Lexters
At Lexters, we offer specialized expertise to safeguard and enforce your company's intellectual property rights, from trademarks, patents, and designs, to franchising know-how, copyright, software, databases, domain names, trade names, and trade secrets.
Our legal team provides comprehensive guidance on drafting and negotiating all types of franchise agreements, including international franchise agreements, as well as other essential legal documents. We have vast experience in handling complex partnership structures, franchise transfers and resales, and negotiation and drafting of assignment, license, development, R&D, and coexistence agreements.
Our legal team has established a strong reputation in dispute resolution, particularly in IP and franchising. We have secured some landmark decisions in the Romanian courts, positioning ourselves as leaders in franchise litigation and arbitration. We specialize in handling franchising disputes, special injunctions in court to protect franchisor know-how / trademarks, resolving design / software copyright / domain name disputes through extra-judicial procedures. Additionally, we manage trademark invalidity, opposition, claims, and unfair competition arbitrations and disputes both at European level (EUIPO), as well as internationally (via WIPO).
We provide comprehensive services in patent filing across all technology areas and developing patent protection strategies, including filing with international offices such as INPI, EUIPO, WIPO, and EPO.
Lexters offers a full suite of services in intellectual property portfolio management, including monitoring competition and addressing challenges that arise in the rapidly evolving business landscape. Areas of recent growth and specialization within the department include:
Lexters has obtained final judgments to annul two franchise agreements concluded with a franchisor in the restaurant business. These litigations were first of their kind after the new franchise law came into force in 2019 – the annulment was sought because the franchisor had insufficient know how to operate the business.
Our team has supported SIMIGERIA PETRU a well-known Romanian bakery network – on the market since 1939 - on various trademark-related disputes, as well as current operations (copyright assignments and licensing, know-how transfer and franchising agreements, monitoring the trademark portfolio etc.).
Lexters has supported patent registrations for several tehnical inventions (both European and US) for business such as SoftTehnica, Sessions and the National Institute for Biology Research.
Our team has succesfully assisted ROBEN, a local toys manufacturer, against an injuction filed by a Hungarian competitor as to stop Roben from using its registered community designs.