Intellectual property in Czech Republic

Baker & McKenzie s.r.o., advokátní kancelář

Baker & McKenzie s.r.o., advokátní kancelář remains one of the market leaders in the intellectual property space, and its practice is overseen by 'outstanding lawyer' Jiří ČermákThe group handle the spectrum of complex patent matters and portfolio management work which have a considerable cross-border element, particularly Slovak law. Senior associate Kristína Bartošková handles IP litigation as well as white-collar-crime, and Samuel Král specialises in information technology law. The group regularly works with the firm's offices across Europe, particularly Luxembourg and Frankfurt.

Practice head(s):

Jiří Čermák

Other key lawyers:

Kristína Bartošková; Samuel Král

Testimonials

‘Baker & Mckenzie’s local team in Prague is extremely professional and efficient. We have obtained some great results with their assistance. They have a great knowledge and expertise in all IP matters but more specifically in trademark and domain name issues. They are very pragmatic and have a very commercial and practical approach to IP issues whether contentious or not. Their understanding of client needs make it very easy and pleasant to work with the team. ’

‘Jiri Cermak is an outstanding lawyer. He is very pragmatic, easy to work with, and has excellent knowledge and understanding of his client’s needs. He can anticipate issues and find adequate solutions, making it extremely helpful as well as time and cost-efficient. He is also very available and easy to reach. It’s an absolute pleasure to work with him. ’

‘Reputation, deep expertise in IT law as well as general commercial law; very practical and “easy to talk to” approach.’

‘Jiri Cermak – excellent mind, technically savvy with great orientation in IT business and still have deep legal knowledge and expertise

Samuel Kral (associate) – very proactive and intelligent associate, he understands IT business as well.

‘High expertise. Flexible.’

Key clients

Avery Dennison

Bristol Myers Squibb

Calvin Klein

CÉLINE S/A

Československá obchodní banka, a. s. (ČSOB)

Chanel

Danone

Eli Lilly

Google

Grundfos

H&M

Honeywell

HSBC

Laufen / Roca Group

L’OREAL SA / The Body Shop

Michael Kors

Nikon

SAP

SCS Software

Škoda AUTO

Swarovski

Walmark

Yves Saint-Laurent

Work highlights

  • Acted for Škoda Auto in successfully recovering various domain names for the client in various jurisdictions, under various UDRP or ADR rules or through court litigation.
  • Acted for Chanel in trade mark issues concerning luxury goods sold outside of selective distribution system and issues of parallel imports.
  • Representing L’Oreal before the relevant state authorities.

Bird & Bird s.r.o. advokátní kancelář

Bird & Bird s.r.o. advokátní kancelář is singled out for its pre-eminent intellectual property practice and handles an assortment of landmark mandates spanning high-stakes litigation and complex data protection work. Practice head and IP arbitrator Vojtěch Chloupek advises large domestic and multinational clients on trade marks, copyright, and design registration matters. On the litigation side, experienced senior associate Andrea Jarolímková covers both contentious and non-contentious issues and is highlighted for her data protection and privacy law expertise. Also in the team is Jiří Malý, who focuses on enforcement rights and has appeared before the courts.

Practice head(s):

Vojtěch Chloupek

Other key lawyers:

Andrea Jarolímková;  Jiří Malý

Key clients

Nadace Terezy Maxové dětem

Knobbe Martens (ultimate client Monster Energy Company)

Verne Global

APS Holding

Phonexia s.r.o.

Biolandes Technologies SAS

Bravonext SA

Lacoste + Gant

Work highlights

  • Providing legal advice regarding brand portfolio management and trade mark oppositions to Monster Energy Company.
  • Advising the charity fund of a Czech top model Tereza Maxová in the area of intellectual property and data protection law.
  • Representing Lacoste and Gant in enforcement matters in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

ROWAN LEGAL

ROWAN LEGAL's top-tier intellectual property practice is highlighted for its 'focus on detail and excellent knowledge of all aspects of regulation', and is led by IT specialist Josef Donát and Michal Nulíček. The team has considerable strength in international trade mark matters, copyright, and licensing work, and also handles domestic and cross-border litigation. The group has a cross-over with the firm's highly rated TMT practice and offers a comprehensive full service to technology clients. Senior associate Bohuslav Lichnovský focuses on personal data and heads the firm's data protection and contracts group.

