Taylor Wessing Czech Republic is pleased to announce that Karin Pomaizlová, a partner in the law firm, has once again made the World Trademark Review 1000 ranking for providing outstanding legal service in the area of trademark law and named a “TOP TM PROFESSIONAL”. Taylor Wessing Czech Republic, as a law firm, also won another major award in the WTR ranking. This year it climbed to the silver category, a shift since 2018 when awarded a bronze medal. The WTR rankings were announced this February. They result from a thorough qualitative assessment focused on identifying companies and people in the Czech Republic considered to be excellent in the trademark area. When evaluating companies, criteria such as depth of expertise, presentations on the market and the level of work performed, as well as positive feedback from clients, are taken into account.
Erwin Hanslik, managing partner of Taylor Wessing Czech Republic, adds: “What more to add to such an amazing award, which stems from the good results of a colleague and the entire team. I’m extremely glad that our office is built on experts who represent us so excellently. Karin is a great member of our team and defends our clients’ interests in an exemplary manner. It attests to her superior knowledge of all legal aspects of trademarks, including criminal and civil proceedings. And the award also testifies to her expertise and long-standing practice in this field.”
According to the WTR 1000 experts, Karin Pomaizlová represents the law firm in a model manner and is a compelling choice for all companies seeking maximum and multi-stage protection for their brand, regardless of their focus and size. They point out: “Karin is a true leader in the field, her name is synonymous with the practice and one of the most renowned on the market. She is a brilliant lawyer and a seasoned litigator; Karin is a tough adversary but a pleasure to have on the other side. She presents her arguments clearly and is always reasonable and fair when battling it out for her client’s best interests. She fights the good fight on behalf of hard hitters in the technology, pharmaceutical and tobacco spaces.”
Karin Pomaizlová has been a partner at Taylor Wessing Czech Republic since 2015. She is head of the IP / IT group. She specializes in intellectual property protection, the right to protect against unfair competition, advertising regulation, personal data protection and legal aspects of new technologies (Internet of Things, Industry 4.0, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence). She also provides legal advice in the areas of pharmaceutical regulation, technology transfer and the food industry. She joined Taylor Wessing from her own practice and previously worked at the international law firm Linklaters. In 2013, she received the ILO Client Choice Award in the field of intellectual property and protection of trademarks. Between 2017 and 2019, the publisher Economia included her in its prestigious list of top lawyers notable for their maximum commitment to clients and influence (not only) in the domestic market. She has been included several times in the IP STARS trademark category. In 2018, she won a silver medal in the World Trademark Review 1000. She is a member of the international professional associations MARQUES and LIDC. She is a past president of the Czech Licensing Executives Society.
What changes did 2019 bring in IP / IT?
The amended Trademark Act, effective from 1 January 2019, significantly affected the registration of trademarks. Among other things, it abolished the Industrial Property Office’s power to reject ex officio new applications for a trademark that is confusingly similar to an earlier trademark. Following the amendment, it is up to proprietors of earlier trademarks to protect their rights, monitor published trademark applications, and, when appropriate,file an opposition. Therefore among other things, the amended Trademark Act places new demands on trademark owners, who have had to introduce administrative processes to monitor published trademark applications. Furthermore, the amended Trademark Act newly regulates the possibility to register a so-called certification trademark, by which its proprietor certifies the goods or services it so designates meet certain quality standards and predetermined characteristics, verified during the certification process.
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About the TRW 1000 rankings for 2020: https://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/directories/wtr1000/rankings/czech-republic