Romania

Romania remains a vibrant prosecution hub, thanks to its strong IT and automotive industries. Local companies are becoming increasingly alive to the importance of protecting their trademarks and more willing to allocate significant funds in this regard. Enforcement activity continues apace, too, with a string of consequential cases having come before the national courts in 2016.

Firms: enforcement and litigation

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Musat & Asociatii
Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen
Ratza & ratza
STOICA & Asociatii
Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii
Turcu & Turcu
Vilau | Associates
Zamfirescu Racoti & Partners Attorneys at Law
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Andra Musatescu Law & Industrial Property Offices
PETOŠEVIĆ SRL
Răzvan Dincă & Asociaţii

Firms: prosecution and strategy

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Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen
Rominvent SA
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Andra Musatescu Law & Industrial Property Offices
Cabinet Enpora
Frisch & Partners
Musat & Asociatii
PETOŠEVIĆ SRL
Ratza & ratza
Răzvan Dincă & Asociaţii
Andra Musatescu Law & Industrial Property Offices
Always pursuing novel – yet highly effective – ways to safeguard clients’ brands, Andra Musatescu has positioned itself at the vanguard of domestic IP practice. While cost effectiveness is a hallmark, it never compromises on customer service, providing uniquely tailored solutions no matter what the contours of the matter at hand. International patrons especially appreciate its ability to advise in English, French and Hungarian. Name partner Andra Musatescu is a dazzling all-rounder who prosecutes with aplomb and masterminds complex customs seizures.
Cabinet Enpora
“One of the oldest IP boutiques in Romania, Cabinet Enpora has managed to build up an impressive team comprising highly educated professionals.” The nimble outfit comes into its own representing businesses before the Romanian State Office for Inventions and Trademarks (OSIM) and the EU Intellectual Property Office; having appeared before both a striking number of times, it has an intimate understanding of their workings. Anca-Liliana Popescu Bianu is an excellent first port of call. Cabinet M Oproiu has been a fixture of the Romanian IP scene for over two decades. It prides itself on securing watertight trademark protection for national and international players alike; quality is its central narrative. Not just a filing shop, the firm is gifted at aligning trademark protection and commercial strategy. Seasoned founder and pharmaceutical sage Margareta Oproiu straddles the contentious/non-contentious divide with poise. Businesses seeking a regional IP nexus need look no further than Drakopoulos. With a presence in 11 countries across Southeast Europe, it serves up the full menu of trademark services – making it an ideal one-stop shop. The Romanian team has been busy representing Nestlé in a string of high-profile actions against Terapia and Rommac Trade and the Premier League on a significant opposition against automotive company King Campione for its use of a confusingly similar mark to the football league’s world-famous lion logo. Leading on both matters, Adrian Roseti has a razor-sharp mind and a silver tongue.
Frisch & Partners
See Vilau Associates.
Musat & Asociatii
Musat & Asociatii is best known for its first-rate transactional team and resolutely commercial outlook when it comes to intellectual property. The full-service outfit dispenses joined-up trademark counsel infused with insights from the firm’s banking, M&A and tax practices. Its hard-hitting litigators also win plaudits for their artful courtroom manoeuvring. Name partner Anca Buta Muşat is a magnet for internet companies who is “recognised everywhere thanks to her licensing and franchising skill set”.
Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen
Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen is a “leader in Romanian intellectual property. Its team is trustworthy and efficient”. It continues to rack up successes in every corner of the field, from prosecution to transactions and enforcement. Of late, it has been representing Orange in a string of oppositions before OSIM and in a dispute surrounding the company’s ORANGE MONEY trademark and domain names ‘orange-money.ro’ and ‘orangemoney.ro’. Internet whizz Ana-Maria Baciu has taken the reins on this matter. Sharp-witted teammate Sorina Olaru is an exemplary litigator with a wealth of experience to her name.
PETOŠEVIĆ SRL
Having first set down roots in Romania in 2005, storied ensemble PETOŠEVIĆ recently moved into a new Bucharest office – a testament to its continuing expansion and commitment to the jurisdiction. The IP colossus has an illustrious reputation in the region and the resources to handle multi-jurisdictional matters with ease, whether involving heated disputes or sprawling portfolios. Versatile Aura Campeanu embodies the team’s holistic ethos. Having forged invaluable links with customs officials and spearheaded myriad seizures, she counts anti-counterfeiting as a forte.
Ratza & ratza
“Dynamic and exciting” Ratza & ratza is “one of the most active firms in Romania, with expertise across the board. It is recommended for both prosecution and enforcement matters”. Its cutting-edge take on intellectual property and future-proofed trademark counsel have enabled it to build up an enviable client catalogue replete with both pioneering start-ups and brand-rich established entities. Co-founder Andrew Vlad Ratza supplements his impressive trademark practice with significant industrial design expertise. Prize fighter Dragosh Marginean maintains a staggering workload; he has been a continual – and formidable – presence in the courtroom for much of 2016. Anti-counterfeiting sage Michael Andrew Enache leaves no stone unturned when hunting down fakes.
