Krystyna Szczepanowska-Kozlowska

Krystyna Szczepanowska-Kozlowska


Krystyna is Head of Poland IP and Commercial Litigation. She provides clients with cutting-edge advice on a wide range of intellectual property issues relating to patents, trademarks and copyrights, both contentious and non-contentious.
She advises on a wide range of complex cases, working with both national and international clients on high profile and strategic matters. She represents major international companies in their high profile and exceptionally complex patent and trademark disputes, which requires a significant amount of technical expertise. She advises on cases shaping the fundamentals of patent litigation in Poland and becoming the benchmark for patent cases.
Moreover, Krystyna is one of the most experienced commercial arbitrators in Poland, having participated in over 50 significant arbitration cases in Poland and abroad. As an arbitrator, she acts in proceedings of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), as well as in proceedings before the Court of Arbitration of the Polish Chamber of Commerce in Warsaw. She is a Vice President of the Arbitration Council of the PCC. She is also a member of the Faculty of Law at the University of Warsaw where she heads the Department of Intellectual Property and Intangible Goods Law, and is also a Director of the Institute of Private Law.


Representative matters

A global pharmaceutical and healthcare company on the protection, defence, and enforcement of supplementary protection certificates (SPCs).

A major oil and gas company in providing comprehensive legal advisory services and representing the client in a patent infringement dispute.

A multinational pharmaceutical, chemical and life sciences company in a case involving the defence of a patent against infringement by three pharmaceutical companies which simultaneously offered and marketed products with virtually identical compositions compared to the product protected by the patent.

A French international banking group in a civil dispute against public entities.

Orange Poland before the Court of Justice of the European Union. This unfair competition dispute is before the Supreme Court of Poland for an alleged breach of good market practices.

Published Work

  • 2024, Life Sciences & Pharma IP Litigation Guide (Polish chapter), Chambers and Partners 2024
  • 2023, Poland: Amendments to the Civil Procedure Code Act to have a Serious Impact on Enforceability, World Trademark Review 2023

Leadership Positions And Professional Affiliations

  • Head, Department of Intellectual Property Law and Intangible Assets and the Civil Law Institute, University of Warsaw
  • Vice President, Arbitration Council of the Polish Chamber of Commerce in Warsaw
Top-ranked Krystyna Szczepanowska-Kozłowska garners high praise for her broad IP practice which covers trade mark and patent protection, with a particular focus on contentious patent cases. She is also a well-respected academic
Chambers Europe, 2023
Krystyna Szczepanowska-Kozłowska is recognised for her academic work and activity as an arbitrator. She is particularly prominent in acting on IP rights cases and also assists with competition law disputes.
Chambers Global, 2023


  • Band 1 Intellectual Property Lawyer in Poland, Chambers Europe, 2023, Chambers Global, 2023
  • Ranked Silver: Individuals: enforcement and litigation, WTR 1000 2023
  • Leading individual in IP in Poland, Legal 500, 2023
  • Leading Dispute Resolution lawyer in Poland, Chambers Europe, 2023, Chambers Global, 2023 
  • IAM Global Leader, IAM Global Leader Guide 2022 
  • Patent Star, IP Stars, The guide to the world’s leading IP firms and practitioners, 2022



Warsaw Bar Association of Attorneys-at-Law, 1993 (Attorney-at-law)


Professor, University of Warsaw, 2013

PhD, University of Warsaw, 1996

MA, Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Warsaw, 1989

A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.