Poland

Legislative reforms aimed at streamlining the trademark application process – touted as “the biggest change to the system in years” – have dominated the discourse among Polish IP professionals in recent months. Most significantly, an opposition system has been introduced, shifting the burden for protecting marks to the brand owner and bringing the regime into closer alignment with EU Intellectual Property Office practice. Firms are gearing up for an expected uptick in contentious work and expanding their monitoring services accordingly. Practitioners also report growing client awareness of the importance of trademark protection, as domestic brands begin to gain more traction in international markets.

Firms

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Baker McKenzie Krzyzowski i Wspolnicy Spolka Komandytowa
Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak
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Bird & Bird Szepietowski i wspólnicy spk
CMS Cameron McKenna
JWP Patent & Trademark Attorneys
Kulikowska & Kulikowski
LDS Lazewski Depo & Partners
Traple Konarski Podrecki Law Office
Wardyński & Partners
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Dentons
DLA Piper Wiater spk
Drzewiecki Tomaszek & Partners
Hasik & Partners
Hogan Lovells Warszawa LLP
Kaminski & Partners
KONDRAT & Partners
Sulima Grabowska Sierzputowska Patent & Trademark Attorneys
Wolf Theiss
Baker McKenzie Krzyzowski i Wspolnicy Spolka Komandytowa
Global heavyweight Baker McKenzie has had a strong Polish presence for over 20 years and its IP team maintains top-tier status in the jurisdiction. Managing the demands of a diverse international clientele from its Warsaw base, it cuts a dash in portfolio management and strategy – currently handling around 12,000 marks – but also packs a weighty punch on contentious briefs. UEFA is just one household name that relies on its potent full-service offering; the set advises the organisation on global filing tactics and has assisted in enforcing its rights against ambush marketers. While also adept at handling complex portfolios, Marcin Fijalkowski shines particularly brightly in the courtroom; he recently secured victory for Unilever in a lookalike case and prevailed for Yum! Brands in an infringement suit against Pizza Hut relating to domain names, meta-tags and keywords. Managing partner Marek Rosinski is a magnet for clients, particularly those in the IT industry, where his expertise is seldom matched. He has also advised the Polish government on changing legislation to promote innovation – an indication of his high standing in the field.
Bird & Bird Szepietowski i wspólnicy spk
With more than 300 IP professionals operating across 28 offices in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, Bird & Bird has built up an enviable client base featuring forward-looking start-ups and some of the world’s biggest multinationals. Having long stressed the importance of holistic IP protection, it has worked tirelessly to fortify both the contentious and non-contentious sides of its practice. Personifying this multifaceted approach is Piotr Dynowski, a versatile team leader who is ranked in both the prosecution and enforcement tables. The fluent English and German speaker lectures at the Hugo Grotius Intellectual Property Law Centre in Krakow.
CMS Cameron McKenna
Formidable multi-jurisdictional muscle and a stellar track record in protecting intangible assets make CMS’s Warsaw stronghold a destination of choice for brand owners seeking joined-up regional assistance. Its expanding squad of specialists ably services the diverse needs of its prestigious client base: it is L’Oreal’s exclusive IP enforcement adviser in Poland and recently assisted luxury brands such as Fendi and Chanel on a series of anti-counterfeiting campaigns. Heading the IP group in Poland and Central and Eastern Europe, Tomasz Koryzma devises and deploys unassailable strategies in the fight against fakes.
Dentons
Dentons’ Warsaw office houses an impressive staff of more than 200 professionals, making it the largest law firm in Poland. The commercial juggernaut’s closely connected international network gives it significant cross-border clout, as well as extensive knowledge of local markets. As a result, it can conjure up elegant solutions to a wide range of trademark conundrums. Boasting invaluable insider experience from a stint at the Polish Patent Office, Marek Trojnarski is a name for the contact book.
DLA Piper Wiater spk
DLA Piper’s standalone IP and technology squad in the Polish capital has ramped up its firepower of late, following a raft of talented new hires. Almost half of the team focuses exclusively on trademark work, giving it the capacity to take on complex instructions from a range of sectors – although technology, media and communications, finance and pharmaceuticals are all strong suits. Practice leader Ewa Kurowska-Tober brings a wealth of soft IP savvy to the table and is a key contact. While drawing on the strength and depth of one of Poland’s largest full-service outfits, the IP department at Domański Zakrzewski Palinka is also an eminently capable standalone operation. Multinational players such as Garmin, ING and Lidl all benefit from its shrewd counsel on infringement matters; it also guided Visa through opposition proceedings concerning registration of its PLUS BANK trademarks. Leading the charge is Aleksandra Auleytner, whose value-adding guidance covers an expansive array of branding issues. A former partner at Bird & Bird, Małgorzata Darowska brings extensive technology, media and communications experience to the set.
