Poland

The harmonisation of the EU Trademark Directive (2015/2436) into national law is the talk of the town in Poland, and practitioners have spent much of their time getting to grips with and educating clients about some of the key changes involved. One important amendment concerning the broader definition of a mark has abolished the requirement for a graphical representation, opening the door for unconventional holographic, multimedia and sound marks. In addition, an updated renewals procedure allows rights holders to extend their IP protection simply by paying the fee for the next protection period before the end of the previous one, cutting out the necessity for a written request to the Polish Patent Office. Moreover, brand owners are holding their breath in anticipation for the long-awaited introduction of specialised IP courts, where it is hoped that judges will be more knowledgeable about trademark cases and proceedings will be quicker.

Firms

Baker McKenzie Krzyzowski i Wspólnicy Spólka Komandytowa 

Baker McKenzie’s use of sophisticated technology, unique offshoring set up and worldwide presence make it hard to beat for global brand management. It maintains the largest IP group of any international player on the Polish market and has the bandwidth to handle hundreds of litigation and enforcement cases at any one time alongside a growing prosecution docket. Marek Rosínski and Marcin Fijalkowski provide strong leadership. An influential voice, Rosínski contributes much to IP policy discussions in Poland and engages in various lobbying activities, keeping him abreast of all the most salient issues. Together with Fijalkowski - a proactive strategist who “provides high-level bespoke advice” - the pair achieve great things for 3M and recently supported the company in its takeover of hundreds of trademarks in 31 countries from Capital Safety, having acquired the business in a $ 2 billion transaction. Also linking up with Fijalkowski, senior associate Katarzyna Tobiasz-Dumania garners warm praise: “She builds relationships of trust with her clients because she is attentive and responsive, and gives high-quality advice.”

Bird & Bird Szepietowski i wspólnicy spk

When it comes to IP litigation in Poland, Bird & Bird is a force to be reckoned with; leveraging innovative brand-monitoring technology, the expanding Warsaw team has an outstanding track record enforcing the rights of leading names and putting a hard stop to trademark and trade dress recognition. A choice destination for one-stop shopping, the group showcases impressive strategies in prosecution and portfolio work and IP transactions. Marta Koremba “demonstrates exceptional sharpness in legal analysis, as well as strategic vision and pragmatism”. The “tenacious problem solver and efficient litigator” leads the brand management practice. Piotr Dynowski, who has recently been battling counterfeiters for Nokia, is “a fighter in the courtroom who goes above and beyond for his clients”.

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP

Whether going up against organized crime or handling civil disputes, CMS’s Warsaw team brings the heat when clients’ rights are infringed. In fact, the companies maintains one of the best enforcement practices on the market. “Problem solvers not creators,” Tomasz Koryzma and Marek Oleksyn are the guiding lights for L’Oréal, Bayer, Syngenta and numerous other companies with counterfeiting headaches. “Energetic, proactive, responsive, client focused and always available when needed,” Koryzma is well known internationally for his strategic enforcement perspicacity. Meanwhile, Oleksyn is “a pleasure and privilege to work with and a talented practitioner with first-rate legal expertise”. No one-trick pony, CMS has recently augmented its local prosecution practice through astute hiring at the senior associate, associate and paralegal levels. The group also boasts a new name in the WTR 1000 this year; Maciej Olejnik is a rising portfolio management star.

Dentons

One of Poland’s top EU trademark filers and a pivotal Central and Eastern European protection and enforcement hub for multinational and Polish brand owners, international powerhouse Dentons is easy to distinguish from the local competition. The Warsaw set is in a healthy groove; 2019 saw it significantly expand its prosecution practice and resoundingly prove its potency in complex and nuanced IP and unfair competition disputes. Aleksandra Politańska-Kunicka and Marek Trojnarski continue to impress all who cross their path: “In litigation, Aleksandra is accurate and precise and keeps a cool head when things get heated. She delivers excellent results and gives business-oriented advice. “Marek is extremely responsive, practical, efficient and cost-effective. This is true of the entire team, which is creative, collaborative and very easy to work with".

Domański Zakrzewski Palinka 

DZP’s expertise in copyright law, IT and database protection, media issues and telecoms and internet law makes it one of the most versatile performers on the Polish market. The companies has a granular understanding of brands too and has honed its trademark skills to precision by undertaking complex contentious - and often cross-border - work for Lidl and notable domestic patrons such as fast-growing food supplement producer Olimp and publisher Bauer. Head of the practice Aleksandra Auleytner is a favorite among technology and media companies. Highly effective in investigation proceedings, “she is always thoroughly well prepared and very convincing and persuasive in her arguments”. Senior associate and Auleytner’s right hand Jarosław Konecko continues to do all the right things in the field and has built a budding reputation as an “effective litigator with a deep knowledge of trademark law”.

