Latvia

Since the Latvia Patent Office (LPO) launched its online filing system, the prosecution process has become much less burdensome; response times have shortened and oppositions are being overseen with greater confidence and care. However, trademark attorneys are dismayed by the recent stipulation that only sworn attorneys can now represent clients before a judge. On a brighter note, local companies are becoming increasingly aware of the need to protect their brands and the economy remains robust.

Firms

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Agency Tria Robit
COBALT Legal
Eversheds Bitāns
IP Law Firm Latiss
Petersona Patents
Rozenfelds & Partners
SORAINEN
Agency Tria Robit
Founded in 1991, Tria Robit is a revered name in Latvia. It burns bright on both sides of the contentious/non-contentious divide and supplements its Riga head office with an outpost in Moscow. Thanks to a sophisticated information sharing system, cooperation between these bureaux is seamless; this solid coverage has helped the firm to build up a diverse roster of clients, ranging from individual entrepreneurs to multinationals. Founding partner Vladimir Anohin specialises in the alcoholic beverages sector and has advised iconic brands including Stolichnaya, William Grant, San Miguel, Veuve Clicquot and Martini.
COBALT Legal
With nearly 200 lawyers operating from bases in Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania and Belarus, COBALT Legal has the firepower to cater to the needs of the most discerning enterprises; its first-rate banking and finance and M&A teams work shoulder to shoulder with the IP squad to draft watertight contracts and ensure that trademark portfolios are commercialised to the max. Qualified to act before the US Patent and Trademark Office, the personable and dynamic Ingrida Karina-Berzina is a magnet for US companies. Known for her hands-on service and transparent, business-minded counsel, Liga Fjodorova is another popular name; she has useful in-depth knowledge of the copyright field, too.
Eversheds Bitāns
Eversheds Bitāns breaks into the WTR 1000 for 2017. Boasting an extensive network of 55 offices across Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East, the firm is superbly positioned to tackle complex multi-jurisdictional IP matters. It recently counselled Samsung Electronics Baltics in relation to the registration of various key EU trademarks and represented Latvia Tours in a high-profile infringement suit against Latvija Travel D. Involved in both matters, Inese Kalnāja-Zelča is the team’s backbone. She is a familiar face in proceedings before the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and lectures widely.
IP Law Firm Latiss
Latiss is a firm fixture on the Latvian IP landscape. The cutting-edge boutique has a striking enforcement record before the Riga District Court, the Administrative Court and the Supreme Court. It has also devoted significant resources to its burgeoning anti-counterfeiting practice, forging strong links with customs officials and masterminding large-scale seizures. Managing partner Svetlana Makeeva stands out for her ability to clearly and concisely communicate abstruse legal concepts to clients.
Petersona Patents
Petersona Patents’ recent expansion into Lithuania and Estonia has made it an even more attractive prospect for companies with cross-border IP issues. It deftly dispatches tricky non-contentious briefs and puts in poised performances in the courtroom. Recent highlights include handling significant oppositions for Mars and assisting BMW on a string of infringement cases across the Baltics. Representing both clients, Gatis Meržvinskis is a reliable first port of call.
Rozenfelds & Partners
Rozenfelds & Partners continues to turn heads for both prosecution and enforcement. Based in Riga, it has a wealth of experience before the LPO, national courts and the EUIPO. Its talented practitioners are always au courant with the latest global developments in intellectual property. Prominent professor Janis Rozenfelds shares his unique insights with the next generation of lawyers at the University of Latvia. He plies his trade at the theoretical forefront of the field, carving out new paths to trademark protection.
SORAINEN
Baltic powerhouse SORAINEN has a formidable reputation in the IP space. At its strongest in fiercely fought courtroom battles, it nonetheless provides an A-to-Z offering. A dab hand at cross-border mandates, it has won the patronage of a diverse mix of domestic and international companies. Persuasive negotiator Agris Repšs has singular knowledge of the online world and acts as an arbitration panellist for the ‘.eu’ alternative dispute resolution centre of the Czech Arbitration Court.

Individuals

Vladimir Anohin - Agency Tria Robit
Liga Fjodorova - COBALT Legal
Inese Kalnāja-Zelča - Eversheds Bitāns
Ingrida Karina-Berzina - COBALT Legal
Ineta Krodere - Vilgerts Legal & Tax
Svetlana Makeeva - IP Law Firm Latiss
Agris Repšs - SORAINEN
Janis Rozenfelds - Rozenfelds & Partners
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