IP, IT and telecoms in Estonia

Ellex

Ellex handles a broad range of registration matters and infringement disputes relating to copyright, trade marks, designs and domain name rights. The practice has particular experience in the media and entertainment, pharmaceuticals, heavy industry, software development and publishing sectors. Ants Nõmper, who has extensive expertise in telecoms and data protection law, leads the practice. Mari Must is noted for her experience in trade marks and unfair competition.

Practice head(s):

Ants Nõmper

Other key lawyers:

Mari Must

Testimonials

‘Mari Must has deep knowledge in copyright matters and has taken time to acquaint herself with the specifics of our field of activity. With through understanding of procedural law, she makes a perfect choice for IP disputes.’

‘The team has long term experience in the field of IP and IT areas.’

Key clients

JCDecaux Eesti OÜ

Telia Eesti AS

Bayer Pharma AG

Daiichi Sankyo Europe

The Estonian Authors’ Society

AstraZeneca

Sandoz

Orkla

Estonian National Broadcasting

Elering AS

AS Eurostep Digital

Work highlights

  • Advising the Estonian Authors’ Society on an ongoing basis in connection with compensation of damages for organising public performance of music at a concert without a license agreement.
  • Assisted Back to Work with the launching of a digital immunity passport pilot project.
  • Advised Estonian Lottery (Eesti Loto) on a project to upgrade the current lottery system.

Sorainen

Sorainen's practice is highly recommended for both IP and technology matters. Key areas of work include trade marks, domain names, unfair competition, parallel import, counterfeiting and IP disputes. The practice also handles data protection, regulatory and compliance, and telecoms disputes. IT and telecoms specialist Mihkel Miidla jointly heads the team with IP expert Kaupo Lepasepp, who also advises on setting up international distribution networks.

Practice head(s):

Kaupo Lepasepp; Mihkel Miidla

Key clients

Dassault Systèmes and Vero Software

Eesti 200

Google LLC

Allfilm OÜ

Toyota Baltic

MarkIT

Milrem

Work highlights

  • Advised Milrem, a defence company, on IP licensing relating to autonomous vehicles.
  • Managed Google’s local trade mark portfolio in all three Baltic states.
  • Advised Allfilm, an Estonian film production company, on IP relating to a complicated film project.

Cobalt

The team at Cobalt handles patent and trade mark litigation and prosecution, and also advises on data protection and privacy concerns. Sector strengths include pharmaceuticals, online gambling, online payments and advertising. Egon Talur leads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Egon Talur

Key clients

Starbucks Corporation

Chapter 4 Corp. DBA Supreme

The Absolut Company Aktiebolag

Havana Club Holding S.A

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

IBM Eesti OÜ

Saint-Gobain Glass Estonia SE

Jysk Linnen`n Furniture OÜ

Salv Technologies OÜ

Estonian Institute of Historic Memory

Work highlights

  • Represented Starbucks in trade mark litigation.
  • Advised Chapter 4 Corp. DBA Supreme on registering a trade mark.
  • Advised Saint-Gobain Glass on data processing agreements with multiple insurance companies.

Eversheds Sutherland Ots & Co

Eversheds Sutherland Ots & Co is particularly known for IP litigation. Other key areas of work include software and copyright licensing and agreements. Practice head Tambet Toomela has extensive experience of privacy and data protection. The team has a roster of international clients and strong cross-border capabilities.

Practice head(s):

Tambet Toomela

Key clients

Microsoft

Ignite OÜ

Samsung Electronics

Titanium Systems OÜ

Epicor Software Estonia OÜ

Icosagen Cell Factory OÜ

Concise Systems OÜ

BioCC OÜ

Cambridge Assessment Overseas Ltd

Sony Music

Work highlights

  • Advised Carsleep on the development of a new and innovative automotive parking platform.
  • Advised All Media Eesti on developing a legal licensing scheme for acquiring rights to a platform and the digital marketing technology behind it.
  • Advised ZAUM Studio on the development and distribution of an award-winning video game Disco Elysium.

Hedman Partners

Hedman Partners focuses on assisting start-ups in industries including banking, real estate and legal services. Practice head Toomas Seppel is key to this area of work. Other strengths for the practice include copyright and audio-visual matters. The team also handles a good deal of data protection and privacy work.

