Intellectual property in Czech Republic

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

Baker & McKenzie s.r.o., advokátní kancelář leverages its broad international network to support domestic and multinational clients on all aspects of IP protection. As part of a larger global platform, the practice in Prague often coordinates and arranges multinational trade mark registrations with other offices in the network. Reflective of the firm's strengths in trade mark portfolio management, in addition to advising on administration issues, it is able to assist clients with related regulatory matters, such as those concerning product clearance and advertising. Elsewhere, contentious work is another cornerstone of the IP practice, particularly in the context of civil, criminal and administrative proceedings. Jiří Čermák leads the team. Kristína Bartošková, who is dual-qualified to practise in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Jiří Čermák

Other key lawyers:

Kristína Bartošková

Testimonials

‘We appreciate that they not only fulfil our instructions, but are able to actively advise and manage our business when it comes to IP. Simply put, they are real advisers and to a large extent keep an eye on all IP aspects of our business.’

‘Experience and expertise, especially in litigation and complex issues’

‘Jiri Cermak – very clear advice, able to understand client needs and reflect them in strategy; he always adds something extra. Very strong in litigation and dispute resolution in general.’

‘Very professional and client-oriented.’

Key clients

Avery Dennison

Bristol Myers Squibb

Calvin Klein

Československá obchodní banka, a.s.

Danone

Eli Lilly

Google

Grundfos

H&M

Home Box Office, Inc.

Honeywell

HSBC

Laufen

L’OREAL SA

Michael Kors

Nikon

SAP

SCS Software

Škoda AUTO

Swarovski

Walmark

Yves Saint-Laurent

Work highlights

  • Advised Škoda Auto, a.s. on the successful recovery of various domain names for Škoda Auto, a.s. through both arbitration and litigation.
  • Advising Chanel on issues relating to exhaustion of trademark rights for luxury goods.
  • Advised NIC.CZ on a High Court dispute relating to domain names rights in case of an ADR verdict dispute.

Bird & Bird s.r.o. advokátní kancelář

Bird & Bird s.r.o. advokátní kancelář's market-leading reputation is underpinned by its breadth of expertise across the spectrum of contentious and non-contentious IP matters. Its work covers the gamut of areas, including trade marks, copyright, designs, counterfeiting, trade secrets and patents and utility models. In addition to being noted for its strong reputation in the tech industry, the firm is also highly regarded by clients in the life sciences, fashion, electronics, gaming and hospitality sectors. Clients range from major multinationals to SMEs and early-stage companies. Vojtěch Chloupek heads up the practice. Associates Andrea Jarolímková and Jiří Malý are regarded for their respective expertise in data protection and licensing matters.

Practice head(s):

Vojtěch Chloupek

Testimonials

‘Personal approach. I’ve cooperated with the partner Vojtech Chloupek. Great knowledge, expertise compared to the others.’

‘The partner Vojtech Chloupek was my cooperating attorney and I value him for his expertise.’

‘I would point out the fees as they are not overpriced. Overall, I would rate the service 10/10.’

‘I was in touch with the partner Mr Vojtech Chloupek. He responded quickly and was very helpful. He is very good at explaining the IP issues to the people who have no experience of IP law.’

Key clients

Nadace Terezy Maxové dětem

Knobbe Martens

APS Holding

Lacoste + Gant

CPI Hotels, a.s.

Work highlights

  • Advising Monster Energy on brand portfolio management and trade mark oppositions.
  • Advising the charity fund of Czech top model Tereza Maxová on intellectual property and data protection law.
  • Representing Lacoste + Gant in all enforcement matters in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

ROWAN LEGAL

ROWAN LEGAL‘s IP work ranges in scope from software licensing agreements and trade mark/design registrations to licensing audits and litigation. Its team regularly advises clients on ICT projects, with an emphasis on software development. In addition, the team is also able to provide more traditional IP services to banks, manufacturers and public bodies. Josef Donát and Michal Nulíček co-lead the team, both having expertise in tech and IT matters. Donat is particularly well regarded as a ‘great professional with vast knowledge of IP/IT competition law.’ Jan Tomíšek is another key individual.

Practice head(s):

Josef Donát; Michal Nulíček

Other key lawyers:

Jan Tomíšek

Testimonials

‘It is not common for law firms that the services provided are factual and understandable for both clients and co-workers from other companies (consortia, associations, etc.). For this reason, the services offered by this law firm are understandable and certainly offer an excellent price-performance ratio. The law firm is able to reconcile its views both from the point of view of national legislation and from the point of view of legislation arising within the EU.’