Drzewiecki Tomaszek & Partners
Making its WTR 1000 debut this year, home-grown commercial law firm Drzewiecki Tomaszek & Partners dispenses astute advice on IP transfers and registrations, and has also carved a niche in the contentious sphere. It is the trusted adviser of numerous household names, including Red Bull; the set conducts sage portfolio management for the energy drink giant and has valiantly defended its rights in infringement proceedings.
Hasik & Partners
With bases in Warsaw and Wroclaw, nimble boutique Hasik & Partners maintains a deep bench of eminently experienced practitioners. While it provides the full suite of services, it is best known for its hard-hitting litigation and devastatingly effective enforcement campaigns, which have attracted the attentions of many global brand heavyweights, including Lacoste, Pfizer and Eli Lilly. “High-quality and experienced” WTR 1000 regular Daniel Hasik makes light work of all contentious trademark briefs; while the presence of multilingual Eric Rheims also spells bad news for infringers.
Hogan Lovells Warszawa LLP
A go-to for multinationals and local players alike, full-service titan Hogan Lovells is an imposing presence on the Polish IP market. Deutsche Telekom has profited from its astute counsel on clearance and coexistence agreements and skilful representation in cancellation proceedings before the Polish Patent Office. It also knows how best to get deals inked, as demonstrated by recent work for mBank in relation to licence agreements with the AXA Group. A litigation and transactional ace with a pragmatic approach that resonates with clients, Ewa Kacperek captains the IP, media and technology division. Aleksandra Kuc-Makulska is a safe bet for contentious issues; she knows what it takes to secure results no matter what the venue.
JWP Patent & Trademark Attorneys
With over two decades of experience in the brand protection game, this bustling boutique’s bespoke strategic guidance at all stages of the trademark lifecycle is “always of the highest quality”. Nationwide coverage is provided by outposts in Gdansk, Krakow and Wroclaw which support the firm’s Warsaw nerve centre; while long-established relationships with overseas patent attorneys make international registrations a walk in the park. A “strong individual in the market”, Dorota Rzążewska’s dual qualification as an attorney at law and a patent and trademark attorney allows her to proffer 360-degree insight on both sides of the contentious/non-contentious divide. Agnieszka Rolbiecka artfully blends expertise in infringement and domain name disputes into her broad IP practice.
Kaminski & Partners
Kaminski & Partners “is well worth recommending as it does excellent work. What stands out is that you get a really personal level of cooperation”. The enterprising outfit effortlessly executes a diverse array of trademark briefs while keeping clients’ business goals front and centre of its thinking. Agnieszka Kaminska has carefully cultivated longstanding relationships with both brand owners and peers, who are “extremely happy” with her tailored, flexible solutions.
KONDRAT & Partners
Boutique KONDRAT & Partners continues to go from strength to strength across the board, although the intersection of IP and pharmaceutical law is a particularly sweet spot. A busy 2016 saw it open a new office in Krakow, hire a host of experienced professionals and still find time to celebrate its 10th anniversary. Founder Mariusz Kondrat is “always up to date with important amendments in IP law”. Justyna Stefańczyk-Kaczmarzyk is an authority on competition and advertising law and brings ample courtroom experience to the table.
Kulikowska & Kulikowski
Excelling at all things intellectual property, Kulikowska & Kulikowski is a top choice for domestic and international brand owners alike. Its commercially astute approach – fine-tuned over 25 years in the trademark game – has won it the custom of many a household name in a variety of industries. Managing partner Jaroslaw Kulikowski wins plaudits for his proficiency in complex disputes. Pharmaceutical law is Monika Chimiak’s forte; she has represented clients before various courts, prosecution bodies and the Polish Patent Office.
LDS Lazewski Depo & Partners
