Baker & McKenzie Krzyżowski i Wspólnicy Spółka Komandytowa's 'hands-on and top notch' team, noted for providing 'excellent service', handles intellectual property (IP) portfolios for domestic and international corporates with operations in Poland. Marek Rosinski leads the team, which includes Marcin Fijałkowski and senior associate Katarzyna Tobiasz-Dumania, who is recommended for contentious issues, both of whom are commended for their 'responsiveness' and 'knowledge of the legal issues'.
Intellectual property in Poland
Baker McKenzie Krzyzowski i Wspólnicy Sp.k.
Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak's team is most noted for its patent litigation work, but it also handles IP enforcement and portfolio management. Dr hab Ewa Skrzydło - Tefelska, who leads the team together with Szymon Gogulski, represented Cinkiarz.pl in its successful challenge of an EU Intellectual Property Office decision to refuse its registration of a trade mark. Senior counsel Jacek Myszko specialises in IP as it intersects with pharmaceutical and EU law, while Maciej Zwoliński is an experienced IP litigator. Karol Gajek is a key name for patent and trade mark matters.
Traple Konarski Podrecki & Partners' team of 'top professionals' have developed an impressive practice in intellectual and industrial property law, as well as copyright services. Agnieszka Schoen and co-founder Elżbieta Traple are instructed by the Association of Polish Filmmakers in a number of contentious matters, including remuneration and copyright proceedings. Paweł Podrecki and Anna Sokołowska-Ławniczak assist Lotte Wedel with trade mark and patent issues, as well as IP litigation.
Wardynski & Partners
Wardynski & Partners' services span trade mark, copyright and patent law, in addition to issues relating to trade secrets, domain names and unfair competition. Department co-heads Anna Pompe-Ciszewska and Włodzimierz Szoszuk advise Adidas on the protection of its core IP assets in Poland, including handling trade mark disputes. Pompe-Ciszewska is also representing Louis Vuitton Malletier and Burberry in various claims against counterfeiters. Lena Marcinoska is another contact of note.
Allen & Overy, A. Pedzich sp. k.
Allen & Overy, A. Pedzich sp. k.'s team is at the cutting edge of pharmaceutical patent disputes in Poland. Highlights for Krystyna Szczepanowska-Kozłowska included representing Novartis in a complex defence of a dosage regime patent before the Polish general court and several simultaneous enforcement proceedings against GX Group companies. Senior associate Justyna Ostrowska specialises in IT-related IP disputes.
Bird & Bird Szepietowski i wspólnicy sp. k.'s core areas of expertise include trade marks, design, research and development, and patents. The group often works closely with the firm's 'excellent international network' to advise multinational clients on their IP portfolios in Poland. 'Outstanding' and 'highly effective' co-head Marta Koremba successfully represented Swiss Pharma International in a trade mar infringement claim against a competitor that has put an identical drug onto the market under a similar trade mark. Fellow co-head, 'excellent patent litigator' Piotr Dynowski, is representing Nokia in a number of civil and criminal proceedings against counterfeiters in Poland. The group welcomed Tomasz Zalewski from Wierzbowski Eversheds Sutherland in January 2019.
The team at CMS stands out for its 'outstanding work ethic' and ability to handle complex IP disputes. The group is led by IP enforcement expert Tomasz Koryzma, who has an active anti-counterfeiting practice, with clients including L'Oréal and Microsoft. Marek Oleksyn specialises in trade mark and unfair competition litigation. Koryzma is assisting Bayer with cooperating with law enforcement authorities in relation to investigation into a fake crop protection product smuggling network in Poland and Ukraine.
Dentons' team is commended for 'understanding business needs' and its 'pragmatic approach' to IP issues. The team is led by Karol Laskowski which also includes the global co-chair of the TMT practice Igor Ostrowski who focuses on telecoms, media and new technology-related issues. Recent highlights include advising Opus Film on the copyright and distribution of its co-produced film Cold War and assisting Nike with brand protection matters.
Hasik, Rheims & Partners
Boutique firm Hasik & Partners is praised for its 'pro-active' approach to IP enforcement, although it also handles portfolios for various multinationals. 'Easy to work with' founding partner Daniel Hasik advised and represented UEFA in relation to various protection issues concerning the UEFA European Under-21s Championship. Eric Rheims represents clients including Lacoste, Superdry and Givenchy in criminal enforcement proceedings against counterfeiters in Poland.
