Štěpán Štarha

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Štěpán Štarha specialises in IT and telecommunications law, intellectual and industrial property law, data protection, contractual and international private law. Štěpán primarily focuses on legal aspects of the creation and use of copyrighted works, legal aspects of information system implementation and computer program licensing, topics which he regularly lectures on.

In intellectual and industrial property law, Štěpán specialises in technology transfers, among other things, including transfers in science and research, and in trademark and industrial design protection.

Since 2010, Štěpán has participated in all major transactions involving information technologies. He has advised numerous private companies, including the largest banks, as well as public administration authorities on the implementation of key information systems. In addition, Štěpán has advised the largest software companies on the resolution of complex IT disputes.

Štěpán advises in Slovakia, where he is active as an established EU lawyer, and in the Czech Republic. Apart from being a member of the Czech and Slovak bar associations, he is also a member of the AIJA – International Association of Young Lawyers.

Besides graduating from the Faculty of Law at Masaryk University in Brno, he also graduated from the Faculty of Economics and Administration at the same university. He has obtained international experience at John Marshall Law School, Chicago.

Štěpán joined our law firm in 2009 when he was first present in Prague and Brno. Since 2018, Štěpán has been a partner of the law firm co-responsible for the management of the Bratislava office.

Membership in professional associations

  • Czech Bar Association
  • Slovak Bar Association
  • AIJA – International Association of Young Lawyers
Czech, Slovak, English
  • Masaryk University, Faculty of Law, Brno (2010), Mgr. (Master of Laws)
  • Masaryk University, Faculty of Economics and Management, Brno (2009) Bc. (Bachelor)
  • John Marshall Law School, Chicago, USA (2009), scholarship
  • advising a multinational company performing implementation of information systems on contractual arrangements with Czech governmental authorities
  • advising a global footwear manufacturer on the protection of industrial property rights, and especially on the enforcement of rights to designs and trademarks
  • advising Czech companies on contracts concerning information systems and computer programmes
  • advising an industrial company in international arbitration concerning a production capacity reservation agreement
  • advising a provider of state aid on the support of research, development and innovation
  • advising a multinational company performing implementation of information systems on localisation of agreements for the Czech legal environment
  • advising a prominent global producer in the arms industry on technology transfers
HAVEL & PARTNERS, the largest law firm in Central Europe with 350 lawyers and tax advisors, 500 associates and 6 offices in Czechia and Slovakia, has become the first law firm from the CEE region to open an office in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, on 1 May 2024. The German office will be managed by […]
Authors: Štěpán Štarha, Róbert Gašparovič, Petra Kováčechová Like last year, SMEs can receive financial assistance from the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) in 2024. The grant scheme provides the opportunity to protect your brand, designs or innovations using the EUIPO’s financial support of up to EUR 6,720. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can apply for the […]
HAVEL & PARTNERS is the largest Czech law firm and the fourth largest law firm on the Slovak market. For the third time in a row, it was ranked as the largest law firm in the Intellectual Property and Competition Law categories.  In the TOP 10 largest law firms ranking, which is compiled by the […]
Authors: Štěpán Štarha, Róbert Gašparovič, Martina Rievajová On Friday, 14 April 2023, the Slovak Government approved a proposal for new consumer regulation. This is largely a transposition of several European directives that entail major changes for ordinary consumers and especially for traders across the entire B2C segment. If you are a seller or distributor of […]
Authors: Štěpán Štarha, Milan Černaj The Slovak National Council approved an amendment to the Whistleblower Protection Act almost a year and a half after the deadline for transposition of the Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council (EU). It will take effect from 1 July 2023, and for certain obligations and penalties from […]
HAVEL & PARTNERS, the largest Czech-Slovak law firm, won the main award in the International Law Firm category and also won the Competition and Health Law categories in the 11th annual Law Firm of the Year 2023 competition in Slovakia. In 11 other categories, it ranked among the top-ranked law firms. The official announcement of […]
As part of the New Year's promotions at HAVEL & PARTNERS, the law firm’s top management has been expanded by two new members – Štěpán Štarha, partner co-responsible for the Slovak office and for the team specialising in IP/IT law, became an equity partner as of 1 January 2023. Jiří Kunášek, a leading expert in […]
In the TOP 10 largest law firms ranking, which is compiled by the SME daily and The Slovak Spectator according to combined measurable criteria, HAVEL & PARTNERS is the largest Czech law firm, the third largest regional law firm, and the fifth largest law firm active on the Slovak market. In addition, this year it […]


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