AAA Law is the largest IP specialist firm in both Lithuania and the Baltics, and it fields a team of ‘professional, rigorous and detailed lawyers’. The varied workload has recently included high-stakes patent and trade mark litigation in both Lithuanian and EU courts. Managing partner Giedrė Domkutė is well- versed in licensing, enforcement and dispute resolution. She is supported by Aušra Pakėnienė, an experienced trademark specialist who has advised on registrations and infringements before the Lithuanian State Patent Office and European Union Intellectual Property Office. Jurga Petniunaite similarly advises clients on both national and European issues, and specialises in patent law.
Intellectual property in Lithuania
Giedrė Domkutė; Aušra Pakėnienė; Jurga Petniunaite
Other key lawyers:
‘AAA Law’s team has been very responsive and flexible throughout our common project (compliance assessment of two EU Directives in the field of IP law, for the European Commission). It has been a pleasure collaborating with the team because they are professional, rigorous and detailed lawyers.’
‘I have worked with Aušra Pakėnienė, Vilma Dauskurdienė and Giedrė Domkutė. The three of them have been very available during the project and I enjoyed the smooth collaboration at every step of the project. I valued their dedication and openness to suggestions. I believe that we created a trustful work collaboration, which we will certainly reiterate.’
Kaunas Technological University
Inovatyvus restoranai (ilunch)
- Assisted VVA Brussels with trade mark and trade secret studies.
- Advising Paysera on a court dispute related to the infringement of the rights of the trademark, domain and company name.
- Advised several SPVs on hotel franchise agreements with the global hospitality brand Hilton.
Cobalt is distinguished through its strong track record in handling patent litigation and parallel imports disputes in the life sciences sector, with notable clients including Novartis, Merck Sharp and Dohme. Practice head Žilvinas Kvietkus (who specialises in the life sciences sector) has handled cases relating to trade mark and copyright law, among other areas. Senior associate Julija Beldeninovienė is another name to note.
Other key lawyers:
‘The cooperation was very pleasant and effective. ’
‘We have worked with Julija Beldeninovienė. She was swift, responsive and on-point. ’
‘In the short time of our cooperation already much appreciated: The cooperation with our Cobalt lawyers is very fruitful as there is knowledge and room for open discussions at the same time. Furthermore, they are very swift and reliable in dealing with our matters.’
‘The collaboration with Cobalt was genuine pleasure. Cobalt has appropriate teams working in specific areas, thus you know that your question/issue will be dealt by lawyer, who specializes in that area.’
Novartis Pharma AG
Amadeus IT Group, S.A
UAB MERCK SHARP & DOHME
Inter IKEA Systems B.V.
DPD Lietuva, UAB
Specializuota komplektavimo valdyba, AB
Bayer Cropsience AG
Bayer Intellectual Property GmbH
UAB Vėjo projektai
UAB ALLIANCE RECRUITMENT
Paris Elysees (Parfums de Grasse SL)
ELON Group AB
- Advised UAB MERCK SHARP & DOHME regarding parallel import of MaxaltLYO.
- Advising Berlin-Chemie AG regarding parallel import of Nimesil.
- Advising DPD Lietuva on a strategy in relation to the request of another parcel delivery company to cease using its trademark.
Ellex's team is noted for its ‘strong theoretical and practical knowledge'. It has a wealth of expertise in contentious issues concerning licensing, infringements, royalty payments and parallel imports. Vytautas Mizaras has a wealth of experience in soft IP disputes and has helped draft copyright law legislation in Lithuania. He co-heads the team with Jaunius Gumbis, who is particularly known for disputes involving trademark law and advertising. Advertising law is another strong point of Mantas Rimkevičius, who is also particularly skilled in matters connected with the TMT sector.
Jaunius Gumbis; Vytautas Mizaras
Other key lawyers:
‘Strong theoretical and practical knowledge.’
‘Vytautas Mizaras has good skills and knowledge in the field.’
‘Outstanding expertise, especially by Vytautas Mizaras who leads the practice and has a business-oriented approach and ability to adapt to demanding needs.’
‘Expertise in the field is what makes the team stand out compared to other firms.’
‘Vytautas Mizaras – second to none expertise
‘Mantas Rimkevičius – pragmatic and business-focused approach.’