Drzewiecki Tomaszek & Partners

Representing a plethora of globally renowned brands, Drzewiecki Tomaszek & Partners boasts strong experience in contentious matters and is particularly at home in internet domain proceedings. Managing partner Andrzej Tomaszek is a seasoned veteran whose years of trial experience make him the first port of call for household names such as Red Bull and automotive industry leaders such as Jaguar Land Rover.

EY Law

With top accountancy firms gaining traction as they push further into the legal services market, EY Law makes its debut in the WTR 1000 this year. The Summer 2018 hire of Justyna Wilczynska-Baraniak was a watershed moment for the outfit’s IP offering; the former DLA lawyer is a savvy brand protector, litigator and deal negotiator, who brings ample experience to the practice. “Justyna moves cases quickly to very positive outcomes. She is a thoughtful lawyer and excellent tactician when it comes to investigation cases in the digital domain. “Her IP team works seamlessly with dedicated start-up support platform EYnnovation and the organization’s tax and finance departments to render a business-minded service.

Hasik Rheims & Partners

Agile IP boutique Hasik Rheims & Partners has hit full stride with new hires, a growing prosecution workload and an expanding multinational client portfolio. Best known for its enforcement prowess, the ensemble continues to shine in litigation and anti-counterfeiting scenarios thanks to excellent relations with Customs and the police, as well as the skills of its lawyers. Contentious stars Daniel Hasik and Eric Rheims are “experienced, efficient and convincing litigators who know what it takes to win”. “Responsive, thorough and business-minded, Daniel takes a focused approach and always goes the extra mile .. He is at ease in complex disputes.” “Eric renders an outstanding level of service and surpasses high expectations. He is proactive and incredibly efficient in anti-counterfeiting. “

Hogan Lovells (Warszawa) LLP

International teamwork is one of the hallmarks of Hogan Lovells’ practice; through its close-knit global collaboration, the firm’s Polish troupe boasts an enviable roster of multinational giants. Heading up the team in Warsaw is Ewa Kacperek - a name to have on speed dial for trademark protection, personal data and e-commerce services. Alongside her, Aleksandra Kuc-Makulska is at home in the Polish Patent Office where she frequently represents high-profile clients. The formidable front line of Kacperek and Kuc-Makulska recently joined forces in protecting worldwide Car-Freshner Corporation against infringing trademarks and designs.

JvWF JAKUBIAK VEL WOJTCZAK & FERT RZECZNICY PATENTOWI

“JvWF is definitely one of the most modern and progressive trademark companies in Poland. This innovative team knows how to manage large portfolios, provide quick digitized communication and successfully protect global brands in a competitive international market. “Masterminding the side’s very own database software, Bartosz Fert “ is a meticulous practitioner with a deep understanding of business perspectives, who demonstrates an outstanding commitment to his clients. “ Teammate and co-captain at the company, prosecution specialist Iwona Jakubiak vel Wojtczak is lauded for her ability to analyze issues and plan strategies. “Iwona is always available and presents cases clearly and precisely for clients.” New addition to the WTR 1000 JvWF is one of the fastest growing groups in Poland.

JWP Patent & Trademark Attorneys

The most prolific filer of EU trademarks in Poland, JWP Patent & Trademark Attorneys is a decidedly sought-after leader for global brand protection. Managing partner Dorota Rzążewska is a “professional, thorough practitioner and a dynamic leader” who, in addition to her prosecution, litigation and unfair competition work, also plays a strong hand in anti-counterfeiting matters. Head of the litigation department, personable Tomasz Grucelski is highly skilled and a safe pair of hands. “He has a clear understanding of trademark law and through his vast knowledge, professionalism, flexibility and extreme sensitivity to IP issues, always gets the job done.”

KONDRAT & Partners

Registering violet as a brand color for leading telecoms company PLAY was the showstopping moment of the year for the expanding team of highly skilled IP rights specialists at KONDRAT & Partners. With few colors registered at the Polish Patent Office, this marked a significant coup for the company and its client. The architect behind this outstanding achievement was managing partner and pharmaceutical and life sciences doyen Mariusz Kondrat - “an experienced and reliable adviser who is responsible for handling the most impressive trademark portfolios”. Co-captain of the trademark department and renowned author Ewa Niesiobędzka-Krause recently teamed up with Kondrat to handle potential actions and unfair competition analysis for global cosmetics company Avon.

