VILAU | ASSOCIATES’ IP practice deals with all aspects of trademarks, patents, designs, domain names, know-how and trade secrets, copyright and other personal rights, as well as data protection. Our attorneys and experts have been involved in landmark Romanian and cross-border transactions and litigation over the past 20 years dealing with various IP rights, and have been acclaimed for their skills and achievements on numerous occasions. Some of our successfully litigated cases are now included in the IP course materials used as references by law professors and other experts.

Thanks to the extensive experience that our attorneys have gained over the past 20 years of high-stakes Romanian and cross-border litigation, the patent practice of VILAU | ASSOCIATES covers the entire spectrum of advisory work and litigation. We handle patent applications both in Romania and abroad, supplementary protection certificates for medicine and plants, the extension of European patents in Romania, licences and other technology transfer agreements, due diligence and acquisitions of patent portfolios, infringement, enforcement – including customs enforcement and other border protection measures – and litigation.

We pride ourselves on our fully integrated team of experts with unrivalled experience across a wide range of technologies and industries, and multiple accolades received both in Romania and internationally.

We have successfully litigated cases at the Romanian Patent Office and the Romanian courts concerning a wide range of patent-related issues, from validity and cancellation to enforcement. Our litigation practice has grown exponentially in the past five years – with a particular focus on industries such as pharmaceuticals, telecommunications and energy and natural resources, where VILAU | ASSOCIATES has been involved in the latest disputes regarding mobile technology and between innovative and generic pharmaceutical companies.

Our patent practice has been recognised in Romania and abroad by the industry and peers, and 2016 was once again a tremendous year in terms of successful cases handled. After succeeding in breaking a national record, having obtained 13 consecutive court decisions in a fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) patent case in less than 12 months, significantly contributing to a final global settlement and licence agreement between our client and the opponent, we assisted our client in closing all the pending Romanian court cases. We regard such ground-breaking victories as a clear sign of our determination to obtain not only a successful outcome, but also a business-oriented result for clients.

We have assisted various other clients – in industries including banking, energy and natural resources, and pharmaceuticals – in enforcing their patents in Romania while actively litigating in court or performing custom enforcement mandates

We have developed an unparalleled cooperative network with the most reputable law firms from across the globe, allowing us to serve clients’ needs anywhere in the world and offer clients access to worldwide resources and capabilities.

We take pride in the clients from various areas of technology which have entrusted our attorneys with advisory and contentious patent work over the past 19 years – including start-ups, small to medium-sized enterprises, high-tech blue-chip companies and some of the world’s largest corporations.

In 2016 we implemented an unrivalled platform designed to assist start-ups in the high-tech industry, which are seeking to protect inventions in medical, healthcare, sports and other related industries. We dedicated a skilful team to handle the interaction and the IP-related needs of start-ups and small and medium-sized companies that are interested in protecting and monetising their patents, as well as expanding their businesses in Europe, the United States and Asia, by using our unparalleled cooperative network of professionals.

Examples of our work in 2016 include representing:

  • a US publicly listed group of companies in FRAND patent litigation in Romania;
  • a leading Canadian energy group in patent prosecution in Romania;
  • a large US pharmaceutical group in patent litigation in Romania;
  • a leading Finnish group in patent prosecution in Romania;
  • one of the world’s leading providers of IT solutions and services to retail banks and the retail industry in patent litigation;
  • a large Swiss pharmaceutical group in patent litigation in Romania;
  • a US entity holding a large family of patents in customs enforcement in Romania; and
  • a Spain-based international energy group in patent prosecution in Romania.

Main address

Ermil Pangratti 30A
Sixth and Seventh Floors
Bucharest 011884

Contact details

T: +40 31 101 9033
F: +40 37 620 3773

Professional contacts

Dragos M Vilau, Partner

Julieta Sfecla, Senior associate

Lavinia Gheorghe, Associate

Recommended individuals at this firm

Dragos M Vilau


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