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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. Tomasz Zalewski was a new arrival from Wierzbowski Eversheds Sutherland in January 2019.

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.

In January 2019, several partners departed Kochanski Zieba & Partners, which now operates as Kochanski & Partners. The 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’. Paweł Lipski is defending FS File Solutions against copyright infringement claims brought by several publishers including Wolters Kluwer. Tomasz Zalewski joined Bird & Bird Szepietowski i wspólnicy sp. k. in January 2019.

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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Legal Developments in Poland for Intellectual property

  • 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.
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  • KZP has advised EPP on the acquisition of King Cross Marcelin shopping centre

    Kochański Zięba & Partners law firm (KZP) advises EPP on its EUR 91.1 million acquisition of King Cross Marcelin shopping centre in Poznan – EPP’s first entry into Poznan.
  • Kochanski Zieba & Partners advised Groupe Beneteau on the aqcuisition of Delphia Yachts

    Kochanski Zieba & Partners (KZP) advised Groupe Beneteau (France), one of the two largest sailing and power boat manufacturers globally, on its transaction with Delphia Yachts – Poland’s leading boatbuilder. As a result of this transaction, the rights to sailing and power boat designs, and the building and marketing activities of the Delphia and Maxi Yacht brands were acquired.
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  • Kochański Zieba & Partners wins the case of Jan Rokita against Konrad Kornatowski

    By its judgment dated 19 June 2015 entered in the case brought by Jan Rokita against Konrad Kornatowski (former Police Commander in Chief), the Regional Court in Warsaw allowed the claim and rendered unenforceable the 2009 judgment of the Court of Appeal ordering Jan Rokita to make a statement of apology to Konrad Kornatowski in Dziennik newspaper.
  • Kochański Zięba & Partners wins the case for the editors-in-chief of “Fakt” and Fakt.pl agains

    On 13 August 2015, the Court of Appeal in Warsaw dismissed in its entirety an action brought by the General Inspectorate for Road Transport against Robert Feluś and Grzegorz Jankowski for publication of a correction to the press release entitled “Libacja inspektorów od radarów ”. The article was published in “Fakt Gazeta Codzienna” on 27 September 2013.
  • Kochański Zięba & Partners wins a case for Ringier Axel Springer Polska (RASP) against Kata

    On 26 June 2015, the Regional Court in Warsaw dismissed in its entirety a claim filed by Katarzyna Tusk against Ringier Axel Springer Polska (RASP) represented by Kochański Zięba Rapala & Partners Law Firm.
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    On 1 October 2015, the Court of Appeal in Warsaw  reversed the judgment of the Regional Court in Warsaw announced on 2 February 2015 in the case brought by Marek Falenta against Michał Wodziński (the former editor of Fakt.pl) and dismissed the action for publication, on the fakt.pl portal, of corrections to the following press articles: “Tak żyje kelner od afery taśmowej” (“This Is How the Tape Scandal Waiter Lives”), “Tak ”Król węgla” chciał obalić Tuska?” (“Is This How the ‘Coal King’ Wanted to Overthrow Tusk?”), “Węglowy król: jakie ma haki na premiera?” (“The Coal King: What Does He Have on the Prime Minister?”), “Adwokat Falenty z pluskwą w teczce?” (“Falenta’s Lawyer With a Bug in His Briefcase?”), “Nowa hipoteza: Trio frustratów stoi za taśmami” (“The New Hypothesis:  There’s a Trio of Frustrated People Behind the Tapes”), “Tak mieszka król węgla od afery taśmowej” (“This Is How the Tape Scandal Coal King Lives”).
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    As the modern business services market continues to experience explosive growth in Poland, it is worth keeping in mind the legal issues surrounding practices related to monitoring of employees. The line between lawful and unlawful monitoring practices is at times unclear, and issues of personal data protection also must be kept in mind.
  • Processing personal data in the BPO/SSC sector

    Personal data protection generates a large number of difficulties in the day-to-day activity of service centres. This results from the complicated processes surrounding the processing of personal data in international corporations and the unique nature of the BPO/SSC industry, but also from the restrictive requirements of Polish law regarding personal data. 
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