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.
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Mārtiņš Gailis

Associate Partner

IP and Competition
Head of Intellectual Property Practice
+371 67814848
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Ilga Gudrenika-Krebs

Partner

+371 6781 4848
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Ellex Klavins ranked as Tier 1 law firm by The Legal 500 EMEA within IP, IT and telecoms in Latvia

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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 partner Zinta Jansons and senior associate Iveta Ceple in Latvia; senior associate Gerda Liik and partner Sven Papp in Estonia and associate partner Robertas Čiočys and junior associate Diana Čerkevičiūtė in Lithuania.
Ellex advised Livonia Partners on the acquisition of Santa Monica Networks
Ellex advised Livonia Partners, the pan-Baltic private equity firm on the acquisition of Santa Monica Networks Latvia and Santa Monica Networks Lithuania, leading providers of network and IT security solutions in the Baltic region, from Santa Monica Networks Group. 
 
The transaction is expected to close by May 2017. 
 
The Ellex team advising Livonia Partners in Latvia was Zinta Jansons, Reinis Sokolovs, Martins Gailis and Janis Gavars and in Lithuania Robertas Ciocys and Povilas Junevicius
 
Livonia Partners is a private equity investment firm based in the Baltics, currently managing €83 million as part of the Livonia Partners Fund I and the Livonia Partners EIF Co-Investment Fund.
 
To find out more about the transaction, please click here.