Practice head(s):

Toomas Seppel

Testimonials

‘Lawyers are very careful about details, always investigate related indirect risks which may arise. Knowledgeable and experienced team.’

‘Hedman Partners are the lawyers who you can rely on, they 100% have your back and do their best to protect clients’ interests.’

Key clients

Ministry of Justice

Estonian Film Institute

G. Ots Tallinn Music School

Fotograafia Tallinn OÜ

Haut.AI OÜ

Cachet OÜ

StayCool OÜ

L99 OÜ

OYE Network OÜ

Nordic Institute for Interoperability Solutions

Work highlights

  • Represented the Ministry of Justice in a long-term dispute with various Estonian authors’ and performers’ societies concerning blank media levy.
  • Advised the Estonian Film Institute on a variety of mandates pertaining to the intellectual property matters of audio-visual works.
  • Advised Fotograafia Tallinn OÜ on copyright-related matters and other commercial IP issues linked to the day-to-day operations of a photo art gallery.

Magnusson

Magnusson's pan-Baltic and -Nordic practice deals with licensing, compliance and data protection, with strong offerings for fintech and e-payment services clients. The team also advises innovative tech start-ups and emerging growth companies. Other areas of work include cryptocurrencies, online gambling and cyber security issues. Elvira Tulvik heads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Elvira Tulvik

Testimonials

‘Very good team, well rounded, juggle tasks between them. Very high execution ability, lovely to work with compared to other firms.’

Key clients

Inter Cars S.A. and Inter Cars Estonia

Elers Medical Finland

Telepay

FinCrypt

Games with Attitude

TargetLine

Trustmoore Corporate Services

KTZL Action Group

Betra Blockchain Business Academy

OmniMatrix

Filmimees

Homeless Bob Production

Markus Software

Baltania

Work highlights

  • Advised Inter Cars Eesti OÜ, a subsidiary of Polish company Inter Cars S.A., regarding compliance with GDPR requirements.
  • Advised Elers Medical Finland OY, a Finnish medical technology company that operates internationally, on intellectual property law issues.

Advokaadibüroo PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal OÜ

Advokaadibüroo PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal OÜ handles a broad range of IP work, including trade marks, copyright, patents, industrial design and IP litigation. Other key areas of work include data protection, e-commerce advice, IT public procurement and software contacts. Priit Lätt, who has specialist experience in the internet of things and in cryptocurrencies, heads the practice.

WALLESS (former Derling Primus)

IP work at WALLESS (former Derling Primus) includes trade mark infringement matters, anti-counterfeiting actions and unfair competition disputes. Other key areas of work include software licensing, cyber security and privacy concerns. The team acts for clients in the technology, retail and start-up spaces. Practice head Toomas Taube has extensive experience in trade mark litigation, copyright licensing and transfer transactions.

Practice head(s):

Toomas Taube

Other key lawyers:

Hannes Vallikivi

Key clients

Avon

Hewlett Packard

Teva Pharmaceutical

Icefire OÜ

Estonian subsidiary of Michelin Group

LMT, Latvian Mobile Telephone

Ampler Bikes OÜ

IPF Digital Group

AS Liviko

AS Reach-U

Data Print OÜ

Work highlights

  • Represented AS Liviko in multi-jurisdictional trade mark disputes with Swedish vodka producer The Absolut Company AB.
  • We advised Icefire, a software solutions provider, on multiple intellectual property, IT, contract law and employment law matters.
  • Acted as the administrative contact person for HP in Estonia for its IP rights.

KPMG Law in Estonia

KPMG Law in Estonia advises public agencies and private companies on IT law and software IP, with a strong offering for start-ups and emerging growth companies. Practice head Karin Kaup has experience in data protection, IP transactions and patent registration.

Practice head(s):

Karin Kaup

Testimonials

‘KPMG Law has highly professional experts, they are willing to accept difficult and complex tasks and even in a very short time-frame provide high-quality analysis. The commissioned work included both technical and legal aspects, but KPMG Law was quickly able to gather a suitable team and the result of their work proved to be most reliable in all aspects.’

‘The KPMG Law team is willing to accept very difficult tasks and provide most reliable and high-quality analysis in short time-frame. The team-members are professional and skilled, they can be relied upon on both technological and legal matters.’

‘Team members had the necessary knowledge, experience, and habits needed to consult us and to solve the problems which we had with setting up the data security routines and activities in our company. It was to feel that the team members had broad knowledge and long term practice with personal data security.’