Kulikowska & Kulikowski spj

With extensive knowledge and experience in handling significant portfolios for large international corporations, Kulikowska & Kulikowski spj is the firm to have in your corner when you are pinned against the ropes. Industrious litigator Monika Chimiak is an “excellent strategist who is not afraid to have a different opinion to everyone else; a true fighter in the courtroom “, while Monika Witkowska “ is another strategic litigator who is attentive to her clients’ needs and tailors her advice accordingly “. Appreciated by all, “if Witkowska was on the other side of a dispute, I would advise my team to work twice as hard” enthuses one peer. Overseeing things at the top is experienced managing partner Jaroslaw Kulikowski- a tenacious litigator and unfair competition specialist who knows how to steady the ship in tumultuous waters.

LDS Łazewski Depo & Partners

“With a deep bench of professionals, LDS Łazewski Depo & Partners provides an all-inclusive trademark service and really shines in multi-jurisdictional disputes.” Head of the practice and current first deputy secretary general at the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property is master tactician Marek Łazewski ; coming to the party in the most complex disputes, he has an stellar track record defending international pharmaceuticals. Another sharpshooting litigator in the firm’s ranks is Justyna Rasiewicz , who provides clear and transparent advice to clients and ensures that no stone is left unturned. Rounding up the trio of revered practitioners is Michal Siciarek - an enforcement and litigation maestro who is “admired for his professional, collaborative and business-oriented approach and his ability to look at issues with a bird’s eye view”.

PATPOL – European and Polish Patent and Trademark Attorneys 

While intellectual property remains the number one focus, PATPOL has expanded its offering to include corporate and tax advice, providing a more rounded legal service. The tip of the company’s IP spear is head of department Joanna Piłka, who not only “possesses outstanding trademark knowledge” but is also “very client focused and a pleasure to work with”. Alongside Pilka, deputy head of trademarks and prosecution aficionado Aleksandra Kryśka continues to make her mark on an international level.

POLSERVICE Patent and Trademark Attorneys Office 

The experienced team at POLSERVICE has recently undergone a reshuffle, with Pawel Wac taking the reins as head of trademarks. Maintaining the same high standards of legal services, the troupe combines quantity with quality and provides a one-stop shop for both international corporations and SMEs. From anti-counterfeiting to enforcement and litigation to prosecution, legend of the Polish trademark arena Bartosz Krakowiak does it all. “Krakowiak is a tremendous litigator and has unrivaled experience in the trademark field. A calming presence in heated situations, he is a sensible leader who delivers quality across the board. “President of the management board Anna Stopińska-Ślefarska brings more than 30 years’ experience to the table. A trademark all-rounder, she is “valued and treasured by clients for her excellent and professional legal advice - a really warm-hearted practitioner, she is a pleasure to work with”.

Ryszard Skubisz IP Law Office

At the border of Polish and EU law is where you will find Ryszard Skubisz IP Law Office. Unfair competition specialist and strong litigator Ryszard Skubisz takes the helm as “one of the leading trademark practitioners in Poland; and luminary. One of the best in his field, Skubisz is a true academic and a leading light of the profession. “Besides his trademark work, Skubisz is also a prominent professor, lecturer and author at the forefront of the Polish IP scene.

Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak

“Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak’s practitioners of a higher standard; a truly classy outfit. ”Co-captains Szymon Gogulski and Ewa Skrzydło-Tefelska form a dream duo for clients. Unfair competition and copyrights sage Gogulski is a “thorough, pragmatic practitioner who goes above and beyond the call of duty - a knowledgeable litigator who can always be relied on”. Alongside him, Skrzydło-Tefelska represents household names in the highest courts around. “An aggressive but elegant litigator, Skrzydło-Tefelska is an academic who is thoroughly prepared and able to see different angles that other practitioners would miss.” Moreover, new recruit Arkadiusz Wójtowicz is “widely respected in the industry for his automotive sector expertise and has a wealth of trademark knowledge at his disposal”.

Sulima, Grabowska, Sierzputowska Patent and Trademark Attorneys 

Staunchly defending the IP rights of domestic and foreign clients, Sulima, Grabowska, Sierzputowska Patent and Trademark Attorneys is “adept at managing large IP portfolios and dealing with IP protection; these practitioners are true specialists in their field. Its lawyers are always well prepared and are helpful in all circumstances. “At the heart of the trademark practice is Anna Pasiut, who demonstrates unwavering commitment to her clients and provides advice of the highest caliber. Colleague Michal Sosnowski quickly gets to grips with clients’ business objectives and offers a steady hand when it comes to transactions.