Răzvan Dincă & Asociaţii
Business minded to the last, Răzvan Dincă & Asociaţii is a top choice for corporates seeking to protect their high-value intangible assets in Romania. It provides the full spectrum of trademark services, from filing and drafting cease and desist letters to handling oppositions and taking bet-the-farm cases to national and European courts. Venerable name partner Răzvan Dincă “has a scholarly mind and an impressive CV”. He fights tooth and nail for his loyal clients.
Rominvent SA
With more than half a century of experience to its name, Rominvent is a safe bet for companies seeking meticulous portfolio management. It is au fait with local legal complexities and case law, and has played an integral role in a raft of high-stakes proceedings. Thanks to the devoted attention that it showers on clients, it has attracted a long list of influential patrons.
STOICA & Asociatii
Contentious powerhouse STOICA & Asociatii emerges victorious from Romanian courtrooms with striking consistency. The firm has built a tremendous reputation on account of its large phalanx of heavyweight IP litigators, who pen transparent briefs and plead with eloquence. The most renowned of these is former judge Dragoş Bogdan, who really comes into his own in fraught pharmaceutical matters and has useful complementary knowledge of competition law.
Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii
Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii wins plaudits for its first-rate contentious practice. It has recently been representing Orient Hyperconstruct in a consequential dispute with Doors Bulgaria; ArcelorMittal Tubular Products Roman – one of the biggest producers of tubular products for the energy industryin a matter against WND; and Artexim Production in an infringement suit against Omega Soft SRL and Webdev. Working together on this last brief, Bogdan Halcu and Ciprian Dragomir are at the heart of the firm’s trademark offering. Halcu is a computer and communications virtuoso, while Dragomir brings indispensable commercial insight to the table.
Turcu & Turcu
Since its founding in 2001, Turcu & Turcu has built up one of the most sophisticated anti-counterfeiting practices in the country. It is a valued partner of REACT – a not-for-profit network of rights holders fighting the trade in fakes. The firm also has two further regional offices, in Bulgaria and Moldova, making it an enticing option for companies facing cross-border infringement troubles. Name partner Gabriel Nicolae Turcu has forged strong relationships with customs officials and has peerless enforcement nous.
Vilau | Associates
Vilau | Associates has been on the block for only two years, but has already turned many heads with its cost-effective service, deep corporate expertise and strategic nous. Regional companies – especially those in the high-tech space – have been keen to team up with it and form long-term partnerships early on. Larger enterprises also frequently call on it to sew up lucrative licensing and franchising agreements. Registrations are secured by the firm’s elite filing limb, Frisch & Partners. With more than two decades’ experience under his belt, Dragos Vilau is a “fantastic attorney with excellent connections – truly one of the leading practitioners in the country”.
Zamfirescu Racoti & Partners Attorneys at Law
Negotiating the idiosyncrasies of diverse industries with ease – pharmaceuticals, healthcare, media, food and oil and gas, to name only a few – Zamfirescu Racoti & Partners is the trusted adviser of ambitious companies of all stripes. It has a fantastic track record on both sides of the contentious/non-contentious divide and prides itself on the efficiency of its one-stop shop service. Senior partner Cosmin Vasile consistently lands killer blows in enforcement proceedings and has encyclopaedic knowledge of non-traditional marks. Zivko Mijatovic & Partners’ comprehensive regional offering can’t be beaten – it has 14 bases throughout Southeast Europe, plus a propitiously located liaison office in Alicante. With foreign teammates on speed dial and at the ready 24/7, the Romanian squad is well equipped to handle contentious and non-contentious matters of all shapes and sizes. Breaking into the WTR 1000 for the first time, Monica Novac captains the ship here. She has been leading from the front on a slew of high-profile court cases and is a prominent member of the Bucharest Bar Association.

Individuals

Ana-Maria Baciu - Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen
Dragoş Bogdan - STOICA & Asociatii
Anca Buta Muşat - Musat & Asociatii
Răzvan Dincă - Răzvan Dincă & Asociaţii
Ciprian Dragomir - Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii
Margareta Oproiu - Cabinet M Oproiu Patent & Trademark Attorneys
Andrew Vlad Ratza - Ratza & ratza
Gabriel Nicolae Turcu - Turcu & Turcu
Dragos M Vilau - Vilau | Associates
Delia Belciu - Stratulat Albulescu Attorneys at Law
Aura Campeanu - PETOŠEVIĆ SRL
Michael Andrew Enache - Ratza & ratza
Bogdan Halcu - Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii
Dragosh Marginean - Ratza & ratza
Andra Musatescu - Andra Musatescu Law & Industrial Property Offices
Monica Novac - Zivko Mijatovic & Partners
Sorina Olaru - Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen
Adrian Roseti - Drakopoulos Law Firm
Cosmin Vasile - Zamfirescu Racoti & Partners Attorneys at Law
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