Intellectual property in Austria

DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH

The team at DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH is known for its ‘outstanding legal expertise’  covering a wide array of IP matters with a particular focus on the cross-section to IT law and new technology. The team undertakes notable contentious IP work, representing clients in proceedings before the European Court of Justice. Practice Head Axel Anderl is praised for his  ‘vast experience’  and draws on particular expertise in supporting artists. Andreas Seling, M.B.L., with expertise in trademarks und unfair competition, and Bernhard Heinzl with a focus on patents and copyright, are key junior partners as well as Alexandra Ciarnau, who was promoted in February 2021.

Practice head(s):

Axel Anderl

Testimonials

‘Bernhard Heinzl and Andreas Seling are our main lawyers when it comes to IP topics. What makes working with them great is that I can align with them on short notice. Additionally it’s great to receive pragmatic answers which are also comprehensible not only from a legal but also from a commercial perspective.’

‘I can always rely on their timely feedback and constant availability which makes working with both of them even easier.’

‘Outstanding legal expertise, excellent understanding of the practical implications, fast response times.’

‘Dr. Andreas Seling: Excellent lawyer who keeps the whole picture in mind when giving advice.’

‘Best team in Austria (and among the leading in Europe) for innovative, tech-driven IP cases. They have outstanding reputation as it comes to cross-border cases with IT, data protection, telecoms or new tech (AI, blockchain). The team is always available and quick to respond. They have an incredible working spirit. The team is diverse. They have such a unique spirit – it is a huge pleasure working with them.’

‘They are all incredible. I worked a lot with Axel Anderl, Alexandra Ciarnau and Andreas Seling. They all have the same spirit meaning short reaction times, no lengthy memos but clear and precise answers and suggestions how to do what. Axel is particularly strong in negotiations – in and out of court. He is like a bulldog when required. At the same time he is a swift thinker and extremely charismatic. Alexandra is extremely diligent and busy, well connected in the new tech scene. Andreas is very strong in court proceedings and trademark issues.’

‘The team has a very deep knowledge of IP and are the key players in this sector in Austria. You will receive excellent answers on very short notice. They are very passionate about solving your problems. Very innovative: they have established the Digital Industries Group as a one stop shop at the firm.’

‘Axel Anderl is head of the team. His spirit and style are both unique. Of course, he has excellent IP knowledge. But besides, and that makes him outstanding, he does not hide behind lengthy clauses but brings the issue to the point. He is an excellent negotiator, respected by the market. Andreas Seling has very profound and practical knowledge of IP and vast experience. I like his calm handling of the most annoying problems. Alexandra Ciarnau is also excellent.’

Key clients

ÖBB Holding AG

ÖBB Personenverkehr AG

The Blue Minds Company

Willhaben

Styria Media Group

“Die Presse” Verlags-Gesellschaft m.b.H. Co KG

Strato AG

Mad & Wine GesmbH

Mag. Oliver Ortis MSc. e.U. (“Stoak Wear”)

Wein & Co

Actial Farmaceutica Srl

Echosens SA

luna GmbH

Verbund

Woom GmbH

Badoo Trading Limited

Bumble Holding Limited

 

Work highlights

  • Representing the German cloud service provider Strato AG in a test case initiated by the Austrian collecting society Austro Mechana regarding copyright levies for cloud storage capacities.
  • Representing Canal+ (former M7 Group SA) in a case before the European Court of Justice regarding the payment of copyright levies for satellite broadcasts (C-290-21).
  • Representing woom, market leader in the field of manufacturing trendy children’s bicycles, on several IP issues including management of the entire worldwide trade mark portfolio consisting of dozens of trademarks scattered around the world as well as enforcement against copycats.

Gassauer-Fleissner

Gassauer-Fleissner attracts particular praise for its patent litigation work and acts for a client list that includes multinational corporations and pharmaceutical giants as well as deeply rooted Austrian institutions, companies and associations. The team’s contentious practice also includes trademark litigation, as well as copyright and design litigation. In addition it covers non-contentious work, advising on copyright matters and questions surrounding complex IT-contracts. Christian Gassauer-Fleissner is ‘hugely knowledgeable and experienced’ while Dominik Göbel  focuses on acting for clients in the pharmaceutical and life sciences sector. Manuel Wegrostek is active in the trademark prosecution practice and for matters relating to the US.

Other key lawyers:

Paul Reiter

Testimonials

‘Probably the best patent litigation practice in Austria. Very knowledgeable and experienced.’

‘Christian Gassauer-Fleissner – stands out as the kingpin of patent litigation. Hugely knowledgeable and experienced. Dominik Goebel is an up-and-coming heir to the throne. Clever and a good strategic mind.’

‘The team of Gassauer Fleissner has a high-quality IP practice with specific strengths in patent and trademark litigation.’

‘Dominik Göbel is a creative and strong litigator with an outstanding feeling for tactics and client’s needs.’

‘It is dynamic team with a good mix of highly capable people of different seniority. I work together primarily with Christian Gassauer and Dominik Göbel.’

‘Christian Gassauer’s experience and strategic knowledge is second to none. Dominik Göbel has followed in his footsteps and is a top notch patent litigator.’

‘A well integrated group of intelligent, business savvy and commercial lawyers. Great litigation track record as well as transaction expertise.’

‘Gassauer-Fleissner Rechtsanwälte GmbH is the best patent litigation team in Austria.’

Key clients

TTTech Group

Musikverein (“Society of the Friends of Music in Vienna”)

Austrian Mint (“Münze Österreich”)

Playbrush GmbH

Vienna Marketing & Energy Contracting

Consorzio del Prosciutto di San Daniele

Debonair Trading Internacional Lda

Palfinger AG

Delica AG

Licon mt GmbH & Co. KG

Philips

GEISTWERT

The boutique law firm GEISTWERT has a strong team of ‘very skilled and experienced, very focused’ experts - the firm’s founding partners Juliane Messner, Max Mosing, Alexander Schnider, Rainer Schultes and Constantin Kletzer – who work together on IP matters. The practice is diverse, ranging from representing clients in trademark infringement and copyright infringement proceedings to trademark and design portfolio management, or IP due diligence for investments. The legal tech tools developed by the firm play a key supporting role. The team acts for clients from a wide range of sectors that include household name brands and companies, not only within Austria and Europe but also internationally.

