Maria is an IP attorney and partner at STARKS. She specialises in the various fields of intellectual property law, such as trademarks, industrial designs, copyright, patents, and licensing, as well as in diverse aspects of art law. She has started her legal career in Latvia in 2004 and since then has been advising clients in complex intellectual property and art-related matters, dealing with filings, drafting various agreements, handling negotiations, and acting as a mediator in disputes. As an MBA qualified consultant Maria has also been advising clients on IP portfolio management, IP strategy, and its alignment with business goals; efficiently navigating legal complexities while focusing on delivering down-to-earth solutions to clients. In brief: - 17+ years of experience in Intellectual property, IP strategy, IP portfolio design, and enforcement (trademarks, designs, copyright, patents, licenses); Latvian Patent and Trademark Attorney, and European Trademark and Design Attorney since 2008; Mediator and IP expert at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO Green); Partner at Starks Law Firm; LL.M (Master in Intellectual Property Law and Management). - 10+ years of experience in Management consulting (general strategy, strategy execution, digital marketing, risk management etc.). MBA from Vlerick Business School. - 5+ years of experience in Art law (art lending, copyright matters, consignment agreements, terms and conditions, logistics agreements, artist legacy matters, import/export, negotiations, dispute resolution, etc.); Mediator at the Court of Arbitration for Art."