Rafał Witek

Ranked in Poland
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Hailed as “the most experienced firm in Poland for biotechnology instructions” by its peers, WTS Patent Attorneys stays close to its clients and operates out of three bases across the country. Its is home to a distinguished line-up of professionals, and the first name on the team sheet is co-founder Rafał Witek. He instils the troop with inspired leadership and acquits himself with distinction when assisting industry heavyweights with identifying and mitigating the risks associated with pharmaceutical market entry. Andrzej Witek brings heaps of industry knowledge, courtesy of his time spent working in a food-processing company, and appreciates the vital role intellectual property plays in a company’s success. Another valuable contact, Anna Gdula is well versed in technology and brilliantly shepherds patrons through difficult patent protectionmatters.

Rafał Witek's Profile

Rafał Witek is a partner and co-founder of WTS PatentAttorneys.

He obtained his MSc in biotechnology at the Wrocław University of Technology and later attended a postgraduate course in industrial property protection at Humboldt University in Berlin. In 2003, he obtained a Max Planck Foundation scholarship for a research project at the Max Planck Institute of Industrial Property Protection and Tax Law inMunich.

A Polish and European patent attorney, Mr Witek specialises in the protection and commercialisation of inventions in the fields of biotechnology and pharmacy, in which he has unparalleled expertise. ‘Clear’, ‘concise’ and ‘creative’ are only three of the words routinely used to describe his incredible service. Mr Witek dispenses sage advice that is informed by science but always mindful of wider business objectives. Leading scientific organisations rely on him for the protection of their most valuable assets, knowing that he is the right person to pave the way for their commercialsuccess.

Mr Witek is a member of the Polish Chamber of Patent Attorneys and the Institute of European Patent Attorneys, an associate member of the epi Committee on Biotechnological Inventions and a former president of the Poland chapter of the Licensing Executives Society. He is also a member of the International Association for the Protection of Industrial Property, the International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys and the European Patent LitigatorsAssociation.

Firm Profile

WTS Patent Attorneys is a full-service European IP firm with a strong focus on patent work in all fields of technology. Its 20 years of experience place WTS in the unique position in Poland to be able to provide top-quality patent prosecution, litigation and IP strategy consultancy services to clients in the public and private sectors. While WTS earned its reputition primarily as the leading life sciences patent expert in Poland, over years the firm has expanded its area of expertise to cover other fields of technology, such as nanotechnology, electrical engineering, electronics and mechanics.

Firm history

The partnership was formed in 2002 by individuals who wanted to combine their skills and experience gained over several years at renowned patent agencies. The firm has offices in Wrocław and Warsaw, and a representative office in Munich. Since its establishment, WTS Patent Attorneys has gained a reputation for representing high-profile clients ranging from academic institutions and start-up companies to international corporations acting in the Polish market.

WTS specialists

WTS is run by 11 patent attorneys of whom eight focus exclusively on patents and three on trademarks and designs. The firm’s patent attorneys are licensed to conduct all manner of cases concerning IP protection before the Polish administrative bodies and civil courts and international IP offices – namely, the EPO, WIPO and the EU Intellectual Property Office. WTS attorneys have deep technical knowledge, bringing together experience from academic research and extensive patent expertise in different fields of science and technology. The WTS team of qualified paralegal assistants have backgrounds in civil and administrative law (masters and PhDs), economics, English, linguistics and Slavonic studies. WTS works with an established network of more than 20 scientific translators representing a number of disciplines in all fields of technology. Scientific experts cooperating with WTS on a daily basis hold PhDs in life sciences, chemistry and biotechnology.


WTS Patent Attorneys specialises in all matters relating to European and Polish patents and utility models, providing domestic and foreign clients with comprehensive and professional assistance.

The firm’s services include drafting, filing and prosecuting applications for patents and utility models; filing and prosecuting supplementary protection certificates; drafting and filing non-patentability statements; conducting patent searches; monitoring patents; and drafting patentability opinions.

WTS Patent Attorneys has significant experience in IP rights enforcement and litigation conducting patent nullity and infringement proceedings.

WTS assists its clients with the commercialisation of intellectual property by offering opinions on marketability, finding business partners, securing the rights of parties participating in trade negotiations and drafting contracts and agreements.

Supported by highly skilled and experienced consultants and translators, WTS provides professional services in the validation of granted European patents in Poland.

The firm also offers services related to trademarks and designs, acting as representatives in application, opposition, litigation and appeal proceedings before Polish, international and EU institutions granting trademark and design protection.

Pharmaceuticals disputes

Among WTS’ numerous notable achievements are litigation and nullity disputes involving pharmaceuticals, including alendronate, venlafaxine, quetiapine, repaglinide, oxaliplatin, montelukast, dorzolamide, esomeprazole, docetaxel, drospirenone-ethynyloestradiol, Herceptin, tiotropium, clopidogrel-acetylsalicylic acid, capecitabine, tropenole, budesonide-formoterol, rituximab and valsartan-amlodipine.

Worldwide recognition

For several years, WTS Patent Attorneys has been recommended in the IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Professionals ranking (2019, 2020 and 2021 editions). The firm was recognised at the Global IP Awards presented by IAM and WTR as the Polish Patent Prosecution Firm of the Year 2020. And WTS was the only firm for Poland to be included in Europe’s Leading Patent Law Firms ranking, published by the Financial Times (2019, 2020 and 2021 editions).

The firm’s patent attorneys boast an impressive collection of individual distinctions too: in recent years, various partners have featured in the IAM Global Leaders (2020, 2021 and 2022 editions), Who’s Who Legal: Patents 2020 and IP STARS rankings.

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