Lithuania

IP awareness among domestic companies is increasing; local start-ups in particular recognise the need to provide their brands with full protection from the get-go. However, Lithuania’s IP specialists still rely on international clients for the bulk of their instructions. While many of these require cross-border regional know-how, this is something that all of the firms on the WTR 1000 list are well placed to provide.

Firms

1
AAA Law
Professional Law Partnership METIDA Law Firm Zaboliene and Partners
2
Ellex Valiunas
SORAINEN
TRINITI
AAA Law
AAA has always been at the cutting edge of intellectual property in Lithuania. The firm is known for the “outstanding technical support” it offers to patrons across all phases of trademark prosecution, as well as the quality of its legal service in the context of trademark litigation and rights monetisation. Leading this eminent pan-Baltic outfit is senior partner Marius Jakulis Jason, who has seen just about everything that the business of intellectual property has to offer. The multilingual professional presides over the Lithuanian chapter of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property and is plugged into IP developments locally and internationally. “Highly experienced” managing partner Otilija Klimaitienė is also recommended; an incisive trademark registration expert, she is also surefooted in the context of trademark and patent disputes before a multitude of forums at home and abroad.
Ellex Valiunas
The Lithuanian branch of the Ellex circle, Ellex Valiunas provides round-the-clock support to companies engaged in business across the Baltic region; substantial IP expertise contributes much to the firm’s success as a one-stop shop. Captaining a team which has carved out a niche for itself at the interface of IP and IT law, Vytautas Mizaras is a great choice for multifaceted tasks; advising IKEA on IP disputes, as well as regulatory and commercial matters, is a good example of his impressive skill set. “He is a leading IP expert in Lithuania – one of the most highly specialised trademark practitioners, and a copyright guru.”
Professional Law Partnership METIDA Law Firm Zaboliene and Partners
METIDA was established as a patent and trademark agency in 1991 but has since morphed into a strong regional law firm with offices in Lithuania, Belarus and Latvia. However, the ensemble does not rest on its laurels but continuously develops its offering to align itself with the most forward-thinking brand owners globally – when it comes to trademark protection and enforcement, there is nothing this firm cannot do. Providing inspiration and leadership to the crew is Reda Žabolienė, an “experienced and business-minded” operator with well-honed courtroom skills; she is known and respected throughout the international trademark community. A reliable source of insight on trademark, design and copyright protection – as well as unfair competition law – Inga Lukauskienė is another go-to brand expert. Like Žabolienė, she knows how to bring disputes to a swift and successful close.
SORAINEN
Intellectual property and information technology are areas of significant growth for SORAINEN, an award-winning Baltic firm known for its innovative approach to the practice of law. Representing clients such as Red Bull in trademark infringement battles is the team’s meat and drink, though its capabilities are impressively broad. Take a look, for example, at its work for Google, which spans trademark filing, opposition proceedings and strategic counselling. Leading the way for matters involving both of these household names is Renata Beržanskienė, one of the top IP conflict experts in the country. Unstinting in her dedication to clients, she likes to partner closely with brands as both business and legal adviser. Stasys Drazdaukas, who heads up the communications, media and technology group, also produces sterling work for Red Bull and Google, among many other eminent names.
TRINITI
Intellectual property is a central pillar of TRINITI’s pan-Baltic commercial law practice, and the firm has a particularly strong handle on trademark law. Providing services in an impressive eight languages, the team satisfies the total IP needs of a colourful roster of clients which includes numerous start-ups, such as Deeper – a young, domestic high-tech company that produces smart electronic devices for use in sports – and electric car-sharing company Ride Share. There are plenty of household names on the books as well, including several in the luxury and fashion industries: Vilija Viešūnaitė, who heads the IP and dispute resolution groups, handles anti-counterfeiting matters for Longchamp and Hugo Boss, for example. Viešūnaitė takes a highly pragmatic approach to intellectual property; never litigating for the sake of it, she aims for client-defined successes and always hits the target.

Individuals

Renata Beržanskienė - SORAINEN
Stasys Drazdauskas - SORAINEN
Marius Jakulis Jason - AAA Law
Liudas Karnickas - Venckutė & Karnickas
Otilija Klimaitienė - AAA Law
Žilvinas Kvietkus - COBALT Legal
Inga Lukauskienė - Professional Law Partnership METIDA Law Firm Zaboliene and Partners
Vytautas Mizaras - Ellex Valiunas
Gediminas Pranevicius - IP Forma
Vilija Viešūnaitė - TRINITI
Reda Žabolienė - Professional Law Partnership METIDA Law Firm Zaboliene and Partners
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