Practice head(s):

Josef Donát; Michal Nulíček

Other key lawyers:

Bohuslav Lichnovský

Testimonials

‘ROWAN is unique in their combination of IP and ICT agenda, together with strong expertise in data protection. We also rate the strong IT background of some of the lawyers which makes it much easier to cooperate with them on a more technical projects. ’

‘It is a great team full of professionals, and they are flexible to set up teams and to prepare any document specific to client’s needs. Rowan’s legal team has great knowledge and wide experience within IP law, including representing before authorities. They have a strong business approach, greatly added value, and innovative solutions. ’

‘Rowan Legal is a high-quality law company that completely meets our high expectations. We have gained a strong partner who fully understands our requirements and product ideas. We appreciate the knowledge and overview of Rowan Legal attorneys, their skills, and their ability to find solutions.

‘They are very high-quality lawyers with a focus on detail and excellent knowledge of all aspects of regulation. I strongly recommend cooperation with them. I appreciate their understanding of modern technology, IT law, media law, and copyright law. Their analysis and briefs have helped us prepare a SWOT analysis, realize the strengths and weaknesses of our product.’

Key clients

Dragonfly

Deufol SE

Severočeská vodárenská společnost

Škoda Auto DigiLab

UP21

CISCO SYSTEMS (Czech Republic)

NVision Czech Republic

JetBrains

Hlavní město Praha (The City of Prague)

Livesport News

Stratox Enterprises

E.ON

Sedlecký kaolin

DIVR

Work highlights

  • Advising Livesport News on the development and launch of innovative news aggregation platforms called FlashSport and FlashNews.
  • Advising Škoda Auto DigiLab on several innovative projects, including copyright-related advice to an innovative car-sharing platform, a platform for trunk delivery, a platform for charging of e-vehicles, and others.
  • Acted for E.ON in a dispute with its IT system provider regarding ownership of the system, data and the cooperation to be provided during the exit phase.

Allen & Overy

Allen & Overy has an excellent intellectual property practice and advises a range of multinational clients on both contentious and non-contentious matters. Led out of Prague by Prokop Verner, the group has experience across trade marks, copyright, and anti-counterfeiting matters. Markéta Císařová is the firm's CEE anti-bribery and corruption coordinator and has vast expertise in complex cross-border IP matters, and also handles transactional work. At the associate level, Jakub Cech handles litigation and has experience before national courts. The team also has competition expertise and provides clients with a full-service offering.

Practice head(s):

Prokop Verner

Other key lawyers:

Markéta Císařová; Jakub Cech

Key clients

Connectivity Lab (subsidiary of ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab)

ECO-INVESTMENT

Glencore

EnBW and its subsidiary Pražská energetika

NIKON

Memsource

Imperial Tobacco

Fontem Ventures BV

Imperial Brands PLC (formally Imperial Tobacco)

Work highlights

  • Advised Motion Picture Association on its ongoing implementation of the new Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive and the Satellite and Cable Directive into Czech law.
  • Acted for Horphag Research Management in a trade mark infringement for protection of its rights to the Pycnogenol PYCNOGENOL trade mark.
  • Advised EnBW and its subsidiary Pražská energetika as a bidder on the acquisition of the retail gas and electricity business of innogy Czech Republic, including setting up a brand license in relation to the Innogy brand to be used by the successful bidder in the Czech Republic.

CMS

CMS handles domestic and cross-border intellectual property disputes and has sector strength across the automotive and telecoms space. The team advises a number of multinationals and leading banks on trade mark, copyrights, and patent registration matters, and is led by Tomáš Matějovsky. Senior associate Petr Beneš is noted for regulatory matters and advises on design right. The team also handles transactional work, frequently cross-border in nature, where it works closely with its other European offices.

Practice head(s):

Tomáš Matějovský

Other key lawyers:

Petr Beneš

Key clients

ČSOB

ECOLAB Inc.

