Estonia

The Estonian economy is faring well and recording steady growth; Estonian companies are investing more nationally and demand for their goods and services abroad has also increased. As such, there is plenty to keep the country’s trademark practitioners busy, which helps to explain the market’s stability; the WTR 1000 listings for 2019 are largely unchanged from the 2018 edition of the publication.

Firms: enforcement and litigation

  • AAA Legal Services
  • COBALT Legal
  • Derling Primus
  • Ellex Raidla
  • INTELS Estonia
  • Patendibüroo TURVAJA OÜ
  • SORAINEN

Firms: prosecution and strategy

  • AAA Legal Services
  • Ellex Raidla
  • INTELS Estonia
  • LASVET Patendibüroo OÜ
  • Patendibüroo KÄOSAAR
  • Patendibüroo TURVAJA OÜ
  • SORAINEN

AAA Legal Services

“An outstanding patent and trademark firm” is the unanimous verdict on AAA Legal Services. “In terms of bread and butter prosecution it does good work and is extremely efficient, but it is also highly proficient at litigation.” “The main man is Almar Sehver” – a litigation specialist who “can handle complex cases without external support”, he is “very comfortable in the courtroom” and “one of the best experts in Estonia”. Hailed by foreign associates as “a very smart trademark practitioner”, Mikas Miniotas is another name for the address book. He has a deep knowledge of Estonian and European trademark law which he deploys to advance creative solutions to knotty international brand conundrums.

COBALT Legal

Formed of an alliance between top law firms in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Belarus, COBALT Legal is a Baltic powerhouse. The firm is also the exclusive Estonia member of Lex Mundi, giving it an even broader platform from which to meet the needs of its diverse client base. When it comes to intellectual property, the Tallinn team has its wits about it; broad expertise in IP, IT and regulatory law enables it to offer a comprehensive suite of services to international brand owners. Versatile IP specialist Viive Kaur has had many notable successes in patent, trademark and copyright disputes during her career; she is also esteemed as a strategic counsellor. Studious senior associate Liina Jents also stands out from the crowd; thanks to broad experience she is a big-picture thinker who always finds ways to add value for her clients.

Derling Primus

Tried and tested over many years and on the most complex trademark infringement and anti-counterfeiting matters, Derling Primus is a name that you can trust. Well accustomed to assisting household-name international brands, as well as trend-setting foreign law firms, Toomas Taube et al do a bang-up job on dispute, transactional and regulatory instructions. Taube sits at the helm of a 23-lawyer line up and provides inspiring leadership. He has had a busy year to say the least – among his highlights he has been representing Hewlett-Packard and Sony in numerous trademark infringement matters and customs intercepts, as well as acting for AS Liviko in disputes against a Swedish vodka producer. Protecting his clients’ positions with astute arguments and a tenacious spirit, Taube moves swiftly and precisely to bring about satisfying results.

Ellex Raidla

Rendering a 360-degree protection, maintenance, enforcement, litigation and transactional service, the team at Ellex thinks holistically about brands. While continuing to nip disputes in the bud and net courtroom wins, the group has also recently significantly increased its already impressive portfolio management practice thanks to an agreement with Patent Bureau Roosilla to take over its trademark and design prosecution and strategy matters. Taking the lead on the non-contentious side of the practice is Mari Must, who is dual qualified as a European trademark and design attorney and Estonian trademark attorney. She has other distinctions too; she played a hand in drafting the Estonian trademark legislation, has abundant litigation experience (which she is constantly adding to) and has adjudicated several domain name disputes. With Ants Nõmper on deck, international matters are a forte for the set. A rare Estonian law firm partner dedicated to IP and IT practice, Nõmper is authoritative when directing traffic on pan-European litigations and cross-border transactions. The team link up excellently and pull out all the stops for clients such as Brave Capital, which they are representing in a domain name dispute that has gone all the way to the Supreme Court.

INTELS Estonia

With its extensive geographic footprint, reputable patent and trademark agency INTELS is a go-to for clients seeking watertight trademark protection across the Baltic region and the Commonwealth of Independent States. The Estonian branch is home to one of the firm’s best trademark experts, Riina Pärn, “a skilled operator with excellent IP knowledge and litigation expertise”. She oversees a practice that is robust on both sides of the contentious/non-contentious divide and has successfully pressed her clients’ case in many different forums domestically and internationally.

