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Karolína Steinerová

I should probably write that I’ve wanted to be Perry Mason in skirts and fight for the rights of the weak in courtrooms since I was a kid. But it wasn’t like that – I wanted to be a professional gymnast. I’m glad my dream didn’t come true and life led me to the law. Instead of the gym, I’m now competing in front of a judge, and the counterparty’s counsel is my opponent. I enjoy my work in IP litigation (i.e. litigation with an IP and unfair competition element) immensely because of its diversity and indeed because of the competition aspect. If I had become a professional gymnast, I would be long past my zenith – but I can still compete in the courtroom for a few more decades. And I’m grateful for that.
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“Dog eat dog”: Pablo Escobar v. Al CaponeIP
Karolína Steinerová

“Dog eat dog”: Pablo Escobar v. Al Capone

There is no criminal like Pablo Escobar. This is how one could summarise the decision of the European Court of Justice of 17 April 2024, upholding the decision of the Board of Appeal of the European Union Intellectual Property Office to refuse the application for the European trade mark "Pablo Escob
Four stripes, still adidasIP
Karolína Steinerová

Four stripes, still adidas

You know the slightly ironic saying “More stripes, more adidas”? I’m sure you do... And the Czech courts know it too! So well, in fact, that it made it into the reasoning of a judgment. If you want to know the outcome, read the article commenting on the court battle of the stripes.
The Mole Cake WarCompetition
Karolína Steinerová, Lucie Šímová

The Mole Cake War

This is how one could sum up a dispute between two well-known producers of baking powder mixtures – the food industry Goliath, Dr. Oetker (as plaintiff), against the Czech David, Labeta (as defendant). And it was the depiction of the dessert in the form of a molehill on the box of Labeta’s Crumb Cak