Lithuania’s economy is looking healthy, with investor and consumer confidence remaining high. The past year saw Gitanas Nausėda step in as president after a landslide victory in May 2019; he hopes to increase Lithuania’s international cooperation with other countries – which should translate into increased cross-border IP activity. On the legislative front, the new Trademark Law implementing the EU Trademark Directive came into force on 1 January 2019. The new law introduces changes such as the recognition of certification marks and the abolishment of the graphic mark representation requirement when filing trademark applications. It is hoped that the new legislation will bring new opportunities for trademark owners, as well as a faster and much easier administrative process.
- AAA Law
- METIDA Law Firm Zaboliene and Partners
- COBALT Legal
- Ellex Valiunas
“AAA Law is highly reputed in the community for the experience and stability of its practitioners and consistent high quality.” The business law firm is a surefooted IP protector throughout the Baltic region and provides an exceptionally well-rounded trademark service. The founding partner and a US and Lithuanian patent attorney, Marius Jakulis Jason is a go-to for foreign clients. The president of the Lithuania chapter of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property is an authoritative voice in the global IP community and is equipped with up-to-the-minute knowledge of international trends and developments. Another seasoned pro, Otilija Klimaitienė is a portfolio management and conflict resolution ace; she acquits herself with distinction in whatever task she is given.
“COBALT Legal is one of the best firms in the country. Its professionals are quick, efficient and considerate. They understand the business needs of both emerging and well-established companies and offer well-researched, clear advice that is commercially valuable.” From offices in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, the ensemble provides holistic trademark services across the Baltics. Life sciences and pharmaceutical whizz Žilvinas Kvietkus soothes clients when infringement headaches loom. A seasoned litigator, he capitalises on almost two decades’ experience to deliver persuasive arguments in court. All-rounders Eglė Bakštytė and Julija Beldeninovienė join him in the WTR 1000 this year thanks to effusive praise from the market: “Bakštytė is always ready to go the extra mile for her clients and she gives personalised attention and innovative solutions. She weighs up all the possibilities to find the best strategies and minimise risk. She is a reliable and friendly IP expert whose knowledge of advertising law also comes in handy.” “Beldeninovienė is a smooth operator. She is responsive, practical, always on the ball and approaches matters strategically. The end result is always a well-analysed, concise and realistic solution to any trademark issue.”
Ellex Valiunas is perfectly placed both to assist international brand owners looking to establish themselves in this part of the world and to guide regional companies on overseas expansion. It has a strong presence in Latvia and Estonia through its sister firms in the Ellex circle, as well as an intricate network of contacts globally through its Lex Mundi membership. IP division spearhead Vytautas Mizaras is a renowned expert in the national trademark sphere who has held leading positions in practice and in academia.
METIDA Law Firm Zaboliene and Partners
Initially starting out as a patent and trademark agency in 1991, METIDA is now an excellent one-stop shop for all brand-related needs. The unit is among the top 10 filers of EU trademarks and is a dynamic force in the fight against fakes, too. The firm is in expansion mode – it has recently established a presence in Russia and is also looking to open a new branch in Shanghai. The team has a strong leader in Reda Zaboliene. The managing partner is excellent in the courtroom thanks to three decades’ experience litigating. Resident anti-counterfeiting guru Inga Lukauskiene never drops the ball. Recently, she architected a successful enforcement campaign for Rovio Entertainment. Another name to note is Erikas Saukalas, the firm’s head of international relations and a practitioner who keeps abreast of global legal developments – this year he was elected as a new member of the European Community Trademark Association Council.
Award-winning pan-Baltic firm SORAINEN is forward thinking and technology driven and has invested wisely in the best new solutions to offer a highly efficient trademark service. For example, it has partnered with Avokaado, a Baltic cloud-computing start-up; automated extensively with respect to document creation; and deployed AI software solutions for smoother handling of IP due diligence projects. The IP ensemble’s close cooperation with colleagues in M&A makes it a premier firm for transactional IP work. The backbone of the technology, media and telecoms team Stasys Drazdauskas sets out optimum IP strategies. He routinely acts for high-profile brands such as Red Bull, which he advises extensively on trademark infringement matters.
TRINITI maintains one of the largest and most specialised IP teams in Lithuania and the Baltic region. Going the extra mile for clients and delivering a value added service is a way of life for its trademark experts, who excel on portfolio management briefs as well as litigation cases and anti-counterfeiting. The firm is a repository of trust for domestic brands such as water brand Melt Water and sports sector smart device start-up Deeper, both of which it advises across the contentious/non-contentious divide; it has been active on behalf of Melt Water in China, sharpening its skills in a country that all in-house trademark counsel have on their radar. The set’s international clients include Tommy Hilfiger, which it recently represented in connection with a grey imports case; Crocs, for which it handles enforcement matters; and Mattel, for which it litigates. Vilija Viešūnaitė leads the charge. “A distinguished professional and a strong litigator, she does not play games. She gets to the heart of issues quickly, replies swiftly and gives really constructive advice.”
Other recommended experts“It is fantastic to have Liudas Karnickas by your side. His work is consistently great and you feel safe in his hands,” one client remarks. The versatile IP and technology lawyer operates out of Venckutė & Karnickas.
- Egle Bakstyte - COBALT Legal
- Julija Beldeninoviene - COBALT Legal
- 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
- Erikas Saukalas - METIDA Law Firm Zaboliene and Partners
- Vilija Viešūnaitė - TRINITI
- Reda Zaboliene - METIDA Law Firm Zaboliene and Partners