Laboratoires Bouchara Recordati
Luminati Networks, Ltd
Telia Lietuva, AB (part of the Scandinavian multinational telephone company and network operator Telia Company AB)
Svyturys – Utenos alus, UBA (part of the Carlsberg group)
Uzstato sistemos administratorius, VsĮ
Basketball and football clubs Kauno Zalgiris
Lithuanian Basketball Federation
Seduva Jewish Memorial Fund
Kristina Sabaliauskaite (a well-known Lithuanian novelist)
Rivile (one of the biggest accounting software Lithuanian companies)
INTER RAO (a leading player in the electricity market in the Baltic countries)
Modern Art Centre
- Represented Laboratoires Bouchara Recordati in the first Lithuanian case on the recovery of market authorisation registrations.
- Represented Luminati Networks Ltd. in a defamation and infringement of sui generis rights case against Tesonet.
- Represented Telia Lietuva in a dispute against the plaintiff AVAKA.
METIDA Law Firm Zaboliene and Partners
METIDA Law Firm Zaboliene and Partners is a specialist IP firm with offices across the Baltics, as well as in Russia and Belarus. It is one of the most active firms in the market for the filing of trade marks in the EU, and is also very strong in performing patent annuities. Managing partner Reda Zaboliene is a European Patent Attorney, European Trademark and Design Attorney. She is experienced in handling trade mark litigation cases and her recent workload involved industries such as food and beverage, pharmaceuticals and tobacco. Jacekas Antulis specialises in patents concerning mechanics, electronics and IT. He co-heads the team with Erikas Saukalas, who is a prominent name in trade mark law and data protection. Inga Lukauskiene, who is a highly experienced patent attorney, is also recommended.
Erikas Saukalas; Jacekas Antulis
Other key lawyers:
Reda Zaboliene; Inga Lukauskiene
JSC „West pharma East“
AB Pieno Zvaigzdes
- Advising the Audiovisual Works Copyright Association on online piracy issues.
- Advised BMW on a trade mark infringement case.
- Advised CHANEL SARL on filing a trade mark opposition.
Sorainen counts household names such as Google and Nascar among its client roster, with notable expertise in soft IP issues such as online piracy, IP transfers, as well as trade mark infringements and oppositions. Daivis Švirinas leads the IP team and is also highly skilled in complementary areas such as competition and life sciences. Stasys Drazdauskas, who heads up the TMT, is another key figure and adept in handling copyright protection.
TGS Baltic’s IP team has ‘the ability to approach complicated issues in a novel and creative way’ and is well versed in handling trade mark and copyright disputes concerning the media, energy and retail sectors. Team head Mindaugas Civilka excels in areas such as domain name disputes and broadcasting copyright. Lina Darulienė leads the firm’s retail and wholesale team, and is also prominent in the broadcasting sphere. 'Very professional' and 'open-minded' senior associate Indrė Barauskienė is also recommended.
Other key lawyers:
Lina Darulienė; Indrė Barauskienė
‘TGS knows both the law and our business. It helps a lot, that we do not need to explain them in detail what we do, and why we do. This saves time and gives confidence to us that we are in good hands.’
‘Time of response is key in our business and TGS are always available. We appreciated that we had a dedicated senior associate Indrė Barauskienė for complex copyright and patent case, who was always available and ready to consult us on short term basis and was always suggesting out of the box options.’
‘Partner Mindaugas Civilka and senior associate Indrė Barauskienė stand out as very competent IP and IT team in the market, being able to advise on vast variety complex IP matters. We appreciate their knowledge of the law and common business practices as well as creative out-of-the-box solutions. Mindaugas Civilka is able to dilute complex requirements of business into simple practical business guidance without at the same time losing complex aspects of the whole picture.’
‘Mindaugas Civilka is always very proactive with different proposals and ideas, which makes him an invaluable adviser. ’
‘The lawyers in TGS are every professional, they help us with all the questions regarding TM registration from the search of a name, to the applications and registrations. They help us to recognise the risks, predict the possible oppositions and there was no mistake made from them. I like that all the questions and the cases they handle as their own and always taking the ownership of the case. They support us and taking care of all questions that we don’t need to spend our time on it.’
‘We are working with Indrė Barauskienė, she is a very professional and open-minded person. It is great to work with her, as she provides us with very good ideas on how to solve our cases and is very precise and attentional to details. She helps us not only on the matters we are ordering but gives good insights on the matter itself. The way she handles the tasks and takes full responsibility of the actions is really great’
Maxima Grupė, UAB (and Franmax, UAB)
Vilnius City Municipality
Vilniaus Šilumos Tinklai (VST)
- Represented TV Play Baltic against Radio and Television Commission regarding a must carry obligation in the litigation proceedings that lasted over 5 years.
