Romania

Counterfeiting remains a big problem in Romania. Despite the best efforts of customs officials, fake goods continue to flow into the country all the time. There is, however, increasing awareness among local brand owners of the need to protect their trademarks and, with the economy in fine fettle, they are willing to pay a reasonable amount to secure this. This has led to an increase in the number of cases making it to court – and newfound confidence among IP firms.

Firms: enforcement and litigation

  • Mușat & Asociaţii
  • Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen
  • Ratza & ratza
  • STOICA & Asociații
  • Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii
  • Turcu & Turcu
  • VILAU | ASSOCIATES
  • Zamfirescu Racoti & Partners Attorneys at Law
  • Drakopoulos Law Firm
  • PETOŠEVIĆ
  • Răzvan Dincă & Asociaţii
  • Zivko Mijatovic & Partners 

Firms: prosecution and strategy

  • Cabinet M Oproiu Patent & Trademark Attorneys
  • Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen
  • Andra Musatescu Law & Industrial Property Offices
  • Cabinet Enpora
  • DB Law Office
  • Drakopoulos Law Firm
  • Mușat & Asociaţii
  • PETOŠEVIĆ
  • Ratza & ratza
  • Răzvan Dincă & Asociaţii
  • Rominvent SA
  • Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii
  • Zivko Mijatovic & Partners 

Andra Musatescu Law & Industrial Property Offices

Over the last 15 years, Andra Musatescu Law & Industrial Property Offices has cemented its place as one of the top IP firms in Romania. The depth of knowledge wielded by its practitioners, combined with the state-of-the-art resources at their disposal, make for an irresistible package. Name partner Andra Musatescu leads by example. He provides legal advice grounded in business reality and never loses sight of what really matters to clients: commercial gains. His illustrious curriculum vitae includes representing the largest food and beverage company in the world on infringement proceedings against a Russian company and obtaining a Supreme Court victory for the country’s leading telecoms player.

Cabinet Enpora

The experienced, ever-reliable Cabinet Enpora provides cost-effective solutions at a competitive price point. Its lawyers boast extensive experience before the Romanian State Office for Inventions and Trademarks (OSIM) and the EUIPO, and are no strangers to the courtroom either. Anca-Liliana Popescu Bianu is a key contact.

Cabinet M Oproiu Patent & Trademark Attorneys

Cabinet M Oproiu serves up stellar branding support from the heart of Bucharest. Its cosmopolitan, outward-looking lawyers work round the clock to stay on top of the changes in their clients’ markets and tailor their advice accordingly. Margareta Oproiu and Raluca Vasilescu are the stars of the show. Having become a registered patent and trademark attorney in the very first examination session organised by OSIM, Oproiu has a wealth of experience to call on. Vasilescu is a contentious prizefighter who knows IP case law like the back of her hand.

DB Law Office

DB Law Office runs a “very strong” trademark practice. Its creative lawyers have the vision and foresight to help brand owners to take their portfolios in interesting new directions and realise their long-term commercial objectives. Delia Belciu epitomises these qualities: “She’s extremely knowledgeable – one of the best attorneys in Romania.” Her ability to work in English and French, along with her significant experience handling EUIPO proceedings, have made her a popular choice among international entities.

Drakopoulos Law Firm

Drakopoulos establishes, exploits and enforces clients’ rights across the whole of Southeast Europe efficiently and effectively. Recent highlights include successfully representing Solaris IP against Hyundai in an opposition against the international registration for the trademark Solati on the basis of an EU trademark, as well as assisting Subway in a string of licensing matters. The team’s figurehead Adrian Roseti is a “reliable IP representative who thinks outside the box and always replies to clients’ questions and requests on time. He’s a pleasure to work with.”

