advises Microsoft on licensing IP rights. Litigator Lina Darulienė is recommended.
Patent attorney Vilija Viešūnaitė heads Triniti’s ‘vigilant and dedicated’ team. Associate partner Aurelija Rutkauskaitė’s strengths include advertising law and unfair competition. Defending Naujasis Nevėžis in a trade mark infringement and unfair competition dispute against Société des Produits Nestlé was a highlight.
Eversheds Saladžius represented Juwö Engineering in a dispute involving matters including the unauthorised use of a Community Trade Mark and unfair competition. The team, which includes department head Rimtis Puišys and patent attorney Tomas Jakubauskas, is ‘engaged and loyal’.
Fort’s department is led by Mindaugas Kiškis, who joined from Solvings. The team assists investors with investing in start-ups, including acting for Oxygen Venture Capital; advice involved patent, technology transfer and acquisition matters.
In April 2016, Primus, Attorneys at Law absorbed Law Firm Varul's Vilnius office to gain a presence in the Lithuanian market. At the firm, associate partner Gediminas Pranevičius is a patent attorney and an EC trade mark and design attorney. He represented Tech Data Europe in a domain name registration dispute against Asti.lt. Ernesta Žiogienė heads the practice.
LEADELL Balčiūnas & Grajauskas acted for an alcoholic beverage producer on invalidating a trade mark registration. Managing partner Marius Grajauskas and Gintaras Balčiūnas are recommended, as is associate partner and practice head Rytis Paukštė.