Testimonials

‘Constantin Kletzer has an excellent knowledge of IP, he is practical and creative but at the same time very attentive to detail and accuracy in work.’

‘The GEISTWERT team is really a pleasure working with! Top client service, excellent work and also great personalities! It is fun working with such friends!’

‘An extremely engaged team of former “large firm” lawyers who give you first class service at competitive rates and with experienced partners as the primary contacts.’

‘Constantin Kletzer stands out as an extremely creative and sophisticated advisor with a great litigation track record.’

‘Rainer Schultes, is a highly professional lawyer. We appreciate his strong analytical skills, profound knowledge and readiness to work within the client’s deadlines.’

‘Extraordinary IP team not just compared to peers in Austria but also compared to the rest of Europe’.

‘Max Mosing: excellent knowledge in trademark law and in all procedural issues, practical hands-on approach. Rainer Schultes: fast and responsive, excellent trademark and domain law knowledge.’

‘Juliane is an excellent lawyer and even a lecturer at the university. You can feel in every project that she loves her work and puts herself into every project to find the best solution for the client. Juliane also shines in contract negotiations and always keeps the overview. It is of enormous importance that on points at issue she does not simply say “no, that won’t work”, but is always on the lookout for a creative solution which will be feasible for both sides. She can work extremely well in a team and is therefore the ideal partner to handle large international projects and/or transactions.’

Key clients

Red Bull

Red Bull Media House

NOVOMATIC

Netflix

Warner Music Group

HUGO BOSS

Christian Louboutin

Ottakringer / Vöslauer

REWE Group

Milan Chamber of Arbitration

The Vienna Tourist Board

ABOUT YOU / OTTO Group

GRUNER + JAHR Publishing Group

SCOTT Sports

(Austrian) National Contact Point for Intellectual Property

The Austrian Post

Radio Austria Group

Work highlights

  • Representing an Austrian biotech company that is a leading innovative vaccine manufacturer and has a candidate for an inactivated SARS-Cov2 virus vaccine, which is advancing into Phase 3 trails currently, in all issues pertaining to employee inventions.
  • Advised an insurance company on its investment into an Austrian-based company researching a Covid-19 vaccine including an IP due diligence.
  • Represented Red Bull in trademark infringement proceedings against a car parts manufacturer.

Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte)

The team at Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte) provides a wide array of non-contentious advice and helps clients protect and enforce their trademarks, patents, copyrights and designs up to the Austrian Supreme Court and at a European level. It also maintains a large IP rights administration practice. The process of generational changeover, which has been ongoing for several years, has now come to a close. Eminent IP expert Guido Kucsko, long at the helm of the practice, retired in February 2022, passing the baton to Christian Schumacher and Michael Woller. Key lawyer Dominik Hofmarcher joined the partner ranks in February 2022.

Other key lawyers:

Dominik Hofmarcher

Testimonials

‘The team is highly professional. There is always a contact person even if the leading attorney is not available.’

‘Dr. Christian Schumacher is the attorney in trademark and unfair competition matters. He always has perfect ideas to move into a new field of arguments for a specific case, and he obtains the corresponding decisions from the High Court in Austria. Dr. Schumacher can always be reached on the phone for discussing difficult matters.’

Key clients

Alpine Brands

Dominic Thiem and his team

Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc

Jones Apparel (US) LLC

Nautica Apparel, Inc.

Action Retail

Albertina

Arineo

Biomay

BKS Bank

Brau Union

Chanel

Danone

Deutsche Telekom

Dm Drogerie Markt

Edgar Rice Burroughs

Erste Bank

Gallup International Association

Institute of Science and Technology

Lallemand Group

Louis Vuitton

Microsoft

Octapharma

OMV

Power Horse Energy Drinks

S.Spitz

Samsung

Schrack Seconet

STAMAG

Uber

UNIQA Insurance Group

Work highlights

  • Defending Uber in unfair competition proceedings against the taxi industry.
  • Representin Serbian TV producer Grand Production in proceedings initiated against streaming service providers for copyright infringement; the Austrian Supreme Court referred questions to the European Court of Justice.
  • Representing an Austrian hygiene products producer in cross-border (pan-EU injunction) proceedings, seeking an injunction regarding the sale of no-name products for insertion in dispensers manufactured and sold by the client.

Schwarz Schönherr Rechtsanwälte OEG

Boutique law firm Schwarz Schönherr Rechtsanwälte OEG provides support of 'exceptional quality’ on contentious and non-contentious matters of design, unfair competition, patent and copyright law. It acts for various luxury and designer brands, as well as well-known international companies in the pharmaceutical, consumer goods and technology sectors. This includes large-scale patent litigation cases as well as trademark and unfair competition cases before the Austrian Supreme Court. Experienced practitioner Georg Schönherr is at the helm with Thomas Adocker focusing on the patent practice and Markus Grötschl contributing his trademark and design expertise. Michaela Petsche left the firm in January 2021.

Practice head(s):

Georg Schönherr

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Adocker; Markus Grötschl

Testimonials

‘The team at Schwarz Schönherr is of exceptional quality. In particular Georg Schönherr, Markus Grötschl and Thomas Adocker are experts in patent, trademark and design law which we regularly work with and recommend further.’

‘A dedicated team of lawyers with a conservative approach. They respond quickly and have a good overview about the legal situation in their jurisdiction’

‘Markus Grötschl is always available and thinks of ways to support the client. He is very clear in his advice.’

