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  1. Intellectual property
  2. Leading individuals
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    • Max Mosing - Geistwert
    • David Plasser - Wiltschek Rechtsanwälte
    • Rainer Schultes - Geistwert

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Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte)’s ‘excellent’ team provides ‘outstanding service and advice’ on the full spectrum of IP law, spanning contentious and non-continuous trade mark, design, patent, copyright, know-how protection and unfair competition work. Counsel Michael Woller represented the claimant FWU Life Insurance Lux in unfair competition and data privacy claims against an insurance consultancy business, while Guido Kucsko defended a finance sector player in a patent litigation pertaining to software-based communication systems. Christian Schumacher is another key member of the team. Christian Hauer retired.

IP boutique Schwarz Schönherr Rechtsanwälte OEG is singled out for its ‘substantial experience in trade mark and unfair competition law’ but also handles contentious and non-contentious design, copyright and patent matters. Regularly acting for luxury brands and pharmaceutical industry players, team head Georg Schönherr, Thomas Adocker and ‘excellent litigator’ Markus Grötschl recently assisted Novartis with a number of national trade mark filings and unfair competition matters and Hugo Boss, Christian Dior and Escada frequently retain the team to act in trade mark infringement and anti-counterfeiting proceedings. Grötschl also defended Samsung against allegations of misleading advertising brought by the Austrian Consumer Protection Agency.

Wiltschek Rechtsanwälte covers the whole range of IP work, from patents and unfair competition to trade marks and copyright while clients also benefit from the firm’s knowledge of EU-wide legislation. Lothar Wiltschek and David Plasser are the main contacts.

CMS has a strong IP litigation practice but also handles a wide range of advisory work with a focus on the life sciences, media, chemical, hotel, food and fashion industries. Team head Egon Engin-Deniz represented Panasonic in copyright litigation, and assisted Syngenta with trade mark infringement, product piracy and patent matters. On the non-contentious side, the team has a strong profile for trade mark portfolio management, acting for Trumer among many others.

Highly recommended for contentious and non-contentious copyright and trade mark work, Dorda represented the Austrian Red Cross in trade mark registration proceedings, and assisted Wein & Co with the management of its trade mark portfolio, among other issues. ‘Experienced’ team head Axel Anderlhas a stellar reputation in the market’, while ‘very competent’ junior partner Andreas Seling ‘provides quick responses’ and is ‘a pleasure to work with’.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s IP group is dedicated to multijurisdictional unfair competition, trade mark and copyright matters. Team head Christof Pöchhacker regularly advises Tiger Coatings on trade mark and domain portfolio matters including disputes. He also represented Raytheon BBN Technologies in contentious copyright proceedings against a competitor. In other contentious work, he represented Plasser & Theurer Export von Bahnbaumaschinen in a dispute with a competitor pertaining to unfair competition matters and trade secrets.

Considered a ‘go-to firm for patent litigation’, Gassauer-Fleissnerlives and breathes IP’ and is noted for its strong expertise in the pharmaceutical sector. Other key elements of the practice include trade mark, unfair competition, copyright and design law. ‘Experienced patent litigators’ and main contacts Christian Gassauer-Fleissner and Dominik Göbel are ‘very reliable’ and ‘a pleasure to work with’.

The ‘very professional, dedicated and flexible’ team at Geistwertprovides a pool of knowledge’ and is praised for its ‘personal approach’ as well as its ‘striking court performances’. The ‘attentive and experienced’ Constantin Kletzer and the ‘very analytical’ Alexander Schnider are ‘top unfair competition lawyers’ with a ‘deep understanding’ of the computer and video industries, while Rainer Schultes focuses on the pharmaceutical sector and handles patent work. In copyright, the ‘very good’ Max Mosing represented a photographer in a dispute with supermarket chain SPAR. The ‘sharp-minded and creative’ Juliane Messner has ‘exceptional experience in licensing matters’ and ‘strong cross-border skills’.

