Poland

On 1 July 2020, the eagerly anticipated reorganisation of the Polish court system took effect, establishing new specialised IP courts and introducing new types of IP-related court actions. The long-awaited changes should enhance the predictability and consistency of civil judgments in IP matters, which have also been affected by legislative changes to the Civil Procedure Code. The new specialist divisions have been set up in five district courts – Warsaw, Poznan, Gdasnk, Lublin and Katowice – with two appellate courts in Warsaw and Poznań. While practitioners anticipate that the reforms should present abundant new opportunities, they are also readying themselves for the process of ironing out any initial kinks.

Firms: litigation and transactions

  • LDS Łazewski Depo & Partners
  • Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak
  • Allen & Overy LLP
  • JWP Patent & Trademark Attorneys
  • Traple Konarski Podrecki & Partners
  • Wardyński & Partners
  • Baker McKenzie
  • Bird & Bird LLP
  • CMS 
  • Dentons
  • DLA Piper
  • Hasik Rheims & Partners
  • Kulikowska & Kulikowski spk
  • Winski Law Firm

Firms: prosecution

Allen & Overy LLP

Renowned worldwide for its proficient and reliable IP offering, global firm Allen & Overy maintains a sterling reputation in Poland as a “modern and dynamic team”. It collaborates smoothly with its counterparts around the world to deliver a first-rate service to companies across the industry spectrum. Lately, it has been advising Bayer on the protection, defence and enforcement of SPCs in a matter that could result in a new interpretation of the products that are protected by this type of IP right. Running point on this matter is Krystyna Szczepanowska-Kozłowska: “She is the queen of patents, with a strong academic background, and knows absolutely everything there is to know about the law.”

AOMB Intellectual Property

“One of Poland’s leading patent firms, with an exceptionally strong prosecution practice”, AOMB distinguishes itself through the breadth of its expertise and an impressive roster of clients. The local contingent of this Dutch-headquartered firm has been growing quickly, thanks in no small part to the efforts of leading lights Jakub Sielewiesiuk, Jan Dobrzański and Damian Krężel. “Jakub and Jan combine thorough technical and scientific knowledge with great procedural expertise”, and are a go-to for non-contentious instructions. Department lead Sielewiesiuk comes in for extra praise for his “valuable and cost-effective services” in all fields of technology. Krężel keeps patrons and their interests at the forefront of his mind when obtaining cast-iron protection for players in the mechanics and electronics industries.

Baker McKenzie

Famed for its commercial acuity and crisp results, international outfit Baker McKenzie has been on an upwards trajectory in Poland and shows no signs of slowing down. Marek Rosinski has lately been busy advising local start-up ATS WorldWide on its patent strategy and in R&D agreement negotiations with Oklahoma University; a “skilled expert with a strong client-oriented attitude”, he tackles some of the largest IT and R&D mandates going. IAM Patent 1000 newcomer Marcin Fijałkowski further bolsters the transactional practice and guides clients through tricky acquisitions pragmatically and efficiently; he has also been acting for Magellan Life Sciences before the EPO. The pair regularly link up with European patent attorney Katarzyna Tobiasz-Dumania, whose worldwide patenting strategies are always shrewd, meticulous and well organised. Geo-Poland is one client which has reaped the benefits of this approach in the form of PCT filings in 11 jurisdictions.

Bird & Bird LLP

Bird & Bird is an established reference for intellectual property, thanks to its exceptional global reach and multi-sector capabilities. The Polish squad is ideally placed to assist players in the country’s burgeoning technology market, while handling litigation in a responsive, insightful and attentive way. Blazing a trail is Piotr Dynowski, a telecoms and media ace who also has a keen understanding of regulatory issues. His strategic acumen and commercial nous are appreciated by companies embroiled in complex disputes or seeking to get lucrative deals across the line.

Bury & Bury European and Polish Patent and Trademark Attorneys

Boutique Bury & Bury combines refined technical expertise with legal know-how to support entrepreneurs and rights holders in many meaningful ways, from patent procurement to monetisation. Its tailored approach proves a major draw in the high-tech sector, in which the firm has carved a deep niche. Seasoned patent attorney Lech Bury has a unique understanding of electronics and a keen business sense, thanks to his extensive industry experience; he recently validated European patents for Atlas Copco Airpower. Meanwhile, Marek Bury has been drafting and prosecuting applications for the Warsaw University of Technology and Genicore. He matches encyclopaedic knowledge of national and international patent procedures with an affinity for the most complex electronics and ICT technologies, to superb effect: “Proceedings run as he predicts and unfavourable decisions are successfully challenged – he is simply excellent.”

