Name
Ineta Krodere

Senior Partner / IPR

Languages

English, Latvian, Russian

Location

Latvia

Primary practices:

IPR

Secondary practices:

Food & Tobacco, Media & Entertainment, Pharma & Healthcare, Telecom & Technology, GDPR & Data Protection, Litigation & Arbitration

Contacts

+371 29 223 774

ineta.krodere@vilgerts.com

Contacts

+371 29 223 774

ineta.krodere@vilgerts.com

Primary practices:

IPR

Secondary practices:

Food & Tobacco, Media & Entertainment, Pharma & Healthcare, Telecom & Technology, GDPR & Data Protection, Litigation & Arbitration

Profile

Ineta Krodere, Mag.iur. is the preeminent IPR litigator and trademark attorney in Latvia with over 20 years of experience. Ineta advises global industry leaders like Merck Sharp & Dome, Red Bull, Phillip Morris International and globally recognized institutions like Latvian National Opera.

In her first court case, Ineta defended Dzintars, a local heritage cosmetics brand, against Beiersdorf’s „Nivea“ brand protection claims. Her landmark cases also include winning the first Latvian court case against a copyright collective in favour of Radio SWH. Today Ineta regularly advises media and entertainment, pharmaceutical, tobacco, food and beverages companies on trademark defence strategies and copyright rules.

Ineta’s peers have elected her as the Member of the Board and Treasurer of the Latvia Regional group at the AIPPI (International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property). Her responsibilities include organising annual IPR conferences on the latest case law of the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Chambers and Partners Europe 2018: "Ineta Krodere is described by peers as "definitely one of the leading lawyers in Latvia." She is a long-standing presence in the market and has experience in patent litigation, trade mark disputes and other contentious proceedings on behalf of international and domestic clients."

World Trademark Review 2018: "Showcasing the value of over 20 years’ experience in IP litigation and arbitration, Ineta Krodere of Vilgerts Legal & Tax is results-oriented and deeply committed to her clients. She is a leading light on IP issues arising in the food, pharmaceutical and media industries."

Ineta is included in The Best Lawyers in Latvia 2016 in following practice areas – Corporate and M&A law, Intellectual Property law, Litigation.

World Trademark Review 2015: "Ineta Krodere recently joined VILGERTS from Krodere & Judinska. “She has been in the IP business for a long time and is extremely knowledgeable - nobody has better insight into the Latvian market.” This explains her popularity among leading global brands such as Red Bull and Phillip Morris."

Chambers and Partners Europe 2014: "Ineta Krodere of VILGERTS enjoys a tremendous reputation in the market, with interviewees praising her long-standing experience and expertise in the field."

World Trademark Review 2013: “Key player on the market and superb all-round IP litigator who is great to deal with.”

Chambers and Partners Europe 2009: “She is a fantastic litigator who really prioritises our interests.” “A name that immediately comes to mind in the Latvian IP market. With more than a decade of experience in the sector, she continues to attract a loyal client following.”

Career

2017 / Senior Partner, IPR, VILGERTS
2014 / Partner, VILGERTS
2006 – 2014 / Managing Partner, Krodere & Judinska
2000 – 2006 / Founding Partner, Law Offices Ineta Krodere-Imsa
1993 – 2000 / Partner Riga Office, Carroll, Burdick & McDonough

Education

2004 / Stockholm University, studies within the framework of Masters of European Intellectual Property Law program
1985 / University of Latvia, Mag.iur.

Membership

2018 / Member of the Intellectual Property Protection and Management Working Group of the Ministry of Justice of Latvia
2006 / International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI), Member of the Board and Treasurer of the Latvian National Group
2002 / International Trademark Association (INTA)
1994 / The Association of Patent Attorneys of Latvia (LPPA)
1988 / Latvian Bar Association

Experience

VILGERTS represented Piasten GmbH in court case regarding cancellation of the registration of the Latvian national trademark TREETS owned by MARS Incorporated due to non-use of the trademark. The court ruled to cancel TREETS registration in Latvia.

Representing AS Air Baltic Corporation before the court in a civil dispute with SIA Baltic Taxi where the client asks for invalidation of the conflicting trademark registrations and use prohibition. The first instance court and appellate court ruled to satisfy our client’s claim. The case in pending for review at the Supreme Court.

Representing Red Bull GmbH in trademark invalidation proceedings against trademark PITBULL. Initially Board of Appeal upheld the opposition only partially and the client filed for appeal. The court ruled in favour of Red Bull and invalidated the PITBULL trademark registration completely.

VILGERTS represented AS Latvijas balzams in a trademark opposition case where the opponent’s trademark consisted mainly of non-distinctive elements being disclaimed in the registration. The Board of Appeal ruled to reject the opposition filed against the trademark of AS LATVIJAS BALZAMS.

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