Wolf Theiss is ‘very solution-oriented and experienced’ and covers a broad range of IP work with a significant emphasis on litigation. Recommended team head Georg Kresbach acted for MCM Holding in copyright infringement proceedings and defended Biomet Austria against allegations of contributory know-how infringements brought by Heraeus Kulzer. Roland Marko is another key member of the team.

Binder Grösswang’s ‘very service-oriented’ team has trade mark work at its core, handling worldwide trade mark portfolio management and registration mandates alongside infringement proceedings, but also deals with IP transfer and licensing matters. ‘Very knowledgeable analyst’ and team head Ivo Rungg, who ‘gets straight to the point’ and ‘knows the market very well’, assisted video game publisher THQ Nordic with the management of its international trade mark portfolio. Counsel Hellmut Buchroithner is also recommended.

With a focus on trade mark law, Brauneis Klauser Prändl Rechtsanwälte GmbH has a strong roster of luxury goods sector clients but also advises artists on copyright issues and handles IP litigation. Team head Martin Reinisch assisted Bacardi with trade mark applications and acted for Moët Hennessy in trade mark infringement matters.

Eisenberger & Herzog’s ‘professional and responsive’ practice is highly adept at handling trade mark work and exhibits particular expertise at the intersection of IP and competition law. Team head Andreas Zellhofer regularly advises Honda on a range of IP matters including trade mark infringement proceedings.

Graf & Pitkowitz handles a range of contentious and non-continuous IP work with a strong client base in the life sciences sector. Claudia Csáky and Ferdinand Graf regularly advise Ferring Pharmaceuticals on various unfair competition issues, and represented the window supplier Velux Österreich in trade mark infringement proceedings against a competitor. Other clients include QuantaRed Technologies and Kraftwerk Agentur für neue Kommunikation.

Unfair competition, most notably in the pharmaceutical advertising space, and trade mark work are significant areas of expertise of Herbst Kinsky Rechtsanwalte GmbH’s team, which is also adept at handling licensing matters with a focus on the start-up and biotech sectors. Regular instructions include assisting CIRSE with trade mark issues such as applications and coexistence agreements, and advising TourRadar on various IP issues, most recently on copyright infringement matters. Team head Sonja Hebenstreit is recommended.

Taylor Wessing Austria handles a diverse mix of contentious and non-contentious IP work. Martin Prohaska-Marchried, who co-heads the team with Dieter Natlacen, advised Sky Österreich Fernsehen on copyright levy fees, and assisted Zellstoff Pöls with a worldwide trade mark roll-out. Other work included design infringement matters and copyright issues.

ABP Anwälte Burger & Partner Rechtsanwalt GmbHprovides an excellent service level’, has a strong profile for patent work and handles various contentious and non-contentious trade mark matters. ‘MastermindHannes Burger advised manufacturing company Rosenbauer International on patent infringement issues. Other key members of the team include Clemens Ofner and Katarina Casals Ide.

Baker McKenzie • Diwok Hermann Petsche Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG has a sweet spot for trade mark work, routinely advising on trade mark renewals, registrations and portfolio management matters as well as representing clients in trade mark enforcement proceedings. Senior associates Lukas Feiler and Martina Grama co-head the team.

CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati is particularly active in trade mark matters but also covers patent and product design work. Best known for trade mark litigation, team head Mark Krenn advised McDonald’s on IP rights and trade mark infringement issues. Other recent work includes the assistance of Central European Gas Hub (CEGH) with trade mark registrations, and advising the civil engineering service provider mageba on a patent dispute.

Eversheds Sutherland | Stolitzka & Partner RAe OG manages a large number of patents, trade marks, designs and licenses for clients such as Legero Schuhfabrik and Think Schuhwerk, which includes assistance with registration proceedings and contentious matters. Aurelius Freytag is the key contact.

KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH’s ‘fast, solution-oriented and knowledgeable’ team provides wide-ranging IP advice with particular expertise in trade marks, unfair competition and patent litigation. ‘Reliable and diplomatic’ team head Barbara Kuchar assisted Reckitt Benckiser with the administration of its Austrian trade marks, and handled trade mark cancellations for another client.