‘Their team members are very flexible in responding to our requests and are ready to provide us with immediate support if needed. We particularly appreciate that they always deliver a solution that is not only the best within the law but also one that takes into account our type of business and our business objectives.’

‘Josef Donát – great professional with vast knowledge of IP/IT competition law and a great person. He brings innovative aspects to our matters.’

Key clients

Deufol SE

Severočeská vodárenská společnost

Hlavní město Praha

Adentech

Up Česká republika

Actum

UNIPROG SOLUTIONS

Pražská vodohospodářská společnost

Centrum pro zjišťování výsledků vzdělávání

Stratox Enterprises

Superface

Bankovní identita

JetBrains

Work highlights

  • Advising UNIPROG SOLUTIONS on IT security of complex IP licensing topics.
  • Advising Up Česká republika on its day-to-day contractual administration and innovative IT projects.
  • Represented Hlavní město Praha successfully in complex legal disputes concerning the IP aspects of its public transport system.

Allen & Overy

Allen & Overy‘s practice is equally strong in contentious and non-contentious IP matters, with its team having experience of trade mark, copyright, anti-counterfeiting and patent matters. Led by Prokop Verner, it acts for a broad roster of multinational clients. The group has expertise in the acquisition of IP rights, as well as aspects of joint ventures and research agreements. Jakub Čech has experience of acting for clients in the life sciences, media and technology sectors.

Practice head(s):

Prokop Verner

Other key lawyers:

Jakub Čech

Key clients

Memsource

Work highlights

  • Advised the management of Memsource on the IP aspects of its sale to Carlyle Group.
  • Instructed by Tesco on several matters including comparative advertising and protection of goodwill against internet TV.

CMS

CMS has a strong track record acting for clients in IP disputes, particularly those involving trade marks and copyright. It is also highly reputed for its involvement in non-contentious mandates, including the registration, protection and enforcement of trade marks, as well as the protection of know-how, trade secrets and unfair competition claims. It is also active in brand protection matters. Clients include entities from the automotive, food services and digital services sectors. Tomáš Matějovský heads up the practice, as well as the life sciences team, and he is recognized for his standout litigation skills. Jan Ježek is another key individual.

Practice head(s):

Tomáš Matějovský

Other key lawyers:

Jan Ježek

Key clients

ECOLAB Inc.

Partech Partners S.A.S.

Canal+ Luxembourg S. à r.l.

Telly s.r.o.

Česká Asociace Satelitních Operátorů z.s.

Work highlights

  • Represented ECOLAB in opposition proceedings before the Czech Industrial Property Office against a competitor’s trademark application.
  • Advised Partech Partners on the IP aspects of an acquisition of new shares in the target company Rohlik.
  • Representing Canal+ Luxembourg in a series of complex disputes with Czech collecting societies on the payment of the copyright royalties.

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

The sizeable group at HAVEL & PARTNERS s.r.o., attorneys at law provides a full suite of IP services, which ranges from the registration and enforcement of IP rights to complex litigation. Its work covers trade marks, patents, copyright, database rights and industrial designs, among others. Clients regard the team’s ‘modern IT and IP tools with respect to TM portfolio management and enforcement’, as a key differentiator. In a similar vein, it has experience of novel areas, such as artificial intelligence and blockchain. The practice is co-led by four partners: Robert Nešpůrek, Ivan Rámeš, Jan Diblik and Štěpán Štarha. Radek Riedl and Tereza Hrabáková are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Robert Nešpůrek; Ivan Rámeš; Jan Diblík; Štěpán Štarha

Other key lawyers:

Radek Riedl; Tereza Hrabáková

Testimonials

‘We are working with Havel and Partners for many years and we appreciate unique knowledge about the intellectual property, understanding our way of working and providing us with accurate information tailored to us. We are always getting the best recommendations and options for our cases, information about changes in law and applications.’

‘Mr. Jan Diblik knows our business best and oversees all our cases, information flow etc. We are in regular contact to talk through the business and possible topics. Mr. Radek Riedl – solving our topics and helping us to keep all up to date, organizing steps within the Havel & Partners.’

‘As we have seen over time, Havel & Partners and IP team is a perfect partner for us. There is always someone specialized in a particular area. What suits us perfectly is the interest of the IP team in the functioning of our company, and development of products in order to find an appropriate way to protect our rights, as well as bringing constructive solutions in a reasonable time and within pre-agreed costs.’

