Czech Republic

Developments are positive in the Czech patent space: the Industrial Property Office recently celebrated its centenary, the patent market remains stable and the economy is in a healthy groove too. Entrepreneurial spirit is also high, as the government recently approved a key instrument – the Innovation Strategy of the Czech Republic – prepared by the Research, Development and Innovation Council, headed by Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, in close cooperation with a team of scientists, academics and other external stakeholders. Now is a good time for inventors and rights holders to innovate – and indeed, to seek out appropriate protections of their assets.

Firms

  • Bird & Bird LLP
  • PatentEnter 
  • Rott, Růžička & Guttmann
  • Všetečka Zelený Švorčík and Partners, Law and Patent Office

Bird & Bird LLP

The Czech branch of international powerhouse Bird & Bird enjoys a sterling reputation both at home and further afield. Major industry players in the life sciences, electronics and automotive sectors on the lookout for sustained patent protection flock to instruct the Prague-based team for its bespoke services and unrivalled international reach. Spearheading the division is the tech-savvy and dynamic Vojtěch Chloupek – a premier choice for dispute resolution and licensing briefs. He often forms a mighty team with Jiří Malý, who is a safe pair of hands on make-or-break instructions in the life sciences arena.

PatentEnter 

Based in the heart of innovation hotspot Brno, PatentEnter is an exuberant and nimble boutique, which makes its debut in the IAM Patent 1000 for 2020. Led by Michal Jordán and Ivan Lukšiček, the set secures ironclad protection for invaluable assets and designs strategies that are fully aligned with companies’ business objectives. Jordán speaks the language of his clients, thanks to former positions as an electronic designer and as an innovation and IP manager at Linet Company. IT and data whizz Lukšiček has up-to-the-minute knowledge of the sectors in which he operates and currently sits on the board of directors of the Czech Chamber of Patent Attorneys. The duo collaborate seamlessly on prosecution instructions and their can-do attitude proves inspiring for the up-and-coming Czech talent they work with.

Rott, Růžička & Guttmann

Well-established player Rott, Růžička & Guttmann has a longstanding presence on the Czech and Slovak markets, where its commitment to rock-solid IP protection and high-quality services shines through in every brief it takes on. The ensemble comprises five lawyers and 12 patent attorneys, who serve up holistic counsel in English, German, French, Russian and Slovak, making them a fine choice for internationally minded companies in need of tried and tested solutions. Jiří Andera is the first port of call for potential instructions.

Všetečka Zelený Švorčík and Partners, Law and Patent Office

The tight-knit unit at Všetečka Zelený Švorčík blends innovation and experience in a way which appeals to forward-thinking clients.  The full spectrum of services is on offer, with pharmaceutical and automotive giants lining up to instruct a set whose name has become synonymous with success. Star of the show Michal Havlík “goes the extra mile for patrons. He is extremely knowledgeable and super proactive – it is always a pleasure to work with or against Michal”. The versatile practitioner also serves as president of the Czech chapter of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property.

Other recommended experts

Armed with several decades of experience, Petra de Brantes has a refined skillset when it comes to asset protection. A member of both the Czech and Slovak bars, she tirelessly fights infringement fires from her base at Korejzová & Spol. HARBER IP founder Kateřina Hartvichová “is the first point of call for chemical or pharmaceutical patents. She is extremely bright and super-friendly too”. The former scientist at the Institute of Chemical Process Fundamentals leaves no stone unturned to ensure that key patents are protected.

Individuals