Poland

In the past Poland has lagged behind other EU countries when it comes to innovation but significant progress is being made; the subject is higher on the government’s agenda than it has ever been and increasing levels of funding are being made available for R&D projects; elements of the innovation framework, such as tax incentives, are also being fine-tuned. This is all leading to a significant increase in IP awareness domestically – something that many of the country’s patent practitioners have been reporting on. Having opted out of the UPC, uncertainty surrounding the court is not weighing on the minds of Polish litigators, but they remain busy with a steady flow of cases, particularly in the pharmaceutical domain.

Firms: litigation and transactions

  • LDS Łazewski Depo & Partners
  • Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak
  • Allen & Overy A Pędzich Spk
  • JWP Patent & Trademark Attorneys
  • Wardyński & Partners
  • Bird & Bird Szepietowski i wspólnicy spk
  • DLA Piper
  • Kulikowska & Kulikowski spj
  • Traple Konarski Podrecki & Partners
  • Winski Law Firm

Firms: prosecution

Allen & Overy A Pędzich Spk

Multi-jurisdictional and Polish patent litigation is the forte of Allen & Overy’s Warsaw team. Leveraging specialist life sciences, telecoms and media industry expertise and working collaboratively with the firm’s experts in antitrust law, Krystyna Szczepanowska-Kozłowska and her colleagues get excellent results for global innovators time and time again – from the courts and via settlement and alternative dispute resolution means. Szczepanowska-Kozłowska excels when it comes to complex matters combining patent, trade secret, regulatory and competition issues. “Hardworking and practical, she is a big-picture thinker with deep academic, legal and business knowledge. When you litigate against her, you know you’ll come up against the best arguments – she forces you to elevate your game. She has also done much to develop Polish IP law and educate students and companies on IP matters.”

AOMB Intellectual Property

Making its debut in the Polish chapter of the IAM Patent 1000 for 2019, AOMB fields a potent line-up of patent attorneys who “challenge orthodoxy and go the extra mile for their clients”. Commentators cite Jakub Sielewiesiuk, Jan Dobrzański and Damian Krezel for the fresh thinking with which they approach the patent practice. Sielewiesiuk “operates with incredible efficiency” when it comes to the management of intellectual assets and, with a bachelor’s degree in mathematical modelling, a master’s degree in theoretical physics and a PhD in chemical science, he is one of the most technically accomplished practitioners on the market. Meanwhile, Dobrzański is “a top expert in chemistry” with “excellent communication skills who can convey difficult concepts in a way that is easy to understand”. “Methodical and practical, Krezel is an excellent prosecutor.”

Bird & Bird Szepietowski i wspólnicy spk

International IP thought and practice leader Bird & Bird maintains a vibrant patent litigation practice in Poland. Clients come knocking when the technology at issue in a dispute is particularly complex or where there is a lot on the line commercially; in these circumstances, clients take comfort from the team’s excellent track record of success. Bringing robust leadership to the group is Piotr Dynowski, an experienced IP and technology all-rounder who is consulted for business as well as legal advice and representation. In addition to litigation, he guides clients strategically with respect to IP transactions, funding matters and R&D projects.

DLA Piper

Proficient in a wide range of industry sectors and technology areas, DLA Piper is well-equipped to handle any patent query. In litigation and transactions contexts, the set’s approach and tactics are finely calibrated to meet the commercial needs of a global client base that includes prominent transportation network, pharmaceutical, energy, construction and consumer electronics names. Recent developments for the local team include the arrival of a new patent attorney and trainee lawyer and the creation of a start-up programme. Key contacts include IP head Ewa Kurowska-Tober and rising star associate Aleksandra Baczykowska.

IP & Law Kancelaria Rzeczników Patentowych J Markieta, M Zielińska-Łazarowicz Sp p

A young and energetic set-up, IP & Law impresses with its assured strategic handling of IP prosecution, enforcement and monetisation matters. The firm’s commitment to clients and its practitioners’curiosity and enthusiasm make for an excellent service. Companies innovating in the field of computer technology would be wise to seek out Jarosław Markieta, an efficient prosecutor with a deft touch for licensing matters.

