Intellectual property (IP) rights are becoming an increasingly significant part of a company’s assets and affect not only its position on the market but also its structure and value. As a result, the role of IP in business transactions is constantly growing. GLIMSTEDT offers all legal services relating to IP from traditional copyright and neighbouring rights, trademark, design and patent matters to IP rights in the ever-growing field of software law, information technology and biotechnology.
The practice also covers work with legal issues relating to the IP in various business sectors such as media, telecommunications, information technology, publishing, pharmaceuticals, construction and manufacturing, and encompasses the drafting and negotiation of licensing and other IP agreements, the registration of trademarks, and the enforcement and protection of IP rights, including IP litigation. This enables us to create additional value for our clients by providing consultation while they are involved in business transactions.
The Legal 500 (2012): "Priit Lätt and experienced associates Hele Karja and Triin Tuulik have a very good knowledgebase and provide service at the highest level."
Chambers Europe (2012): "This IP team retains a considerable share of the Estonian IP market, in spite of the firm's relatively compact size. In addition to regular transactional work it is particularly active in commercial contracts and licensing matters. Clients highlight the group's pan-Baltic reach and capacity for cross-border transactions. Recent highlights include representing Estonian subsidiaries of Sanoma in a dispute relating to database protection and copyright." Sources say: "An excellent team that is quick and straight to the point but also provides service with a personal touch."
World Trademark Review 1000 (2012): "Complementing its litigation work, this firm has displayed “marked recent growth” in trademark prosecution. It maintains a significant stake in the market and represents clients from diverse industries including alcoholic beverages, food and travel. “A smart and strong litigator”, Priit Lätt is “a consistently excellent performer in big trademark cases”."
Advising the Estonian Information Technology Foundation (EITSA) on the process of porting Creative Commons licences for Estonia.
Advising the European Pallet Association, an association of producers, dealers, repairers, users, railways, transporters and others working with quality approved EUR-pallets, on trademark (EUR and EPAL) protection and infringement procedures in the Baltics.
Advising AS Sanoma Baltics in all IP matters.
Advising the Estonian Information Technology Foundation (EITSA) on the process of porting Creative Commons licences for Estonia;
Representing the Estonian dairy producer Piimandusühistu E-PIIM in a complex „Vene juust“ („Russian cheese“ in English) trademark dispute;
Representing Bauhof Group AS, the largest retail business of construction materials and gardening goods in Estonia, in a trademark ("BAUHOF") dispute with Demp B.V., the owner of trademark "BAUHAUS";
Advising the European Pallet Association, an association of producers, dealers, repairers, users, railways, transporters and others working with quality approved EUR-pallets, on trademark (EUR and EPAL) protection and infringement procedures in the Baltics;
Advising AS Tallinnfilm, the oldest film company in Estonia and the operator of Cinema Artis, on all IP matters such as audiovisual works and licensing, including securing the registration of the trademark Artis and licensing audiovisual works to Spinefarm Records, the Finnish subsidiary of the international record company Universal, for the production of the video for Only Bravery by Metsatöll, Estonian folk metal band;
Assisting the production company of the biographical drama Georg about Estonian singer Georg Ots. The film was made jointly by Estonia, Finland and Russia and had a budget of 2 million euros, the highest budget ever for an Estonian film;
Devising the IP strategy and assisting IP transfer for several companies, including start-ups such as Fortumo, GuardTime, Pipedrive, Taxipal and Zeroturnaround;
Representing AS Sanoma Baltics, the subsidiary of a European media group operating in more than 20 countries, in all IP matters, including representing the client in a complex dispute concerning the protection of database maker rights and copyrights for www.auto24.ee;
Representing AS Uvic, one of the biggest food industry companies in Estonia, in trademark infringement cases concerning the use of a registered trademark on a well-known food product in the Estonian market for the campaign “Mamma-Mia pelmeenid UVIC Edu maitse!” (“Mamma-Mia meat dumplings UVIC The Taste of Success!”). The Supreme Court provided guidance on how to evaluate the likelihood of confusion of the trademarks;
Representing the owner of Baltic Tours, one of the oldest travel agencies in Estonia, in a domain name dispute with Tallinn Airport over www.lennujaam.ee. The court ruled out an unprecedented situation where AS Tallinna Lennujaam (Tallinn Airport) would have been able to monopolise the use of the word “airport”;
Representing a global technology company in trademark infringement litigation for a parallel-import;
Representing AS Stol-I in litigation for the complex trademark “Stolichnaya” concerning damages for a trademark infringement against a major Estonian alcohol producer. The court upheld our position that the defendant used the Stolichnaya trademark without licence and thus did not paid royalties, causing damage to the trademark rights owner, which was Stol-I as a licensee. Several important and previously unanswered issues were clarified and resolved during the trial, including the licensee’s right to file an infringement action. The case was adjudicated in the Supreme Court four times in total which is a clear record in the history of Estonian IP litigation;
Representing an Estonian drinks manufacturer in a landmark trademark infringement litigation concerning “Jägermeister”;
Representing the Estonian Authors’ Society in several landmark copyright-related disputes and proceedings, including civil litigation before the Supreme Court with the Estonian newspaper Eesti Päevaleht, which led to a decision by the Supreme Court that set a precedent for the limits of free quotations and the free use of reproductions of artistic works.