Traple Konarski Podrecki & Partners

When brand owners are backed into a corner, they need litigation sharpshooter Traple Konarski Podrecki & Partners to swoop in and save the day. Combining an academic approach with a business focus to find a winning formula, the group “doesn’t waste time”. Co-founder and client-centric Elżbieta Traple is “well versed in pharmaceutical law and unfair competition and always hungry for success”. Meanwhile, partner Paweł Podrecki combines his scientific knowledge with his legal insight to find the best solutions. For all who cross his path: “Podrecki is an open-minded and pragmatic litigator. When you come across him in the courtroom you know you are in for a battle, but he never crosses the lines of courtesy and professionalism which is a rare quality. “

Wardyński & Partners

“Contentious powerhouse Wardyński & Partners has a team of devoted and knowledgeable IP practitioners with a loyal client base. With a 21st century approach, they speak freely and explain complex terminology in a way that is easy for clients to understand. “Running the show are Polish trademark royalty Anna Pompe and Włodzimierz Szoszuk. Working in tandem, the pair “are very responsive, communicate effectively and are always well prepared. They know exactly how to proceed in complex trials. “Pompe is” a long-standing practitioner and one of the champions of brand related litigation. She understands her clients ‘needs and is passionate about fulfilling their businesses objectives.’ Heading up the IP practice, Szoszuk “is a technically gifted commercial thinker and a sharp strategist who is admired for his commitment and for the strong team that he has formed over the years”.

Winski Law Firm

Debuting in the WTR 1000 this year is domain name disputes specialist Winski Law Firm, which offers 360-degree trademark protection and is a go-to boutique for large domestic clients as well as internationals. Over the past 12 months, the outfit has focused on expanding its trademark prosecution team, strengthening ties with international IP law firms and growing its valuation service capabilities. Sharp litigator and key contact for rights holders is data protection and e-commerce pro Marek Wiński - a known speaker and author in the wider IP industry.

Wolf Theiss

There are not many who can rival Wolf Theiss when it comes to the ability to collaborate across Central and Southern Eastern Europe to provide a seamless cross-border service. Working in Polish, English and German, this close-knit unit is the epitome of teamwork; it shares information and knowledge to ensure the delivery of high-quality products irrespective of office location. The twin engines of the firm’s Polish practice are the commanding Monika Gaczkowska and Marcin Rudnik. IP and IT, data protection and corporate law specialist Gaczkowska is “knowledgable, efficient and an absolute pleasure to work with”, while Rudnik “provides commercially practical advice in a professional and effective manner”. Standing shoulder to shoulder, they are currently stepping up to the defense of Czerwone-Noses Clown Doctors in a trademark infringement case where the charitable foundation’s name is under attack.

Zaborski Morysiński Law Firm

Last year’s WTR 1000 debutant Zaborski Morysiński represents all manner of rights holders - from academic institutions and health service providers to filmmakers and artists - and “is appreciated by clients for its responsiveness and ability to explain complex situations”. The jewel in the Zaborski Morysiński crown is natural-born leader and contentious sage Klaudia Blach-Morysinska . With glowing reviews, she “is client oriented and looks at problems with an open mind and a deep business perspective. The quality of her work is simply outstanding and is very clearly above any other lawyer in Poland. She has the unique ability to strike the right balance between firmness and flexibility to find the best solutions. “