‘Our key contact is Ivan Rámeš (one of the partners of the IP team). He is a highly-skilled and cooperative expert in IP with very well knowledge of our business needs and internal procedures – we believe there is a true partnership. The cooperation with Ivan and his team members is very pleasant, we are glad to have him as a part of “our team.” What we appreciate most is fast reaction/response, practical approach and comprehensible answers which were always professional, complex and clear to us. However, similar qualities have also other members of his IP team, for example, Radek Riedl and Tereza Hrabáková that are managing our wide IP portfolio and address our daily IP requirements.’

‘Very professional and client oriented. Very flexible.’

Key clients

Benteler

Czech Library of Technology

Securitas

Czech Football Association

CN Group

MoroSystems

ŠkoFIN

KUBERG

Apple Inc.

Pivovary Staropramen s.r.o. and Pardubický Pivovar a.s.

České radiokomunikace a.s.

Albert Česká republika s.r.o.

Ahold Delhaize Licensing Sàrl

Crocs, Inc.

CzechInvest

ŠMT a.s.

FISKARS

OKAY Group

OMV

INTREA – PIKO, spol. s r.o.

Work highlights

  • Advised and represented Benteler ČR s.r.o. on global and complex patent litigation concerning the leading producer of advanced and high-quality components for the automotive industry.
  • Advised Czech National Library of Technology on arranging access to science and education electronical databases of many leading academic publishers.
  • Representing Atelier SAD in court proceedings concerning architectural plagiarism.

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

Squire Patton Boggs s.r.o., advokátní kancelář is active in innovative projects involving new technologies, such as international patent licensing matters in the fields of artificial intelligence and autonomous driving. Its broader practice covers a wide range of transactions, projects and risk advisory work. The firm's global reach makes it a first port of call among international clients and it has particularly strong links to the US and China. Jaroslav Tajbr leads the team. Also key are Hana Gawlasová and associate Petra Věžníková.

Practice head(s):

Jaroslav Tajbr

Key clients

Alzheon

J&T Banka a.s.

Moravia IT

Work highlights

  • Advised Moravia IT on various complex IP aspects connected with a podcast.
  • Advised Alzheon on various IP law aspects of the development of its Alzheimers diagnostic assay.
  • Advised J&T Banka on various IP aspects related to agile SW development contracting.

act Randa Havel Legal

act Randa Havel Legal's team is praised for its ‘professionalism, kindness and excellent, quick support.’ Its most notable long term client is the City of Prague, for whom the group handles a variety of IP licensing matters that are intended to improve the client's internal management and electronic services for residents.. The team also offers support to clients on a variety of other matters, including copyright and trade mark protection and litigation. Tomáš Rydvan heads up the team, which includes Alois Šatava.

Practice head(s):

Tomáš Rydvan

Other key lawyers:

Alois Šatava

Testimonials

‘Professionalism, kindness and excellent, quick support.’

‘Their team consist of like 30-40 lawyer. They are fast, reliable, reactive and really professional. Their administration is also very strong. People are kind and supportive.’

Key clients

Institute of Clinical and Experimental Medicine

Advertising ONE, a.s.

JCDecaux

MyQ, spol. s r.o.

Daikin Industries Czech Republic s.r.o.

The City of Prague

Máša Agency s.r.o.

Tulipa Třebešín s.r.o.

KYOCERA Document Solutions Czech, s.r.o.

Odysela s.r.o.

TSK a.s.

Work highlights

  • Representing MyQ, spol. s r.o. in negotiating various supplier/distribution agreements with producers of printing devices.
  • Advising IKEM on available legal means to prevent various third parties from using domain names sufficiently similar to its trade marks.
  • Providing DAIKIN EUROPE N.V. and its Czech subsidiary DICZ with services related to DICZ intellectual property.

Kocián Šolc Balaštík

The IP team at Kocián Šolc Balaštík, which is noted for its full-service offering, advises clients in the e-commerce, IT and life sciences sectors. It is particularly strong acting for pharmaceutical industry clients, offering expertise in clinical trial documentation, drug patent registration and litigation arising from patent and copyright infringements. Drahomír Tomašuk, Sylvie Sobolová and Hana Heroldová co-head the practice.

Practice head(s):

Drahomír Tomašuk; Sylvie Sobolová; Hana Heroldová

Key clients

ARETE INVEST

Trigema

Národní Divadlo

Work highlights

  • Represented Arete Invest in six trademark disputes held at the Czech Industrial Property Office.
  • Representing Trigema  in litigation against a newly-established real estate investment fund.
  • Providing legal advice on various IP issues to Národní Divadlo, mostly contractual matters related to artistic creation.