Key clients

AS Ekspress Meedia

Eesti Post AS

Versobank AS

Mooncascade OÜ

L’Oreal Baltic SIA

Southwestern Advantage

Ministry of Justice

Malwarebytes

Estonian Authors’ Society

StayCool OÜ

Limestone Platform

ForPeeps Payments

Elering

Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications

Forecast Foundation OÜ

Work highlights

  • Advised Ministry of Justice on the applicability of Article 17 of the DSM Copyright Directive to Estonian businesses.
  • Advised Malwarebytes on software licensing.
  • Advised Mooncascade on an assessment of GDPR compliance.

LEXTAL

LEXTAL handles data protection and privacy work, as well as advising on fintech and payment services. Senior associate Rauno Kinkar heads the practice.

LINKLaw

LINKLaw handles a wide variety of intellectual property matters, including trade marks, copyrights, patents, design rights and unfair competition. The team also negotiates hardware and software agreements. Kairi Kurisoo is the key contact.

NJORD Law Firm

NJORD Law Firm has a strong offering for start-ups and emerging growth companies, particularly those focusing on innovative technologies, fintech and cryptocurrency. Data protection and digital agreements expert Liisi Jürgen leads the IT team. Karolina Ullman heads the IP side of the practice, and has experience advising on issues relating to music publishing and film agreements.

Practice head(s):

Karolina Ullman; Liisi Jürgen

Testimonials

‘Team is very professional and competent. They are experienced in the field and the service is developed well.’

‘We have very good collaboration with Silja Elunurm. Silja is a vey professional and focused to the client questions. Always has time for listening and discussions.’

Key clients

Wihuri Oy

Manticore Labs OÜ

Estonian Ministry of Social Affairs

University of Tartu, Institute of Genomics (Estonian Biobank)

Creative Estonia

LV Mehhatroonika OÜ

WiseDrive Eesti

Reveron Baltic OÜ, dr. Fogel

BitOfProperty OÜ

Work highlights

  • Advised Manticore Labs on a successful settlement agreement regarding a trade mark dispute with a German bank.
  • Advised the Ministry of Social Affairs on technology that will enable the use of genetic predisposition information and recommendations based on the patient’s consent for disease prevention and more effective medical treatments.
  • Represented a doctor against the Estonian Data Protection Inspectorate.

NOVE

NOVE's team is led by data protection specialist Mari Matjus. The group is particularly sought after by industry associations to assist with drafting legislation in this space. Its client base includes telecoms and IT companies, start-ups and emerging growth companies and virtual currency exchange providers.

RASK

RASK advises on complex technology projects and is a key name for start-ups. Other key areas of work include product compliance, cryptocurrency and blockchain, artificial intelligence and IP protection. Timo Kullerkupp, who has a strong background in tech transactions, leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Timo Kullerkupp

Testimonials

‘The team at Rask has expertise in a long list of different fields. Over the course of our cooperation they have helped us with multi-jurisdictional cases involving parties around the globe and always been speedy and on time with their work.’

Key clients

Spaceit OÜ

Ridango AS

SA Tallinna Teaduspark Tehnopol

Modera Software AS

Cleveron AS

ReSys OÜ

Register OÜ

FIIZY OÜ

Digital Sputnik Lighting OÜ

Nexd OÜ

Net Group OÜ

The Global Hack MTÜ

Replace OÜ

Salama OÜ

Work highlights

  • Advised Cheveron, a robotics and technology company, on licensing and development.
  • Advised Net Group OÜ, a technology company, on negotiating co-operation terms with local IT services providers in Rwanda and Tanzania.
  • Represented Ridango, an e-ticketing company, in five shareholder disputes.

TGS Baltic

TGS Baltic focuses on privacy and data compliance advice, with specific sector experience in healthcare and finance. The team also handles commercial licensing and contracts, and IP disputes. Senior associate Mari-Liis Orav heads the team; she advises on the transfer of IP rights and on software development.

Practice head(s):

Mari-Liis Orav

Testimonials

‘TGS Baltic gathered a team with different backgrounds to solve a problem, which entailed questions from data protection and IT. They conducted a more thorough analysis than expected – I really saw an extra effort.’

