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.
- AAA Law
- Professional Law Partnership METIDA Law Firm Zaboliene and Partners
- Ellex Valiunas
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.
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.
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.
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.
Other recommended expertsVenckutė & Karnickas is a fresh face on the market – it was founded in January 2016 by two senior associates from prominent Baltic law firms. Former head of intellectual property at COBALT, Liudas Karnickas is one of them. Appreciated for his “straight-to-the-point commercial advice”, Karnickas is “proactive and creative” and has “a deep understanding of IP matters”. COBALT’s Žilvinas Kvietkus is chiefly known for his life sciences expertise; he has spent nearly two decades acting for big hitters in the pharmaceutical sector, handling high-profile conflicts over the use of trademarks on drug products. Gediminas Pranevičius of IP Forma is a skilled arbitrator with many years’ experience resolving IP clashes of all stripes.
- Renata Berzanskiene - SORAINEN
- Stasys Drazdauskas - SORAINEN
- Marius Jakulis Jason - AAA Law
- Liudas Karnickas - Venckutė & Karnickas
- Otilija Klimaitienė - AAA Law
- Žilvinas Kvietkus - COBALT Legal
- Inga Lukauskiene - Professional Law Partnership METIDA Law Firm Zaboliene and Partners
- Vytautas Mizaras - Ellex Valiunas
- Gediminas Pranevicius - IP Forma
- Vilija Viešūnaitė - TRINITI
- Reda Zaboliene - Professional Law Partnership METIDA Law Firm Zaboliene and Partners