Pierstone s.r.o., advokátní kancelár

Clients note that Pierstone s.r.o., advokátní kancelár is ‘one of the best in the Czech market for IT/IP matters’. Co-led by Lenka Suchánková, Tomas Schollaert and Jana Pattynová, the team offers boutique-level experience of copyright and trademark matters, with it advising many media companies. The firm is particularly known for its TMT practice; it is particularly strong in tech projects, data-related services and AI matters. Clients include a blend of blue-chip and domestic tech companies.

Practice head(s):

Lenka Suchánková; Tomas Schollaert; Jana Pattynová

Testimonials

‘AK Pierstone represent the best possible team you can have to represent your rights or to receive relevant legal advice. There is no other similar legal team in Prague I can trust the most.’

‘We obtained always really the best value for the price we were able to pay, but with the top quality and in the the agreed time frame.’

‘Pierstone is an excellent law firm, definitely one of the best on the Czech market for IT/IP matters. They are able to accommodate differences in time zones and be available for calls outside their regular business hours. They can effectively negotiate contracts governed by UK or US states laws.’

‘I appreciate their ability to assess risks and work independently, their focus on commercial aspects of the transactions. What makes them stand out in my eyes is the overall quality of outputs of their work combined with speed of their work. They represent a unique and consolidated team of lawyers.’

Key clients

Microsoft

Socialbakers

Vogue

8Heads Production

JetBrains

Work highlights

  • Acting as Microsoft’s regional counsel for Central and Eastern Europe.
  • Acting as global corporate counsel to Socialbakers, providing advice on licensing and other IP issues.
  • Acting as counsel to Vogue Czech Republic and Slovakia, providing day to day and project work.

PRK Partners

The IP team at PRK Partners advises on the full range of intellectual property matters, providing ‘well-structured and commercially reasonable advice.’ Its technology practice handles a mix of transactional mandates, litigation and trade mark registrations for large tech companies. Gaming is a key area of focus. It also offers dispute expertise to TV and broadcasting groups. Michal Matějka co-heads the team with Radan Kubr.

Practice head(s):

Michal Matějka; Radan Kubr

Testimonials

‘We are very satisfied with the service that PRK Partners provide. They always provide to the point, well-structured and commercially reasonable advice.’

‘In the IP area we work primarily with Michal Matějka who is our single point of contact for these matters. We praise him for being able to provide quick, well thought-out and commercially sound advice even in the most complex legal matters.’

Key clients

SCS Software s.r.o.

Rolex

TV Nova a.s.

Dopravní podnik Ostrava a.s.

Charles University Prague

Masaryk university, Technical University Brno

Manifesto Holding s.r.o.

Promethist AI, a.s.

Work highlights

  • Providing advice to SCS Software on trade mark registrations, portfolio management, IP enforcement and licensing agreements
  • Represents TV Nova in several IP disputes.
  • Advising Dopravní podnik Ostrava a.s. on IP protection of technical solution/design.

Štaidl Leška Advokáti

Štaidl Leška Advokáti, which is a boutique firm specialising in copyright matters, has a strong profile among clients in the media, entertainment and public sectors. Its litigation arm is particularly notable, representing large scale producers, record labels and collective management organisations in copyright defence proceedings. Jiří Štaidl is known for his film and events practice. He works with Rudolf Leška, who ‘combines both deep domain expertise with experience of court trials and practical business approach.’ Ondrej Kolisko is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Jiří Štaidl; Rudolf Leška

Other key lawyers:

Ondrej Kolisko

Testimonials

‘We are mostly working with Dr Leška, who is the leading copyright expert in the Czech Republic. He is extremely business-friendly and practical in his approach.’

‘We are extremely satisfied with the legal service provided by this office. Team and the overall functioning of the office is at a high professional level. A huge advantage is the experience with copyright, media law and film law.’

‘The professionalism of specific partners Jirí Štaidl, Ondrej Kolísko) is unique, especially in the area of film law and copyright law.’

‘They have best approach to audiovisual legal practice – great partners for any kind of Film and media content – great business deal evaluation and negotiation practice.’

‘Cooperation with the Štaidl Leška Advokáti team is characterized by a high degree of professionalism, know-how and flexibility. We have been cooperating with this team very intensively since 2018, we can always rely on perfect results.’