‘They have excellent specialist knowledge in intellectual property matters and they are easily able to adapt their advice to the specific case and situation ’

Key clients

EstateGuru

Yum! Restaurants

Fujitsu Estonia

Interflora Inc., Fleurop-Interflora

SITA

LifeUP

Advapay

Rimi Eesti Food

Daniela Dalberg-Dyageleva

Digiraamatute Keskus

Menu Meedia

Levila

Liikluslab

Work highlights

  • Represented EstateGuru, a marketplace for short-term property-backed loans, in a case concerning how to prove a contract entered into through the internet has been concluded.
  • Advised YUM! Restaurants, the franchisor of KFC restaurants in the Baltics, on different data protection matters, including GDPR compliance and international data transfers.
  • Provided day-to-day support to global ICT company Fujitsu Estonia in its various IT contractual and data protection matters.

ALTERNA

The team at ALTERNA handles IP rights and licensing, and also advises on data protection matters. Annika Vait heads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Annika Vait

Testimonials

‘ALTERNA has a dedicated team that offers personalised service that is always of high quality. Efficient lawyers who find the best solutions for the client. ’

‘I highly recommend Annika Vait who is precise and comprehensive. She is solution-oriented, finding only the best outcomes for her clients. A strategic thinker whose work results never disappoint me.’

‘ALTERNA is an outstanding firm for commercial legal advice. They offer strategic and considered legal service. A smart and quick team of professionals.’

Key clients

Sulev OÜ

TaEthni OÜ

DK Konsultatsioonid OÜ

E-Riigi Akadeemia Sihtasutus

KV Service OÜ

VMT Ehitus AS

Xolo (former business name LeapIN Business Services OÜ)

Incproit Solutions OÜ

Estonian Association for Property Maintenance

Eventus Ehitus OÜ

OÜ Runforest

Uuesalu Arendus OÜ

Narva linn (Narva city)

Best Apartments OÜ

Work highlights

  • Advised Best Apartments OÜ, which offers rental real estate via IT-platforms, on preparing new client contract forms after a business restructuring.
  • Advised TaEthni OÜ, a company offering IT-services, on agreements for service providing and assignment of intellectual property rights.
  • Advised Uuesalu Arendus OÜ, a real estate development company, on data protection matters regarding the installation of a video camera to private roads.

FORT

FORT is known for advising public sector institutions on technology, such as the state ID card system. Other areas of work include telecoms regulatory and software development, especially as it relates to fintech. Kuldar-Jaan Torokoff and Merit Lind lead the practice; both advise on regulatory issues.

Practice head(s):

Kuldar-Jaan Torokoff; Merit Lind

Testimonials

‘The Team is really strong on business law. Also building-, environment- and contract law. They are quick and the advice is precise and accurate.’

‘They have the utmost expertise in the field of IP transfer and its application in IT and telecom domains.’

‘FORT is excellent in providing solutions that are useful and implementable in practice. They really understand the full nature of the case at hand and dig through all the necessary details, even the technical ones. Their approach is practical and goal-oriented ’

‘FORT team is really client-oriented, very professional, agile and adaptive. As a client you can be sure that your interests are their highest priority. One of the strengths that differs FORT from other legal service providers in the industry is their strategic thinking and ability to always think two, three, four steps ahead.’

Key clients

Catapult Labs OÜ

Datafruit OÜ

Eesti Loto AS

eKool

Elisa

Enterprise Estonia

Estonian Police and Border Guard Board

Viru Keskus

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board in litigation with Gemalto regarding the security vulnerabilities of Estonian ID cards.
  • Advised the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board on the production of new Estonian travel documents.
  • Advised Enterprise Estonia on a new IT service for clients.

TARK

TARK handles data protection, IP protection and advises technology start-ups on regulatory compliance. The team has particular experience in the retail, media, transport, pharmaceuticals and start-up sectors. Privacy expert Marit Savi jointly leads the practice with Hannes Küün.

Practice head(s):

Hannes Küün; Marit Savi

Key clients

Mindworks Industries OÜ

SDA Akademia OÜ

DStream OÜ

My Fitness

KlausApp

EveryPay

Bauhof

Swissotel

Work highlights

  • Provided MyFitness with daily advice on data protection and privacy matters.
  • Advised hotel Swissotel Estonia OÜ on data compliance.
  • Advised construction retailer Bauhof Eesti on data compliance.