Czech Republic

The Czech patent landscape remains relatively constant and practitioners are enjoying a steady stream of work from the life sciences, technology and automotive industries. The latter in particular has seen a notable uptick in activity, with major player ŠKODA AUTO filing more patent applications than any other local company. Innovation also looks healthy: the country is steadily climbing the global innovation index and government initiatives such as the Innovation Strategy of the Czech Republic are in place to support budding entrepreneurs.

Firms

Bird & Bird LLP

Bird & Bird’s Czech contingent marries international and cross-border expertise with refined local know-how, to wonderful effect. The team – led by one of the country’s finest lawyers, Vojtěch Chloupek – does a terrific job executing on technically dense briefs in the life sciences, electronics and automotive sectors. Charismatic litigator Chloupek “readily makes himself available and has a super-friendly attitude. His skills are undoubtedly superb, as is his ability to coordinate matters in foreign jurisdictions. It is always a pleasure to work with him”. He recently linked up with Jiří Malý to validate the European patents of Celanese International Corporation, a Fortune 500 company operating in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Malý can be relied upon to find well-rounded solutions to tricky technology instructions.

PatentEnter

Innovation is a central pillar at PatentEnter: the dynamic boutique appreciates the business value behind strong patent protection and designs strategies that are perfectly aligned with patrons’ commercial goals. The technically diverse squad shines bright on freedom to operate analyses; and while software patents are a speciality, it can navigate virtually any field with ease. Taking the reins are dynamic co-founders Ivan Lukšiček and Michal Jordán. Blending keen technical aptitude with a finely honed business sense, Lukšiček is a safe pair of hands in the IT sphere; while Jordán taps into his industry insight as an innovation and IP manager to get companies maximum return on their investments. “The pair have incredible drive, give great advice at a reasonable price and are loved by their clients.”

Rott, Růžička & Guttmann

“An exceptionally experienced and longstanding boutique”, Rott, Růžička & Guttmann has its roots deeply embedded in the Czech patent landscape. Home to a team of five lawyers and 11 patent attorneys, who can serve clients in English, German, French, Russian and Slovak, the side is ideally placed to protect, defend and procure assets both at home and abroad. Formerly a patent examiner at the Patent Office in Prague, Jiří Andera is the first port of call for potential mandates.

TRAPLOVÁ – HAKR – KUBÁT Law and Patent Offices 

Making its debut in the IAM Patent 1000 this year is Traplová - Hakr - Kubát, a traditional set-up with a contemporary approach and three decades of experience to its name. Its technical experts have the filing of meticulous applications down to a T; while its lawyers present persuasive, well-formulated arguments before the courts and administrative bodies on the regular. On the prosecution front, Tomáš Pavlica and Ivana Beranová bring tremendous value to the practice. Not limited to patent searches and drafting, Pavlica is a shrewd tactician who devises ironclad patent protection programmes on a national and global scale; while Beranová makes clever use of a vast network of translators to coordinate massive pan-European validation briefs. When it comes to litigation, recent arrival Jan Seidel is also worthy of special mention: his hands-on approach to disputes involving IP rights and SPCs brings skirmishes to a quick and successful end.

Všetečka Zelený Švorčík and Partner, Law and Patent Office

Stacked commercial law outfit Všetečka Zelený Švorčík and Partners assists clients in many meaningful ways: adept at prosecution, a force to be reckoned with in litigation and savvy in licensing negotiations, the outfit has cemented its status as “one of the country’s leading firms”. The driving force behind the practice is Michal Havlík, an all-rounder who writes extensively, provides valuable legal commentary and is considered “an outstanding IP specialist” by peers. He also sits as president of the Czech chapter of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property – a testament to his standing in the community.

Other recommended experts

At Korejzová & Spol, Petra de Brantes is on hand to offer support to budding entrepreneurs and international conglomerates, eloquently defending their interests in court and adroitly negotiating licensing agreements. A “big name in the patent scene”, Kateřina Hartvichová is “super-friendly and great to collaborate with. She works extremely hard and has an incredibly extensive understanding of the law”. The avid chemist can be found at HARBER IP.

Individuals