Czech Republic

The Czech economy is thriving and its start-up ecosystem is dynamic, so it is a good time for the country’s IP practitioners. The law and IP firm market is stable, as evidenced by the consistency of the WTR 1000 rankings in the past few years; one firm, HAVEL & PARTNERS makes its debut in the rankings this year though, as well as several individuals spread across multiple firms.

Firms

  • Čermák a spol
  • Rott, Růžička & Guttmann
  • Všetečka Zelený Švorčík Kalenský and Partners, Law and Patent Office
  • Baker McKenzie 
  • Bird & Bird sro advokátní kancelář
  • Korejzová & Spol
  • Šindelka & Lachmannová
  • Traplova Hakr Kubat Law & Patent Offices
  • CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang, advokáti, vos
  • HAVEL & PARTNERS
  • Taylor Wessing
  • Weinhold Legal
  • Zivko Mijatovic & Partners 

Baker McKenzie 

The elite IP department at Baker McKenzie is highly reputed for its contemporary and international outlook. High-profile litigation is par for the course for this tight-knit team, which dominates in the fight against fakes. It also possesses a refined prosecution skillset, which it deploys to assist clients in both Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Heading up the department is trademark maven Jiří Čermák. “A dedicated professional with a significant commercial sense of the solutions available”, he is always a “safe pair of hands” for his clients. On a similar wavelength is the recently appointed legal director Michal Matějka – the pair’s collaborative approach has assisted a multitude of domestic and international household names, including ČSOB, Honeywell, Whirlpool, Swarovski and L Brands.

Bird & Bird sro advokátní kancelář

Having appeared on the scene 10 years ago, IP-driven firm Bird & Bird has established itself on the frontlines of the Czech legal landscape, with its all-inclusive trademark service offering. “Placing the needs of the client first and foremost, the team is reliable, proactive and extremely professional,” with reams of clients flocking to instruct the unit, including eos Products, Lacoste, Gant and Jelly Belly. Captain of the squad and frequently seen at the Czech Industrial Property Office, Vojtěch Chloupek handles registrations and oppositions with consummate ease. A judicious negotiator and shrewd litigator, he flourishes in labyrinthine licensing and complex cross-border projects; he is “always in the picture, well respected in the network and a great pleasure to work with.” Chloupek was recently appointed as an arbitrator of the Czech Arbitration Court, adding further arrows to his quiver.

Čermák a spol

Equipped with a 40-strong team, Čermák knows the ins and outs of the trademark world and advises on all stages of the trademark lifecycle with ease and elegance. “The strength of the boutique is its long-lasting tradition in the Czech market, with a highly experienced team led by the talented practitioner Karel Čermák.” The practice deploys an encyclopaedic knowledge of trademark law to approach complex matters from all angles. Well versed in the realm of EU regulations, boosted by a sharp business sense and always playing to his key strengths, seasoned litigator Lukáš Lorenc covers all angles of dispute proceedings. WTR 1000 newcomer Kateřina Floriánová combines an acute knowledge of unfair competition law with high-calibre experience in Community trademarks.

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang, advokáti, vos

Renowned for keeping abreast with technological developments, CMS Cameron McKenna has innovation at the heart of its cutting-edge practice. Its expansive offering extends over Central and Eastern Europe, with a presence in almost every jurisdiction, and it continues to provide a haven for an array of rights holders. The team navigates commercial complexities with a laser focus on flawless trademark enforcement. At the helm of the commercial, regulatory and disputes team is Tomáš Matějovský, who is always on the lookout for optimum solutions for his clientele. Frequently litigating on behalf of domestic and international companies in the automotive and TMT sector, Matějovský’s level-headed counsel has seen him successfully safeguard rights in proceedings at all levels, including the regional courts and Supreme Court.

HAVEL & PARTNERS

Trademark clients have nothing but praise for this full-service law firm, which is one of the biggest in the Czech Republic: “Havel takes a business approach to all IP matters, which results in significant cost savings – there’s always a great economic benefit to choosing it over others.” “It gives you really strong IP coverage and provides a superb enterprise-grade service.” Some of the best feedback is reserved for Ivan Rámeš, who has excelled since he was appointed to the partnership at the start of 2017 – he makes his debut in the WTR 1000 as a result. “Ivan has an extremely good knowledge of the latest developments in the law and is a creative professional who delivers solutions through astute negotiation. He is pragmatic and offers top quality.” He has been assisting Apple in cancellation and opposition actions, together with department co-lead Robert Nešpůrek. “Robert is great to cooperate with and provides every bit of support you could need. He deals with cases proactively and efficiently, giving you full confidence in the protection of your intellectual property.” Rámeš also works closely with Tereza Hrabáková for companies such as domestic nutritional supplements leader NUTREND. A trademarks, designs and unfair competition law ace, Hrabáková dedicates much of her time to Pivovary Staropramen, skilfully managing its worldwide trademark portfolio.

Korejzová & Spol

Intellectual property is the first love of full-service firm Korejzová Legal. In the IP protection game for over 25 years, the set secures trademark and design rights with the minimum of fuss, acting before the Czech and Slovak IP offices as well as the EUIPO. It also knows the ingredients of successful enforcement and combines the expertise of its trademark attorneys and lawyers to deliver in the courtroom. “Top lawyer” Petra de Brantes is an ace on enforcement of IP rights and blends IP and unfair competition know-how to compelling effect.

Rott, Růžička & Guttmann

Distinguished IP boutique Rott, Růžička & Guttmann draws on its magnitude of finely tuned expertise to establish, protect and defend even the most sophisticated of brand rights, and has a particular facility for anti-counterfeiting. Former head of the Trademark Division at the Czech Industrial Property office, Michal Růžička prosecutes flawlessly. He works hand-in-hand with Vladimír Rott, who is “an excellent all-round practitioner for trademark law in the Czech Republic and a highly valued member of the community”. Experienced in advising clients from the European Union, Japan and the Americas, this unstoppable duo provide internationally minded insight like no other.