The loyal patronage of myriad industry-leading brand owners bears testament to the valuable, business-focused IP advice on offer at LDS Lazewski Depo & Partners. While its innovative filing strategies translate into watertight protection, the ensemble is in its element on all manner of contentious instructions. Courtroom champ Marek Lazewski’s an influential figure in the international trademark community, thanks to active participation in the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI) and the International Trademark Association Justyna Rasiewicz has a flair for finding the winning formula in thorny disputes across the IP spectrum; she has played an integral role in precedent-setting Supreme Court cases. Bringing prized anti-counterfeiting know-how to the squad, Michal Siciarek wins acclaim for his strategic thinking and ability to “always keep the bigger picture in mind”. Five decades at the IP coalface make PATPOL one of the jurisdiction’s most seasoned outfits. It has ridden out major recent changes with poise and remains a prime destination for those seeking strategic guidance on portfolio management, oppositions, infringements and mediation. Managing director and prolific author Izabella Dudek-Urbanowicz is a qualified European patent attorney whose sage advice pays handsome dividends for clients of all stripes. Heading up the trademark and design department, Aleksandra Kryśka has a broad practice encompassing trademark protection, domain name issues and litigation. A mainstay of the Polish IP scene, POLSERVICE fields a team of more than 40 patent and trademark attorneys – including 30 European patent attorneys – making it a force to be reckoned with on the non-contentious front. The quality of its work is “routinely excellent”; clients “could not be happier with the level of attention to detail and genuine interest” shown by its gifted practitioners. President of the Polish group of the AIPPI, Bartosz Krakowiak “handles litigation extremely well” and is the scourge of many a brand imposter, thanks to his steely approach to counterfeiting. A trademark polymath, he is the only individual in Poland to appear in all three tables. Anna Stopińska-Ślefarska draws on a deep well of IP wisdom gleaned from over 30 years in the field; she has fronted the trademark department since 1992 and offers erudite guidance on prosecution and licensing matters, both in Poland and internationally.
Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak
Top-flight indigenous outfit Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak covers all facets of business law from four locations throughout Poland, but intellectual property is a cornerstone of its service; with 19 lawyers on hand to develop forward-thinking strategies and defend clients’ intangible assets to the hilt, it houses one of the jurisdiction’s largest IP units. The portfolios of fast-moving consumer goods giant Eurocash and Ekstraklasa – Poland’s premier football division – are adroitly managed by Szymon Gogulski. He recently demonstrated his contentious flair through his successful representation of Mazda in infringement proceedings before the Supreme Court. Coordinating the department alongside Gogulski is “top practitioner” Ewa Skrzydło-Tefelska, who possesses unrivalled academic prowess and is an EU law guru.
Sulima Grabowska Sierzputowska Patent & Trademark Attorneys
This Warsaw-based operation celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2015 and continues to enjoy substantial year-on-year growth. Its knowledgeable squad handles instructions across all stages of the trademark lifecycle and from clients across the gamut of domestic and international industries, from cosmetics and banking to publishing and food and beverages. Anna Pasiut has got prosecution down to a fine art and is the sole Polish representative on the European Communities Trademark Association Law Committee. Michal Sosnowski shows a “great understanding of problematic IP issues”, tackling them with a pragmatic, client-centric approach.
Traple Konarski Podrecki Law Office
Servicing clients in Polish, English, German and French, business law outfit Traple Konarski Podrecki is a preferred choice for international enterprises seeking future-proofed advice on brand protection in Central and Eastern Europe. A fixture in Krakow, it also maintains a Warsaw bureau to provide incisive, comprehensive trademark services across the country and beyond. “Outstanding” senior partner Paweł Podrecki’s competition law savvy significantly strengthens his hand in IP litigation.
Wardyński & Partners
Mandates fly in to Wardyński & Partners from both home and abroad; brand owners appreciate its A-to-Z IP offering and extensive geographical reach, with four Polish offices and nine dedicated international desks. The group has long been a trusted manager of portfolios of all types and wins particular acclaim for its resolute enforcement of soft IP rights. Senior partner and IP head Włodzimierz Szoszuk takes his customary spot in the gold tier for enforcement. A “trusted, well-rounded guy with highly respected abilities”, he receives many conflict-of-interest referrals from admiring peers. Co-leading the department, Anna Pompe navigates complex trademark and unfair competition disputes with ease.
Wolf Theiss
Commercial law ensemble Wolf Theiss is a commanding presence in Central and Eastern Europe and has been a prominent player on the Polish market since before the turn of the century. The Warsaw-based IP arm has “almost unrivalled local knowledge about the best way to proceed with trademark disputes” and proves itself an “invaluable strategic legal partner”. Marcin Rudnik is a useful contact.

