Intellectual property in Lithuania

AAA Law

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.

Practice head(s):

Giedrė Domkutė; Aušra Pakėnienė; Jurga Petniunaite

Other key lawyers:

Vilma Dauskurdienė

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

Vilnius university

Kaunas Technological University

Satimed

Inovatyvus restoranai (ilunch)

Veika

Millo Appliances

Paysera

Ketavila

Adeo Web

Unilever

Ferentis

Giorgio Armani

VVA Brussels

Work highlights

  • 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

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.

Practice head(s):

Žilvinas Kvietkus

Other key lawyers:

Julija Beldeninovienė

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

Novartis Pharma AG

Amadeus IT Group, S.A

Berlin-Chemie AG

UAB MERCK SHARP & DOHME

Inter IKEA Systems B.V.

DPD Lietuva, UAB

Jemie B.V.

AB Silikatas

Specializuota komplektavimo valdyba, AB

Bayer Cropsience AG

Bayer Intellectual Property GmbH

UAB Vėjo projektai

UAB ALLIANCE RECRUITMENT

Paris Elysees (Parfums de Grasse SL)

UAB ART21

ELON Group AB

Work highlights

  • 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

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.

Practice head(s):

Jaunius Gumbis; Vytautas Mizaras

Other key lawyers:

Mantas Rimkevičius

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

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)

Amway

Akzo Nobel

Vilniaus Prekyba

LNK

Uzstato sistemos administratorius, VsĮ

Douglas

Basketball and football clubs Kauno Zalgiris

Lithuanian Basketball Federation

Newsec

Vinted

Booking.com

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

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):

Erikas Saukalas; Jacekas Antulis

Other key lawyers:

Reda Zaboliene; Inga Lukauskiene

Key clients

Carlsberg Group

Acme Group

Craft Bearings

Freor

Italiana

Vox pharmaceutica

ACUMASS

ROSHEN

JSC „West pharma East“

AB Pieno Zvaigzdes

Work highlights

  • 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

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

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.

Practice head(s):

Mindaugas Civilka

Other key lawyers:

Lina Darulienė; Indrė Barauskienė

Testimonials

‘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’

Key clients

Maxima Grupė, UAB (and Franmax, UAB)

Ignitis Group

Vilnius City Municipality

Vilniaus Šilumos Tinklai (VST)

Headex Group

TV Play

Davines

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):

Vilija Viešūnaitė

Key clients

ACME Film, UAB

AUDI AG

Augma, UAB

Deeper, UAB

FIFA

Innospark, UAB

Mr. Justinas Tomkus

Triumph International

Crocs Inc.

Scorify, UAB

Work highlights

  • 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)

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.

Practice head(s):

Tomas Jakubauskas

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

Pienas LT

KINGSPAN HOLDING (IRL) LIMITED

Gusto namai

Orivas

Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft (BMW)

Kavos bankas

DS Smith Packaging

Eckstein Farben Besitz- und Verwaltungs GmbH & Co. KG

TOYOTA JIDOCHA KABUCHIKI KAICHA, ALSO TRADING AS TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION

Kelprojektas

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):

Giedrė Rimkūnaitė-Manke

Key clients

Lithuanian National Olympic Committee and Lithuanian Olympic Fund

Dansu

Discontract

Open Play

UAB Theatrical Film Distribution

Various start-ups, young businesses

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):

Marius Grajauskas; Gintaras Balčiūnas

Key clients

UAB „Roche Lietuva“

UAB koncernas “Achemos grupė”

UAB “EOLTAS”

UAB “ENERGUS”

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):

Andrius Iškauskas

Key clients

LATGA

AGATA

Pigu, UAB

Motion Pictures Association of America

Diginet LTU, UAB

Lietuvos nacionalinis radijas ir televizija

Metų partneriai, UAB

Pandos, UAB

amCharts

Eddy Travels, UAB

Work highlights

  • 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.