One of the main headaches facing brand owners in the Czech Republic is the problem of counterfeiting. Counterfeit goods can readily be purchased by consumers in street markets along the border with Austria and Germany. Although customs authorities are reportedly tackling the problem with vigour and there is an effective legislative framework on the issue, communication on the part of brand owners is the key to cooperation. Fortunately, expert legal counsel is never far away and clients have their pick from a wide choice of quality external trademark counsel. In the Czech market, IP boutiques vie with full-service firms, while international outfits also entering into the market to take a piece of the pie. The leading players are recognised on the ranking table accompanying this section.
Karin Pomaizlová of Mgr Karin Pomaizlová Attorney at Law is “a strong figure in the community”. The reputation of her independent practice, specialising in enforcement and prosecution of trademark law, is “going from strength to strength”. Recent clients include major players in the jewellery, tobacco and alcoholic beverage industries.