IP law boutique Pendl Mair Attorneys at Law has trade mark work at its core while also providing design and copyright advice. ‘Not burdening the client with legal jargon’, the team is praised for its ‘business acumen’ alongside its ‘fast response times’ and ‘client-oriented approach’. The ‘very experienced and efficient’ Rudolf Pendl continues to assist voestalpine Edelstahl with domestic and EU-wide trade mark administrations, while ‘living trade mark wikipedia’ Gerald Mair acted for Regionalmedien Austria in trade mark infringement proceedings. The ‘astute and determined’ Martin Walser is another key member of the team and singled out for his ‘profound copyright knowledge’.

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  • AUSTRIAN DATA PROTECTION AUTHORITY ISSUED THE "BLACK LIST"

    Processing operations subject to the requirement of a data protection impact assessment.
    - Dorda
  • Rien ne va plus!

     
    - Dorda
  • DORDA advises on the acquisition of Austrian office properties Denk Drei

    Stefan Artner , Partner and Head of the Real Estate Practice Group, and real estate attorney Klaus Pfeiffer of DORDA advised Austrian Real Estate Development GmbH ( ARE , a subsidiary of Bundesimmobilien-Gesellschaft, the Austrian privatization agency) on the acquisition of the Denk Drei office properties from IC Development . The successful closing of the forward purchase transaction took place on April 30, 2018. The parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price.
    - Dorda
  • Austrian "White List"

    Exceptions from the OBLIGATION TO CARRY OUT A data protection impact assessment
    - Dorda
  • Stop! Wait! Move! – No longer Stamp Duty for Residential Homes

    On 12 October 2017, right in a last minute attempt to win undecided voters for one of the political parties, the leaving members of parliament enacted a new tax law. While fundamental changes to the Austrian Tenancy Law had been vividly discussed between the socialist and the conservative parties in recent years, the new law on the abolition of stamp duty falls completely short of what could have been achieved.
    - Dorda
  • European Court of Human Rights: Employers have limited rights to monitor employee communications at

    A landmark decision was issued yesterday (Judgement Bărbulescu v. Romania), a source of debate in the media , in which the European Court of Human Rights clarified the restrictions on monitoring employees in the workplace.
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    The Hungarian Ministry of the Interior recently submitted a legislative proposal to the Hungarian Government to amend the Act on Hungarian National Security Services (the " Proposal "). The Proposal suggests an amendment pursuant to which investors from non-EU and non-EEA countries who wish to invest in Hungary would have to obtain prior permission from the minister responsible for national security (the " Minister .
  • EU: High-Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance delivers early recommendations

    On 13 July 2017, the High-Level Expert Group (" HLEG ") on Sustainable Finance published its interim report (" Interim Report ") setting out concrete steps to create a financial system that supports sustainable investments. This Legal Insight is part of our dedicated newsletter series on the European Capital Markets Union (" CMU "). Background The growing awareness of environmental challenges and sustainability risks as well as the adoption of the UN 2030 Agenda and the conclusion of the Paris Climate Agreement by the EU in 2015 call for an EU strategy on sustainable finance. Establishing an EU strategy on sustainable finance is a priority action of the CMU. In December 2016, the HLEG was established to advise on the development of such an EU strategy . The recently published HLEG Interim Report was recently presented in a public hearing on sustainable finance on 18 July 2017. At the same time, the HLEG presented an online questionnaire on the Interim Report aimed at obtaining targeted feedback until 20 September 2017, which would be reflected in the final report of the HLEG scheduled for publication by the end of 2017.
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  • First Annual Privacy Shield Review to take place in September 2017

    One of the core principles of the EU-US Privacy Shield (" Privacy Shield ") is its Joint Review mechanism, which obliges the European Commission, the US Department of Commerce and the Federal Trade Commission to jointly review the functioning of the Privacy Shield on an annual basis, together with its national security and law enforcement aspects. The very first Joint Review is scheduled for September 2017. This first review is considered especially important, as it will be the first opportunity for US and EU regulators to closely analyse the operation of the Privacy Shield, address possible concerns about its functioning, and seek to ensure that the Privacy Shield continues to be a valid legal basis for transfers of personal data from the EU to the US.