Key clients

Novartis/Sandoz/Hexal

A-Trust

Louis Vuitton

Puma

Giorgio Armani

Gucci

Samsung Electronics

Starbucks Coffee

Tommy Hilfiger

Accord Healthcare

A1

AIGLE

Almdudler

Ascott Hotels

Astro Lighting

Bullsone

Cassina

Christian Dior

DAF TRUCKS

FALKE

Fashion One/Fashion TV International

Formula One

GANT

George Gina & Lucy

Jack Wolfskin

J.A.N. Promotion

Lacoste

Longchamp

MAN Truck & Bus

Metro

MIP Metro Group

Mischief Films

Moncler

Moose Knuckles

Norma

Rebloc

Salinen Austria

Schweppes International

Sony

TPA Steuerberatung

Vienna Philharmonic

Wittmann Möbelwerkstätten

Binder Grösswang

Binder Grösswang’s team is involved in worldwide trademark and design portfolio management, the registration of IPRs as well as infringement proceedings. Moreover, the practice covers a range of IP issues from various contentious work to IP transfer and licensing projects. The team’s strengths in internet-related matters and its ‘outstanding international network’ are also of note. Ivo Rungg, a ‘focused attorney and a tough negotiator’, leads the practice, supported by counsels Hellmut Buchroithner  and Michael Horak.

Practice head(s):

Ivo Rungg

Testimonials

‘We have been working with Ivo Rungg for a couple of years now. He is our main legal contact at Binder Grösswang which is a highly reputable law firm in Austria and we are also working with his team of around ten lawyers and paralegals.’

‘I am happy to recommend Ivo Rungg at BINDER GRÖSSWANG Rechtsanwälte GmbH.’

‘Let me characterize Ivo in short: He is a very bright and focused attorney and a tough negotiator, very analytical with an excellent sense for the IP needs of our company. He works very efficient and also strategically thinking. Furthermore, I appreciate Ivo as a highly competent and dedicated legal professional.’

‘Hellmut Buchroithner: very practical and professional approach, accessible.’

Key clients

Hypo Vorarlberg Bank AG

Lenzing AG

Renault Österreich GmbH

Tiroler Glashütte GmbH

Embracer Group AB

LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Academy Foundation

BAWAG P.S.K. Bank für Arbeit und Wirtschaft und Österreichische Postsparkasse AG

“FREY WILLE” GmbH & Co. KG.

Springer Kommunaltechnik GmbH

KIA AUSTRIA Gesellschaft m.b.H.

Zillertal Tourismus GmbH

Capgemini Consulting Österreich AG Millennium Tower, 22. Stock

Soundreef SPA.

Trodat

Kitzbühel Tourismus

Work highlights

  • Advised Lausanne 2020 (organiser of the 2020 Youth Olympic Games) on labelling matters as well as other aspects to be considered for a timely start of the distribution of the mascots prior to the commencement of the Games.
  • Advised SAT Sportnahrung GmbH on succession rights after an insolvent former market leader for nutritional supplements for athletes with respect to various IP rights and know-how.
  • Advised Travel Partner Group, one of Austria’s biggest incoming travel agency, in its efforts to acquire licenses in a new IT and software system.

CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte GmbH

The practice at CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte GmbH offers all-inclusive IP advice and represents clients in contentious IP matters, some of which have been landmark cases. This includes unfair competition claims, trademark infringement and enforcement litigation, as well as various patent law matters such as licensing or patent ownership disputes. Egon Engin-Deniz, who draws on a broad range of expertise heads the intellectual property and media law department in Vienna. Gabriela Staber acts primarily for clients in regulated sectors such as life sciences. She is dual qualified in Austria and in the states of New York and Massachusetts.

Practice head(s):

Egon Engin-Deniz

Other key lawyers:

Gabriela Staber; Hans Lederer

Testimonials

‘Very experienced lawyers in the field of Intellectual Property law with a very good knowledge of the market. Very reliable in keeping to timelines and excellent availability even for very short notice requests.’

‘I would especially like to mention Dr. Staber and Mr. Lederer. Both are experts in their field and deliver excellent advice and results.’

Key clients

Falco Privatstiftung

Birkenstock

Coty

F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG

Österreich Werbung

backaldrin International The Kornspitz Company GmbH

Johnson & Johnson

Unser Ö-Bonus Club GmbH

Syngenta

Johnson & Johnson (Janssen Cilag)

Sky

Work highlights

  • Acting for Birkenstock in trademark application proceedings before the Austrian Patent Office in relation to a position mark.
  • Representing Syngenta in new trademark litigation against numerous parallel importers of plant protection products.
  • Advising Österreich Werbung on various matters, especially concerning the licensing of images, and further function as one of the main sparring partners in the development of new digital business models and moving the client’s activities into digital space.

Wolf Theiss

Household names from the digital sector seek out Wolf Theiss for its ‘practical and client specific legal advice’ and its support in domestic and European courts in complex and prominent matters. The practice covers all aspects of IP law, from patents and unfair competition to trademarks and copyrights with particular strengths in contentious work. Georg Kresbach has a wide range of experience including in pharmaceutical and life sciences-related patent matters. Senior associate Maren Jergolla-Wagner is ‘very to the point and solution driven’.

Practice head(s):

Georg Kresbach

Other key lawyers:

Maren Jergolla-Wagner

Testimonials

‘I see the strength of the team in its practical and client specific legal advice. Having a longstanding relationship with the firm has allowed to the team to understand what is important to our company and the firm’s advice is accordingly tailored.’

‘Maren Jergolla of the firm’s Austrian practice has been our day-to-day contact for over 14 years. Maren is not only exceptionally sharp, in-depth when needed but also very to the point and solution driven.’

‘They show genuine interest in our matters and add their personal comments and reflections, which I appreciate. They always have a quick turn-around on questions and new events and show that they care about us.’

‘I value that that both Mr. Kresbach and his team, show genuine interest and actively listen to what we would like to achieve. We always have an open discussion about pros and cons of alternatives, and this transparency is very much appreciated.’

Key clients

Apple

Constantin Film-Holding

Facebook

Instagram

Mastercard

OBI

You Tube

Walt Disney

WhatsApp

Eliette von Karajan / Karajan Institute

Effer S.p.A / Hiab AB

Edwards Life Scinece

Work highlights

  • Representing Facebook in landmark civil proceedings before CJEU and the Austrian Supreme court regarding the alleged infringement of copyrights and personality rights of the former leader of the Austrian Green Party and advising the company on multiple regulatory and compliance matters.
  • Advising YouTube on its liability for the infringement of copyright protected work caused by users uploading and monetising videos on its platform, which has been referred by the Austrian Supreme Court to the CJEU.
  • Advising OBI – the biggest DIY retailer in Austria – on a trademark protection application before the Austrian Patent Office for the colour ‘orange’.