CMS 

“We chose CMS for its comprehensive approach and expertise within tax, competition and IP law,” enthuses one satisfied client. The holistic, joined-up counsel dispensed by the Polish arm of this eminent multinational firm has attracted the attentions of a glittering clientele, featuring the likes of Chanel, Bayer and Microsoft. The team has also been acting for HP of late in multiple enforcement proceedings against a seller of ink cartridges in a heavy-duty matter relating to the protection of eight of its patents. Tomasz Koryzma and Aleksandra Kuźnicka-Cholewa took the lead on this brief. Department head Koryzma “works practically and efficiently, with a view to keeping costs low. He responds to questions promptly and produces results that put him at the very top of his profession”. IAM Patent 1000 debutante Kuźnicka-Cholewa “is a sharp and knowledgeable lawyer who focuses her efforts on client relationships and tirelessly defends their interests”.

Dentons

With 180-plus offices in 78 countries and more than 10,000 lawyers on its team sheet, international giant Dentons makes its debut in the Polish rankings of the IAM Patent 1000 this year. In Warsaw, the side provides a wall-to-wall service that is as impressive as the clients it serves; and with Aleksandra Politańska-Kunicka at the helm, that roster keeps growing. “She has excellent knowledge of her cases and always comes prepared. Aleksandra is committed and open minded, and her communication skills are also excellent.” Media, food and retail companies are in very safe hands with her.

DLA Piper

The influence of full-service juggernaut DLA Piper is felt worldwide and the local office is a vital cog in its well-oiled machine. It serves as a trusted guide for both domestic and international innovators seeking to protect and defend their crown-jewel assets across multiple jurisdictions. Its technical versatility knows no bounds, and its tenacious litigators painstakingly tease out the knots of even the most complex energy, pharmaceuticals and electronics disputes. Those seeking commercially attuned advice should call on Ewa Kurowska-Tober and Krystian Maciaszek.

Fert Jakubiak Wróblewski Patent & Trademark Attorneys

The percipient practitioners at Fert Jakubiak Wróblewski Patent & Trademark Attorneys “use top-of-the-line software, prepare applications at the highest level and are truly dedicated to their craft”. Recent highlights include processing applications for metrology company Apator Metrix; assisting on a technology transfer agreement relating to shop automation technology between Polish and Japanese entities; and clearing the local market of infringing goods on behalf of retailer 4Kraft. This latter brief was masterminded by Marcin Wróblewski and Bartosz Fert. Wróblewski “is extremely detail orientated and presents his findings in a way that is easy to understand. He is an unquestionable professional who always does his work to an exemplary standard”. Fert also garners glowing notices: “The assistance he provided was absolutely crucial in securing the desired results. He communicated clearly and directly in a way that is most appreciated; there is no beating around the bush with Bartosz.” Rounding off the team, Iwona Jakubiak Vel Wojtczak “covers the whole scope of patent protection really well. Her business approach and honesty – and her insightful IP newsletter – are truly valued”.

Hasik Rheims & Partners

As Poland becomes increasingly innovative and dynamic, its entrepreneurs rely on their patent counsel not only to protect their inventions, but also to act as true partners when launching products and devising strategies. Fortunately, Hasik Rheims & Partners can deliver on all fronts. “Bringing the team on board was one of the best business decisions we made,” reports one client. “The lawyers are business savvy and have a fantastic reputation as experts within their field. The work produced is top-notch and really gave us an edge over our competitors.” Founder Daniel Hasik is “very proactive in his communication and strategic in his defences; and his legal knowledge is always spot-on”. Working alongside him is Joanna Woźniak and Norbert Walasek. Woźniak brings a holistic approach to her work for a range of domestic start-ups; while Walasek is a “real star” in the electronics and machinery arena.

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

IP & Law runs its operations with rare effectiveness, turning out meticulously drafted applications while never compromising on quality and keeping clients’ long-term goals front and centre. Much more than just a filing shop, it can also be counted on for value-additive representation in enforcement and litigation scenarios too. The pragmatic Jarosław Markieta is a discerning choice for instructions involving computer-implemented inventions and has a flair for the fine print of licensing deals.

