Havlík Švorčík and Partners, Law and Patent Office (formerly Všetečka Zelený Švorčík and partners) is an IP and corporate law firm founded in 1990 in Prague. With over forty team members, the firm is one of the largest and best-established IP practices in Czechia and Slovakia.
We are active members of the following international associations: AIPPI, ECTA, INTA, LIDC, MARQUES and PTMG.
Our clients are leading international and domestic companies from the fields of luxury, pharmaceutical and chemical industry, automotive and consumer packaged goods and retail as well as small and middle seized companies and start-ups and individual right holders.
The firm’s key values are
- reliable and practical approach – we provide hands-on realistic legal advice and look for the most business efficient solutions to our clients’ legal problems - individual and personal support – our clients always deal with the same person - modern and digital – we stay up-to-date with new trends and technology
Our legal team consists of 4 partners, 5 attorneys at law, 4 European patent attorneys and 3 European trademark attorneys supported by qualified staff.
Michal Havlik is the President of the Czech National Group AIPPI.
Otakar Svorcik serves as an arbitrator at the Czech Arbitration Court.
Otakar Svorcik and Michal Havlik serve as panelists for the .eu and .cz domain name disputes with the Czech Arbitration Court and WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center.
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY PROSECUTION
We are a leading local firm in prosecution of applications for patents, trademarks and designs before the Czech and Slovak Industrial Property Offices and EPO, EUIPO and WIPO. Our patent attorneys and translators cover all fields of technology from mechanical engineering, construction, IT to pharma and life sciences.
We provide strategic advice and administer several global patent and trademark portfolios.
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ENFORCEMENT
The firm assists their clients in monitoring IP rights and enforcing them through court litigation in Czech or Slovak courts and other available procedures. The firm is one of the few firms that regularly litigate patent infringement matters. Furthermore, the firm has an extensive anti-counterfeiting practice involving customs seizures and raids.
The firm has successfully assisted clients in numerous ADR procedures to recover domain name registrations including the very first ADR decision in Slovakia concerning domain name vogue.sk.
CORPORATE & COMMERCIAL
In addition to IP, the firm’s corporate law department handles corporate and commercial matters, regulatory, real estate, labour and competition and antitrust law.
Over the last century we’ve been lucky enough to have played a part in protecting some of the world’s most ground-breaking inventions and high profile brands. You can trust us to know IP law inside out, to be curious, and to connect the dots to reach solutions others don’t.
We will provide you with a team, rich in real-world experience, comprising experts who have worked at the forefront of pioneering technologies. A substantial number of our lawyers hold qualifications in scientific or technical fields, meaning we are often called upon for our specialist knowledge and insight on large international mandates. We are respected for our creative and original solutions.
We offer both litigation and transactional support in relation to all IP rights, from small innovative projects to the largest, most complex and ground-breaking transactions and disputes.
Our approach has always been centred on client service, collaborating and innovating with our clients to create bespoke solutions that make their lives easier. This includes: our 'twobirds Pattern' product, a proprietary, in-house patent valuation and analysis tool, that allows us to landscape, analyse, and value patent portfolios in an automated and sophisticated way; and our innovative and dynamic Brand Protection Reporting Portal, which uses dynamic charts that give clients an up-to-date overview of their risk profile at any given time.
Talk to us to find out how our tools, experience and our genuine passion for IP can help you devise a strategy that will help to maintain your competitive edge, whilst protecting and optimising your IP in the best way possible.
Internationally Bird & Bird has over 400 IP lawyers, attorneys and legal professionals across our 29 offices, many of whom have known each other and worked together for years, meaning we're all on the same page and offer consistency and quality that runs through all levels of seniority. We are therefore ideally placed to devise and coordinate multi-jurisdictional litigation strategies and,in the future, to represent clients before the Unified Patent Court.
Office Locations: Australia, Belgium, China, Czech Republic & Slovakia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates and United States of America
We are a law and patent office specialising in Intellectual Property Law. Our services are highly sought after particularly in this area, especially when industrial property law matters, such as Trade Marks and Patents. We also provide advice and representation in general Commercial Law and Civil Law matters.
Formally we are incorporated as a public commercial company of attorneys and we thus provide legal advice according to the Act no. 85/1996 Coll., on Attorneys, as amended. This means that the clients are assured that they will be provided with best available advice by qualified and registered practitioners, that their matters will be maintained confidential, and that we will not act against their interests.
We have a team of more than 40 experts in industrial property law, including more than 15 attorneys at law and five patent attorneys.
We have been active since 1990 and in that time we have acquired invaluable in-house knowledge that is not available to less specialised firms.
We have been awarded numerous domestic and international industry awards and we are recognised locally and internationally as one of the leading IP firms in the Czech Republic.
Our clients are local and international firms, often leaders in their respective fields, however, we regularly assist small and medium enterprises, start-ups. We act pro bono where this serves to assist the community.
The firm handles all IP matters including patents, utility designs, industrial designs, trademarks. We file numerous Czech and EU trademark applications every year. We represent local and foreign clients in prosecution and contentious matters at the IPO, EUIPO, WIPO as well as at the courts. The practitioners have extensive practise in IP matters. We also conduct patent and trademark searches, handle counterfeiting matters for leading companies in various business sectors, unfair competition matters and represent the clients in court proceedings in IP and unfair competition cases. We are known for excellent advice in contentious matters aas well as in representation before the courts.