Baker McKenzie Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG

With a client list that includes some of the biggest players in the IT, telecoms and social media industries, the IP practice at Baker McKenzie Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG is known for its international outlook. Practice head Lukas Feiler has an in-depth IT background allowing him to advise clients on matters of copyright, trademark, design, unfair competition, patent and utility model, internet domain and anti-counterfeiting. Further strengthening the practice is complex IP litigation expert and senior associate Michaela Petsche, who joined in February 2021 from Schwarz Schönherr Rechtsanwälte OEG.

Practice head(s):

Lukas Feiler

Other key lawyers:

Martina Grama; Michaela Petsche

Testimonials

‘The team is best known for its outstanding expertise in IT/data protection/technology area.’

‘Lukas Feiler: impressive quick thinking and understanding of underlying economic aspects.’

‘In addition to a deep legal understanding, the team also showed a deep commercial understanding of the needs of companies. The service we received was outstanding. Additionally, Baker’s great international network of locations around the globe was very helpful in dealing with cross border matters. Highly recommended.’

‘Lukas Feiler as the partner kept a great overview. Day to day matters were managed by Ms Gabriela Hitzler who showed great professionalism and delivered outstanding work.’

‘Excellent team, hard working and very responsive, at the same time very diligent and thorough. Overall very trustworthy for high-profile litigation matters.’

‘I have worked with the IP/IT Team, specifically with Lukas Feiler and Michaela Petsche. Even before working with Lukas, he was known to me as an expert in IT and data protection law. Working with him has proven that he deserves the reputation. He is super-knowledgeable in all things relating to IT and online platforms and a fantastic litigator, always thinking one step ahead.’

‘I’ve known Michaela Petsche for quite a while now, and have always perceived her as a true expert in questions of intellectual property law, in particular trademarks.’

‘Very professional and competent working style, proactive, customer-oriented, reliable. Compared to other law firms, Baker McKenzie stands out for its quick response, reliable advice and proactive engagement around the brand portfolio.’

Key clients

F.LIST GmbH

Maxenergy

Brauneis Klauser Prändl Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Praised for its ‘excellent knowledge of IP-related matters with a pragmatic and global approach’, Brauneis Klauser Prändl Rechtsanwälte GmbH acts for a range of clients including international brands in the spirits, perfume and fashion industries. The team covers contentious and non-contentious work, supporting clients in trademark prosecution and litigation, trademark management, copyright issues and product piracy proceedings. Martin Reinisch is ‘very hands-on and available‘ and is known for his IP litigation practice.

Practice head(s):

Martin Reinisch

Testimonials

‘Brauneis has an excellent IP team led by Martin Reinisch. They have leading edge knowledge, partiularly in the field of trade marks, copyright and designs.’

‘I mainly work with Martin Reinisch. He has leading edge knowledge, knows the files he works on well and is inventive in his approach. He has a good eye for business interests.’

‘The BKP team is friendly, straight to the point and very professional in each and every communication. When receiving instructions, it is always very clear what the client needs, and at the same time, when sending instructions to BKP I always know that the client is in safe hands.’

‘I have worked with Martin Reinisch: friendly, straight to the point and very professional in each and every communication.’

‘Martin Reinisch – diligent, innovative thinker’

‘Communication with this law office is fast and reliable, and they provide the best service.’

‘Martin Reinisch is very communicative, making new suggestions and proposing new procedures to resolve contentious issues.’

‘Top notch advice on all soft IP matters.’

Key clients

Spirits International Group (SPI)

Shiseido (Beauté Prestige Intenational SA)

LIFE+ (formerly Aids Life)

Quality Austria

Bacardi & Co Ltd.

KSR Solution GmbH

Moët Hennessy Österreich GmbH

Choon’s Design LLC

CANNA International B.V.

Spruson & Ferguson (Hong Kong) Limited

Lalique Parfum SA

Ponti & Partners, SLP

Mani Bläuel GmbH

GRAF ISOLA

Claudia Csáky, who heads up the IP practice at GRAF ISOLA, is ‘an experienced lawyer with a solid knowledge of trademark law’, she also covers patent disputes, copyright matters and unfair competition issues. A focus of the practice is litigation work, for example the team represents life sciences clients in patent disputes. It also provides advisory support in connection with acquisitions, assessing trademark strategies or assisting advertising agencies with copyright compliance issues.

Practice head(s):

Claudia Csáky

Testimonials

‘Claudia is a reliable and competent partner in the Austrian IP sector. I always enjoy working with her. She is competent, fast and efficient. Her practice covers the entire field of intellectual property law with a focus on trademark, copyright and competition law as well as information technology. Claudia also has specific expertise and litigation experience in patent disputes.’

‘The team at GRAF ISOLA is particularly strong in trademark litigation matters. I admire their ability to focus on the clients’ needs and to get quickly familiar with the facts of the matter.’

‘Claudia Csaky is an experienced lawyer with a solid knowledge of trademark law. She always understands clients’ needs and is a pleasant person to work with.’

Key clients

Werkhuizen

Hubert Burda Media (Netdoktor.de GmbH) Netdoktor.de GmbH

KTM Fahrrad GmbH

LUKOIL International GmbH

therapie-info PSISYS GmbH

Torresbarylli Werbeagentur GmbH

Brokkoli Advertising Network GmbH & Co KG

kraftWerk Agentur für neue Kommunikation GmbH

AM Baugeräte und Handels GmbH

Ferring Pharmaceutical

VELUX

Work highlights

  • Advised Burda on the acquisition of netdoktor.at and netdoktor.ch.
  • Advised LUKOIL in respect to copyright matters for its new advertisement strategy.
  • Represented KTM Fahrrad in three landmark court cases against KTM motorcycle group.

KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Barbara Kuchar, an experienced IP lawyer who ‘is very knowledgeable with a great business sense’, leads the practice at KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH. The team covers contentious work including the protection of trade secrets, strategic prosecution work in relation to managing large trademark portfolios, as well as non-contentious IP work in cooperation with the firm’s corporate practice. Junior partner Alexander Höller contributes expertise in the IT sector.