JWP Patent & Trademark Attorneys

The praise comes thick and fast for JWP Patent & Trademark Attorneys: “JWP is incredibly efficient: its correspondence is always clear, its knowledge of different scientific fields is vast – and the service is budget friendly too”. Department head and pharmaceutical specialist Piotr Godlewski “is responsive, highly skilled and one of the best European patent attorneys around”. He has lately been assisting SensDx with international patent applications for a rapid covid-19 test, as well as conducting freedom-to-operate searches for the Polish Stem Cell Bank. The firm also has an impressive electronics and mechanics team, led by Oliwia Czarnocka. “Oliwia has impeccable experience in preparing and filing international and European patents, and handles all matters diligently.” Working closely with her is Sławomir Budziński, a mechanical engineer who has honed his craft for four decades. Holding down the fort on the contentious front is Dorota Rzążewska and Helena Gajek. Rzążewska is “one of the best lawyers in Poland –a truly reliable, experienced and client-orientated expert”; while Gajek is “a rising star with a deep knowledge base and an open but cost-conscious approach”.

Kaminski & Partners

Steeped in biotechnology know-how, Kaminski & Partners excels at securing wraparound protection for small and medium-sized enterprises and major multinationals alike. Acquitting itself with distinction in the pharmaceutical space, the practice also brings home stellar results across a range of other sectors. Founding partner Piotr Kaminski leverages previous experience in academia and clinical research to create impactful strategies underpinned by scientific understanding and business nous.

Kancelaria EUPATENT.PL

Boutique Kancelaria EUPATENT.PL continues to go from strength to strength, especially in the software industry, which is its primary focus. The set relishes working with start-ups and universities, artfully navigating inventors through the patenting process and building solid foundations from which they can grow. The first Polish practitioner to have passed the European qualifying examination, managing partner Adam Pawłowski has “a positive attitude, admirable technical expertise and a conscientious approach. He is always keen to share his knowledge of European and local law, which is much appreciated”.

KONDRAT & Partners

The talented patent attorneys, lawyers and engineers at KONDRAT & Partners provide comprehensive, forward-thinking advice that helps inventors turn their ideas into protected assets in the most optimal way. They have recently been assisting the Institute of Fundamental Technological Research (Polish Academy of Sciences) with the protection of 20 key patents. Mandates of this scale and with such promising commercialisation opportunities demand a team with deep scientific knowledge and extensive experience – and together Mariusz Kondrat and Magdalena Jezierska-Zięba are that and more. Kondrat is a European patent attorney who has spent many years coordinating productive international filing strategies; while doctor of technical science Jezierska-Zięba has extensive insight in the research field. Working alongside them is the versatile Ewa Niesiobędzka-Krause, who handles every brief with a distinctly personal touch. The trio have lately been representing the University of Wroclaw in registering 100 patents before the Polish Patent Office, the EPO and WIPO.

Kulikowska & Kulikowski spk

Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2021, Kulikowska & Kulikowski is a highly regarded outfit on the Polish legal market. Continuously developing its services and infrastructure, it secures outstanding results in a cost-efficient manner for myriad dynamic companies. Life sciences guru Aleksandra Twardowska-Czerwińska has been busy prosecuting patents on behalf of top biotechnology players; while Alicja Piotrowicz plies her trade in the mechanical arts. Effortlessly matters on both sides of the contentious/non-contentious divide is Monika Chimiak, who brings a forward-thinking approach to disputes.

LDS Łazewski Depo & Partners

Complex patent matters are meat and drink to the team at LDS Łazewski Depo & Partners. “It truly stands out for its willingness to cooperate with academic teams, where it creates cost-efficient plans to facilitate such relationships.” Its gold-standard service is reflected not only in glowing reviews, but also in decades-long partnerships with prestigious universities and leading pharmaceutical innovators. Setting the tone from the top is Marek Łazewski, an esteemed figure who is currently secretary general of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI). He has lately assisted the Medical University of Warsaw in drafting a patent specification for the worldwide protection of a pharmaceutical invention. His commercially minded approach, sage legal guidance and technical understanding guarantee success across the board.

PATPOL – European and Polish Patent and Trademark Attorneys 

One of the country’s most venerable firms, PATPOL houses first-rate Polish and European patent attorneys and top-drawer lawyers under one roof, who provide total support in procuring and utilising patents to their full potential. Magdalena Tagowska, Agnieszka Żebrowska-Kucharzyk and Dariusz Piróg form “a proactive team – very enthusiastic, technically skilled and highly knowledgeable about the minutiae of Polish procedural law”. Department head Tagowska covers all angles to obtain impregnable protection for pharmaceutical innovations. Working alongside her in the life sciences, Żebrowska-Kucharzyk comes equipped with a PhD in chemistry and has recently been helping a chemical company with the transfer of its rights. On the contentious front, Piróg is the managing partner of Patpol Legal and has the unerring ability to hammer out the right results in high-stakes litigation. The work of deputy department head Dariusz Świerczyński “is executed not only with the highest level of proficiency, but also in a very efficient manner”.