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  • fwp extends its expertise by appointing a new junior partner from its own ranks

    Vienna, September 2018. Motivated and energetic - this is how the new junior partner of Fellner Wratzfeld & Partner (fwp) presents himself. One of Austria’s leading law firms acclaims Clemens Gabriel’s new status as attorney-at-law registered since 19 September 2018.
  • fwp strengthens areas of competence by appointing a new junior partner from its own ranks.

    Vienna, September 2018. Fellner Wratzfeld & Partner (fwp) adds valuable competence and expertise to the team by promoting Michael Froner to junior partner.
  • Slovakia: Schoenherr advises Albéa on the acquisition of Scandolara Slovakia

    Schoenherr Bratislava has advised the Albéa group ("Albéa") on the acquisition of 100 % of the shares in SCANDOLARA TUB-EST, s.r.o. ("Scandolara"), a Slovak subsidiary of the Italian Scandolara Group, which produces laminate tubes. read more...
  • Schoenherr assists Republic of Austria in offer to HETA-creditors

    On Friday, 2 September 2016, the Austrian Finance Minister has given the green light to finance a public offer by Kärntner Ausgleichszahlungs-Fonds (KAF) to HETA creditors pursuant to § 2a of the Austrian Financial Market Stability Act. The offer will implement the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) concluded in May 2016 between the Austrian Minister of Finance and a significant number of creditors of debt instruments issued by HETA ASSET RESOLUTION AG (HETA) that are subject to a regional law deficiency guarantee. The offer will be published by KAF on Tuesday, 6 September 2016.  read more...
  • Austria: Schoenherr advises banking consortium on issuance of EUR 500 million mortgage covered bond

    Schoenherr advised an international banking consortium comprising Commerzbank Ak-tiengesellschaft (technical lead), Barclays Bank plc, Crédit Agricole CIB and CaixaBank SA as Joint Lead Managers on the successful issuance of a EUR 500 million fixed-rate mortgage covered bond ( Pfandbrief ) by Vienna-based Erste Group Bank AG (closing date: 9 September 2015). The bond was placed with institutional investors and listed on the Second Regulated Market of the Vienna Stock Exchange.  read more...
  • Austria: JUVE confirms Schoenherr's leading role in Austrian legal market and among corporate/M&A pr

    JUVE, the premier German-language legal business publication, ranks Schoenherr as the  leading law firm in Austria  and recognises the firm's Corporate/M&A practice for being at the very  apex of the country's transactional practitioners . In the newly-released 2015 edition of its annual 150-page handbook on corporate law firms in Austria, JUVE identifies Schoenherr as having generated the highest revenues among the country’s 15 largest law firms, thanks not least to Schoenherr's advisory role in a large selection of the headline transactions and restructurings during 2014/15.  read more...
  • Austria: Schoenherr advises Allianz Capital Partners on its first acquisition of wind parks in Austr

    Schoenherr advised Allianz Capital Partners (ACP) on its acquisition of four wind parks in the Austrian state of Lower Austria from ImWind, one of the country’s largest wind farm operators, with a portfolio of 320 MW in operation. read more...
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  • Austria: Schoenherr advises Cimpress on its acquisition of Austria's Druck.at

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  • CEE: Schoenherr named Leading Law Firm in South East Europe by Chambers

    Schoenherr has been recognized as " South East Europe Law Firm of the Year " (2015) by the renowned legal publisher Chambers and Partners . Schoenherr lawyers Monica Cojocaru (partner; Bucharest), Miloš Laković (partner, Moravčević, Vojnović & partneri OAD in cooperation with Schoenherr; Belgrade) and Marko Prušnik (partner; Ljubljana) accepted the award on behalf of the firm at the Chambers Europe Awards event held this past Friday evening at Amsterdam’s Hotel Okura. read more...