Practice head(s):

Barbara Kuchar

Other key lawyers:

Alexander Höller

Testimonials

‘The team is led by Barbara Kuchar, who is very knowledgeable with a great business sense and very reliable and responsive.’

‘Barbara Kuchar is very knowledgeable, she has a great business sense, is very reliable and responsive. It is a pleasure to work with her.’

‘KWR has a very business-driven and practical approach. Asking them for advice actually gives you advice, instead of just giving the many options available, without a clear and business-driven recommendation.’

‘Barbara Kuchar is responsive, provides business-driven advice and is a pleasure to work with.’

‘The KWR IP team is always a great choice – irrespective if we talk about prosecution or enforcement matters!’

‘Barbara Kuchar is a known individual in the market! She is very diligent, smart and responsive. I like involving her for all sorts of IP matters for our big clients!’

Key clients

Intersport Austria

Reckitt Benckiser

Apple

De’ Longhi Kenwood

Herbert von Karajan Centrum Music Productions GesmbH

Edizon Innovation GmbH

Laudamotion, Ryan Air

Ivellio-Vellin IT services GmbH

Lena Hoschek

cargo-partner GmbH

Wiltschek Plasser Rechtsanwälte

Boutique law firm Wiltschek Plasser Rechtsanwälte offers a broad base of IP expertise from co-representing pharmaceutical companies in complex patent disputes to trademark registration, administration and contentious work. The team also handles copyright cases for clients from the advertising, software and creative industries. Lothar Wiltschek, an eminent name in the IP area, focuses on patents, unfair competition, employee inventions and trademarks. David Plasser focuses on protection of designs, copyright, personality rights, patents and trademarks.

Practice head(s):

David Plasser

Other key lawyers:

Lothar Wiltschek

Cerha Hempel

In addition to its strong base in the food and beverages and tobacco industry, the IP practice at Cerha Hempel has gained life sciences and media clients. It 'provides excellent legal advice', represents clients in contentious cases and offers IP support in transactions. Mark Krenn, who has experience in distribution and licensing agreements, heads the team.

Practice head(s):

Mark Krenn

Other key lawyers:

Irmgard Nemec

Testimonials

‘CERHA HEMPEL’S IP practice provides excellent legal advice in any field of IP and unfair competition law.’

‘The team provides precise legal advice also on non-contentious IP matters such as copyright, trademark and patent licensing agreements. While the practice might not be the largest in the market, its members deliver high-quality products with a remarkable responsiveness. Apart from their legal work the team’s ability to understand the clients‘ businesses to offer pragmatic solutions is noteworthy.’

‘Kind and welcoming. Flexible, easy to talk to, easy to work with and committed. Different teams (IP, employment, corporate) worked very well together and coordinated very effectively.’

‘We had the pleasure to work with Irmgard Nemec who handled all our IP challenges. Working with her was a seamless experience. She was always flexible, kind and well-prepared. Her legal advice and communication was clear and concise and the execution efficient and reliable.’

Key clients

McDonald’s Corporation

Michael Pachleitner Group

San Pacific Investments Pte Ltd

SPAR Österreichische Warenhandels-AG

LEAD HORIZON GmbH

web eXXpress Medien Holding GmbH

gbtec Holding GmbH

Andrea KOLLAR (https://www.andreakollar.at/)

Work highlights

  • Responsible for the prosecution, administration and enforcement of trademarks of McDonald’s Corporation in Austria since 2018.
  • Advised Lead Horizon GmbH, the producer and inventor of the PCR-gargle test to detect Sars-Cov-2 infections within 24hours, comprehensively regarding its patents, IP-rights strategy, licensing model, international distribution system, contracts with laboratories etc.
  • Advised San Pacific and Erich Erber on IP issues regarding Erber’s remarkable IP portfolio, in the sale of a direct and indirect shareholding in Erber Aktiengesellschaft to Royal DSM.

E+H Rechtsanwälte GmbH

The practice at E+H Rechtsanwälte GmbH has expertise at the intersection of IP with M&A and antitrust law while also handling standalone IP advisory and litigation work. Among its clients are international household names in the IT and automotive sectors. ‘Superior strategist’ Andreas Zellhofer heads the practice and Helmut Liebel stands out with his background in computer science.

Practice head(s):

Andreas Zellhofer

 

Other key lawyers:

Helmut Liebel

Testimonials

‘Andreas Zellhofer is one of the top lawyers in this field.’

‘Working with Andreas Zellhofer and Helmut Liebel is always a pleasure. They work extremely quickly and thoroughly. They manage to solve complex problems for their clients even under extreme time pressure. In addition to IP law, they also have an extremely broad knowledge of unfair competition law and antitrust law.’

‘Short decision pathways, therefore very efficient but nevertheless successful.’

‘The EH Team is extremely strong and very powerful. They find a solution for every challenge, no matter how complex. The advice is excellent and we feel extremely well looked after. Furthermore, the EH Team is a highly efficient, impressively diligent, and dynamic corporate law firm. They set their own bar for client relations and legal advice.’

‘Our main contact is Andreas Zellhofer. He has been looking after us for more than two years now and, together with his team, takes care of all legal issues, especially in the areas of competition law, contract and distribution law, intellectual property, but also IT and data protection law. We are in de facto daily exchange with him. He not only has excellent expertise, but is also a superior strategist and negotiator. His track record is truly impressive – whether it’s implementing Group-wide projects, tough contract negotiations or difficult court cases. I am impressed by his experience and assertiveness, which has often given us the decisive advantage. We feel very well advised and represented by his entire team.’

‘Helmut Liebel is a very experienced and knowledgeable lawyer who frequently assists us in trademark matters and IT and data protection issues.’

Andreas Zellhofer, very reliable.’

