Intellectual Property Key areas

Trade marks
Any distinctive sign used to distinguish goods and services can be a trade mark. The SORAINEN Intellectual Property Practice covers all aspects of protection, acquisition, exploitation and enforcement of trade mark rights. SORAINEN lawyers represent international and local clients before national trademark offices and boards of appeal in all Baltic States, WIPO (international trade mark registrations) and OHIM (European Community trade marks). Services include availability searches, branding and filing strategies, filing applications, observations, appeals, oppositions, portfolio management (changes in registers, renewals) and surveillance.

Domain names
The SORAINEN Intellectual Property Practice assists in registering country code top-level domains (ccTLD), such as .ee, .lv, .lt and .eu. Most work also relates to recovering domains from cybersquatters. During recent years, the firm's lawyers have advised in registration and recovery cases involving over 150 domain names. The practice includes lawyers selected as panellists of the Czech Arbitration Court in European Union domain name disputes. In addition, the firm provides a local presence service in Estonia as required for foreigners who wish to hold .ee domains. Moreover, the practice offers domain registration services in other countries requiring local presence, in cooperation with world wide partners.

Copyright and neighbouring rights
Growing awareness of the need to protect intellectual property rights has resulted in a significant increase in copyright related disputes. The SORAINEN Intellectual Property Practice has wide experience in advising copyright holders and users of different types of works, so our lawyers can offer sophisticated strategies for copyright protection and enforcement. Services also include drafting and reviewing contracts and representation in negotiations or in litigation. In addition to corporate clients, SORAINEN represents celebrities in disputes over their intellectual property rights.

Designs
By giving protection to the visual appearance of a product, a registered industrial design is a valuable tool to expand brand and product protection. SORAINEN Intellectual Property Practice lawyers are experienced and qualified in design matters, able to assist in protecting design rights on a regional and European Community level.

Protection of inventions
SORAINEN Intellectual Property Practice lawyers, in close cooperation with local patent agencies, assist foreign and local companies in protecting their inventions in the region. Advice can range from issues in pharmaceuticals to heavy manufacturing industries and may vary from protection of an invention to litigation strategies in disputes concerning patent validity or enforcement.

Anti-counterfeiting and piracy
SORAINEN Intellectual Property Practice lawyers work closely in counterfeit matters with the customs and police in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to prevent importation, exportation and sale of goods infringing intellectual property rights. The firm has been involved in cases related to confiscation and destruction of thousands of counterfeit items.

Advice on unfair competition and marketing law
SORAINEN Intellectual Property Practice lawyers provide advice and guidance on combating business models and conduct that constitute a breach of unfair competition rules. Do not hesitate to contact the firm if you feel that a competitor has published misleading information about your products or that ex-employees have stolen business secrets and confidential know-how.

Intellectual property agreements
SORAINEN Intellectual Property Practice lawyers are constantly involved in assisting internationally and locally in transactions where intellectual property plays an important role, such as non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements, franchise agreements, license agreements and transfer agreements. During recent years the firm has assisted in setting up more than 40 complicated franchising arrangements and more than 70 licensing agreements.

Intellectual property disputes
SORAINEN Intellectual Property (IP) Practice lawyers combined with the firm's experienced Dispute Resolution Team offer a full range of IP litigation services. The firm represents clients in IP infringement cases before the courts in all Baltic States and Belarus. Flagships of the firm's experience include numerous landmark trade mark protection cases, such as unauthorised use of trade mark in a company name and domain name and successful enforcement of trade mark rights against look-alikes. SORAINEN is also one of very few law firms in the region with experience in complex and difficult patent litigation cases.

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