Yolt Services, M7 Group, and UPC DTH

Česká Asociace Satelitních Operátorů z.s.

Digi CZ

Ecolab USA Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised ČSOB, one of the country’s top two banks, on the acquisition of a 45% stake in the Czech building savings bank Ceskomoravská stavební sporitelna (CMSS) – including advice on IP issues and trade mark licensing.
  • Advising the Czech association of satellite operators in negotiations with collecting societies on tariffs and rates of copyright royalties in the Czech Republic.
  • Representing all three major satellite TV operators (Yolt Services, M7 Group, and UPC DTH) in series of complex disputes with collective copyright administrators.

HAVEL & PARTNERS s.r.o., attorneys at law

HAVEL & PARTNERS s.r.o., attorneys at law is a key destination for technology clients, for which it handles a wide spectrum of intellectual property matters. The highly regarded Robert Nešpůrek jointly leads the team alongside Ivan Rámeš, who advises international corporations on trade marks and copyrights, as well as on litigation matters; Štěpán Štarha, who splits his time between Prague and Bratislava and is the key contact for cross-border mandates across the CEE region; Jan Diblik, who has experience acting for internet technologies and telecoms clients.

Practice head(s):

Robert Nešpůrek; Ivan Rámeš; Jan Diblík; Štěpán Štarha

Other key lawyers:

Tomas Havelka

Testimonials

‘Havel & Partners is a good partner for us; they offer many services for reasonable prices and there is always someone specialized in a particular problem.’

‘Ivan Rames, Radek Riedl and Tereza Hrabakova who are ready to deal with our daily agenda as well as with specialized IP matters. What we always appreciate most is fast reaction/responses, practical approach, and comprehensible answer which was always professional, complex, and clear to us.

‘I was closely working with associate Mgr. Tomas Havelka and I’ve found his competence, openness, and honest client-focused approach impressive.’

‘Exceptionally oriented in the Czech law and practice.’

‘It is the expertise and the size of the team. This allows them to achieve profound specialisation and deeper knowledge of the respective field so they are ready to provide highly qualified advice any time it is necessary without any additional research of the case law. This also allows the HAVEL team to get more into the business side of the matter so their advice is practical and directly applicable. ’

‘The size and expertise of the team enables the members of HAVEL & PARTNERS to specialise in more detail in various topics and provide accurate, up to date and business-oriented matter. Many members of the team have also studied and worked abroad which helps to bring a different perspective to Czech legal approaches. (Foreign) Language skills are also at very high level. ’

Key clients

Agentura CzechInvest

Arbol Capital

BANK OF CHINA

Caesars Interactive Entertainment, Caesars Licensing Corporation

Český olympijský výbor (Czech Olympic Committee)

Crocs

Czech Ministry of Justice

Czech National Library of Technology

Czech Football Association

De’Longhi Praga

Dassault Systemes

Decasport

Fiskars Corporation

Hard Rock Café

L’Oréal

Mary Kay

Masonite

METRO AG

Morosystems

NAFIGATE CORPORATION

NUTREND D.S.

OMV

ORSAY

Parfumes Christian Dior

Pandora

Pivovary Staropramen

Roche

VITRA Concept

TOUS

Unilever

Work highlights

  • Representing Benteler ČR s.r.o. / Benteler Automotive GmbH in the Czech Republic as part of a global patent litigation.
  • Assisted Windyty, SE in the acquisition of the largest database of webcams, including software issues and related IP rights in a cross-border asset deal transaction.
  • Advised Pivovary Staropramen on the management and enforcement of its IP rights portfolio.

Squire Patton Boggs s.r.o., advokátní kancelář

Squire Patton Boggs s.r.o., advokátní kancelář's practice has strength across the intellectual property spectrum, with a niche in the technology sector and large-scale infrastructure projects. Jaroslav Tajbr handles transactional work for international technology clients including Infor Global Solutions, and also advises on complex software agreements, trade marks, and copyright disputes. Hana Gawlasová who heads the firm's TMT practice, is recommended for her considerable trade mark filing and prosecution practice. The team handles multi-jurisdictional work across the Asia-Pacific and is supported by its wider European network.