POLSERVICE Patent and Trademark Attorneys Office 

POLSERVICE has cemented its standing as a potent force on the Polish legal landscape since its inception in 1964. The group guides inventors from the early stages of ideation through to creation, monetisation and beyond, ensuring that the patents it drafts are fully aligned with their ultimate commercial objectives. As testament to its up-to-the-minute legal knowledge, it played a key role in the recent reform of the nation’s IP laws and the introduction of specialised IP courts. Co-heading the patent teams are Alicja Rogozińska and Andrzej Rosa. Rogozińska thrives in the material sciences and mechanical space, where she excels in the art of strategy; while electrical engineering pro Rosa is a familiar face at the EPO. Vice president of the AIPPI’s Polish branch and talented attorney Marta Joanna Kawczyńska provides incisive counsel to pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.

Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak

“A leading and client-oriented firm”, Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak is home to “a superb litigation team full of highly qualified lawyers”; one of the largest in the country, it has mastered a winning formula that keeps clients coming back for more. Szymon Gogulski and Ewa Skrzydło-Tefelska take the lead here. Dexterous litigator Gogulski is “a broad-minded strategic adviser with exhaustive know-how in patent enforcement cases”; while Skrzydło-Tefelska adopts an academic approach to instructions and wins plaudits for her “top-quality services”, especially in complex litigation and regulatory life sciences matters. An authority on software protection, Aurelia Nowicka always considers the bigger picture when assisting clients. Recently promoted to partner, Jacek Myszko joins the IAM Patent 1000 this year and provides holistic guidance across a wide range of industries, from pharmaceuticals to oil and gas.

Sulima-Grabowska-Sierzputowska Patent & Trademark Attorneys 

For more than 25 years, Sulima-Grabowska-Sierzputowska Patent & Trademark Attorneys has provided a full-bore IP offering that resonates with rights holders of all stripes. The team is home to a talented squad of patent attorneys and patent specialists which includes some of the country’s most renowned SPC experts, and can deftly navigate the intricacies of the Polish legal system. Leading by example, Iwona Sierzputowska stands out for her work in the chemical and biotech arenas, and for her drive and proactivity, which are highly prized by industry leaders.

Traple Konarski Podrecki & Partners

“One of the biggest names in Poland”, Traple Konarski Podrecki & Partners consistently meets and exceeds the demands of its high-flying clientele. With professors, scholars and lawyers all on deck, its advice is always reassuringly well-rounded and far-sighted. Co-founder Elżbieta Traple is a font of wisdom, especially in pharmaceutical law – a subject on which she has written prolifically. Traple frequently links up with Anna Sokołowska-Ławniczak, “a very smart, highly competent partner who handles complicated matters with ease”. A true lifeline in stormy disputes with significant commercial implications, Tomasz Targosz completes the strike force.

Wardyński & Partners

Full-service titan Wardyński & Partners is counsel of choice to many key players in the life sciences, thanks to its impeccable performances in complex multi-jurisdictional litigation. Internationally oriented and patent focused, it leverages its abundant internal resources and a carefully cultivated network of foreign associates to carry the day in any forum. It has recently been busy in pan-European litigation proceedings relating to biosimilar products, medical device infringements and commercialisation projects for promising start-ups. The twin pillars are Włodzimierz Szoszuk and Anna Pompe. Department head Szoszuk is an eminent practitioner and a critical ally in both contentious and non-contentious scenarios; while clear-eyed strategist Pompe has a broad view of the patent landscape, covering both litigation and transactional matters.

Winski Law Firm

Having recently celebrated its 15th anniversary, boutique Winski Law Firm has established itself as a contentious powerhouse through the wins it racks up for both generic and originator pharmaceutical companies. It has lately been broadening its horizons and turned its attentions to other industries, to great effect: as an example, artificial intelligence start-up Neurosoft and fast-moving consumer goods company Tarczynski SA are just two clients which are benefiting from its input on IP protection programmes. Name and founding partner Marek Winski is spearheading both initiatives. The eloquent advocate has numerous precedent-setting courtroom victories under his belt and is equally assured at the deal negotiating table.

WTS Patent Attorneys - Witek, Sniezko & Partners 

“A high-quality service, reasonable costs and excellent administration” are the hallmarks at boutique WTS Patent Attorneys. “It has a great team of precise, service-oriented and well-organised professionals who deliver desired results.” Biotechnology is a forte for the patent division, which is led by pharmaceutical sage Rafał Witek: “He and his team are reliable partners thanks to their skill not only in prosecution, but also in litigation, where Rafal’s deep knowledge paves the way for creative strategies.” Also in the life sciences, Andrzej Witek is “one of the best patent attorneys in Poland. He is meticulous, inspired and truly understands the subject matter. You can count on him in every setting”. Completing the line-up is IAM Patent 1000 debutante and “all-round professional” Anna Gdula, whose finely honed analytical skills and astute evaluation of intangible assets translate into cost-effective, outcome-based counsel.