Individuals: enforcement

Marcin Fijalkowski - Baker McKenzie Krzyzowski i Wspolnicy Spolka Komandytowa
Szymon Gogulski - Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak
Tomasz Koryzma - CMS Cameron McKenna
Marek Lazewski - LDS Lazewski Depo & Partners
Ewa Skrzydło-Tefelska - Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak
Włodzimierz Szoszuk - Wardyński & Partners
Piotr Dynowski - Bird & Bird Szepietowski i wspólnicy spk
Daniel Hasik - Hasik & Partners
Ewa Kacperek - Hogan Lovells Warszawa LLP
Bartosz Krakowiak - POLSERVICE Patent and Trademark Attorneys Office
Jaroslaw Kulikowski - Kulikowska & Kulikowski
Paweł Podrecki - Traple Konarski Podrecki Law Office
Anna Pompe - Wardyński & Partners
Justyna Rasiewicz - LDS Lazewski Depo & Partners
Eric Rheims - Hasik & Partners
Dorota Rzążewska - JWP Patent & Trademark Attorneys
Krystyna Szczepanowska-Kozłowska - Allen & Overy A Pędzich Spk
Oskar Tulodziecki - K&L Gates Jamka SpK
Małgorzata Darowska - Domański Zakrzewski Palinka
Anna Gołębiowska - Gołębiowska, Krawczyk, Roszkowski and Partners
Bartlomiej Kochlewski - Pietrzak Siekierzyński Bogen Sp j
Aleksandra Kuc-Makulska - Hogan Lovells Warszawa LLP
Agnieszka Rolbiecka - JWP Patent & Trademark Attorneys
Marek Rosinski - Baker McKenzie Krzyzowski i Wspolnicy Spolka Komandytowa
Michal Siciarek - LDS Lazewski Depo & Partners
Justyna Stefańczyk-Kaczmarzyk - KONDRAT & Partners

Individuals: anti-counterfeiting

Tomasz Koryzma - CMS Cameron McKenna
Bartosz Krakowiak - POLSERVICE Patent and Trademark Attorneys Office
Eric Rheims - Hasik & Partners
Michal Siciarek - LDS Lazewski Depo & Partners
Włodzimierz Szoszuk - Wardyński & Partners
Oskar Tulodziecki - K&L Gates Jamka SpK

Individuals: prosecution

Aleksandra Auleytner - Domański Zakrzewski Palinka
Monika Chimiak - Kulikowska & Kulikowski
Izabella Dudek-Urbanowicz - PATPOL – European and Polish Patent and Trademark Attorneys
Piotr Dynowski - Bird & Bird Szepietowski i wspólnicy spk
Marcin Fijalkowski - Baker McKenzie Krzyzowski i Wspolnicy Spolka Komandytowa
Szymon Gogulski - Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak
Agnieszka Kaminska - Kaminski & Partners
Mariusz Kondrat - KONDRAT & Partners
Bartosz Krakowiak - POLSERVICE Patent and Trademark Attorneys Office
Aleksandra Kryśka - PATPOL – European and Polish Patent and Trademark Attorneys
Aleksandra Kuc-Makulska - Hogan Lovells Warszawa LLP
Marek Lazewski - LDS Lazewski Depo & Partners
Anna Pasiut - Sulima Grabowska Sierzputowska Patent & Trademark Attorneys
Dorota Rzążewska - JWP Patent & Trademark Attorneys
Michal Sosnowski - Sulima Grabowska Sierzputowska Patent & Trademark Attorneys
Anna Stopińska-Ślefarska - POLSERVICE Patent and Trademark Attorneys Office
Anna Zakrocka - Karcz Zakrocka Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys

Luminaries

Ryszard Skubisz - Ryszard Skubisz IP Law Office
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