‘We cooperate very closely especially with Dr. Leška, who is a real expert in the field of copyright. In his case, a passion for art is associated with a passion for compliance with legislation. His actions are characterized by a high degree of kindness and patience, which makes every business meeting a truly pleasant experience.’

‘The team is highly specialised in IP and has a thorough knowledge of the entertainment industry, which allows the practice to deliver legal solutions that address a clients’ specific needs and concerns. During the pandemic, the firm adapted to maintain the high standard of their service and adjusted the means of communication accordingly. They recently introduced IT system that simplifies invoicing.’

‘High level of availability and engagement by one of the partners, Ji?í Štaidl, who understands the nature of our business very well and provides us with solutions tailored to our needs without having to mention them explicitly, and whose expertise has been proven time and time again during our long-standing professional relationship.’

Key clients

0.7km films s.r.o.

AIMS API s.r.o.

Asociace producentů vaudiovizi z.s. Avast Software s.r.o.

Barrandov Studio a.s.

Česká zemědělská univerzita v Praze

CMC Architects, a.s.

COSCO SHIPPING Lines (Central Europe) s.r.o.

CTR Atmospherica Aviation a.s.

Dejvické divadlo

Evolution Films, s.r.o.

Fairytale Production s.r.o.

FILM KOLEKTIV s.r.o.

GLANCE MEDIA spol. s.r.o.

Hullabaloo s.r.o.

Hypermarket Film s.r.o.

IN Film Praha spol. s.r.o.

INTERGRAM

Jednota hudebního divadla

Karel Hubáček estate

KARLOVY VARY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

KVIFF.TV a.s.

LUCKY MAN FILMS s.r.o.

MusicDok, s.r.o.

Nakladatelství Leges, s.r.o.

Národní Divadlo Moravskoslezské

Národní Galerie Praha

OSA

Paprika Studios (CZ) s.r.o.

PFX s.r.o.

Sdružení umělců klasiky

Sedlecký kaolin a. s.

SMART PRODUCTION, s.r.o.

SoundCzech, Czech music export agency

STUDIO FONTÁNA spol. s r.o.

SUPRAPHON a.s.

Svaz autorů a interpretů – Association of Authors and Performers

Thomayer University Hospital

VASCO CATALANA DE CONSIGNACIONES, S.A.

VR Classes s.r.o.

Wolters Kluwer ČR, a.s.

Zima Software

Work highlights

  • Advised Pavel Dominik on a precedent-setting dispute over copyright protection status of Czech translation of The Importance of Being Earnest.
  • Representation of Lesy České republiky in a court proceeding concerning invalidation of a utility model’s registration.
  • Representing major Czech publisher in dispute with cyberlocker platform “Ulož.to”.

Taylor Wessing Czech Republic

Taylor Wessing Czech Republic‘s IP team focuses on a combination of trade mark and licensing advice, covering the filing and search processes, as well as enforcement and prosecution. Its work spans a broad range of industries, including advertising, luxury goods, tobacco, beverage and pharmaceutical sectors, with a particular emphasis on acting for multinational clients. Karin Pomaizlová leads the team, with significant experience of advising on trade mark enforcement proceedings and significant prosecutions.

Practice head(s):

Karin Pomaizlová

Key clients

S + B Gruppe

Kristýna & Mikuláš advokáti s.r.o.

Kristýna & Mikuláš advokáti s.r.o., formerly known as Vargis Advokát, specialises in handling tech transfers from universities and research institutes to the private sector. From its base in Brno, the team also advises a number of life sciences companies on their IP valuations, internal university procedures and spin-off proceedings. A major highlight involved advising on the formation of the first venture capital firm supported by a research institute. Mikuláš Vargic leads the practice. Kristýna Zavadilová is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Mikuláš Vargic

Other key lawyers:

Kristýna Zavadilová

Key clients

i&i Prague, s.r.o.

Enantis s.r.o.

Institute of Photonics and Electronics of the CAS, v. v. i.

Institute of Molecular Genetics of the CAS, v. v. i.

LAM-X a.s.

Institute of Microbiology of the CAS, v. v. i.

CasInvent Pharma a.s.

IOCB TECH s.r.o.

Technical University in Liberec

Institute of Physics of the CAS, v.v.i.

i&i Biotech Fund I SCSp

Biotech Investments s.r.o.

Work highlights

  • Advised i&i Prague on setting up university spin-off company together with Masaryk University.
  • Advised Enantis on several licensing and distribution agreements with the global key players and start-ups in life sciences sector.
  • Advised i&i Biotech on setting up a life sciences investment fund with European Investment Fund.