Key clients

Microsoft

Lufthansa /Austrian Airlines

SAP

Canva

Toyota

Honda

Nikon

Immofinanz

BUWOG

Allianz Capital Partners

Bregal

Bergfex

Work highlights

  • Acting as preferred local counsel for the Microsoft Group.
  • Advised client SAP on the acquisition of Emarsys, a leading cloud-based provider of omnichannel customer-loyalty platforms, located in Vienna.
  • Advised Canva on the acquisition of the Austrian start-up Kaleido, which has developed an AI-based software that enables the removal of background from an image or video.

Herbst Kinsky Rechtsanwalte GmbH

Herbst Kinsky Rechtsanwalte GmbH places a focus on clients in the pharmaceutical, biotech and IT industries and has excellent connections to the start-up scene. It has expertise in unfair competition, copyright and trademark law, as well as licensing matters. Life sciences clients benefit from the firm´s membership of BIOLAW Europe, a network of law firms focused on the biotech, pharmaceutical and medical device industries. ‘Excellent professional’ Sonja Hebenstreit heads up the practice, which also cooperates closely with the firm’s corporate and M&A team.

Practice head(s):

Sonja Hebenstreit

Testimonials

‘Sonja Hebenstreit is a true expert and she and her team delivers best quality at a good price. She is goal orientated, pragmatic yet with an eye for the detail and very pleasant to work with.’

Sonja has a vast experience in her field and I haven’t come across one topic where she could not provide really good advice.’

‘The firm handles all trademark matters of my clients in Austria. They are quick, very efficient and offer very good value for the price.’

‘Sonja Hebenstreit is my main contact and always available to help.’

‘Responsiveness and high quality advice always rendered on short notice. They understand the issues on basis of very short descriptions and communicate efficiently. The team is also very involved in working with the BioLawEurope network comprising 14 lifescience boutiques across the EEA, CH and UK. In general the international, but European culture based, profile is appreciated.’

‘My contact is Ms. Sonja Hebenstreit, who is an excellent professional. We have never considered replacing her and her office during the term in which we have co-operated.’

Key clients

SpeedInvest

Refurbed

Lifecare Essentials

Delta 4 GmbH

XRoad Media GmbH

Tower 10 Media

GoStudent

Ollie Energy

Quantro Therapeutics

MountOnyx

Work highlights

  • Regularly advising Gilead Sciences GmbH regarding marketing activities under Austrian medicinal products law, in particular regarding advertising restrictions (including in court and out-of-court proceedings), unfair competition matters and copyright/licensing matters.
  • Recently advised long-standing client Refurbed GmbH, an Austrian start-up on its way to becoming a Unicorn, on its EUR45.5 million Series B financing round.
  • Regularly advising P4 Therapeutics, the developer of an innovative platinum-based anticancer therapy, on licensing matters (including in dispute solution proceedings) and providing general support regarding related contractual agreements such as material transfer, contract research agreements and confidentiality agreements.

PENDL MAIR Attorneys at Law

Boutique law firm PENDL MAIR Attorneys at Law is known for its expertise in trademark law, acting for a large client list that includes both national clients and international corporations. The practice is jointly headed by Rudolf Pendl, who covers trademark prosecution and strategy, licensing and transactions, Gerald Mair who is ‘an excellent IP attorney’, and Sebastian Feurstein.

Testimonials

‘Pendl Mair handles our whole trademark portfolio worldwide. We particularly appreciate the great experience in trademark law and the practical approach. Problems are prepared in such a way that decision-making is made easy. The quality is top with reasonable fees.’

‘Rudolf Pendl is an excellent IP attorney and very experienced. Questions can usually be answered over the phone or by e-mail very quick. He has my complete confidence in all IP matters. He has a very broad knowledge about IP law, not only for Austria but also about other countries.’

‘The firm’s strength is high level professionalism and communication capability.’

‘Dr. Gerald Mair is my contact person and we have worked together over years. Working with him is very enjoyable as we share a lot of common subjects in addition to legal practice. I highly appreciate his honesty and straightforward manner.’

‘PM handles our whole trademark portfolio worldwide. They know how to advise our company in such way that it represents a real relief. Solutions are prepared in such way that decision-making is made easy for us.’

‘We work mostly with Gerald Mair. He has a very broad knowledge about IP law, not only for Austria but also for other countries.’

´PENDL MAIR Rechtsanwälte OG is at the top of my list when I need a high quality professional service at Austria and Europe.’

‘I know Dr. Gerald Mair, partner at PENDL MAIR Rechtsanwälte OG more than 10 years and his professional standards always above my expectations. he is very helpful in technical and practical solutions.’

Key clients

voestalpine Group

HOERBIGER Group

SWARCO AG

LightCyde New Media Solutions GmbH

Regionalmedien Austria AG

Lemberona Handels GmbH

WWP Weirather – Wenzel & Partner GmbH

Carl Suchy & Söhne AG

University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna (mdw)

Austrian Chamber of Commerce (WKO)

AQUA POWER Wasservitalisierungsgeräte GmbH

Towern3000 Projekt und Medienagentur GmbH

M.J.Gonzales GmbH

SignTime GmbH

Work highlights

  • Acting for voestalpine Group in worldwide administration of around 610 trademarks (Austria, EU, international), worldwide trademark application and renewal, conflicts, licensing agreements, other IP matters.
  • Advising and supporting HOERBIGER Group in multiple infringement cases in China, including a case where we successfully stopped an infringing use of the client’s IP rights on a website of a competitor.
  • Representing SWARCO AG in 8 opposition proceedings (5 of which have already been successfully settled); advice and support in connection with a trademark dispute with a competitor, which was settled amicably; advice on the development of new trademarks, some of which are for completely new software products.

Taylor Wessing enwc Rechtsanwälte GmbH

The practice at Taylor Wessing enwc Rechtsanwälte GmbH supports its clients in trademark, copyright law, licensing, unfair competition and IP litigation. Martin Prohaska-Marchried focuses on trademarks and design, copyright, advertising law and know-how law; Andreas Schütz has specialised expertise in the IT and technology sector; and Dieter Natlacen is an experienced litigator and arbitrator.

Testimonials

‘ Fast and solid responses to my questions, almost always with third party texts and references.’

´TaylorWessing keeps the balance between legal costs and gains and proactively suggests if a legal matter is worth the effort’

‘Mr. Martin Prohaska-Marchried stands out with his deep knowledge of the field, his network of lawyers in CEE, his strong supporting team and his personal integrity.’

