Czech Republic

The Czech economy continues to expand steadily, with significant increases in automotive production being one of a number of contributing factors. This has contributed to a commensurate uptick in patent prosecution activity. On the Unified Patent Court (UPC) front, the Czech Republic has signed the UPC Agreement but continues to hold back on its ratification – in part due to its likely negative economic effect on Czech SMEs. Should the patent package come into force, thousands of unitary patents would potentially enter the market, radically increasing the costs of freedom-to-operate searches and patent infringement disputes – a burden which most SMEs do not have the financial resources to bear. As a solution to these concerns is not yet in sight, the country is sitting tight and watching the experience of other signatories before it gives the agreement the green light.

Firms

  • Bird & Bird sro advokátnĭ kancelář
  • Rott, Růžička & Guttmann
  • Všetečka Zelený Švorčík Kalenský and Partners, Law and Patent Office

Bird & Bird sro advokátnĭ kancelář

In the Czech Republic, Bird & Bird dominates in the licensing and transactional space, but also puts in a strong showing in litigation and dispute resolution scenarios. Captaining the side is Vojtěch Chloupek, a “diligent and precise yet speedy lawyer who knows his way around a negotiation table and brings discussions to a rewarding close”. Chloupek works closely with IAM Patent 1000 newcomer and life sciences aficionado Jiří Malý. As a team, he recently and successfully assisted eos Products in its European patent validation efforts.

Rott, Růžička & Guttmann

Housing a team of five lawyers and 12 patent attorneys capable of serving clients in English, German, French, Russian and Slovak, Rott, Růžička & Guttmann is “a top IP boutique in the Czech Republic”. With a separate branch in Bratislava, clients can rest assured knowing their inventions will be duly protected in Slovakia too. Former patent examiner at the Patent Office in Prague Jiří Andera should be the first port of call for potential instructions.

Všetečka Zelený Švorčík Kalenský and Partners, Law and Patent Office

Tech-savvy IP boutique Všetečka Zelený Švorčík Kalenský is a vision of stability on the market. The team continues to impress with its innovative mindset and internal cohesiveness. Offering a comprehensive suite of services, the unit works together swiftly and efficiently to bring about successful outcomes for patrons in the pharmaceutical and automotive industries. A prominent figure on the patent scene is Michal Havlík, “an extremely talented and knowledgeable professional who is always willing to go the extra mile for his clients”. The president of the Czech chapter of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property cannot be confined to the courtroom and is an avid filer both domestically and internationally.

Other recommended experts

Clients of all stripes flock to Petra de Brantes for her immense experience on both sides of the contentious/non-contentious divide. Operating out of Korejzová & Spol, de Brantes works around the clock to protect patents on an international level. Flying HARBER IP’s flag is “diligent and dynamic patent attorney Kateřina Hartvichová. She really gets into the nitty gritty of the work and produces brilliant results quickly”. Working out of Brno’s PatentEnter, “Michal Jordán is uniquely positioned to understand the needs of his clients” thanks to his former stint as an innovation and IP manager at Linet. An all-round practitioner, Jordán is also a resident expert at the South Moravian Innovation Centre and a go-to guy for inventors in the country.

Individuals