Practice head(s):

Jaroslav Tajbr

Other key lawyers:

Hana Gawlasová

Testimonials

‘Their expertise is in the IT contracts. Very friendly and flexible approach. ’

‘Jaroslav Tajbr: excellent technical lawyer, client-friendly, proactive, a problem solver.’

Key clients

ERC-TECH a.s.

Rastislav Brencic

Elixír do škol

EDUin

Moravia IT

Infor Global Solutions

Ytica

Work highlights

  • Assisting John Crane with reviewing and negotiating a Software-as-a-Service agreement with its major IT provider.
  • Assisting Talapoin with various intellectual matters related to the development and worldwide licensing of a new AI technology.
  • Assisting ERC-TECH in negotiations with several potential licensees interested in acquiring the rights to its technology, including drafting the respective technology transfers and licensing agreements.

Štaidl Leška Advokáti

Štaidl Leška Advokáti's boutique intellectual property practice began operations in January 2019 and has specialist expertise covering copyright litigation. Jiří Štaidl and Rudolf Leška jointly manage the team which has strong transactional experience and is able to handle cross-border work via its office in Bratislava.

Practice head(s):

Jiří Štaidl; Rudolf Leška

Other key lawyers:

Ondřej Kolisko

Testimonials

‘Mr. Leška is a well recognised and respected expert in the IP domain in Czech Republic. While a partner of the law firm, he is also personally deeply involved, combines in a unique way a strong academic background with a practical business approach and represents the client in a perfect way both through the filings as well as the negotiator at the one table with the counter-party.’

The team consists of exceptional experts, who are highly flexible and accurate at the same time.’

Rudolf Leška, who is an absolute star in this field and who has managed to build a team of great experts around him, namely Ondřej Kolisko and others. We really appreciate not just their legal knowledge, but also their ability to apply it to everyday practice and provide advices and solutions that work in practice.’

Reliability, exceptional cooperation, professional attitude.’

Key clients

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF)

INTERGRAM

Czech National Gallery in Prague

SoundCzech (Institut umění – Divadelní ústav)

Paprika Studios s.r.o.

Barrandov Studio a.s.

CMC Architects a.s.

BUC-FILM s.r.o.

Asociace producentů v audiovizi z.s.

AIMS API s.r.o.

GLANCE MEDIA spol s.r.o.

Work highlights

  • Represented Intergram in a €41m litigation against Canal+ Luxembourg for illegal broadcast retransmission.
  • Represented developer of machinery technologies Tarpo in a patent infringement dispute with Plzeňská teplárenská (Plzeň heating plant) concerning alleged misappropriation of €1.5m biomass drying technology.

Kocián Šolc Balaštík

Kocián Šolc Balaštík acts for local and international clients and has particular strength in the pharmaceutical, healthcare, and life sciences sectors. Sylvie Sobolová is closely supported by senior counsel Hana Heroldová who has a specialism in IP litigation matters and regulatory work. Drahomír Tomašuk is the key contact for data protection issues.

Practice head(s):

Drahomír Tomašuk; Sylvie Sobolová; Hana Heroldová

Key clients

ARETE Investment

CARTHAMUS a.s.

Centrum chytrých fasád

Národní divadlo (National Theatre)

Pivní lázně

ARETE Property s.r.o.

Trigema a.s.

REMA AOS, a.s.

FLAT ZONE s.r.o.

House of Wine

Work highlights

  • Advising the National Theatre on various IP issues related to artistic creation, including co-production arrangements with European theatres and opera houses (Poland, Norway and Germany).
  • Advising Trigema on the unauthorised appropriation of dominant elements of the client’s corporate identity.
  • Advising REMA AOS on the procedure for obtaining a license to perform the activities of an authorised packaging company to ensure the joint fulfilment of obligations of take-back and recovery of packaging waste.

