Expertise

Trademarks

A trademark is a sign or symbol that distinguishes the goods or services, or both, of one business from another in commerce.

 

Protection in Poland is afforded to those registered in:

  • the Polish Patent Office in Warsaw,
  • the European Union Intellectual Property Office in Alicante, or
  • International Bureau of World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva.

 

Protection is against use of identical or confusingly similar marks.

 

Protection is for 10 years, as are renewals.

Industrial
designs

Put simply, it is the external form of the whole or part of a product.

 

Protection in Poland is afforded to designs registered in:

  • the Polish Patent Office in Warsaw,
  • European Union Intellectual Property Office in Alicante, or
  • International Bureau of World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva.

 

Protection is narrow; an opposed design must not create a different general impression. But it is quick (even several days after a filing) and relatively inexpensive.

 

Registration is for 5 years, as are renewals, but renewals are limited to a maximum of 4.

Inventions
and utility
models

A novel, technical solution can be patented (if it is non-obvious), or protected as a utility model.

 

Protection in Poland can be afforded to technical solutions registered in:

  • the Polish Patent Office in Warsaw,
  • European Patent Office in Munich, or
  • International Bureau of World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva.

 

Protection of a patent can be broad and can be up 20 years after a filing; that for a utility model can be up to 10 years after a filing.

 

The extent of protection depends on the skill of a patent attorney in formulating claims.

Unfair
competition

The legislation defines various act of unfair competition; businesses are protected from products being copied, brands being passed off, consumers being misled.

 

Activity that is contrary to good custom or which threatens business interests is also prohibited.

 

The lack of the necessity of registration means it is a formidable right.

Training
of personnel

Business expand through knowledge which includes intellectual property and we advise on and train personnel in that aspect.

 

Training is provided to SMEs and large corporations; e.g., one of the three largest automotive manufacturers in Poland.

Negotiations
and contracts

Contracting requires experience and skill; especially, in that Polish intellectual property law is full of traps for the unwary. We have substantial experience in negotiating complex difficult contracts; e.g., gained while working for the defense industry.

Litigation

We represent clients in matters in the Polish Patent Office, EUIPO, common courts, and have appeared in the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg. Litigation is a last resort and every effort is made to negotiate an amicable resolution of a dispute.