Mușat & Asociaţii

Mușat & Asociaţii is best known for its rock-solid courtroom representation, but it runs a mean prosecution practice too. Major EU and US Fortune 500 corporations litter its client roster – as well as leading names from Asia, thanks to close cooperation with a Chinese IP firm. Anca Buta Muşat and Paul-George Buta anchor the practice. Founding partner Muşat complements a wide-ranging trademark practice with comprehensive competition law knowledge; her running mate Buta has the interpersonal and analytic skills to excel in the arbitration space. Healthcare and pharmaceuticals are two industries he knows inside out.

Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen

“Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen is a top-notch Romanian IP firm that provides great advice at reasonable rates. Its lawyers handle everything with the utmost care and attention. They’re always very well prepared and able to provide answers instantly. No matter the type of trademark problem, they can be counted on to provide a uniquely tailored and effective solution. Working with them really is a great experience.” The ever-busy firm has recently been assisting MetLife, Heineken, Philip Morris and Orange on prosecution matters, as well as helping a leading automotive company in anti-counterfeiting operations. Working together for each of these companies, Ana-Maria Baciu and Andreea Bende are two standout members of the practice. “They make great business partners, as they take the time to understand their clients’ industries – and handle everything with exceptional professionalism. On top of that, they have truly outstanding legal knowledge.” Sorina Olaru is another popular choice. She has experience before Romanian courts at all levels and specialisations and is a member of the team involved in the drafting of a new set of rules for the Court of International Commercial Arbitration, attached to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania.

PETOŠEVIĆ

With 120 people in 16 offices, PETOŠEVIĆ has what it takes to support clients on the full spectrum of trademark issues across Central and Eastern Europe. The Bucharest team is entrusted by some of the biggest names in the world in the technology, entertainment and food and beverages sectors, and Aura Campeanu is the go-to contact for most of them. She has a wealth of experience in the clearance, prosecution, exploitation and enforcement of trademarks, as well as strong links with the customs authorities, enabling her to organise last-minute seizures easily.

Ratza & ratza

Brand owners looking for outside counsel that will provide laser-sharp, commercially airtight counsel would be well advised to consider Ratza & ratza, as it is home to some of the most revered trademark lawyers in Romania in the form of Andrew Ratza, Dragosh Marginean and Michael Enache. “Andrew is an excellent all-round trademark practitioner.” Colleagues are eager to express their admiration for Marginean, too. “I have a lot respect for him,” remarks one. “It’s a pleasure coming up against him in court because you know you will have interesting discussions.” The client-focused Enache comes recommended for his availability and responsiveness; he never sits on an email and is always quick to suggest new options.

Răzvan Dincă & Asociaţii

Răzvan Dincă & Asociaţii comes into its own representing pharmaceutical brand owners. Its lawyers have a lock on the relationship between IP rights and regulatory affairs and a unique understanding of the sectors’ unique pressure points. Leading by example, Răzvan Dincă is “a tremendous litigator with strong theoretical knowledge”. He has published more than a hundred papers and currently servces as vice dean of the Faculty of Law of the University of Bucharest.

Rominvent SA

Rominvent may have been in the game for over 60 years, but it remains as committed to innovation in its service as it was on day one. Investing heavily in new software and staying on top of all the developments in its clients’ sectors, it offers seamless portfolio management support. A former president of the Romanian group of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property, Ion Mocanu is a revered member of the trademark community. He counts anti-counterfeiting work as a strong suit.

STOICA & Asociații

The IP practitioners at STOICA & Asociații have the legal knowledge, creativity and courage to confront and overcome all challenges for their clients; solving prosecution, portfolio management and enforcement matters is all in a day’s work. Valeriu Stoica and Dragoş Bogdan represent the firm at its best. Stoica is a heavyweight litigator whose sangfroid makes all the difference in touch-and-go cases, while Bogdan’s pleadings are a sight to be seen – he is a crystal-clear communicator who has lectured extensively.

Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii

Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii’s eight-strong IP team comes into its own in the anti-counterfeiting space; thanks to constant communication with the border officials, it manages to get goods seized and destroyed in lightning speed. In the pilot’s seat, Ciprian Dragomir has 20 years’ experience under his belt – and it shows. The enforcement virtuoso never puts a foot wrong. A recent example of his activity was obtaining damages for Philip Morris amounting to more than €1 million for the import of fake products. He worked on this with Bogdan Halcu, whose wide-ranging practice encompasses everything from filing to courtroom representation.

Turcu & Turcu

The 2001-established Turcu & Turcu dispatches IP mandates deftly in Romania, Bulgaria and Moldova, as well as further afield across the Balkans. As a member of REACT – the anti-counterfeiting network with over 250 business members – it is a popular choice for customs enforcement work. Geographical indication issues are another speciality. The worldly wise Gabriel Nicolae Turcu has an enviable enforcement toolbox and the experience to know when to push and when it would be better to settle.

VILAU | ASSOCIATES

Business law firm VILAU | ASSOCIATES manages portfolios masterfully, pouncing on monetisation opportunities the second they arise. Pragmatism, responsiveness and close cooperation characterise the service. An obvious choice, Dragos Vilau is “one of the leading IP lawyers in Romania. He can be trusted to handle any mandate with the utmost care. The amount of connections he has is a great help for clients too.”

Zamfirescu Racoti & Partners Attorneys at Law

The extraordinary legal knowledge and client care of the IP adepts at Zamfirescu Racoti & Partners have won them legions of fans in the local business community and abroad. Cosmin Vasile is always the first name on the team sheet. He is an enforcement ace who is adept at alternative dispute resolution as well as conventional courtroom proceedings; approaching cases like chess games, he plans for all eventualities and is never wrong-footed.

Zivko Mijatovic & Partners 

Zivko Mijatovic & Partners provides highly effective trademark portfolio management and enforcement support across Southeast Europe to some of the biggest brand owners in the world, including tobacco and consumer goods titans. Thanks to cloud-based file sharing between the firm’s 15 offices, its Romanian lawyers benefit from the experience and insights of their colleagues and coordinate cross-border battles astutely. Monica Novac is a commercially savvy lawyer whose dedication and diligence leads to lucrative agreements and litigation wins.

Other recommended experts

Claudia Grozea at Cosmovici & Associates is a strategic mastermind who loves building new trademark portfolios brick by brick and boasts extensive experience before the EUIPO.

Individuals

  • Ana-Maria Baciu - Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen
  • Delia Belciu - DB Law Office
  • Dragoş Bogdan - STOICA & Asociații
  • Anca Buta Muşat - Mușat & Asociaţii
  • Răzvan Dincă - Răzvan Dincă & Asociaţii
  • Ciprian Dragomir - Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii 
  • Margareta Oproiu - Cabinet M Oproiu Patent & Trademark Attorneys
  • Andrew Vlad Ratza - Ratza & ratza
  • Gabriel Nicolae Turcu - Turcu & Turcu
  • Dragos M Vilau - VILAU | ASSOCIATES
  • Andreea Bende - Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen
  • Paul-George Buta - Mușat & Asociaţii
  • Aura Campeanu - PETOŠEVIĆ
  • Michael Andrew Enache - Ratza & ratza
  • Claudia Grozea - Cosmovici & Associates
  • Bogdan Halcu - Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii
  • Dragosh Marginean - Ratza & ratza
  • Ion Mocanu - Rominvent SA
  • Andra Musatescu - Andra Musatescu Law & Industrial Property Offices
  • Monica Novac - Zivko Mijatovic & Partners 
  • Sorina Olaru - Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen
  • Adrian Roseti - Drakopoulos Law Firm
  • Valeriu Stoica - STOICA & Asociații
  • Cosmin Vasile - Zamfirescu Racoti & Partners Attorneys at Law
  • Raluca Vasilescu - Cabinet M Oproiu Patent & Trademark Attorneys