K&L Gates LLP
K&L Gates LLP's group has 'outstanding technical knowledge', particularly in relation to transferable IP issues. 'Astute' department head Oskar Tułodziecki is instructed by a variety of media and entertainment clients on copyright and trade mark issues, in addition to handling trade secrets and data protection matters. Michał Ziółkowski, who was recently promoted to counsel, is another key name. As of May 2019, the firm's Poland office has been taken over by DWF Poland Jamka Sp.k.
Kondrat & Partners
Lawyers at specialist IP and life sciences firm Kondrat & Partners stand out for their 'extensive knowledge of IP law and current market trends'. Andrzej Przytuła and founding partner Mariusz Kondrat advise US Pharmacia on the full scope of IP matters, including searching, applying, filing and registering trade marks. Alongside Ewa Niesiobędzka-Krause, Kondrat is representing Accord in patent disputes and patent invalidation proceedings before the Polish Patent Office. Magdalena Jezierska-Zięba is another key name.
WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr's team, which is jointly led by Agnieszka Wiercińska-Krużewska and Aleksandra Wędrychowska-Karpińska, focuses on IP litigation, particularly in relation to new technologies. Highlights for Wiercińska-Krużewska included representing Wolters Kluwer and a group of 14 publishers in a copyright claim against file-hosting site Chomikuj.pl. Milena Bogdanowicz is recommended for matters involving film, media and advertising law.
Czyzewscy Kancelaria Adwokacka
Boutique firm Czyzewscy Kancelaria Adwokacka has developed an active practice in entertainment and media sector IP, with specific expertise in clearing rights, injunctions and fair use cases. Founding partner Krzysztof Czyzewski defended Ringer Axel Springer Polska against an injunction filed against one of its newspaper companies by a high-profile individual. Maciej Jamiołkowski is another key name.
The group of 'trustworthy advisers' at DLA Piper is led by Ewa Kurowska-Tober, who has ample experience in matters involving copyrights, trade marks, unfair competition and advertising law. She is advising Spin Mater on its anti-counterfeiting efforts in Poland. Counsel Krystian Maciaszek was a new arrival from IP boutique Kulikowska & Kulikowski in 2018. Justyna Wilczyńska-Baraniak is now with EY Law.
Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka's team is commended for its 'competence, devotion and availability', which it applies to the spectrum of copyright, industrial property law, IT and TMT matters. Department head Aleksandra Auleytner provides comprehensive IP advice to Golden Media in relation to a number of prime-time television productions. Senior associate Jarosław Konecko is also recommended.
Drzewiecki, Tomaszek i Wspólnicy Sp.k.
Kochanski & Partners' team combines 'a deep understanding of the business reality' with 'vast knowledge of IP'. Highlights for Karolina Marciniszyn, Pawel Borowski and Krzysztof Zieba included successfully defending Hasco Group against a trade mark infringement claim raised by Swiss Pharma. Piotr Kochanski is another key practitioner.
Lesnodorski, Slusarek & Partners
Lesnodorski, Slusarek & Partners' strength lies in film, television and media sector IP issues. Practice co-head Maciej Kubiak handles issues such as acquiring rights, development, production and exploitation in relation to numerous prime-time television programmes. Maciej Ślusarek is another key practitioner.
The team at Eversheds Sutherland Wierzbowski advises clients, including Samsung and Ikea, on the spectrum of IP issues in Poland. Department co-head Paweł Lipski is representing Nagravision in various criminal claims against box-key extraction service providers. Former co-head Tomasz Zalewski left to join Bird & Bird Szepietowski i wspólnicy sp. k. in January 2019.
Zaborski, Morysinski Adwokacka
BSJP Brockhuis Jurczak Prusak Sroka Nilsson Sp. k.
Hogan Lovells (Warszawa) LLP's team is instructed on the gamut of contentious and non-contentious IP rights issues, including trade marks, industrial designs, patents and copyrights. Team leader Ewa Kacperek successfully acted for Icos Corporation in patent invalidation proceedings brought by two Polish pharmaceutical companies in relation to Tadalafil.
PATPOL is a dedicated IP firm, specialising in patent, trade mark and and contentious issues. Department head Dariusz Piróg is representing Revlon Group subsidiary, Creative Nail Design, in a number of cases concerning the parallel import of original goods bearing the client's trade marks from the US. Xerox Corporation is another client of note.
SMM Legal provides a wide range of IP services to companies in the energy, telecoms, health care and research and development sectors, counting a number of state-owned entities as clients. Agnieszka Sztoldman advises PKN Orlen on IP issues arising from its merger with Grupa Lotos. Rafał Sikorski is another key individual.