Romania

The consistency that characterises the Romanian patent market can be a double-edged sword for some local practitioners: while it ensures stability and predictability, it can also sometimes impede progress and cause frustrations. The hot talking point among the IP community is artificial intelligence and its protection; another source of excitement is increased investment in Romania’s burgeoning software industry, from both domestic and international entities. As a result, patent activity is healthy and IAM has identified several new names in the Romania listings this year as a result.

Firms: litigation and transactions

  • Highly recommended
  • Răzvan Dincă & Asociaţii
  • Zamfirescu Racoți Vasile & Partners
  • Recommended
  • MILCEV BURBEA Intellectual Property & Law Office
  • Mușat & Asociaţii
  • Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen
  • STOICA & Asociații
  • Turcu & Turcu
  • VILAU | ASSOCIATES

Firms: prosecution

  • Highly recommended
  • Cabinet M Oproiu Patent & Trademark Attorneys
  • PETOŠEVIĆ
  • Recommended
  • Cabinet Enpora
  • Mihaela Teodorescu & Partners – Intellectual Property Office SRL
  • Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen
  • Rominvent SA

Cabinet Enpora

Founded 25 years ago, Cabinet Enpora serves as a reliable partner to more than 2,000 entities seeking watertight patent protection. Its technically diverse team of registered Romanian and European patent attorneys provides insightful, commercial and strategic advice which yields maximum rewards with minimum fuss. The name to note is Virginia-Daisy Pop, a gifted chemist and a leader in the field.

Cabinet M Oproiu Patent & Trademark Attorneys

“One of the most prominent prosecution firms on the market”, Cabinet M Oproiu shines bright in the chemical, mechanical and pharmaceutical fields. The longstanding boutique has also cultivated an impressive network of foreign associates to call upon for international matters. Epitomising the firm’s meticulous approach is founder Margareta Oproiu, a favourite among biotechnologists and physicists. As a patent holder and former researcher in the National Research Institute for Technological Research, she knows exactly what type of advice and assistance inventors need. Flanking her is Raluca Vasilescu, who prosecutes electrical engineering patents and coordinates multi-jurisdictional filings with aplomb.

Mihaela Teodorescu & Partners – Intellectual Property Office SRL

A new inclusion in the IAM Patent 1000 for 2021, Mihaela Teodorescu & Partners – Intellectual Property Office SRL proves that its compact size is no obstacle when registering and safeguarding the rights of the country’s elite companies and entrepreneurs. Steering the ship is namesake Mihaela Teodorescu, whose prior experience as a chemical engineer resonates with top chemical research institutes, among others.

MILCEV BURBEA Intellectual Property & Law Office

Home to both lawyers and patent attorneys, MILCEV BURBEA is perfectly positioned to procure, defend and monetise intangible assets seamlessly. With four decades in the game between them, Gabriela Milcev and Iulia Burbea make for great team leaders. Perceptive strategist Milcev is a fantastic ally to those in the pharmaceutical domain; and when complex litigation at the intersection of consumer protection and regulatory law looms, Burbea is the one for the job.

Mușat & Asociaţii

The IP department at full-service giant Mușat & Asociaţii houses a technically versatile patent team that supports patrons on both sides of the contentious/non-contentious divide. The set takes its cue from managing partner Paul George Buta, an astute prosecutor who thrives in the field of cutting-edge innovation. The sage strategic counsellor is a popular choice for companies keen to establish a foothold in Europe. Back-up comes from life sciences whizz Dan Minoiu, whose keen insight into regulatory law is an invaluable asset to the ensemble.

Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen

Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen has made a name for itself on the Romanian patent scene as a go-to for premium, all-inclusive IP services. A winning combination of sophisticated legal skills and technical nous has attracted the attentions of players in the software and pharmaceutical industries, among others. In the latter sphere, the side recently showcased its expertise representing Teva Pharmaceutical Industries in preliminary injunction proceedings against Alvogen. The “highly professional and sharp” Sorina Olaru called the shots in this matter. Always keeping sight of the bigger picture, she deftly handles complex matters and delivers crisp results. Working alongside her is IAM Patent 1000 newcomer Daniela Savin, a litigation ace who co-authored the Romanian chapter of the book Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights in the EU Member States along with Olaru.

PETOŠEVIĆ

Staffed with more than 130 professionals across 16 offices and operating in some 30-plus jurisdictions, PETOŠEVIĆ is a major player in the Commonwealth of Independent States region. Much like its sister offices, the Romanian outpost is a superb choice for prior art searches, prosecution and robust litigation advice across Europe. Leading light Aura Campeanu operates comfortably across the contentious/non-contentious divide and exceeds the expectations of multinationals from virtually any sector without breaking sweat. Joining her in the guide this year is Florina Firaru, who maintains a cracking trademark practice, but is equally adept at quashing infringements on the patent side.

Răzvan Dincă & Asociaţii

Contemporary boutique Răzvan Dincă & Asociaţii is steeped in pharmaceutical know-how and continues to deliver first-rate results. It distinguishes itself from competitors through its unparalleled affinity for the life sciences; as an example, it recently went out to bat for Novartis in a patent infringement dispute. “Enthusiastic and impressive” managing partner Răzvan Dincă draws on his “rich academic experience and well-developed practical sense” to find “out-of-the-box solutions”. He was recently appointed dean of Bucharest University’s Faculty of Law. Making her IAM Patent 1000 debut in 2021 is department co-head Irina Speciac. The pharmaceutical whizz acts for some of the industry’s biggest companies and complements her patent practice with a refined understanding of competition and regulatory law.

