The political environment in Romania remains challenging. In February 2020 council members toppled Prime Minister Ludovic Orban’s administration through a no-confidence vote, raising the possibility of a snap election – something that has not happened in the country in three decades. While this is giving rise to business uncertainty, there is no doubt that Romania has upped its innovation game in recent years; notable developments are emerging in the artificial intelligence (AI) field and IP firms are keen to get a piece of the action.
Firms: litigation and transactions
- MILCEV BURBEA Intellectual Property & Law Office
- Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen
- Răzvan Dincă & Asociaţii
- STOICA & Asociații
- Turcu & Turcu
- VILAU | ASSOCIATES
- Zamfirescu Racoți Vasile & Partners
- Cabinet Enpora
- Cabinet M Oproiu Patent & Trademark Attorneys
- Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen
- Rominvent SA
The first private IP practice in the country, Enpora has spent more than 25 years as a pace setter on the Romanian patent market. Its distinguished team of registered Romanian and European patent attorneys provides business-focused, high-quality IP advice and is a safe bet for high-technology companies seeking refined international strategies from technically diverse and talented professionals.
Cabinet M Oproiu Patent & Trademark Attorneys
Hailed by peers as “one of the leading and most eminent firms in patent prosecution”, Cabinet M Oproiu has the chemical, pharmaceutical and electrical dexterity to compete with the best. Maintaining an impressive foreign network, it has an extensive support system to lean on for multi-jurisdictional matters. Namesake Margareta Oproiu brings valuable experience as an inventor and physics researcher at the National Research Institute for Technological Research to the table; she can talk one to one with scientists and not miss a beat. A newcomer to the IAM Patent 1000 in 2020, Raluca Vasilescu is a polyglot who sees the big picture – she prosecutes, defends and enforces patents with poise.
MILCEV BURBEA Intellectual Property & Law Office
The team at Bucharest-based firm MILCEV BURBEA is “dynamic, commercially minded and proactive in finding the best practical solutions that meet clients’ objectives”. The growing sophistication of the country’s IT sector has afforded exciting opportunities for a stellar software group comprised of “young, positive professionals who are eager and able to get to grips with the challenges presented by AI”. Leading the charge, Gabriela Milcev is a versatile professional who provides faultless assistance even in the face of great complexity. Standing shoulder to shoulder with Milcev is Iulia Burbea, an “insightful professional who renders fast assistance and comprehensive answers”.
Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen
Despite some recent turnover, Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen remains a potent litigation force in Romania and can always be counted on to deliver resonant performances, particularly in life sciences disputes – a mainstay of the practice. Dispensing pharmaceutical pearls of wisdom, Sorina Olaru architects the group’s fruitful patent litigation strategies. Channelling two decades of experience, Olaru has a knack for distilling the complexity of issues so they can be easily understood by non-expert decision makers.
“PETOŠEVIĆ manages all patent concerns adeptly” and makes clever use of its far-reaching office network to put patrons on the surest international IP footing. Worthy of special mention, “its work before the EPO is impeccable”. Instrumental in this regard is Aura Campeanu, a technically astute practitioner with vast experience in patent and trademark law who “consistently delivers a top-quality service”.
Răzvan Dincă & Asociaţii
Highly specialised in intellectual property, but proficient in diverse legal areas, Răzvan Dincă & Asociaţii can cover all bases for clients. The extremely dedicated outfit has carved a particular niche in the life sciences arena and secures ironclad protection for a coterie of multinational pharmaceutical companies, including Novartis. Ensuring that all matters run smoothly at his eponymous firm is Răzvan Dincă. Famed for his erudition and theoretical mind, Dincă is also a “fierce and competitive litigator and sage counsellor on any complicated IP matter”. Department co-head Irina Speciac has proved her mettle successfully representing international and domestic market titans in must-win disputes.
