Intellectual property in Romania
Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii represented Philip Morris in seeking damages from individuals and companies who had introduced counterfeit goods into the market. It also assisted Overseas Group Impex with the sale of a business line as well as the brands attached to it. Ioana Hrisafi-Josan and Ciprian Dragomir jointly head the practice and are adept at handling counterfeiting issues, IP-related disputes and advisory work. Managing associate Bogdan Halcu is also singled out.
Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen handles the full range of IP matters including contentious and advisory work, registration and filing as well as anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy issues. Recent work includes acting for a global company in the travel retail industry in relation to trade mark clearance searches and representing a Romanian manufacturer of metal roofing in a trade mark infringement claim heard before the Romanian Competent Court. The practice is jointly headed by Ana-Maria Baciu and Cosmina Simion.
Buzescu Ca's team is ‘professional, commercially aware and efficient’. Practice head Adrian Tomescu is supported by senior associate Corina Papuzu, noted for her ability to advise in a ‘clear and timely manner’. The group provides a broad range of IP-related services and notably acted for Amazon in opposing the registration of an infringing trade mark in Romania. Facebook is another high-profile client; it received advice on IP rights transfers from employees to employer.
CMS handles IP due diligence, litigation and trade mark registration, acting for a large number of clients in the TMT, life sciences and consumer goods industries. Gabriel Sidere heads the team jointly with Horea Popescu and Marius Petroiu. He recently assisted Radio Max Romania with setting up online radio and acquiring licenses from local collective management organisations. Elsewhere, Popescu acted for Liberty Global on royalties payable to local copyright collective organisations following the sale of the client’s European assets to Vodafone.
Practice head Paul George Buta is the name to note at Muşat & Asociaţii. His team assists BNP Paribas with the international registration of the FORTIS trade mark and advised Dr. Max on IP rights transfers following its acquisition of A&D Pharma. Amazon received advice on several trade mark infringements by Romanian companies and Spotify on IP considerations regarding its potential market entry.
The ‘effective’ and ‘attentive’ team at Popovici Nitu Stoica & Asociatii handles the full range of IP matters. It has particular software industry knowledge and practice head Cristian Popescu is assisting Credo Ventures with an investment in DCS Plus, advising on due diligence procedures regarding IP rights. It also represented Immofinanz in seeking an annulment of a decision by the Romanian IP Office to reject the registration of two trade mark applications.
Zamfirescu Racoti Vasile & Partners’ expertise includes trade mark and patent protection and enforcement, IP-related agreements and transactional work. The team is particularly active on the litigation front and successfully represented Danya Cosmetics in claims for damages against L'Oréal pertaining to false infringement accusations. The practice, headed by Alina Tugearu, is also adept in anti-piracy and anti-counterfeiting matters.
bpv Grigorescu Ştefănică renders ongoing advice to Google on a range of IP-related issues. Practice head Anca Albulescu represented Germany-based Müller in opposing an attempt by a Romanian individual to register the trade mark ‘Blink’, a name which is used by the client for one of its product lines. Other clients include Suzuki, Soravia Group and Sports Hub.
Drakopoulos represents domestic and international clients in a range of matters including trade mark registration, portfolio management and anti-counterfeiting strategies. On the trade mark infringement front, practice head Adrian Roseti is assisting Solaris with its opposition to an international trade mark registration filed by Hyundai.
Clients praise Schoenherr şi Asociaţii SCA's ‘very good responsiveness and quality of legal advice’. Sorin-Eduard Pavel's team covers the entire array of consultancy and litigation matters and successfully represented Italy-based Marchesi Antinori in a dispute regarding a potential trade mark infringement by a Romanian restaurant.
The ‘extremely helpful’ Ana Maria Kusak leads a ‘professional’ and ‘highly competitive’ team at Stratulat Albulescu Attorneys at Law. She represented World Class Romania in the Bucharest Court of Appeal, successfully opposing the national trade mark ‘World Class’ filed by Liburne Investments. The group’s expertise spans copyright, trade mark and design matters in addition to domain names and patents.
Zivko Mijatovic & Partners
IP-boutique Zivko Mijatovic & Partners adeptly covers all forms of IP rights including trade marks, designs, patents and copyrights. Monica Novac heads the practice, which handles both prosecution and contentious matters. The impressive client roster includes some of the most globally recognised brands.