Lithuania’s economy has been gathering momentum and there are no obstacles that threaten to impede or imbalance this over the next year or two. An increase in wages has brought consumer confidence to new heights and domestic businesses are flourishing; increased foreign investment in Lithuania is occurring too. In line with this, there has been an increase in IP awareness among local enterprises looking to protect their brands; ‘Made in Lithuania’ products have been gaining traction overseas. Considering this, the country’s trademark practitioners find themselves working on an increasingly international basis.
- AAA Law
- METIDA Law Firm Zaboliene and Partners
- Ellex Valiunas
AAA is “one of the most recognised firms in the field” and has been dispensing a comprehensive suite of IP services for 25 years. Its founder Marius Jakulis Jason has been making rounds in the IP and business law arena for over 30 years. President of the Lithuania chapter of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property, he is heavily immersed in the latest trademark developments, both nationally and worldwide. Managing partner Otilija Klimaitienė is “hands-on and eminently experienced”; well versed in trademark registrations, she also feels entirely at home in dispute proceedings before the EUIPO and the State Patent Office.
Ellex Valiunas is a go-to for business leaders with intangible assets in Lithuania and the rest of the Baltics. It undertakes work encompassing every aspect of a trademark’s lifecycle and has “the most renowned professionals in the region” carrying the firm flag. At the helm of the IP and IT sector, Vytautas Mizaras nimbly hops across the contentious/non-contentious divide, displaying a diversified skill set. “It goes without saying that Mizaras is a prominent person on the market. Undoubtedly, as a highly reputed professor of intellectual property, he is outstanding, extremely professional and qualified.”
METIDA Law Firm Zaboliene and Partners
Starting out as a patent and trademark agency, METIDA has come on in leaps and bounds since its establishment in 1991. Catering to business needs, the robust practice has branched out into Belarus and Latvia and expanded on its areas of expertise, bringing it to full-service firm status. The proactive outfit easily executes both prosecution and litigation briefs for its distinguished clientele. The “insightful and commercially minded” Reda Zaboliene provides sturdy leadership to the ensemble. Artfully applying three decades of courtroom experience, she can handle every lawsuit with poise. Flanking her, Inga Lukauskiene is a sure-fire contact when it comes to trademarks, design and copyright protection. Making his debut in the WTR 1000 this year, captain of the international relations division Erikas Saukalas steps into the role of a trusted adviser and goes the extra mile in pre-trial preparations.
Offering the full gamut of branding services, SORAINEN reigns supreme in the IP and IT arenas. The team provides “well-researched, client focused and pragmatic advice – always making sure it makes sense for the client’s business.” Taking a step towards AI, the forward-thinking troop recently announced a collaboration with Avokaado, a software and platform for contract automation and knowledge management. By going digital, the squad can better focus on the more sophisticated elements of its work, creating further value for the brands it protects. Lynchpin of the department Stasys Drazdauskas serves up strategic cradle-to-grave trademark counsel. This year has seen him advise Absolut in a high-quantity counterfeiting dispute.
Multilingual full-service law firm TRINITI has intellectual property at its core. The division views intangible assets through a commercial lens and offers an A-to-Z service. Equipped with a keen understanding of brand identity for multinational corporations, mature companies and start-ups alike, it has recently been advising the prominent Lithuanian producer of outdoor electronic devices Deeper UAB in the cementing of its brand. Stalwart leader Vilija Viešūnaitė heads up the IP group. The “reputable, trustworthy and knowledgeable” trademark and patent attorney is a dab hand at litigation proceedings. Always aiming for maximum client satisfaction, she successfully advises patrons of all stripes, from Nokia to Crocs.
Other recommended expertsA notable name at Vencute & Karnickas, Liudas Karnickas “is highly trusted and great at representing his clients” – especially in the pharmaceutical sector. A hard-hitting litigator and a big name in the life sciences arena, Žilvinas Kvietkus heads up the commercial law department at COBALT. Arbitrator at IP Forma Gediminas Pranevicius has “been in the field for many years and has a phenomenal knowledge of intellectual property matters”.
- Stasys Drazdauskas - SORAINEN
- Marius Jakulis Jason - AAA Law
- Liudas Karnickas - Venckutė & Karnickas
- Otilija Klimaitienė - AAA Law
- Žilvinas Kvietkus - COBALT Legal
- Inga Lukauskiene - METIDA Law Firm Zaboliene and Partners
- Vytautas Mizaras - Ellex Valiunas
- Gediminas Pranevicius - IP Forma
- Erikas Saukalas - METIDA Law Firm Zaboliene and Partners
- Vilija Viešūnaitė - TRINITI
- Reda Zaboliene - METIDA Law Firm Zaboliene and Partners