Other recommended experts

“Trusted adviser and litigator” Klaudia Błach-Morysińska is the leading light at Zaborski Morysiński, earning plaudits for her client-focused approach and commercial nous. Operating out of ZRPat, Joanna Bocheńska and Grażyna Padée are “experienced patent attorneys with a vast portfolio of granted patents”. The vice president of the Polish Chamber of Patent Attorneys, Bocheńska has a flair for chemistry matters; while Padée has been an ally to the country’s universities for more than 30 years and is now helping to educate the next generation of patent professionals. Krzysztof Czub of eponymous firm Czub & Czub has a hawkish eye for detail and flourishes in the field of computer science. At Kolegial Kancelaria Prawna, Bartosz Jozwiak “has great practical knowledge”, which he brings to bear in complicated high-tech patent disputes: “As a lawyer with a background in competition law, he offers a broad perspective on every case.” Kancelaria Prawno-Patentowa Magdalena Krekora’s founder, Magdalena Krekora, draws on in-house experience at an international pharmaceutical company to provide a pragmatic, business-centric service to patrons in the life sciences. Joining forces to form their own boutique, ROA Rasiewicz Oleksyn & Associates, Marek Oleksyn and Justyna Rasiewicz are well-respected practitioners on the Polish IP scene. Oleksyn cultivated his keen contentious expertise at CMS; while Rasiewicz “has deep knowledge of local law and provides detailed, commercial advice. She develops creative solutions to achieve clients’ aims and is unafraid to push the boundaries of the law”. Heading the IP department at Sójka Maciak Mataczyński Adwokaci, Rafał Sikorski has a broad technical compass and “is one of the few Polish academics who truly understands the complexity of patents”. Heading the life science division at Taylor Wessing, Agnieszka Sztoldman relishes the challenge of working with cutting-edge biotechnology innovators. Ernst & Young’s Justyna Wilczyńska-Baraniak “is a brilliant litigator and is instrumental in developing IP enforcement strategies in the European Union. She is always focused on the details of the case and her clients’ goals”.

Individuals: litigation

  • Piotr Dynowski - Bird & Bird LLP
  • Marek Łazewski - LDS Łazewski Depo & Partners
  • Justyna Rasiewicz - ROA Rasiewicz Oleksyn & Associates
  • Ewa Skrzydło-Tefelska - Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak
  • Krystyna Szczepanowska-Kozłowska - Allen & Overy LLP
  • Monika Chimiak - Kulikowska & Kulikowski spk
  • Szymon Gogulski - Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak
  • Mariusz Kondrat - KONDRAT & Partners
  • Tomasz Koryzma - CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
  • Dorota Rzążewska - JWP Patent & Trademark Attorneys
  • Anna Sokołowska-Ławniczak - Traple Konarski Podrecki & Partners
  • Włodzimierz Szoszuk - Wardyński & Partners
  • Elżbieta Traple - Traple Konarski Podrecki & Partners
  • Justyna Wilczyńska-Baraniak - Ernst & Young
  • Klaudia Błach-Morysińska - Zaborski Morysiński
  • Marcin Fijalkowski - Baker McKenzie
  • Helena Gajek - JWP Patent & Trademark Attorneys
  • Daniel Hasik - Hasik Rheims & Partners
  • Bartosz Jozwiak - Kolegial Kancelaria Prawna
  • Aleksandra Kuźnicka-Cholewa - CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
  • Jacek Myszko - Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak
  • Aurelia Nowicka - Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak
  • Marek Oleksyn - ROA Rasiewicz Oleksyn & Associates
  • Dariusz Piróg - Patpol Legal 
  • Aleksandra Politańska-Kunicka - Dentons
  • Anna Pompe - Wardyński & Partners
  • Marek Rosinski - Baker McKenzie
  • Agnieszka Sztoldman - Taylor Wessing
  • Tomasz Targosz - Traple Konarski Podrecki & Partners
  • Katarzyna Tobiasz-Dumania - Baker McKenzie
  • Norbert Walasek - Hasik Rheims & Partners
  • Marek Winski - Winski Law Firm
  • Joanna Woźniak - Hasik Rheims & Partners

Individuals: prosecution