Former Wierzbowski Eversheds Sutherland Head of IP and TMT Pawel Lipski has become a partner at Bird & Bird in Warsaw.
According to Bird & Bird, Lipski has 13 years of experience advising on IP matters and issues involving new technologies, as well as on matters relating to the Internet, data protection, consumer, advertising, and contract law. He also represents technology companies in criminal and civil proceedings regarding the infringement of intellectual property rights and advises startups on legal compliance within their business models. According to the firm, he "specializes in contract negotiations, due diligence, complex e-commerce and data protection projects, and the development of IP management strategies. He also advises on online infringements, including high-profile cases of legal violations by users of hosting services.
Lipski is the third high-profile partner to join Bird & Bird in recent months, following fellow Wierzbowski Eversheds Sutherland Tech & Communications expert Tomasz Zalewski, who brought his team to the firm in early January as reported by CEE Legal Matters on January 7, 2019, and Financial Services expert Pawel Bajno, who came over from Norton Rose Fulbright shortly thereafter as reported on January 14, 2019. According to Bird & Bird, "Pawel Lipski's appointment is a part of the firm's growth strategy in Poland: to boost the Warsaw office's position and offering as well as enhancing its diverse knowledge and capabilities."
Slawomir Szepietowski, Managing Partner of Bird & Bird Poland, said: "With the Polish government recently introducing a number of programs designed to stimulate the formation and growth of startups, the demand for IP legal services is on the rise. Patent prosecution and anti-counterfeiting work for IP lawyers is also increasing as a result of Poland's geographic position as a transit hub between Asia and Western Europe. The addition of Pawel will not only strengthen our current team in Warsaw but also across the firm. I look forward to him joining Bird & Bird."
Fabian Niemann, Co-Head of Bird & Bird's Tech & Communications sector group, added: "I am very much looking forward to welcoming Pawel to our team. Pawel's effective, result-orientated and proactive attitude to his client work will boost our current Tech & Comms offering and provide our clients with the support they need around their trademark and technology-related IP issues."
Finally, Lipski commented: "Bird & Bird's global reach, in depth knowledge of intellectual property and pragmatic advice and solutions attracts a plethora of domestic and international clients to the firm's burgeoning IP and technology practice in Warsaw. The firm's international breadth combined with its sector focus will provide me with an ideal platform to service my clients."