Czech Republic

The Czech IP market has seen little in the way of significant change over the past year, although much has been made of the customs regulations introduced in early 2015. The establishment of intra-border customs watch measures has enabled brand owners and their representatives to substantially up their game in the fight against counterfeiters.

Firms

1
Associated Law Offices Všetečka Zelený Švorčík Kalenský and Partners
Čermák a spol
Rott, Růžička & Guttmann
Traplova Hakr Kubat Law & Patent Offices
2
Baker McKenzie vos
Bird & Bird
Korejzová & Spol
3
CMS Cameron McKenna vos
PATENTSERVIS Praha as
Weinhold Legal
Associated Law Offices Všetečka Zelený Švorčík Kalenský and Partners
IP and commercial law are the twin pillars of Všetečka Zelený Švorčík Kalenský and Partners, a longstanding service provider with a sterling reputation for quality. Many members of its large team are fluent in multiple languages and can communicate clearly and concisely with an impressive roster of international patrons. An office in Bratislava means that it can knock two jurisdictions off the list for time-pressed in-house counsel. Michael Havlík is proficient at both prosecution and enforcement – not just in trademarks, but in patents and designs, too. Furthering his all-round credentials, he has commendable expertise at the point where IP and competition law overlap. “He is an excellent lawyer and a great litigator who uses deep procedural knowledge to his best advantage.”
Baker McKenzie vos
Fully integrated with the firm’s global IP practice, Baker McKenzie’s Prague branch handles bread-and-butter prosecution work with utmost efficiency. However, it is in its element getting stuck into more complex legal matters; for example, it astutely advises on regulatory requirements surrounding product launches, and devises and executes innovative portfolio development and enforcement plans. The list of clients seeking to take advantage of the group’s anti-counterfeiting prowess is as long as your arm, and includes the likes of Calvin Klein, Eli Lilly, Michael Kors and H&M. The same is true on the portfolio management side, where Google, HSBC and British American Tobacco are just a small selection of notable accounts. Jiří Čermák presides over an “undeniably strong IP team”, as well as the IT and communications groups. He is an authority on copyright, software and technology law, but also in tune with everything happening in the trademark world.
Bird & Bird
Since his promotion to the partnership in November 2015, Vojtěch Chloupek has revved up the engines and taken the Czech contingent of “key global IP player” Bird & Bird into the fast lane. “The firm is a relatively new name on the market, but it is certainly on the rise and a major competitor when you’re trying to go after international portfolio management work.” Chloupek is a guru on issues arising at the intersection of different branches of IP law and has cultivated a diverse practice as a result. He has put his sophisticated know-how on copyright and trademark matters to good use advising Monster Energy (through US market leader Knobbe Martens) on anti-counterfeiting campaigns where the copied products fell outside the scope of the goods and services claimed in the trademark registration. More broadly, he has assisted the leading energy drink company with trademark prosecution and enforcement.
Čermák a spol
‘Philosophical’ and ‘academic’ are words that are routinely used to describe Čermák, but they don’t convey the whole picture: the firm has a deep well of experience putting theory into practice and can see the wood through the trees to help clients achieve their long-term objectives. Intellectual property is its foundational area of practice – it offers a comprehensive contentious and non-contentious service – but it is also an assured guide in virtually any discipline of commercial law. Karel Čermák Jr is one of the most erudite IP practitioners in the country. He fulfils the managing partner role, while Karel Čermák Sr takes on senior partner duties. Also recommended is Lukáš Lorenc, an experienced dispute resolver with an in-depth understanding of intellectual property, commercial law and unfair competition.
CMS Cameron McKenna vos
Of all the big international players, CMS Cameron McKenna has perhaps the most extensive footprint in Central and Eastern Europe. Its influence in the Czech IP sphere has grown significantly of late, thanks in large part to astute hiring and increased firepower. Litigation is a forte – and not just your typical trademark infringement disputes, either: the team recently advised Roche in an unfair competition case against a distributor of a competitor’s medical devices, which presented several knotty labelling and slander issues. Seasoned litigator Tomáš Matějovský captains the commercial, regulatory and disputes group, which includes intellectual property.
