Slovakia

The Slovakian IP market is thriving, with filing numbers high and businesses – both national and international – prepared to defend their interests in court. This humming activity has lately enticed a number of full-service foreign firms to set up shop in the country. While local firms still dominate the tables, competition for clients is certainly intensifying.

Firms

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Bianchi Malach Tomanova
Brichta & Partners
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Allen & Overy Bratislava sro
Bird & Bird
Černejová & Hrbek
Fajnorova Bachrata & Partners
Inpartners Group
Rott, Růžička & Guttmann
Allen & Overy Bratislava sro
With offices in over 30 countries and a robust Slovakian practice, Allen & Overy has an enviable position on the market. Its expansive network, knowledge of myriad legal frameworks and local expertise make it a magnet for multinationals seeking counsel on cross-border IP matters. Operating flawlessly on both sides of the contentious/non-contentious divide, it is a true one-stop shop. Zuzana Hečko is a member of the European Community Trademark Association’s Anti-counterfeiting Committee; the close ties she has forged with customs authorities and border officials assist her in masterminding countless successful seizures.
Bianchi Malach Tomanova
Bianchi Malach Tomanova is a fantastic choice for small and medium-sized enterprises seeking A-to-Z trademark counsel. The talented team escorts clients through court, administrative and arbitration proceedings with finesse; it has a formidable contentious skill set, but never loses sight of clients’ long-term business interests and works hard to sidestep high-cost litigation when possible. Peter Bianchi and Marcel Baker together make for a dynamic duo. Bianchi is a seasoned operator at the Industrial Property Office of the Slovak Republic (IPO SR) and the European Patent Office, while – having studied in both the United Kingdom and Germany – Baker is a magnet for foreign companies.
Bird & Bird
Bird & Bird provides seamless coverage across Slovakia and the Czech Republic, with an integrated IP practice headed by the esteemed Vojtech Chloupek. Since opening its doors in Bratislava, it has won a raft of fans, from local start-ups to international conglomerates, and developed significant expertise in the electronics, life sciences and e-commerce sectors. Thanks to the firm’s international network, the team can handle worldwide portfolio management and cross-border cases without breaking a sweat.
Brichta & Partners
Boutique Brichta & Partners has been providing first-rate services across the trademark spectrum since 1993. Leveraging on the market experience it has built up during this time, it can forecast with striking precision, maximising the success of companies’ branding strategies. Cost efficiency and tailor-made solutions are hallmarks of its service. Strategic whizz Tatiana Brichtová knows how to come out on top in proceedings before the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). Teammate Peter Kružliak is at his best in fiercely fought litigation; he is a member of the International Trademark Association’s Enforcement Committee.
Černejová & Hrbek
Černejová & Hrbek is famed for its impressive transactional IP team and resolutely commercial ethos. With solid practices in ancillary fields, it provides clients with on-point licensing and franchising counsel that is sensitive to the subtleties of commercial and competition law. Peter Stavrovský has worked as a judge at the Bratislava District Court, so has intimate knowledge of its workings – and how to successfully close out a case. Tatiana Žiaková furnishes clients with technically perfect yet pragmatic portfolio management advice; copyright know-how is a further forte.
Fajnorova Bachrata & Partners
Nifty IP house Fajnorova Bachrata & Partners meets and exceeds the demands of clients with its comprehensive trademark offering that encompasses everything from the incubation to registration and enforcement of rights. Fluent in the law governing domain names and excelling on issues in the online space, it is a favourite of forward-thinking companies. It also knows how to pull off successful customs seizures. Founding partner Maria Fajnorova is a reliable port of call.
Inpartners Group
Inpartners Group provides cradle-to-grave trademark protection to a loyal regional fan base. It is as comfortable filing marks as it is representing brand owners in knotty oppositions before IPO SR, where the virtuoso Romana Záthurecká previously worked. The client care and cost effectiveness of this technical sage have brought a multitude of local businesses to the practice. Erudite Eugen Záthurecky also served as a director of the Legislation and Legal Department of IPO SR; key trademark law amendments were formulated during his tenure, giving him insider insight into the regime.
Rott, Růžička & Guttmann
Having chalked up more than 25 years in the trademark field, Rott, Růžička & Guttmann has abundant experience before IPO SR and the EUIPO. Its members have a patchwork of specialisms, which ensures that businesses hailing from every industry feel right at home. Enforcement kingpin Martin Guttmann is known for his compelling, succinct trial pleadings; he also knows how to bring the fight to the counterfeiters and win. Zivko Mijatovic & Partners is a household name in Central and Eastern Europe. It has offices in 14 countries across the region, plus one in Alicante, making it ideally placed to counsel clients on EU trademarks and registered Community designs. Thanks to state-of-the-art cloud-sharing software, clients are guaranteed a streamlined service which delivers percipient solutions to cross-border troubles. Heading the IP department, Joanna Szota is a popular point of contact.

Individuals

Marcel Baker - Bianchi Malach Tomanova
Peter Bianchi - Bianchi Malach Tomanova
Tatiana Brichtová - Brichta & Partners
Ľuboš Frolkovič - Wolf Theiss Organizačná Zložka
Martin Guttmann - Rott, Růžička & Guttmann
Zuzana Hečko - Allen & Overy Bratislava sro
Tomáš Kamenec - Dedák & Partners
Peter Kruzliak - Brichta & Partners
Peter Stavrovský - Černejová & Hrbek
Romana Záthurecká - Inpartners Group
Eugen Záthurecký - Inpartners Group
Tatiana Žiaková - Černejová & Hrbek
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