IP & IT
Ideas are the lifeblood of any business. This is especially true in the fast-developing and unpredictable world of IT, where the growth of technology and the needs of IT companies often outpace the laws and practices that regulate them.
Our IP & IT lawyers are used to the ever-changing demands of these two intertwined areas. When it comes to securing the accomplishments of today and planning the innovations of tomorrow, Wolf Theiss' IP & IT lawyers distinguish themselves with agility and foresight.
This is particularly true of our work in CEE/SEE. Advising on patents, trademarks, copyright issues, design rights, unfair competition, media law and IP litigation is just a sample of what our lawyers can do in the 13 countries in the region.
That's not all. We're also breaking new ground in multi-jurisdictional cases involving technical innovations such as outsourcing, new media, cloud computing, software, e-commerce, domains, licenses, data protection and data security.
We represent clients in all kinds of intellectual property claims, including antitrust claims, contract disputes, and unfair business practices. Our team also has expertise in handling patent litigation, including related arbitration and alternative dispute resolution proceedings. We help you protect your know-how and your hard-won trade secrets.
At Wolf Theiss, the needs of your business – both virtual and physical – determine how we advise you. With our extensive network in CEE/SEE and beyond, we can anticipate the new technological developments that will affect you. No matter whether your business's sector is pharma and healthcare, classic retail or e-commerce, financial services, telecom or many more, we come up with the creative ideas, to help you protect yours.
Intellectual Property assets are essential to keeping your business stable and innovative. Our team is used to handling ground-breaking cases relating to trademarks and 3D trademarks. Our advice includes trademark portfolio management (including prosecution, clearance and monitoring services), protection and strategy, litigation before courts and patent offices, and anti-counterfeiting and M&A related to trademarks, all throughout the CEE/SEE region.
Wolf Theiss knows patents, inside and out. Our work covers all aspects of patent law with a focus on litigation, but also includes acquisitions, licensing and transfers of patents as well as dispute resolution services, with a particular focus on infringement proceedings, preliminary injunctions and entitlement issues. You can trust us for a sound opinion on patent validity and infringement and advice on employee inventions, pledge agreements on patents and utility models in M&A transactions.
Whether offline or online, your copyright is your copyright. We have experience in devising and advising on copyright protection in relation to literature, art, music, film and TV as well as computer software and online media. If you come across a song or story that reminds you just a bit too much of your own work, we can advise you on copyright infringement proceedings, even in complex cross-border cases.
Keeping your business competitive means ensuring a level playing field. We regularly advise clients on matters including misleading and comparative advertisements, sole position advertisements, misappropriation of trade secrets and confidential information and other unfair business practices. Our clients come from traditional sectors such as retail but also include pharma, software companies and clients from new media.
You want to protect the creative output of your business at all costs. We represent clients in all types of intellectual property claims, including contract disputes and unfair business practices. If necessary, we don't shy from more heated disputes over issues such as ownership rights and personal rights protection in the media. Our team offers the full range of dispute resolution services including arbitration and other alternatives.
If your business is pharma or medical devices, your concern about health goes far beyond the bottom line. We have the experience to guide you through some of the most complex cross-border life sciences transactions, from issues regarding IP to regulatory and compliance requirements. Finance, licensing, M&A, joint ventures and strategic alliances are other hallmarks of this challenging sector. We help you make sense of the tangled web of laws that govern advertising and promotion of medicinal products and medical devices. Law surrounding self-regulation is one of our specialties.
In an age when technology is outpacing the law that regulates it, you can't be blamed for needing advice in cloud computing, e-commerce, new media and other hot areas, especially in the cross-border environment of the Internet. We're here to advise you on corporate IT solutions, outsourcing, software and hardware, licensing agreements, cyber security, online business solutions, gaming, online entertainment, telecommunications and media law, as well as e-health and IT services for the healthcare industry.
Data Protection & Privacy
How does a business reconcile the need to be open to the world with the demand to secure its data and protect employee and customer privacy? How does the law help you deal with data breaches and hackers in an ever-changing legal landscape? With more virtual break-ins come new, stricter regulations; which means keeping tabs on your privacy policies and data security more than ever. Wolf Theiss is here to help you do that while respecting your business needs with an eye toward your continued success.