LASVET Patendibüroo OÜ

“LASVET has been on the market for a long time and accumulated vast experience advising on trademark prosecution.” Overseeing the practice is Villu Pavelts, who “definitely sits among the leading trademark strategy experts in Estonia”. Hailed by foreign associates as “an incredibly reliable professional”, the Estonian and European patent and trademark attorney provides gold-standard guidance to put his clients at a distinct advantage over competitors.

Patendibüroo KÄOSAAR

KÄOSAAR is a respected Estonian outfit which has been in the IP protection game for decades and has a team of experts ready to assist clients with whatever issues they face. The ensemble’s talisman is JÜri Käosaar, an eminent patent attorney whose experience traverses the IP spectrum. Kalev Käosaar, manager of the Tallinn office, is one of the main anchors when it comes to trademark registration; he also has abundant experience in anti-counterfeiting and enforcement. In Aivo Arula the firm has the country’s leading trademark search expert; not only has he conducted thousands of searches, but he always laces his reports with meaningful strategic insights. The set’s litigation, domain name dispute resolution and transactional practices have flourished under the supervision of Indrek Eelmets, who is unanimously considered a leading trademark attorney. He has handled benchmark litigations and helped draft Estonia’s ‘.ee’ domain disputes committee rules, as well as the Trademarks Act.

Patendibüroo TURVAJA OÜ

“TURVAJA is one of the oldest, biggest and best patent and trademark agencies in Estonia.” Nothing is off limits when it comes to trademark practice for the stalwart group – including litigation – which works in multiple languages to render an efficient domestic and international service to foreign and local clients. Urmas Kauler delivers crisp results on every file and is “an excellent protector and defender of IP rights”. Also recommended is Olga Treufeldt, an experienced European patent and trademark attorney with excellent international connections.

SORAINEN

Top-tier law firm SORAINEN maintains a highly qualified, specialised and dedicated IP contingent. Best known for its flawless representation of marquee international brands in litigation and disputes, the group is also highly proficient at strategic counselling, prosecution and portfolio management. Respecting brands, it sees the big picture thanks to this full service and its expertise in adjacent areas including consumer protection law, advertising and unfair competition. Ants Mailend, Carri Ginter, Kaupo Lepasepp, Mihkel Miidla and Olivia Kranich form a dream team: Mailend and Ginter are artful and persuasive litigators who have fought hard at the highest levels of the court system. Lepasepp blends IP knowledge with commercial and regulatory expertise. Miidla, who was recently promoted to the partnership, is an expert on issues at the confluence of IT and IP law. Providing vital support to all partners, associate Kranich is super diligent and has a fine-tuned understanding of trademark issues arising in the life sciences. This crew runs a highly efficient practice aided by the firm’s wider espousal of innovative IT solutions. In March 2018 SORAINEN announced a cooperation with Avokaado to develop digital pan-Baltic services for clients.

Other recommended experts

Priit Lätt captains the IP, IT, tax and public procurement practices at PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal. He has proven his mettle as a litigator, having broken new ground in complex trademark and copyright cases at the Supreme Court.

Individuals: enforcement and litigation

  • Indrek Eelmets - Patendibüroo KÄOSAAR
  • Carri Ginter - SORAINEN
  • Viive Kaur - COBALT Legal
  • Priit Lätt - Advokaadibüroo PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal OÜ
  • Ants Mailend - SORAINEN
  • Ants Nõmper - Ellex Raidla
  • Almar Sehver - AAA Legal Services
  • Toomas Taube - Derling Primus
  • Liina Jents - COBALT Legal
  • Kalev Käosaar - Patendibüroo KÄOSAAR
  • Urmas Kauler - Patendibüroo TURVAJA OÜ
  • Mikas Miniotas - AAA Legal Services
  • Mari Must - Ellex Raidla
  • Riina Pärn - INTELS Estonia

Individuals: prosecution and strategy

  • Aivo Arula - Patendibüroo KÄOSAAR
  • Indrek Eelmets - Patendibüroo KÄOSAAR
  • Jüri Käosaar - Patendibüroo KÄOSAAR
  • Kalev Käosaar - Patendibüroo KÄOSAAR
  • Urmas Kauler - Patendibüroo TURVAJA OÜ
  • Olivia Kranich - SORAINEN
  • Kaupo Lepasepp - SORAINEN
  • Mari Must - Ellex Raidla
  • Riina Pärn - INTELS Estonia
  • Villu Pavelts - LASVET Patendibüroo OÜ
  • Almar Sehver - AAA Legal Services