JWP Patent & Trademark Attorneys

Testament to the comprehensiveness of its patent offering, JWP is one of only three firms recommended on both the prosecution and litigation and transactions tables in the Polish chapter of the IAM Patent 1000; the broad perspective of this “dynamic ensemble” makes it “very effective at advising on patent strategy”. Worthy of special mention is the life sciences division led by Piotr Godlewski, which has been performing flawlessly of late on behalf of many academic and research institutions. Despite an enormous workload, Godlewski never drops the ball on anything but continues to provide a “high-quality, timely and reasonably priced service”. He also “maintains an excellent international network making him a great choice for filings in Europe.” Cut from the same cloth, Sławomir Budziński oversees the thriving mechanical prosecution practice. A top automotive expert with impressive industry experience, he utilises wisdom accrued over 30 years in the patent game in every one of his engagements. While Godlewski and Budziński both contribute to the supreme success of the litigation practice, the contentious stars are Dorota Rzążewska and Helena Gajek. “Dorota is modern, flexible and business-focused and a leading IP innovator in what is still quite a traditional market”. The eminent managing partner also serves as president of the Polish Chamber of Patent Attorneys. Making her debut in the rankings this year, Gajek is currently representing a breakthrough biotech company in several matters, in conjunction with Godlewski.

Kaminski & Partners

Patent attorney outfit Kaminski & Partners runs a lean but top-quality life sciences prosecution practice. Capitalising on close links with universities and innovative companies the set is in a healthy groove at the moment and diversifying its activities to encompass more invalidation and other contentious matters. Taking charge, Piotr Kaminski is “a leading biotech and chemistry specialist who excels at solving the most challenging problems”. His extensive R&D experience in academia and industry, coupled with time spent in private practice sets him apart as one of the most well-rounded attorneys in the life sciences.

Kancelaria EUPATENT.PL

“EUPATENT.PL’s dedicated and committed team provides extremely comprehensive support. Undertaking complex matters that demand creative and broad thinking, it gets results that truly surpass expectations. The service is excellent too; open-minded and positive, the firm’s professionals can be relied on to deliver timely advice and solutions.” As managing director, Adam Pawłowski sets the tone, as one respondent enthuses: “He is thorough, yet fast and efficient, he communicates clearly and is a pleasure to work with. He has a comprehensive knowledge of electronics and computer science and is excellent at analysing a patent application’s chances of success.”

Kulikowska & Kulikowski spj

“Trustworthy, diligent, precise, and prompt” are words commonly used to describe Kulikowska & Kulikowski. The “longstanding, experienced and skilful” boutique – one of Poland’s first privately owned IP partnerships – forges ironclad protections for a client base that includes several prominent pharmaceutical companies. Aleksandra Twardowska-Czerwińska, Monika Chimiak and Alicja Piotrowicz are the names to note. “Aleksandra has a far-reaching network and excellent connections in the US, Japan and Israeli markets and she employs this effectively to secure patent protection throughout the world.” Chimiak stands out for her contentious nous and is lauded by her peers as a “thoroughly well-prepared practitioner who litigates on the merits”. Well-versed in patent and design law and proficient at prosecution, searches, oppositions and opinion giving, Piotrowicz is another versatile operator.

LDS Łazewski Depo & Partners

Handling complex prosecution and litigation instructions with confidence and poise, LDS cuts a dash as one of Poland’s most commercially focused IP outfits. The gold-rated firm has the prosecution of supplementary protection certificate filings down to a fine art and in 2018 alone added nine positive grant decisions to its list of attainments. The efficiency with which it handles validation proceedings is another major magnet for clients. On top of it all, the set shines in life sciences patent litigation and has an excellent track record of success acting on behalf of top drug companies. Marek Łazewski is the firm’s inspirational and business-minded leader and is described as being “a forward-thinking, flexible and personable lawyer who builds close and lasting relationships with clients”. Highlighted for her “excellent litigation practice”, Justyna Rasiewicz is also widely admired. “Justyna is highly skilled and deeply knowledgeable in a wide range of technical fields and very user friendly too. She can be very aggressive when necessary but she plays fair at all times.”