- Represented Maxima LT, UAB in a case against NAOS regarding prohibition to sell well-known cosmetic brand BIODERMA in the biggest retail chain in Baltics – Maxima.
- Successfully defended Hostinger, UAB in copyright and patent claim.
Triniti Jurex Law Firm
Triniti Jurex Law Firm has strong capabilities in trade mark and patent law, with household names such as FIFA and Audi turning to the firm for advice. The team is well-equipped to handle the full range of IP work, including registrations, infringements and anti-counterfeiting. Managing partner and European patent attorney Vilija Viešūnaitė leads the practice.
ACME Film, UAB
Mr. Justinas Tomkus
- Represented Scorify UAB against Scor SE in trademark proceedings before the General Court of the EU.
- Advised FIFA on a new trade mark registration, which involved obtaining permission to use the national flag of Lithuania in its trade mark.
- Advised AUGMA on a trade mark dispute against a company named AUGA.
Eversheds Saladžius (a member of Eversheds Sutherland)’s IP practice has been heavily involved in IP infringement disputes, with other experience in prosecution, licensing, exploitation and general day-to-day management. The team’s client roster includes major car manufacturers, such as BMW and Toyota, and is also very active in the food and beverage sector. Senior associate and patent attorney Tomas Jakubauskas heads up the team.
‘Always can find the best solutions and take actions in cases related to intellectual property. Compared to others, they work faster and more efficiently.’
‘Our best experience is working with Tomas Jakubauskas. His knowledge of intellectual property is outstanding, because he can always find the best solution.’
KINGSPAN HOLDING (IRL) LIMITED
Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft (BMW)
DS Smith Packaging
Eckstein Farben Besitz- und Verwaltungs GmbH & Co. KG
TOYOTA JIDOCHA KABUCHIKI KAICHA, ALSO TRADING AS TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION
- Representation of Kinspan in court litigation regarding infringement of the client’s intellectual property rights.
- Representation of Kelprojektas in several disputes on infringement of the client’s intellectual property rights.
- Legal advice to DS Smith Packaging on infringement of IP rights, including representation of the client in settlement of the dispute.
GLIMSTEDT Bernotas & Partners
Copyright law is a core strength of GLIMSTEDT Bernotas & Partners, where the client roster includes local film and music production companies. The team also regularly assists start-ups with establishing their IP assets. Giedrė Rimkūnaitė-Manke, who heads up the team, combines IP expertise with knowledge of complementary areas such as TMT and data protection.
Lithuanian National Olympic Committee and Lithuanian Olympic Fund
UAB Theatrical Film Distribution
Various start-ups, young businesses
- Continuously advises Lithuanian National Olympic Committee in protection of the Olympic Properties in Lithuania.
- Advised Open Play on a sale (asset deal) of a large amount of master recordings to a US-based buyer.
- Continuously represents Dansu in film production matters.
LEADELL Balciunas ir Grajauskas
LEADELL Balciunas ir Grajauskas acts for domestic clients on IP infringements, registrations and general protection. Areas of sector expertise include life sciences, engineering and publishing. The firm is a member of the TAGLaw network, which greatly benefits the team’s capabilities in cross-border work. Managing partner Marius Grajauskas, who leads the practice, works with Gintaras Balčiūnas.
Marius Grajauskas; Gintaras Balčiūnas
UAB „Roche Lietuva“
UAB koncernas “Achemos grupė”
- Advised Roche on patent law issues.
- Advised ACHEMOS GRUPĖ on IP transfer matters.
- Advised UAB ENERGUS on a trade mark registration.
WINT Law Firm
WINT Law Firm has a particular strength in advising on the overlap between technology and IP, with standout strengths in online piracy, domain name disputes and software licensing agreements. Practice head Andrius Iškauskas undertakes IP and IT work for both domestic and international clients.
Motion Pictures Association of America
Diginet LTU, UAB
Lietuvos nacionalinis radijas ir televizija
Metų partneriai, UAB
Eddy Travels, UAB
- Represented LATGA in a website blocking injunction case against 8 major internet service providers.
- Advised Proprietras on acquiring a franchise branch in Lithuania.
- Advised Lietuvos nacionalinis radijas ir televizija on licensing agreements.