Intellectual Property

Ellex is known for its strong IP expertise in advising top-flight clients from various industry sectors, starting from IT companies and entertainment (media and gaming) content providers to new market players/start-ups, more traditional producers and retailers of consumer products as well as service providers. The firm has a well-established trademark protection, enforcement and litigation practice with a number of prominent and an increasing prominence in the area of patent related litigation.
Key projects in the field

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Mārtiņš Gailis

Associate Partner

IP and Competition
Head of Intellectual Property Practice

Ilga Gudrenika-Krebs


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The Managing IP names Ellex as a leading Intellectual Property firm in the Baltics & Eastern Europe
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Key projects in the field

The Managing IP names Ellex as a leading Intellectual Property firm in the Baltics & Eastern Europe
Ellex was awarded “Baltics & Eastern Europe Firm of the Year 2019” at the Managing IP EMEA Awards 2019 ceremony in London on Thursday, 7 March.
The awards were presented to firms, individuals and companies behind the most innovative and challenging intellectual property work of the past year, as well as those driving the international IP market.
Ellex has the strongest IP team in the region. Ellex is the only law firm in Estonia with a partner who specializes in IT & IP matters and a European trademark and design attorney who has also passed the bar exam. Due to this, Ellex is the only law firm in Estonia that has the right to represent clients in connection with prosecution and strategy matters related to trademarks. Ellex also has excellent IP teams in Latvia and Lithuania, active in both trademark prosecution and IP litigation. Our IP expertise ranges from sophisticated pharmaceutical patent matters to major disputes involving trademark, design, copyright, and other legal issues.
Managing IP is the leading source of news and analysis on all intellectual property developments worldwide. Features include: news on major cases, deals and legislation; analysis of strategies and trends; data; interviews and profiles of leading figures in IP; surveys of leading IP firms; and case studies.
Ellex Klavins highlighted by World Trademark Review
Due to the rapid development of fintech and IT industries, Latvian companies are becoming increasingly aware of IP issues and the importance of trademark protection. An increasing amount of companies are improving their international trademark strategies. As a result, more and more firms are offering IP services which helps to explain the high demand of recruitment and consolidation that has reshaped the market.
According to World Trademark Review, Ellex Klavins “provides an excellent level of service in intellectual property” via a specialised department replete with “highly professional and experienced lawyers who understand business objectives”. 
‘’No-nonsense brand enforcement is a speciality for the trademark division. Ellex Klavins IP Practice group took over several important cases for Sky International, which included successfully opposing the registration of ‘Skyworth’ in Latvia. Also, regularly advising The Coca-Cola Company and ExxonMobil on domestic trademark registrations and renewals etc.’’
Mārtiņš Gailis, senior associate and head of IP practice has been recognised as a leading individual: “Mārtiņš Gailis holds the reins for the IP practice, which he captains with poise and precision.”
World Trademark Review recognises leading trademark professionals across the globe and it is the world's only independent daily news and information service dedicated exclusively to reporting on trademark issues for in-house and private practitioners internationally.
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Ellex has advised First Data Corporation in sale of First Data companies in the Baltic States to Worldline (Atos group)
Atos has announced that its subsidiary Worldline has achieved the completion of the agreement with First Data Corporation announced on July 25th, 2017, for the acquisition of 100% of the share capital of First Data’s fully owned subsidiaries in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia (First Data Baltics).
Ellex has acted as a local legal adviser in the Baltic States for First Data Corporation in the € 73 million divestment of subsidiaries, financed by available cash.
‘’Investment of such size is a clear testimony of continuous interest and commitment of foreign capital to our region and its main magnet - IT companies. The Baltics is definitely back on radar screen of serious players as more transactions are in pipeline." comments Sven Papp, partner and head of corporate and M&A practice group of Ellex in Estonia.
With a revenue of € 23 million in 2016, First Data Baltics currently employs 200 employees and is the leading financial processor in the Baltics. It provides services to the main Baltic banking groups and a large range of outsourcing services to some banks in the wider Nordic region.
First Data Corporation was advised by Senior Associate Iveta Ceple in Latvia; Aenior Associate Gerda Liik and Partner Sven Papp in Estonia and Associate Partner Robertas Čiočys and Junior Associate Diana Čerkevičiūtė in Lithuania.