Other recommended experts

Krzysztof Czyżewski plies his trade at life sciences and IP specialist boutique Czyżewscy kancelaria adwokacka sc, where he is known as a lean advocate, sharp adviser and experienced Supreme Court litigator. With a strong academic background, the newly established Żuraw Gierszewski sp j boasts an enviable tag team in Wojciech Gierszewski and Monika Zuraw. Gierszewski ably and effectively registers trademarks at home and abroad while swatting away invalidation and cancellation claims. Alongside him, Zuraw concludes trademark disputes in the most efficient ways. “She has an incredible theoretical knowledge and is a quick-thinking strategist who reacts quickly to changing situations. She is open and direct and in constant communication with her clients.” Driving forward IP rights in the automotive sector, GKR Legal’s Anna Gołębiowska is devoted to her profession. “With a personal touch, she deals with her clients not at arm’s length and understands their business aims and objectives.” At international giant DLA Piper, Krystian Maciaszek is a doyen of the pharmaceutical sphere. A “young but extremely skilled and respected trademark attorney, he has a professional attitude and a settlement-oriented approach”. Trademark, competition and contract law specialist Agnieszka Śnieżko is a name for the address book – located at WTS Patent Attorneys. “With vast knowledge and long-standing experience, Śnieżko is a sensational trademark attorney.” Heading up the Warsaw IP division at Allen & Overy, market leader Krystyna Szczepanowska-Kozłowska expertly traverses the contentious/non-contentious divide and provides business-focused advice to her clients. Handling copyright, piracy, film rights negotiations, government agency meetings and rights use licencing, Oskar Tulodziecki does it all and is the IP showman of the entertainment scene. Head of the IP department in the Warsaw arm of the Taylor Wessing machine is Przemyslaw Walasek; he “is adept at handling IP matters in Eastern Europe. His work is always on an impeccable level with a high degree of professionalism and proficiency. Walasek is a very business-minded lawyer who is both an expert in his field and a very friendly person to work with.” Aleksandra Wędrychowska-Karpińska is a seasoned trademark professional who possesses vast knowledge in copyright, unfair competition and consumer law matters: “Aleksandra is responsive, to the point and drafts water-tight submissions. Reliable and committed, she is definitely one to watch.” She can be found at WKGI Wędrychowska - Karpińska, Gutowska – Ibbs, which she co-founded. Anna Zakrocka at Karcz Zakrocka Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys is the first port of call when it comes to prosecution: “an excellent, experienced practitioner and definitely one of the best in Poland”.

Individuals: anti-counterfeiting

Individuals: enforcement and litigation

  • Marcin Fijalkowski - Baker McKenzie Krzyzowski i Wspólnicy Spólka Komandytowa
  • Szymon Gogulski - Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak
  • Tomasz Koryzma - CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
  • Marek Łazewski - LDS Łazewski Depo & Partners
  • Anna Pompe - Wardyński & Partners
  • Ewa Skrzydło-Tefelska - Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak
  • Włodzimierz Szoszuk - Wardyński & Partners
  • Klaudia Blach-Morysinska - Zaborski Morysiński Law Firm
  • Piotr Dynowski - Bird & Bird Szepietowski i wspólnicy spk
  • Anna Gołębiowska - GKR Legal
  • Tomasz Grucelski - JWP Patent & Trademark Attorneys
  • Daniel Hasik - Hasik Rheims & Partners
  • Bartosz Krakowiak - POLSERVICE Patent and Trademark Attorneys Office 
  • Jaroslaw Kulikowski - Kulikowska & Kulikowski spj
  • Marek Oleksyn - CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
  • Aleksandra Politańska-Kunicka - Dentons
  • Justyna Rasiewicz - LDS Łazewski Depo & Partners
  • Eric Rheims - Hasik Rheims & Partners
  • Dorota Rzążewska - JWP Patent & Trademark Attorneys
  • Krystyna Szczepanowska-Kozłowska - Allen & Overy A Pędzich sp k
  • Andrzej Tomaszek - Drzewiecki Tomaszek & Partners
  • Marek Trojnarski - Dentons
  • Oskar Tulodziecki - DWF Poland Jamka sp k
  • Monika Witkowska - Kulikowska & Kulikowski spj
  • Aleksandra Auleytner - Domański Zakrzewski Palinka 
  • Krzysztof Czyżewski - Czyżewscy kancelaria adwokacka sc
  • Bartosz Fert - JvWF JAKUBIAK VEL WOJTCZAK & FERT RZECZNICY PATENTOWI
  • Monika Gaczkowska - Wolf Theiss
  • Ewa Kacperek - Hogan Lovells (Warszawa) LLP
  • Jarosław Konecko - Domański Zakrzewski Palinka 
  • Aleksandra Kuc-Makulska - Hogan Lovells (Warszawa) LLP
  • Krystian Maciaszek - DLA Piper
  • Ewa Niesiobędzka-Krause - KONDRAT & Partners
  • Paweł Podrecki - Traple Konarski Podrecki & Partners
  • Marcin Rudnik - Wolf Theiss
  • Michal Siciarek - LDS Łazewski Depo & Partners
  • Katarzyna Tobiasz-Dumania - Baker McKenzie Krzyzowski i Wspólnicy Spólka Komandytowa
  • Przemyslaw Walasek - Taylor Wessing
  • Aleksandra Wędrychowska-Karpińska - WKGI Wędrychowska - Karpińska, Gutowska - Ibbs 
  • Justyna Wilczyńska-Baraniak - EY Law
  • Arkadiusz Wójtowicz - Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak
  • Monika Zuraw - Żuraw Gierszewski sp. j

Individuals: prosecution and strategy

Luminaries

  • Ryszard Skubisz - Ryszard Skubisz IP Law Office
  • Elżbieta Traple - Traple Konarski Podrecki & Partners