Bird & Bird (Prague)

Vojtech Chloupek

Bird & Bird (Prague)
Lawyer (Partner)

Vojetch Chloupek enjoys working with innovative, creative and technology-rich businesses. He has joined Bird & Bird in 2009, he head up the Intellectual Property and Tech & Comms Groups in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Although he has quite a broad focus, he mainly specialises in all aspects of intellectual property and technology law, whether contentious, commercial or regulatory. His expertise covers, for example, litigation over copyright, trade marks, designs and patents, fighting against counterfeit products, negotiating licence agreements as well as a variety of IT contracts, managing cross-border projects and advising on brand portfolios. He has also been assisting clients with numerous matters in the field of data protection, competition law and pharmaceutical, telecoms and broadcasting regulatory. He has been deeply involved with the following business sectors: aviation, consumer electronics, fashion, finance, gambling, media, life sciences and software. Being a technology lawyer, he currently takes immense interest in topics like artificial intelligence, blockchain and big data. Operating among the leading experts in intellectual property law in the Czech Republic, he has been awarded the Managing IP Star, been recognised by Who’s Who Legal and he is listed in the Gold Tier at the World Trademark Review.He is fluent in Czech and English.

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Vojtech Chloupek, Jiři Švejda The Czech Competition Authority imposes a fine for anti-competitive parking conditions for certain hybrid vehicles in paid parking zones in Prague (City of Prague)

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The Czech Office for the Protection of Competition ("Office") published a press release on 16 July 2020 (without publishing the full decision yet) regarding a fine imposed for anti-competitive parking conditions for certain hybrid vehicles in paid parking zones in Prague. According to this (...)

Vojtech Chloupek, Jiři Švejda The Czech Competition Authority imposes fines for illegal cartel agreement in the rail freight transport market (AWT / Interfracht / Argo Logistics / Spedica)

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On 22 June 2020 the Czech Office for the Protection of Competition (Office) published a press release (without publishing the full decision yet) regarding fines imposed for concluding and executing a prohibited cartel agreement regarding train projects Carpathia, Sylvania, and New Carpathia. (...)

Robert Čuperka, Vojtech Chloupek The Slovakian Council of the Antimonopoly Office imposes fines totalling €6,7 million for a cartel agreement between dealers of motor vehicles (Volkswagen)

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On 15 May 2020 the Council of the Antimonopoly Office of the Slovak Republic ("CAOS") changed the first-instance decision of the Antimonopoly Office of the Slovak Republic ("AOS") dated 3 February 2020 and imposed fines totalling of EUR 6,7 million for a cartel agreements between dealers of (...)

Jiři Švejda, Vojtech Chloupek The Czech Constitutional Court repeals the Act on significant market power which protected food suppliers from unfair practices by big retail chains on the basis of discrimination and unconstitutionality

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Back in 2016 and 2017, two different groups of senators proposed that the Constitutional Court repeal the Czech Act No. 395/2009 Coll., on Significant Market Power ("Act"), or at least some parts of it. In general, the Act protects food suppliers from unfair practices by big retail chains. (...)

Barbora Cejkova Vickers, Vojtech Chloupek The Czech Competition Authority approves a merger between two competitors in the financial services market (Moneta Money / Wüstenrot)

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On 6 February 2020, the Office for the Protection of Competition (the “Authority”) cleared the merger between competitors Moneta Money Bank and WÜSTENROT – stavební spořitelna a.s.. ní banka a.s.. The acquired companies mainly operate in the area of providing financial services relating to building (...)

Barbora Cejkova Vickers, Vojtech Chloupek The Czech Competition Authority rejects the appeal brought by an online travel agency company and confirms the fine for entering into prohibited vertical agreements (Booking.com)

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Petr Rafaj, the Chairman of the Office for the Protection of Competition, rejected, by his final decision, the appeal brought by the company Booking.com B.V. ("Booking.com") and confirmed the fine amounting to CZK 8,336,000 imposed on the company for entering into prohibited vertical agreements (...)

Barbora Cejkova Vickers, Vojtech Chloupek The Czech Competition Authority clears a merger of three competitors in the retail and online stores with furniture and home accessories (XLCEE / Kika / Lambda)

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The Office for the Protection of Competition allows a merger of three competitors – XLCEE-Holding Gmbh and companies Kika Nábytek, s.r.o. (Kika CZ) and Lambda Properties Czechia, s.r.o. (Lambda CZ), provided that structural obligations set out in order to maintain the effective competition are (...)

Vojtech Chloupek The Czech Supreme Administrative Court rules on the scope of investigation conducting by the Competition Authority at the premises of a company suspected of bid-rigging (AV Media)

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AV Media ("AV Media"), a company suspected of bid-rigging, challenged the lawfulness of the dawn raid conducted at its premises. In the cited judgment, the scope of investigative powers of the Office for the Protection of Competition ("OPC") was scrutinised. During the dawn raid, the Office (...)

Vojtech Chloupek The Czech Competition Authority fines four competitors operating on the grant consultancy market for bid-rigging in public procurement (RPSC / RENARDS / EUNICE / Erste Grantika Advisory)

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On the 26 April 2019, the Office for the Protection of Competition ("Office") adopted its first-instance decision regarding four competitors operating on the grant consultancy market. In its decision, the Office imposed fines amounting to CZK 1,883,000 (approx. EUR 73,000) on the four (...)

Vojtech Chloupek The Czech Competition Authority launches a public consultation and calls for all interested parties, in particular competitors, lawyers and academics, to provide their views and opinions on the transposition of the ECN+ directive

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At the beginning of this year, the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers issued Directive (EU) 2019/1 to "empower the competition authorities of the Member States to be more effective enforcers and to ensure the proper functioning of the internal market" (the "ECN+ Directive"). The (...)

Vojtech Chloupek The Czech Competition Authority imposes a fine of €322,000 on an undertaking for infringing national competition law by concluding illegal vertical agreements with accommodation establishments (Booking.com)

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On 18 December 2018, the Czech Office for the Protection of Competition ("Czech NCA") announced in a press release imposing a fine of in total CZK 8,336,000 (approx. EUR 322,000) on Booking.com for infringing the Act on the Protection of Competition by concluding illegal vertical agreements (...)

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