Rominvent SA

For more than six decades, Rominvent SA has been a highly respected presence in Romania, with peers hailing it as “one of the leading IP firms in the country”. Its accomplished practitioners dispense tailored advice that not only protects clients’ inventions over the long term, but also furthers their business goals. Chemistry specialists Oana Boncea and Adina Badarau provide stellar leadership to the troop. Boncea’s in-depth knowledge of her craft allows her to draft, file and prosecute effortlessly; while Badarau is a well-versed patent attorney whose dual qualification in chemistry and law guarantees advice that is both efficient and personalised.

STOICA & Asociații

The IP specialists at STOICA & Asociații readily dispatch effective and valuable litigation assistance at a domestic and regional level. Captaining the ship is firm founder Valeriu Stoica, a seasoned and commercially informed lawyer whose enviable global connections benefit innovators with international ambitions. Able support comes from former judge Dragoş Bogdan, whose hands-on approach and extraordinary eloquence are eagerly sought out by those in contentious pickles.

Turcu & Turcu

Operating out of Romania, Bulgaria and Moldova, nimble boutique Turcu & Turcu has been steadily establishing itself as a daunting adversary in patent disputes across Eastern Europe. Its streamlined service and knack for settling skirmishes in the life sciences have earned it the loyalty of numerous European heavyweights. Managing partner Gabriel Nicolae Turcu has a “superb understanding of a patent’s practical implications and excels at finding ingenious solutions that benefit his clients’ commercial interests”. His colleague and IAM Patent 1000 newcomer Emilia Manea is a “dedicated and thorough attorney with broad experience before the Romanian courts”.

VILAU | ASSOCIATES

Finding creative ways to defend patent rights to the hilt while simultaneously maximising their business value is the bread and butter of Bucharest-based law firm VILAU | ASSOCIATES. Working across an array of sectors, the progressive outfit designs and implements dynamic global strategies, but truly thrives when getting to grips with the intricacies of advanced technologies. Dragos Vilau has become intimately familiar with the inner workings of regional laws over his 20-plus year career and can adroitly navigate clients around any pitfalls that may arise.

Zamfirescu Racoți Vasile & Partners

When it comes to complex patent matters, Zamfirescu Racoți Vasile & never falters; as one client comments: “It is always comforting to have them by my side and I trust them to provide the best advice possible.” Its skilled and flexible advisers attract glowing praise from the market. “Calin-Andrei Zamfirescu is the most prominent and talented lawyer in Romania; he always finds the most appropriate way to defend IP rights. When Calin is on your side, success is assured.” For sensitive cases, Cosmin Vasile is the person to call: “He is a true strategic expert, incredibly passionate, spectacular in court and determined to obtain the best results.” Rounding off the troop, Alina Tugearu is “dedicated, hands-on and has excellent advocacy”, reports one client. “Our positive results are a direct result of the team’s strategic vision and firm grasp of procedural law”.

Other recommended experts

At Lupsa & Associates, Ionut Lupsa leverages two decades of experience to deftly coordinate complex patent litigation and get commercially critical deals inked. Operating out of Radu Tărăcilă Pădurari Retevoescu, IP veteran and professor Lucian Mihai provides clear and succinct counsel that sits well with partners and clients alike.

Individuals

  • Oana Boncea - Rominvent SA
  • Iulia Burbea - MILCEV BURBEA Intellectual Property & Law Office
  • Răzvan Dincă - Răzvan Dincă & Asociaţii
  • Gabriela Milcev - MILCEV BURBEA Intellectual Property & Law Office
  • Sorina Olaru - Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen
  • Valeriu Stoica - STOICA & Asociații
  • Mihaela Teodorescu - Mihaela Teodorescu & Partners – Intellectual Property Office SRL
  • Alina Tugearu - Zamfirescu Racoți Vasile & Partners
  • Adina Badarau - Rominvent SA
  • Dragoş Bogdan - STOICA & Asociații
  • Paul-George Buta - Mușat & Asociaţii
  • Aura Campeanu - PETOŠEVIĆ
  • Florina Firaru - PETOŠEVIĆ
  • Ionut Lupsa - Lupsa & Associates
  • Emilia Manea - Turcu & Turcu
  • Lucian Mihai - Radu Tărăcilă Pădurari Retevoescu SCA in association with Allen & Overy LLP
  • Dan Minoiu - Mușat & Asociaţii
  • Margareta Oproiu - Cabinet M Oproiu Patent & Trademark Attorneys
  • Daniela Savin - Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen
  • Irina Speciac - Răzvan Dincă & Asociaţii
  • Gabriel Nicolae Turcu - Turcu & Turcu
  • Cosmin Vasile - Zamfirescu Racoți Vasile & Partners
  • Raluca Vasilescu - Cabinet M Oproiu Patent & Trademark Attorneys
  • Dragos M Vilau - VILAU | ASSOCIATES
  • Calin-Andrei Zamfirescu - Zamfirescu Racoți Vasile & Partners