Storied firm Rominvent, whose roots date back to 1953, has a rich tradition of excellence in patent prosecution. The firm’s flair for innovation and tailored service make it a discerning choice for inventors in cutting-edge areas. “Generous in sharing her wealth of IP knowledge”, Oana Boncea is at her best in the chemical, pharmaceutical and computer technology fields. A teacher and tutor to many in the IP community, she is a valuable asset for colleagues and clients alike. Also recommended is Adina Badarau, a fellow chemical ace renowned for her “thoroughly detailed knowledge of the law, strong expertise and incredible ability to think outside of the box”.
STOICA & Asociații
In its happy hunting grounds of pharmaceuticals, food and beverage, IT and energy, STOICA & Asociații offers high-quality, on-point IP guidance. The first port of call for many is founding partner and litigation leader Valeriu Stoica, an IP veteran whose commercially infused advice is always well informed and impactful. Working alongside Stoica and praised for his tact in dealing with international clients is Dragoş Bogdan; his experience as a judge has given him the ability to address disputes with clear action plans and a pragmatic approach.
Turcu & Turcu
Boutique IP firm Turcu & Turcu pools its expertise across three offices in Southeast Europe, granting patrons easy access to rich resources and patent knowledge. Making its presence felt in the pharmaceutical sector, it has been involved in many prominent cases that have helped to shape the Romanian landscape. Invariably up to speed with current IP affairs, founding partner Gabriel Nicolae Turcu offers vital assistance across all facets of intellectual property: “He is outstanding at finding creative and ingenious ways to get clients to where they need to be.”
VILAU | ASSOCIATES
“Responsive, helpful and always on hand with well-pitched advice that reflects significant experience in parent litigation”, multifaceted firm VILAU | ASSOCIATES is a repository of trust for innovators. Strong in complex areas such as biotechnology and AI, the firm has cemented its reputation as a go-to at the cutting edge. Obtaining injunctions for pioneering pharmaceutical companies is all in a day’s work for Dragos Vilau, who earns credit for his “deep knowledge of how patent enforcement works in Romania and globally”. Sources also highlight his “keen tactical instincts”.
Zamfirescu Racoți Vasile & Partners
Zamfirescu Racoți Vasile & Partners makes even the most challenging matters simple for rights holders. Practising across a myriad of scientific fields and industries, including energy and life sciences, it is an assured choice of external partner. With three individuals recognised for their litigation expertise – more than any of its competitors in Romania – the firm deploys an enviably deep bench. At the centre of the circle is Alina Tugearu, who possesses a fine-grained understanding of international litigation and alternative dispute resolution proceedings. She and head of arbitration Cosmin Vasile make a great pairing for fractious cross-border disputes. Calin-Andrei Zamfirescu’s forward-thinking approach is borne of extensive courtroom experience.
Other recommended expertsFormer Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen lawyer Ana-Maria Baciu, now at Simion & Baciu, draws on two decades of practice to add value with her tremendous regulatory expertise. Ionut Lupsa of Lupsa & Associates is the man to call for intricate IP transactions and patent disputes. He brings energy and commitment to every engagement. At Radu Tărăcilă Pădurari Retevoescu, Lucian Mihai has finely honed international litigation and arbitration skills. The esteemed professor has made significant contributions to the advancement of IP law and practice in Romania. Mihaela Teodorescu & Partners founder Mihaela Teodorescu is a former chemical engineer and pharmaceutical patent guru who establishes close relationships with clients; her service is attentive and her counsel perspicacious.
- 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
- Ana-Maria Baciu - Simion & Baciu
- Adina Badarau - Rominvent SA
- Dragoş Bogdan - STOICA & Asociații
- Aura Campeanu - PETOŠEVIĆ
- Ionut Lupsa - Lupsa & Associates
- Lucian Mihai - Radu Tărăcilă Pădurari Retevoescu SCA in association with Allen & Overy LLP
- Margareta Oproiu - Cabinet M Oproiu Patent & Trademark Attorneys
- Irina Speciac - Răzvan Dincă & Asociaţii
- Alina Tugearu - Zamfirescu Racoți Vasile & Partners
- 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