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Germany: Intellectual property

Patent litigation
Patent litigation - ranked: tier 4

Harmsen Utescher

Long-established Hamburg-based IP boutique Harmsen Utescher has longstanding experience in the pharmaceutical, chemistry, mechanical engineering, physics and IT fields, and considerable experise in patent prosecution. Rainer Kaase represented Aliud Pharma in injunction proceedings pertaining to the alleged infringement of a supplementary protection certificate regarding an HIV drug. Kaase, Karsten Königer and Sabine Kossak constitute the core team; the latter two represented neuraxpharm in opposition procedings at the EPO concerning a drug to treat dementia.

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Trade marks and unfair competition
Trade marks and unfair competition - ranked: tier 1

Harmsen Utescher

Hamburg-based IP boutique Harmsen Utescher belongs to the most established firms on the market. Portfolio management is a particularly big focus, but the team also has longstanding experience in the defence of trade marks at courts and at the authorities. Karin Sandberg defended Bell in preliminary ruling proceedings at the ECJ around the interpretation of EU regulations regarding geographical indications, specifically the amendment of the specification Schwarzwälder Schinken (Black Forest ham) so that the cutting and packing of the product also takes place in the area of origin. In a highlight relating to EU law, Martin Kefferpütz represented Ferrero in proceedings now at the EJC surrounding the question of the nullity of a community design due to the rights to an earlier trade mark. Till Lampel acted for Roxtec International in a dispute at the Higher Regional Court in Hamburg concerning the protection of trade marks in the sealing solutions sector. Rainer Kaase successfully secured the enforcement of the registered trade mark Immunostad for Stada at the EJC. Automobiles Citroën, Intersnack and Jack Wolfskin are among its other clients.

Leading individuals

Karin Sandberg - Harmsen Utescher

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