PATPOL – European and Polish Patent and Trademark Attorneys 

PATPOL’s enduring presence on the Polish IP scene is testament to the quality of its services; the firm has been in action for over 50 years delivering all-inclusive IP support to a diverse range of domestic and international brand owners and technology companies. In patent practice, its combination of patent attorneys and lawyers enables it to handle the full spectrum of non-contentious and contentious matters, although it is best known for its prosecution prowess. Leading the patent department is chemistry PhD and life sciences specialist Magdalena Tagowska.

POLSERVICE Patent and Trademark Attorneys Office 

With 29 European patent attorneys on deck, POLSERVICE is virtually unsurpassed in terms of its technical depth and range. Its activities are also diverse; the prosecution of patents is a particular strength, although the team also makes light work of licensing transactions and litigation thanks to a legal team that is constantly growing in size and stature. The firm approaches all of its tasks with creativity and efficiency. Alicja Rogozińska delivers crisp results on all mechanical matters; Marta Kawczyńska has a rich comprehension of innovation in the biotech and pharmaceutical field and acts for a leading Polish university in connection with domestic and international IP protection and strategy.

Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak

Elite commercial firm Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak is renowned for its scholastic attainments in intellectual property and for its commercially attuned and practical approach to patent disputes and contract negotiations. A lawyer who “handles tricky and nuanced assignments with diplomacy and exceptional skill”, Szymon Gogulski is a patent, trade secrets and competition connoisseur with vast experience in litigation and arbitration. He presides over the practice together with Ewa Skrzydło-Tefelska, who is a popular speaker and widely published authority on all manner of IP topics. Aurelia Nowicka is another major contributor to IP and legal knowledge in Poland and is distinguished for her fluency in software matters.

Sulima-Grabowska-Sierzputowska Patent & Trademark Attorneys

Affording its clients a responsive and flexible service, Sulima-Grabowska-Sierzputowska Patent & Trademark Attorneys’s technically talented team showcases an exceptional success rate when prosecuting patent applications to grant at the Polish patent office. Although it never skimps on quality, the ensemble has mastered the art of high-volume, high-efficiency prosecution. Key recent developments for the set include expansion on the biotech side of the practice via new hires and new instructions from a top steel and technology components company. Looking at these and other recent progressions, managing partner Iwona Sierzputowska has cause to be excited. Sources call the chemical engineer “one of Poland’s most experienced patent attorneys” and praise her indefatigability. “Iwona never fails to deliver, no matter how much you ask of her. She provides in-depth legal analyses alongside practical guidance on what steps to take and is flexible on fee arrangements too.”

Traple Konarski Podrecki & Partners

IP and technology-focused Traple Konarski Podrecki employs lawyers, juridical doctors and patent attorneys, which allows it to tackle multi-faceted patent matters with aplomb. Receiving a shower of praise, experienced litigator and prominent academic Tomasz Targosz embodies the organisation’s best attributes: “He engages with his clients’ problems on a deep and meaningful level and gives neatly tailored advice to help you overcome them; the support he provides in IP and unfair competition disputes is top notch. He also understands business as well as he understands the law.” Patent attorney Anna Sokołowska-Ławniczak turns heads for her sure-footed international protection of patents and trademarks and strategic instincts. Overseeing the practice with a hawk’s eye for quality, Elżbieta Traple is the senior partner. A prominent legal researcher who has actively participated in legislative efforts, she is as knowledgeable as they come in the IP, competition and pharmaceutical law areas.

