Latvia

In attempts to harmonise its laws with those of the European Union, Latvia has drafted completely new legislation to implement the new EU Trademark Directive. Although, the current law already incorporates most of the requirements set out by the directive, it should come as a breath of fresh air, as the existing law was adopted in 1999. The new rules should, optimistically, enter into force in 2020; they have a greater focus on the protection of IP assets, especially as brand awareness among local businesses continues to increase, as evidenced by the number of filings and oppositions to have crossed the desks of ranked practitioners. Firms are continuing to enhance their trademark offering, which has affected the WTR 1000 coverage – firm demotions, debut appearances and the impact of the 2020 edition’s new banding system are revealed here.

Firms

  • COBALT Legal
  • Ellex Klavins
  • Petersona Patents - AAA Law
  • Agency Tria Robit
  • SORAINEN
  • VILGERTS

Agency Tria Robit

Holistic trademark counsel can be found at Latvia’s largest patent and trademark agency Tria Robit, but opposition proceedings are where this outfit’s strength truly lies. The prosecution powerhouse has a “fantastic international presence” and continues to catch the eye of major industry players – most recently acting on behalf of Phillip Morris. Founder Vladimir Anohin has plied his prosecution trade for almost three decades and is a font of wisdom for all matters in the beverage sector. When things get heated, mainstay litigator Bronislavs Baltrumovics steps in – he keeps a level head and navigates a way through skirmishes with finesse.

COBALT Legal

“Brilliant full-service law firm COBALT Legal grows stronger each day – its team is highly experienced and deeply entrenched in the IP space.” A comprehensive suite of services with pan-Baltic coverage is on offer here and has already been snapped up by the likes of H&M, Chapter 4 Corp and Sandoz, to name but a few. Ingrīda Kariņa-Bērziņa and Līga Fjodorova stand at the heart of the practice. Squad captain Kariņa-Bērziņa “is clear and concise in her advice as well as rapid in her response rate. Ingrida’s depth of expertise and knowledge of US, EU and Madrid trademark registration rules is unparalleled – she can discuss a company’s branding strategy and apply specific requirements of key jurisdictions in the same call. She displays the best qualities one could hope for from external counsel.” Fjodorova has built up solid expertise when it comes to enforcing non-traditional marks. “She works quickly, diligently and in a very structured manner. Līga cares about each case deeply and is very passionate about her work. Energetic and outspoken, she is a pleasure to work with.”

Ellex Klavins

“For outstanding advice on complex legal issues from professionals who have a deep and intuitive understanding of their client’s businesses and the Latvian legal landscape – go to Ellex Klavins.” The commercial law firm has two more outposts in Estonia and Lithuania and serves up a wall-to-wall trademark offering to a highly impressive roster of clients, which includes the Coca-Cola Company, ExxonMobil and Sky International. Of late, the outfit has been expanding on its enforcement capabilities and is raking in courtroom victories, in no small part due to the efforts of Mārtiņš Gailis. “One of the best IP specialists in the country, Mārtiņš displays an incredible theoretical knowledge and practical application of EU laws.”

Petersona Patents - AAA Law

“One of the best for prosecution work, Petersona Patents - AAA Law is highly specialised, with unrivalled technical expertise.” Far more than a run-of-the-mill filing shop, the ensemble collaborates with Estonian and Lithuanian IP firm AAA Law to offer all-inclusive brand protection across the region. The group has a strong leader in Gatis Meržvinskis “who always puts maximum effort into his cases. He is extremely smart and really experienced – Gatis always excels in complex trademark disputes.”

SORAINEN

A well-known name on the market, SORAINEN has a fully integrated IP department and impressive regional bandwidth. Through close collaboration with its M&A department, the business law firm has successfully put pen to paper on over 1,000 transactions and recently adopted Luminance’s AI technology to streamline its due diligence processes. The set not only shines in the transactional space, it also robustly supports clients in all stages of a trademark’s lifecycle too. Agris Repšs, Andris Tauriņš and Ieva Andersone form the main pillars of the practice. A “top-class litigator” Repšs heads up the dispute resolution unit; he frequently acts in high-stakes proceedings and is also an experience arbitrator – acting as an arbitration panellist at the Czech Arbitration Centre, which hears all disputes related to ‘.eu’ domain names. All-rounder and technology, media and telecom sector group spearhead Tauriņš often works by his side. Together they represent British American Tobacco and NASCAR. A WTR 1000 debutant and captain of the commercial and regulatory group, Andersone was recently promoted to the partnership. The versatile practitioner has captured the attention of Google, along with hard hitters in the life sciences arena.

VILGERTS

A nimble IP team operates out of compact full-service firm VILGERTS. Established in 2008, it has since taken the Latvian IP scene by storm, signing on clients such as Microsoft, Red Bull and Wrangler, all of whom make good use of the units A-to-Z branding services. Seasoned litigator Ineta Krodere is driven, unwaveringly committed to her clients and benefits from over two decades of experience. She is frequently sought out for advice in the pharmaceutical, beverage and tobacco sectors. As Krodere steps back from heading the department, she has passed the torch to Brigita Tērauda “who approaches each case with energy and enthusiasm; she is really detail-oriented and has a natural instinct for identifying and pursuing the best defence strategies. She knows procedural laws and regulations inside out and is truly an outstanding specialist. Brigita also builds a rapport with her clients, who love how confident, proactive, charismatic and creative she is.”

Other recommended experts

“Renowned litigator” Agris Bitāns has played a strong hand in developing the nation’s case law. He doles out commercially focused advice from Eversheds Sutherland Bitāns. Operating out of FORAL Patent Law Office, Jevgenijs Fortuna “is one of the best attorneys in Latvia. He has vast experience in developing registration strategies but is great at dispute resolution on both a national and EU level too.” Former European Community Trademark Association President Ruta Olmane deftly navigates both sides of the contentious and non-contentious divide – potential clients can find her at METIDA. WTR 1000 newcomer Ilmārs Šatovs of Šatovs Attorneys-at-Law “gives excellent, precise and clear advice at a low price point. He works quickly and the results are perfect – his courtroom track record is great. Ilmārs is attentive, reliable and helps his clients overcome hurdles in all aspects of trademark work.”

Individuals

  • Ieva Andersone - SORAINEN
  • Vladimir Anohin - Agency Tria Robit
  • Bronislavs Baltrumovics - Agency Tria Robit
  • Agris Bitāns - Eversheds Sutherland Bitāns
  • Līga Fjodorova - COBALT Legal
  • Jevgenijs Fortuna - FORAL Patent Law Office
  • Mārtiņš Gailis - Ellex Klavins
  • Ingrīda Kariņa-Bērziņa - COBALT Legal
  • Ineta Krodere - VILGERTS
  • Gatis Meržvinskis - Petersona Patents - AAA Law
  • Ruta Olmane - METIDA
  • Agris Repšs - SORAINEN
  • Ilmars Satovs - Šatovs Attorneys-at-Law
  • Andris Tauriņš - SORAINEN
  • Brigita Tērauda - VILGERTS