Korejzová & Spol
Korejzová & Spol has made its name by resolutely focusing on finding incisive solutions to clients’ IP problems; there is nothing that leaves its well-qualified team stumped. As well as securing watertight protection for trademarks – at domestic and international levels – it makes for a reliable representative in both administrative and courtroom IP disputes. Lawyer and patent attorney Petra de Brantes Korejzová is a much-respected player on the Czech IP stage who demonstrates consummate leadership in her representation of patrons and within various local and international IP associations and committees.
PATENTSERVIS Praha as
Storied agency PATENTSERVIS can satisfy the needs of all brand owners, with meticulous attorneys taking care of prosecution and highly trained lawyers leading the charge on dispute resolution and commercialisation initiatives. With an office in Alicante – in addition to its Prague and Bratislava sites – it is well placed to handle the protection of EU trademarks.
Rott, Růžička & Guttmann
“Rott, Růžička & Guttmann is excellent in everything that it does. It is an independent law firm with a lot of really experienced people.” Founded in 1990, it has been at the cutting edge of Czech and Slovak IP practice longer than most. Anti-counterfeiting is one of many strong suits; the set has an excellent network of associates which it leverages judiciously in order to bring the fight to the counterfeiters wherever they may be. Vladimír Rott is the go-to Czech contact for many international brand owners and foreign representatives. Rights holders would also be wise to store the name of Michal Růžička in their contact books. The respected academic and former head of trademarks at the Industrial Property Office knows every detail of the law and the processes governing trademark protection.
Traplova Hakr Kubat Law & Patent Offices
“A strong and stable business”, Traplova Hakr Kubat is a perennial occupant of the WTR 1000 gold tier. The versatile boutique provides dedicated, wide-ranging support to companies both nurturing existing brands and launching new ones. In addition to its prosecution nous, it stands ready to deploy at a moment’s notice when disputes arise. Attorney at law Jana Traplová specialises in contentious trademark matters, including litigation and anti-counterfeiting. Her practice is characterised by a potent blend of unfair competition and copyright savvy. Fellow lawyer Tereza Hrabáková also regularly sees frontline action, particularly in battles before the Industrial Property Office and the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). Her expertise extends to domain names, unfair competition and even patent litigation.
Weinhold Legal
Although best known for its award-winning IT practice, Weinhold Legal is also home to a robust trademark offering. It can take on any branding issue under the sun; in the past year it has registered and transferred trademarks, represented clients before the EUIPO, acted against unauthorised importers and distributors and litigated court actions – all for a cosmopolitan selection of companies. The IP and IT division at this respected full-service outfit is led by Martin Lukas. Zivko Mijatovic & Partners set up shop in the country in 2009 and the Prague contingent quickly became an integral link in its 14-office chain across Eastern Europe. International patrons love the group’s ability to alleviate regional worries in one fell swoop. A notable storyline from the past year has been the extension of the firm’s multi-jurisdictional anti-counterfeiting system to the Czech Republic; joined-up pan-regional enforcement strategies are a particularly good reason to come to engage it. Taking charge locally is Joana Szota.

Individuals

Jiří Čermák - Baker McKenzie vos
Karel Čermák Jr - Čermák a spol
Vojtěch Chloupek - Bird & Bird
Petra de Brantes Korejzová - Korejzová & Spol
Michal Havlík - Associated Law Offices Všetečka Zelený Švorčík Kalenský and Partners
Vladimír Rott - Rott, Růžička & Guttmann
Michal Růžička - Rott, Růžička & Guttmann
Tereza Hrabáková - Traplova Hakr Kubat Law & Patent Offices
Lukáš Lorenc - Čermák a spol
Tomáš Matějovský - CMS Cameron McKenna vos
Jakub Mencl - White & Case Advokátní kancelár
Karin Pomaizlova - Taylor Wessing e|n|w|c Attorneys at Law
Jana Traplová - Traplova Hakr Kubat Law & Patent Offices

Luminaries

Karel Čermák Sr - Čermák a spol
Close

Register for more free content

  • Read more World Trademark Review blogs and articles
  • Receive the editor's weekly review by email
Register now  
Issue 69