Czech Republic

Czech firms continue to attract instructions from international players seeking to gain a foothold in the domestic market, while patent activity among local institutions is also increasing in tandem with the burgeoning economy. Early-stage companies are displaying an increased appetite for IP monetisation, presenting a potential growth area for service providers, which are also eagerly awaiting further news on the fate of the Unified Patent Court.

Firms

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Bird & Bird
Korejzová & Spol
Rott, Růžička & Guttmann
Traplova Hakr Kubat Law & Patent Offices
Všetečka Zelený Švorčík Kalenský and Partners
Bird & Bird
Intellectual property is a flagship offering at Bird & Bird and accounts for a sizeable slice of the instructions coming through its doors. Leveraging on the wider firm’s vast international resources and complementary expertise in neighbouring practice areas to superb effect, the Prague patent squad makes light work of even the most complex mandates, especially in the IT space. “Impressive on patents and with a solid knowledge of ancillary matters", Vojtěch Chloupek heads the IP group in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, delivering a stellar service while “always willing to be flexible on the financial side of any cooperation”. IP all-rounder Andrea Jarolímková has a flair for finding pragmatic solutions to all patenting conundrums, and boasts valuable ancillary knowledge of personal data protection and privacy matters to boot.

Čermák’s team of 20-plus lawyers and patent attorneys has earned itself a sparkling reputation for the incisive advice it has provided across the IP spectrum since the firm set up shop in 1990. Managing partner and prolific author Karel Čermák Jr tirelessly drives the set forward, taking a “highly intelligent” approach to patent protection. Support comes from Lukáš Lorenc, “an elite individual who is much sought after by clients” and an authority on EU law.

Korejzová & Spol
From offices in Prague and neighbouring capital Bratislava, Korejzová & Spol provides the full suite of patent services, including drafting, validity monitoring, registration of supplementary protection certificates and enforcement. The forward-looking ensemble keeps processes streamlined and ensures that no details are missed by incorporating all documents and case information into advanced digital management systems. Petra de Brantes Korejzová is a useful contact.
Rott, Růžička & Guttmann
With the capacity to serve clients in six different languages, including Japanese, Rott, Růžička & Guttmann is a preferred choice for international – or internationally minded – innovators. Searches, filing and monitoring briefs are all handled with meticulous care, and the attorneys here are also poised performers in contentious clashes. Winning praise from peers, who highlight his sterling track record representing generic pharmaceutical manufacturers, dual-qualified chemistry ace Michal Guttmann is “a tough guy to litigate against”.
Traplova Hakr Kubat Law & Patent Offices
Pre-eminent one-stop IP shop Traplova Hakr Kubat is home to a phalanx of dedicated attorneys at law and patent specialists. Disputes at all instances and in all forums, arbitration and administrative proceedings before national and regional IP offices are all meat and drink to these erudite practitioners, whose top technical talent has the life sciences and engineering sectors on lock. Quadrilingual chemistry sage Eduard Hakr is the name to call.
Všetečka Zelený Švorčík Kalenský and Partners
A longstanding ally of international patent owners with interests in the local market, this high-quality outfit is also in pole position to assist the growing number of domestic players seeking to protect and exploit their intellectual property. It is adept at securing favourable outcomes in major pharmaceutical litigation, while also proving a smooth operator on mechanics and electronics briefs. The “extremely capable and knowledgeable” Michal Havlík is the star of the show and current president of the Czech chapter of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property.

Individuals

Karel Čermák Jr - Čermák a spol
Vojtěch Chloupek - Bird & Bird
Michal Guttmann - Rott, Růžička & Guttmann
Katerina Hartvichova - INVENTIA sro
Michal Havlík - Všetečka Zelený Švorčík Kalenský and Partners
Andrea Jarolímková - Bird & Bird
Michal Jordán - Inpartners Group
Lukáš Lorenc - Čermák a spol
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