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    • Marek Oleksyn - CMS

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Baker & McKenzie Krzyżowski i Wspólnicy Spółka Komandytowa’s team provides ‘outstanding service levels’, ‘responds quickly’ and has ‘excellent industry knowledge’. Marek Rosiński is handling trade mark portfolio management matters for 3M. Marcin Fijałkowski and senior associate Katarzyna Tobiasz-Dumania, who is ‘strong in trade mark and parallel import matters’ and has ‘a very hands-on approach’, acted for CEDC International in a trade mark dispute with Stock Poland.

Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak’s ‘extremely knowledgeable, innovative and diligent’ team ‘takes the time to research novel issues’. The ‘commercially minded’ Ewa Skrzydło-Tefelska ‘understands client’s needs’. Jacek Myszko, who has ‘a very good grasp of the law and business’, is also recommended alongside Szymon Gogulski and the ‘responsive’ Maciej Zwoliński.

Wardynski & Partners’ team ‘delivers complete and multi-faceted solutions’. It acts for large national and international companies in matters ranging from trade mark prosecution to copyright infringement actions. The group advised Mattel on forfeiture of counterfeit products. Włodzimierz Szoszuk and Anna Pompe are recommended.

Although Allen & Overy, A. Pedzich sp. k.’s team, which is led by the renowned Krystyna Szczepanowska-Kozłowska, is particularly active in the life sciences and pharmaceutical sectors, it also receives instructions from large energy, entertainment and telecoms companies. It handles matters ranging from patent litigation to trade mark portfolio management and enforcement. Clients include BGŻ BNP Paribas and Amazon. Senior associate Justyna Ostrowska and associate Michał Gajdus are also recommended.

Bird & Bird Szepietowski i wspólnicy sp. k. houses ‘real fighters and swift strategists with technology at heart’. The team ‘cut its teeth on patent litigation’ and is currently acting for Mylan Pharmaceuticals in a patent infringement case concerning Alzheimer’s disease medication. Practice head Piotr Dynowski and newly promoted partner Marta Koremba are key contacts.

With clients ranging from fashion houses and car manufacturers to pharmaceutical and technology companies, CMS’ ‘responsive and knowledgeable’ group is particularly strong in IP enforcement. It is defending L’Oréal against trade mark invalidation proceedings as well as conducting anti-counterfeit actions for the same client. Practice head Tomasz Koryzma and counsel Marek Oleksyn are recommended.

Dentons’ ‘very professional and thorough’ team assists multinational corporations with IP protection, including trade mark prosecution and portfolio management. ‘Great managerIgor Ostrowski, who has ‘a wealth of experience, knowledge and business understanding’, handles brand protection matters for Nike. Senior associate Marek Trojnarski is ‘very professional, detail oriented and business friendly’; Aleksandra Politańska-Kunicka is also recommended.

Drzewiecki, Tomaszek & Wspólnicy Spólka Jawna’s key contacts include Andrzej Tomaszek and Anna Gołębiowska. The team handles a range of contentious and non-contentious matters related to copyright, trade marks, patent protection and industrial designs.

At boutique firm Hasik & Partners, the ‘top-notch, responsive and dependable’ team ‘knows the law and its clients’ needs’. The group’s client base comprises large international corporations and national household names, such as Rovio Entertainment, Eli Lilly and UEFA. The ‘outstanding’ Daniel Hasik is noted for his ‘hands-on mentality, candour and enthusiasm’; Eric Rheims and Anna Kruszewska are also recommended.

At K&L Gates LLP, Oskar Tułodziecki handles a wide range of matters for some of the top names in the entertainment and media sectors. Instructions include trade mark prosecution, copyright protection and portfolio management.

Traple Konarski Podrecki & Partners’ ‘responsive and innovative’ team combines ‘domestic and European legal knowledge and business orientation’. Clients include Maspex Group, McDonald’s Polska and Lotte Wedel. Paweł Podręcki and Tomasz Targosz are key contacts.

WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr’s group handles matters involving trade mark and copyright infringement as well as unfair competition claims. Agnieszka Wiercińska-Krużewska and Aleksandra Wędrychowska-Karpińska represent Wolters Kluwer and others in a copyright dispute with Chomikuj.pl.

Czyzewscy Kancelaria Adwokacka’s lawyers ‘know the industry’ and handle contentious and advisory work for media and life sciences clients. It represented Forposta in a trade mark registration opposition filed by Poczta Polska. The ‘competent, commercial and always available’ Krzysztof Czyżewski is ‘sensitive to client’s needs’. Katarzyna Czyżewska is also recommended.

DLA Piper Giziński Kycia sp.k.’s group ‘works very hard, takes the initiative and provides incredible service’. Ewa Kurowska-Tober is supported by ‘outstanding’ counsel Justyna Wilczyńska-Baraniak. Spin Masters, Conair Group and Showmax are clients.

The ‘business-oriented, responsive and proactive’ lawyers at Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka specialise in trade mark protection matters. ‘Efficient, communicative’ practice head Aleksandra Auleytner and ‘dedicated’ senior associate Jarosław Konecko, who has ‘excellent legal and market knowledge’, are key contacts. Clients include Garmin, Kompozyty and Przekrój Polska.

Kochanski Zieba & Partners’ team ‘shows initiative’ while ‘focusing on clients’ needs’. Highlights included managing Hasco Lek’s trade mark portfolio and handling IP enforcement for Pandora. Karolina Marciniszyn has ‘outstanding knowledge and legal skills’; Piotr Kochański is also recommended.

Leśnodorski, Ślusarek & Partners’ team handles a wide range of work for media and entertainment clients. The team advised the Museum of the Second World War in Gdańsk on copyright protection rights for its permanent exhibition. Maciej Ślusarek and Maciej Kubiak are recommended, as is senior associate Katarzyna Ciepiela.

Wierzbowski Eversheds Sutherland’s group ‘goes above and beyond’ to provide ‘very good response times’ and has ‘vast knowledge and expertise’. Tomasz Zalewski and Paweł Lipski are defending FS File Solutions against copyright infringement claims brought by several publishers including Wolters Kluwer.

At Gide Loyrette Nouel, Piotr Sadownik is acting for L’Oréal’s Polish distributor against claims of copyright infringement in one of the brand’s advertising campaigns. Krzysztof Ciepliński is also recommended.

Hogan Lovells (Warszawa) LLP’s ‘productive’ team houses ‘legally and technically able’ lawyers, who are ‘thorough in their work and grasp arguments quickly’. ‘Impressive strategistEwa Kacperek is handling patent invalidation proceedings for Icos. Wrigley is also a client.

Laszczuk i Wspólnicy sp.k.’s team handles industrial property cases as well as wider copyright claims. Counsel Anna Lasocka is ‘very knowledgeable and helpful’.

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  • Report on the scale of customs seizures of goods suspected of infringing intellectual property right

    Statistics in recent years show a constant increase in customs seizures of counterfeit goods. Goods seized these days by the customs authorities are not only those that are usually associated with counterfeiting, such as cosmetics, clothing and CDs/DVDs, but they also include items such as medicinal products, foodstuffs and toys. Attempts to import counterfeit goods of this type can lead to serious risks to the life and health of consumers.
    - Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka

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