‘In IP, we regularly rely on the advice of Martin Prohaska-Marchried. He knows us and our firm really well as we have been working together for such a long time. He has a very pragmatic view of things which very often leads to quick solutions rather than lengthy processes – something we appreciate very much.’

‘Very client-focused, good understanding of the problem and out-of-the-box thinking. We highly appreciate the personal and prompt response. We use Taylor Wessing for legal advice regarding various matters. They always provide services to our utmost satisfaction.’

‘Trademarks are a very important asset of our association. We, therefore, place great value on high expertise. Martin Prohaska-Marchried is exceptionally sharp-minded, very committed with a profound knowledge in local as well as international trademark law and offers practical solutions (thinking out of the box). It is a pleasure working with him.’

‘Taylor Wessing Vienna is a leading expert in IP and unfair competition in Austria. We have always been satisfied with the quality of their services, value for money and prompt reaction to all requests. The client is always treated with the highest level of professionalism.’

‘Dr. Martin Prohaska-Marchried, very competent lawyer with a huge experience and knowledge in IP.’

Key clients

MyHeritage

Marcher Fleischwerke

Moderne Verpackung GmbH

cdb-sales KG

Storch Malerwerkzeuge & Profigeräte GmbH

Eisbär Sportmoden GmbH – a group company of Tyrol Equity AG

Österr. Handelsverband (Austrian Trade Association )

Vamed Engineering GmbH

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Tyrol Equity AG

Société des Produits Nestlé S.A.

ÖAMTC (Austrian Automobile, Motorcycle and Touring Club)

Heinzel Group

ADEG Österreich Handelsaktiengesellschaft

acccoi partners GmbH

Wiener Sängerknaben (Vienna Boys Choir)

Bergverlag Rother

Weingut Stift Klosterneuburg

Europapier Austria GmbH (Part of Heinzel Group)

Zellstoff Pöls AG (Part of Heinzel Group)

Laakirchen Papier AG (Part of Heinzel Group)

Great Lengths Haarvertriebs GmbH

Eternit Österreich GmbH

Develey Senf & Feinkost GmbH

Cyberport GmbH

Also Austria GmbH

Fronius International GmbH

Österreichische Apotheker-Verlagsgesellschaft m.b.H.

Angelini Pharma

NIKE European Operations Netherlands B.V.

Neudoerfler Office Systems GmbH

Vorwerk Austria GmbH & Co KG

Haberkorn GmbH

Dr. Schär AG

XING AG

MHA Reinhard Müller HandelsgmbH

CodeSeeder KG

Graphisoft Deutschland GmbH

Adeg Österreich Handelsaktiengesellschaft

Primavera Life GmbH

Altigi GmbH (Goodgame Studios)

Nespresso Österreich GmbH & Co OHG

Work highlights

  • Representing Eternit Österreich GmbH in a dispute against Eternit N.V. (Belgium) in invalidity proceedings concerning a Community design (building panels) before the EU-Court.
  • Acted for Haberkorn in stopping an infringement without litigation.
  • Acted for Zellstoff Pöls AG (Part of Heinzel Group) in major trademark roll-out all over the world.

ABP Anwälte Burger & Partner Rechtsanwalt GmbH

ABP Anwälte Burger & Partner Rechtsanwalt GmbHComparative Guides promotional icon is focused on providing IP support for industry clients, acting across offices in upper Austria, Munich and Vienna. Managing partner Hannes Burger focuses on patent law, Clemens Ofner covers trademark, design, copyright and domain matters and Katarina Casals Ide has expertise in software licensing and employee inventions.

Testimonials

‘I would like to state that we have been working with Anwalte Burger for many years and we are very pleased with this cooperation in every sense. They have a very experienced team and most importantly they are very helpful in all matters.’

‘DR CLEMENS OFNER is our main contact in the company. He is very experienced in IP litigation and IP prosecution matters.’

‘Very experienced team. Great combination of legal and IP experts.’

‘Great experts. Very customer oriented. Very positive experience with: Hannes Burger, Katharina Casals Ide.’

‘Excellent collaboration, they are experts in their field.’

‘People are always friendly and supportive. They try to find the most suitable solution for every matter.’

‘Very reactive and competent.’

‘Huge know how / explain legal issues with not legal wording / very competent.’

Key clients

Aluflexpack novi d.o.o.

Atomic Austria GmbH

Greiner Bio-One GmbH

Neutrik AG

Rosenbauer International AG

Swarovski Optik KG

Weber Hydraulik GmbH

Work highlights

  • Acted for Neutrik AG in providing support and implementation of investigations, major seizure operation with customs/police and representation in legal proceedings in several countries, finally achieving a settlement agreement with the client’s main competitor.

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach Rechtsanwälte GmbH

The team at DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach has a broad client base, including retail, medical and pharmaceutical companies as well as notable new technology and non-profit clients. Led by copyright and licensing expert Sabine Fehringer, the practice offers IP advisory, transactional and enforcement work in addition to a dedicated trademark filing and administration department.

Practice head(s):

Sabine Fehringer

Other key lawyers:

Veronika Appl

Testimonials

‘Very professional, friendly, reliable and fast in replying. Give helpful answers to complex questions and always hinting to issues that need to be taken into consideration.’

‘I worked with Veronika Appl. Her legal advice is very profound, she always makes sure to ask the right questions and helps us find the best way of setting up contracts and regulations. It is a pleasure to work with her as she is extremely reliable, professional, friendly and fast in replying to follow-up questions.’

‘Our team has great experience with the IP team of DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach. This law firm and in particular, the IP team, is our official trademark representative and their work stands for high quality, professionalism, and success.’

‘As a part of the one of the biggest law firms worldwide and with a wide range of partner law firms on national level, DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach can ensure lots of advantages when it comes to registration, claims, opposition or licencing of international trademarks, e.g. researches on international level or handling successfully complex cross-jurisdictional procedures. The billing through electronic invoices with detailed description of hourly-based services is transparent enough. We get a substantial NGO discount that serves high efficiency in a cost-performance ratio. The flexibility in contacting our legal advisors – in person, via call or through digital conference call tools – as well as the prompt feedback makes the collaboration very satisfactory.’

