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Schoenherr’s broad IP practice covers brand portfolio administration, product launches, copyright and trade mark matters as well as IP infringement proceedings. Christian Schumacher recently acted for Red Bull in pursuing action against an infringer. Other clients include Hewlett-Packard and Deutsche Telekom. Guido Kucsko heads the ‘excellent’ team, which includes newly promoted counsel Michael Woller.

Schwarz Schönherr RechtsanwĂ€lte OEG is dedicated to trade mark and unfair competition work as well as patent infringement and copyright matters. With a strong focus on the pharmaceuticals industry, Georg Schönherr’s practice advised Novartis Group – including Sandoz and Hexal – on trade mark issues and generic drugs. Other clients include Duff beverage and Armani. Markus Grötschl and Thomas Adocker are recommended.

Highly rated boutique Wiltschek RechtsanwĂ€lte has a strong profile for contentious work and often acts for branded and generic pharmaceuticals companies across patents, trade marks, designs, copyright, unfair competition and employee inventions. ‘Top lawyer’ Lothar Wiltschek and David Plasser are the key contacts.

Egon Engin-Deniz leads CMS’ practice, which has a core focus on representing clients in copyright, trade mark and patent litigation. Clients include Panasonic, Marriott and the Austrian brewery Trumer Pils. On the non-contentious side, the team advised Falco Privatstiftung on trade mark and media issues.

Dorda’s ‘very good’ practice is particularly experienced in IT-related IP work. Practice head and ‘go-to lawyer’ Axel Anderl recently advised Styria Media on unfair competition, data protection and media law issues. Martina Grama joined Baker McKenzie ‱ Diwok Hermann Petsche RechtsanwĂ€lte LLP & Co KG.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s team is led by IP litigator Christof Pöchhacker, who frequently acts in trade mark disputes, design right infringement and unfair competition cases. The team also handles non-contentious work, such as trade mark portfolio management and strategy matters, for clients such as Ottakringer GetrĂ€nke and Tiger Coatings.

Gassauer-Fleissner’s practice focuses on contentious patent and trade mark work alongside licensing, trade mark portfolio management and media law matters. ‘Senior strategist’ Christian Gassauer-Fleissner and the ‘smart and committed’ Dominik Göbel frequently advise pharmaceuticals manufacturers and medical product suppliers, as well as telecoms and IT companies.

Geistwert is a ‘high-quality’ IP and IT boutique with strong coverage of contentious and non-contentious trade mark, data privacy and copyright work, advising clients across a diverse mix of industries, including pharmaceuticals, traditional media and new media, as well as software. Max Mosing has a strong grasp of strategy and is praised by clients as having deep experience of IT and data protection. Rainer Schultes is recommended for design patent disputes.

Georg Kresbach heads the ‘professional and commercially minded’ team at Wolf Theiss, which frequently acts in copyright infringement cases, notably including for YouTube and Google Austria. The practice also handles trade mark, know-how and patent infringement matters. Clients include B. Braun Melsungen, OBI and The Financial Times Group.

bkp RechtsanwĂ€lte focuses on trade marks and recently acted for Spirit International (SPI), BeautĂ© Prestige International and the music band Earth Wind & Fire. Martin Reinisch’s team also advised Aids Life on unfair competition matters.

Binder Grösswang is well versed in handling IP transfer and licensing projects and related due diligence, as well as copyright, trade mark and unfair competition matters. ‘Very knowledgeable and focused’ team head Ivo Rungg advised Harley-Davidson and ESIM Chemicals on trade mark protection issues and assisted MiCROTEC with licensing agreements. Die Tirolerin and Zillertal Tourismus are also clients.

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach is experienced in trade mark portfolio administration, where team head Sabine Fehringer assisted a multinational consumer goods company, and patent work, where Fehringer advised Qualcomm on patent and other IP transfers as part of its joint venture with TDK.

Eisenberger & Herzog’s key strength lies in matters at the intersection of IP and competition law. Practice head Andreas Zellhofer advised Microsoft on IP transfer issues pertaining to the sale of its subsidiary Vexcel.

Graf & Pitkowitz’s ‘good’ team frequently handles contentious and non-contentious patent, trade mark and copyright work. Ferdinand Graf and practice head Claudia CsĂĄky represented Velux Österreich in a trade mark dispute with a competitor. Other clients include kraftwerk Agentur fĂŒr neue Kommunikation and Ferring Pharmaceuticals.

Herbst Kinsky Rechtsanwalte GmbH advises on unfair competition matters with a focus on pharmaceuticals advertising, while also handling trade mark, design and copyright work. The ‘precise and solution-oriented’ Sonja Hebenstreit heads the practice, which assisted Novartis with its advertising campaigns and compliance matters.

Höhne, In der Maur & Partner RechtsanwÀlte OG frequently acts for press, publishing, radio and television companies on trade mark and design matters. Thomas Höhne is recommended.

Taylor Wessing Austria’s ‘reliable’ team is regular adviser to Europapier Austria and American Airlines on their trade mark portfolios. The ‘very good’ Martin Prohaska-Marchried heads the team, which includes 2016 arrival Albin Lohninger, previously at the University of Vienna.

ABP AnwĂ€lte Burger & Partner Rechtsanwalt GmbH’s ‘professional and strategic’ team has a strong profile for contentious patent and trade mark work, and represents clients such as Miba Gleitlager Austria. The practice co-heads are Hannes Burger, Clemens Ofner and Sabine Mahringer along with recently promoted partner Katarina Casals Ide.

CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati’s team is led by Mark Krenn, who is an experienced trade mark litigator. Non-contentious work includes patent licensing agreements and trade mark portfolio management. The practice advised Central European Gas Hub on trade mark registration and infringement matters.

Fiebinger Polak Leon & Partner RechtsanwÀlte GmbH handles copyright, patent and product piracy matters, as well as unfair competition issues. Karina Hellbert is the key contact. Christoph Leon left the firm to work independently.

Barbara Kuchar’s team at KWR Karasek Wietrzyk RechtsanwĂ€lte GmbH is experienced in contentious and non-contentious work across trade marks, patents and copyrights. Clients include Reckitt Benckiser.

Pendl Mair Attorneys at Law’s scope of IP work ranges from trade mark and unfair competition matters to patent work. The ‘very focused’ Rudolf Pendl and the ‘analytical and very knowledgeable’ Gerald Mair are the key contacts.

Siemer-Siegl-FĂŒreder & Partner, RechtsanwĂ€lte focuses on trade mark registration, administration and IP protection work. Reinhard Brunar heads the practice.

Stolitzka & Partner RechtsanwĂ€lte OG (a member of Eversheds Sutherland)’s recent workload includes IP transfer agreements, trade mark litigation as well as patent and licensing work. The team assisted Legero Schuhfabrik and Hilfswerk Österreich with trade mark registration and protection matters. Teresa Bogenberger joined Knoetzl.

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