Wardyński & Partners

As a well-integrated full-service firm, Wardyński & Partners employs an inter-disciplinary scheme of thinking to carry the day in complex, do-or-die patent litigation. For example, in pharmaceutical cases specialists in intellectual property, life sciences, dispute resolution and competition law all come together to brainstorm winning strategies. Forming a tailor-made strike force for prestigious pharmaceutical and biotech companies are Włodzimierz Szoszuk and Norbert Walasek, both of whom garner emphatic praise from the market: Szoszuk is simply described as “the leading IP litigation counsel in Poland”; while Walasek as an “excellent and always well-prepared patent litigation specialist with broad knowledge”. Head of intellectual property Anna Pompe is another heavy hitter in court disputes and also a top transactional IP expert.

Winski Law Firm

Pharmaceutical patent litigation is bread and butter for the team at Winski Law Firm, although the boutique’s practice has expanded in recent years; for example, clients in many sectors now seek it out to conduct risk assessments as they are launching new products into the marketplace. A repository of trust for generic drug manufacturers, Marek Winski is the main man. He looks for client-defined wins and has a knack for facilitating quick wins and favourable settlements. He also keeps his patrons up to date on the progress of their matters, efficiently providing all the information they need to make well-informed business decisions. He has a refined knowledge of international case law too, which he uses to his advantage in cases before the Polish courts.

WTS Patent Attorneys – Witek, Sniezko & Partners

A well-rounded IP firm with a strong focus on patent work, WTS manifests a rare faculty for the coordination of domestic and international portfolios for life sciences and medical device clients. The firm’s practice has been developing nicely of late; requests from Asian companies, demand for patent opinions and instructions on European patent validation matters are all on the rise. Head of the practice Rafał Witek is a “brilliant, open-minded attorney with unimpeachable judgement, first-rate communication skills and excellent global strategic IP insight”. His colleague Andrzej Witek is an eminent biotechnologist and together they make WTS “the best in Poland for life sciences patents”.

Other recommended experts

Lech Bury, the co-founder of Bury & Bury, is a leading light for the entire market when it comes to innovation in the electronics field. High-level strategist best describes his current role, although his drafting skills remain as sharp as they ever were. “Dynamic, devoted and highly knowledgeable”, Mariusz Kondrat is the engine driving Kondrat & Partners’ recent growth. A life sciences authority, he wrote the first commentary on Poland’s Pharmaceutical Law Act. Erudite IP sage Magdalena Krekora is the person to call for pearls of wisdom about pharmaceutical law and international patent law. She practices at her own eponymously titled firm. Ernst & Young Law made a splash when it recruited ex-DLA Piper pro Justyna Wilczyńska-Baraniak in June 2018. The entrepreneurially minded team she now has the unique advantage of utilising Ernst & Young’s global reach to provide wraparound IP protection, licensing and litigation support to innovative companies.

Individuals: litigation

  • Piotr Dynowski - Bird & Bird Szepietowski i wspólnicy spk
  • Marek Łazewski - LDS Łazewski Depo & Partners
  • Justyna Rasiewicz - LDS Łazewski Depo & Partners
  • Ewa Skrzydło-Tefelska - Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak
  • Krystyna Szczepanowska-Kozłowska - Allen & Overy A Pędzich sp k
  • Monika Chimiak - Kulikowska & Kulikowski spj
  • Szymon Gogulski - Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak
  • Mariusz Kondrat - KONDRAT & Partners
  • Dorota Rzążewska - JWP Patent & Trademark Attorneys
  • Włodzimierz Szoszuk - Wardyński & Partners
  • Elżbieta Traple - Traple Konarski Podrecki & Partners
  • Helena Gajek - JWP Patent & Trademark Attorneys
  • Aurelia Nowicka - Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak
  • Anna Pompe - Wardyński & Partners
  • Anna Sokołowska-Ławniczak - Traple Konarski Podrecki & Partners
  • Tomasz Targosz - Traple Konarski Podrecki & Partners
  • Norbert Walasek - Wardyński & Partners
  • Justyna Wilczyńska-Baraniak - Ernst & Young
  • Marek Winski - Winski Law Firm

Individuals: prosecution