Pierstone s.r.o., advokátní kancelár

Pierstone s.r.o., advokátní kancelár is widely regarded as a go-to boutique practice for intellectual property matters, and specialises in artificial intelligence technology. Co-headed by well-regarded practitioner Lenka Suchánková, the team acts for global technology giants and blue-chip companies on copyright, trade marks, and day-to-day operations. Fellow co-head Tomas Schollaert divides his time between Prague and Brussels and handles corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Lenka Suchánková; Tomas Schollaert

Key clients

Microsoft

Socialbakers

Vogue

8Heads Productions

Work highlights

  • Acting for Socialbakers as global corporate counsel.
  • Advising Vogue Czech Republic and Slovakia on day-to-day matters.
  • Advising 8Heads Productions on the full scope of film production-related matters, including copyright advice, drafting, and the negotiation of contracts.

PRK Partners

PRK Partners' intellectual property team covers the full range of matters including trade marks, copyright, and enforcement work for local and international IT/telecoms clients. The team also handles transactional mandates and is led by Michal Matějka who advises on cybersecurity and compliance issues. Cross-border matters features in the caseload and the group regularly works across Europe. Radan Kubr, who is dual qualified in Czech and Swiss law, provides additional support on the competition aspects of IP deals.

Practice head(s):

Michal Matějka

Testimonials

‘PRK Partners provide comprehensive legal advice in all areas of IP law. They regularly work for us on trademark, copyright as well as licensing and IP enforcement matters. They always provide a solid and well-thought-out advice that suits our commercial needs. As we have long term relationship with PRK Partners they already know our company very well and therefore are able to understand the commercial background of legal issues we are facing.’

Great insight in the technical nature of the subject matter, as well as short- and long term legal aspects of the issue. Easy to reach, concise in discussions about the matter.’

Key clients

Dopravní podnik Ostrava a.s.

Manifesto Holding s.r.o. / Martin Barry

Masarykova univerzita

PromethistAI a.s.

SCS Software s.r.o.

Sogecap (Société Générale Group)

TV Nova s.r.o.

ZOOM International a.s.

Stock Polska Sp. z.o.o.

Work highlights

  • Representing Zoom International in key IP-related matters in a demerger project and subsequent investment into the demerged entity.
  • Advising Sogecap on an acquisition of shares in a Czech insurtech start-up Mutumutu.
  • Assisting two renowned Czech universities in a project that has the intended aim of creating the first Czech Conformity Assessment Body (CAB) for cybersecurity and AI.

Taylor Wessing Czech Republic

At Taylor Wessing Czech Republic, the intellectual property practice covers both contentious and non-contentious matters with a core focus on IP enforcement work. Led by Karin Pomaizlová, the team acts for an array of international clients in the pharmaceutical, tobacco, and food and beverage industries, across the CEE region. Counsel Martin Loučka is also a core member of the group and advises on telecoms law.

Practice head(s):

Karin Pomaizlová

Other key lawyers:

Martin Loučka

Key clients

S + B Gruppe

Vargic Advokát

Housed in Brno, boutique practice Vargic Advokát has a niche in technology transfer between higher education institutions to large-scale research institutions. Practice head Mikuláš Vargic advises on university spin-off matters and is skilled in handling cross-border matters involving the US and Europe.

Practice head(s):

Mikuláš Vargic

Key clients

i&i Prague, s.r.o.

Enantis, s.r.o.

PRUKON, s.r.o.

Institute of Experimental Botany of the Czech Academy of Sciences

University of Ostrava

Charles University Innovations Prague s.r.o.

Elphogene s.r.o.

Středisko společných činností AV ČR

IOCB TECH, s.r.o.

Centre for Transfer of Biomedical Technologies

LAM-X a.

Work highlights

  • Advised i&i Prague, s.r.o. on setting up university spinoff companies in the Czech Republic, Germany, US and the UK together with research institutes, private investors and universities.
  • Advising Institute of Experimental Botany of the Czech Academy of Sciences on licensing of the biochemical patents to an international agricultural corporation.
  • Drafting of the contract templates to enable fast track technology transfer, licensing, and collaboration of institutes of Czech Academy of Sciences with commercial sector during the COVID-19 crisis.