Šindelka & Lachmannová

“Šindelka & Lachmannová can be recommended without reservation for steadfast protection and responsiveness.” Established in 2015, the team immediately made its presence felt on the market by offering cutting-edge expertise in anti-counterfeiting; it acts for many luxury brands in the fight against fakes. Moreover, its service is well rounded, further encompassing all aspects of prosecution and portfolio management. “Good humoured, reliable, client oriented and excellent on strategy,” Karel Šindelka leads the firm. He goes the extra mile for his clients by providing training to the Czech customs authorities on tackling the problem of counterfeit goods, and is also noted for his expertise on domain name disputes, being a Czech Arbitration Court panellist for ‘.cz’ matters. Co-founder Eva Lachmannová impresses with her “pragmatic, business-oriented approach and cost efficiency”. She is a repository of trust for many in the fashion industry.

Taylor Wessing

Recently celebrating its 20th anniversary in the Czech Republic, Taylor Wessing packs a punch with its comprehensive IP practice. Maintaining a surefooted presence in Central and Eastern Europe, the firm is uniquely placed on the market to advise clients on intricate cross-border transactions. Armed with a wealth of experience in both civil and criminal proceedings, Karin Pomaizlová thinks commercially to “vigorously represent the interests of her clients”. With a meticulous eye for detail and her feet planted firmly on the ground, Pomaizlová understands the individual needs of her diverse clientele, providing “top-quality service” and personalised solutions in the ongoing battle against infringers.

Traplova Hakr Kubat Law & Patent Offices

Long-established IP firm Traplova Hakr Kubat renders an A-to-Z patent and trademark service encompassing the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The team undertakes its tasks diligently, thoroughly and accurately – but also cost effectively – and he always applies a personal touch. Recent personnel moves have strengthened the firm’s litigation and enforcement practice; anti-counterfeiting expert Zuzana Bartošovičová is a new recruit to note. She takes direction from Jana Traplová, who heads the trademark department. Her clear and direct communication style is much appreciated by clients, as are the swift and precise results she brings about in trademark protection and enforcement scenarios.

Všetečka Zelený Švorčík Kalenský and Partners, Law and Patent Office

“An office with longstanding presence in the market,” Všetečka Zelený Švorčík Kalenský and Partners has a gleaming reputation for its wall-to-wall trademark service offering and superb performance in disputes. Member of both the Czech and Slovak Bar, “outstanding IP specialist and excellent all-round litigator” Michal Havlík has a refined anti-counterfeiting skillset, but his forte lies in domain name disputes. Havlík recently saw success in the first-ever domain name ADR proceedings in Slovakia on behalf of Les Publications Conde Nast, securing the transfer of TLD ‘vogue.sk’ to his client efficiently and expeditiously. Martin Švorčík is the other member of the dream team; with exceptional unfair competition know-how and proficiency in domain names, he uses his extensive IP enforcement expertise before both courts and arbitration forums.

Weinhold Legal

“One of the best Czech law firms, Weinhold Legal takes care of all aspects of brand protection without a hitch. The firm is really easy to work with, it follows up with clients proactively and provides a perfect service.” Trademark law is a focus area for the IP and IT team, which is headed by Martin Lukáš, “a lawyer who you can rely on to find solutions and generally take care of things”. His clients get easy access to a deep pool of resources thanks to the firm’s tie-up with global professional services firm EY, which was cemented in September 2015.

Zivko Mijatovic & Partners 

Prosecution powerhouse Zivko Mijatovic & Partners has an intricate network of 15 offices dotted across the Balkans and Eastern Europe, with a main base in Alicante. The Czech branch deploys its fine-grained understanding of brand rights to file with alacrity, manage portfolios with finesse and handle multi-jurisdictional infringements with flair. On the frontline is Alejandra Rosero, a dependable contact for prospective clients.

Other recommended experts

Jakub Čech’s “quick and diligent service as well as his profound legal assessment of the matter at hand” brings him into the WTR 1000 this year. He can be found at Allen & Overy, enforcing the trademark rights of his clients and achieving fantastic results on transactional matters.

Individuals

  • Jiří Čermák - Baker McKenzie
  • Karel Čermák Jr - Čermák a spol
  • Vojtěch Chloupek - Bird & Bird sro advokátní kancelář
  • Michal Havlík - Všetečka Zelený Švorčík Kalenský and Partners, Law and Patent Office
  • Vladimir Rott - Rott, Růžička & Guttmann
  • Michal Růžička - Rott, Růžička & Guttmann
  • Petra de Brantes - Korejzová & Spol
  • Tereza Hrabáková - HAVEL & PARTNERS
  • Eva Lachmannová - Šindelka & Lachmannová
  • Lukáš Lorenc - Čermák a spol
  • Michal Matějka - Baker McKenzie
  • Tomáš Matějovský - CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang, advokáti, vos
  • Karin Pomaizlová - Taylor Wessing
  • Ivan Rámeš - HAVEL & PARTNERS
  • Karel Šindelka - Šindelka & Lachmannová
  • Jana Traplová - Traplova Hakr Kubat Law & Patent Offices 
  • Jakub Čech - Allen & Overy Praha
  • Kateřina Floriánová - Čermák a spol
  • Martin Lukáš - Weinhold Legal
  • Robert Nešpůrek - HAVEL & PARTNERS
  • Martin Švorčík - Všetečka Zelený Švorčík Kalenský and Partners, Law and Patent Office