‘The DLA Piper IP team distinguishes itself from other competitors through the combination of legal excellence, initiative, responsiveness and exercised accountability. It’s the main reason for us to rely on their competent support and collaborate with them for IP related topics nearly on an exclusive basis.’

‘Our main advisor is Dr. Veronika Appl. Her work stands out for high engagement, extensive knowledge in corporate identity, agility and effectiveness. We value her friendliness and understanding, too.’

Key clients

Plex Real Estate GmbH

Bionic Surface Technologies GmbH

VIER PFOTEN International gemeinnützige Privatstiftung

Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft mbH

Verein Flüchtlingsprojekt Ute Bock

Erber AG

Graphic Packaging

MAMACHRIS petfood GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising Plex Real Estate GmbH on its international trademark strategy that includes in particular negotiations of trademark agreements with third parties.
  • Advising ‘VIER PFOTEN International gemeinnützige Privatstiftung’ on its international trademark strategy, in particular advising on the creation and registration of new trademarks in Europe as well as in various countries including Indonesia, Thailand and Cambodia; advising on trademark disputes and drafting of various trademark agreements; advising and execution of trademark transfers to third parties.
  • Advising Bionic Surface Technologies GmbH on the structuring and contract negotiating in the context of establishing a potential JV with Nikon.

Jank Weiler Operenyi

Jank Weiler Operenyi, which is part of Deloitte Legal, has key clients in the media, film production and entertainment sectors, where it provides IP advice, acts for clients in contentious matters and supports the firm's corporate department with due diligence, acquisition and separation. Sascha Jung heads the team.

Practice head(s):

Sascha Jung

Testimonials

‘I think a highlight to be mentioned is that Sascha Jung and his team is known in Austria as one of the most experienced attorneys for the filming/media sector. For our IP agendas we need a lawyer that understands both, IP in general and the filming sector in particular. Strengths and key capabilities: vast knowledge on international copyright matters in the film/media sectors.’

‘Sascha Jung: he is definitely a key player in advising the Austrian media/film sector. He combines vast copyright knowledge with extensive experience in handling international (IP related) cases.’

‘Sascha Jung is very smart, 100 % reliable and strongly committed. He is always available and incredibly competent. We are glad to work with Sascha Jung and his top-tier team that he is leading.’

‘The people – the personal and very intuitive handling of all inquiries and requests makes Jank Weiler unique.’

‘Sascha Jung is not only a great person but also highly profession and quick in handling all my inquires – especially international issues.’

‘The team is warm hearted and hard challenging.’

‘Our man of trust is Sascha Jung. He is not only a market expert, who knows everything about film and media industry, he is also aware of future developments and has one eye on the present and the second on perspectives. This makes him the ideal partner for high quality contracts.’

‘Sascha Jung acts as our SPOC for IP/IT, TMT and Privacy. He is an absolute legal expert in IP/IT contract negotiations, IT outsourcing projects and cloud service contracts. We are working with Sascha Jung now for many years and we can’t think of getting better legal support from any other law firm. Sascha Jung build up a young, talented and committed IP/IT, Privacy team with notable and trustworthy lawyers.’

Key clients

PUIG Deutschland GmbH

Yo! Sushi Ltd.

X4 Pharmaceuticals (Austria) GmbH

Data.4immo GmbH

Da Vinci Lab KG

BUWOG Holding GmbH

SPIEGEL Online GmbH

SPIEGEL-Verlag Rudolf Augstein GmbH & Co. KG

Süddeutsche Zeitung GmbH

PUIG France SA

GAULME S.A.S.

DOR Film Produktionsgesellschaft m.b.H.

e&a Film GmbH

Gebhardt Productions GmbH

Mini Film ProKids-Kulturverein Filmproduktions KG

Blautöne Media GmbH

Playful Solutions GmbH

ARISTRA AG

Österreichischer Bundesverband für Psychotherapie

Generalsekretariat der österreichischen Bischofskonferenz

Firefin GmbH

Deloitte Austria

Work highlights

  • Acting for PUIG Deutschland GmbH in supporting and filing a law suit for interim injunction against DM Germany.
  • Acting for X4 Pharmaceuticals (Austria) GmbH,  on all IP/IT matters with a special focus on trade secrets, patent licence agreements and copyright.
  • Advising e&a Film GmbH on contract negotiations with a US TV production company on a TV production series.

Lansky, Ganzger + Partner (LGP)

Founding partner Gerald Ganzger, who has a traditional focus on technology and media clients, leads the IP practice at Lansky, Ganzger + Partner (LGP) together with managing partner Katharina Raabe-Stuppnig, who has over ten years of experience in the field. The client list includes several major Austrian names in the banking, media and gambling sectors.

Testimonials

‘We always had good experiences in the many years of cooperation with LANSKY, GANZGER partner Rechtsanwälte | Attorneys. All enquiries in all areas of law, especially in the fields of IP and TMT, are handled quickly, goal-oriented and to our full satisfaction.’

‘Our main contact person at LANSKY, GANZGER partner Rechtsanwälte | Attorneys in all legal areas is Gerald Ganzger and we also work mainly with him. Our enquiries and legal problems are always dealt with quickly and more than satisfactorily in terms of content.’

‘I know that Gerald Ganzger has a committed and competent team behind him that supports him in every way.’

Key clients

NUSSYY GmbH

VGN Medien Holding GmbH

European Brand Institute

Storylution GmbH

Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners Rechtsanwälte GmbH (SCWP Schindhelm)

The team at Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners Rechtsanwälte GmbH (SCWP Schindhelm) handles a variety of IP administration as well as contentious matters, with additional expertise in niche issues such as misuse of domain names. Based in upper Austria, Maximilian Gumpoldsberger, Reinhard Paulitsch and Michael M Pachinger co-lead the practice. Oliver Plöckinger was promoted to contract partner in April 2021 and in May 2021 counsel Dominique Schichtle joined to strengthen the copyright area.

Key clients

Patent South Africa, Dr. Gerntholtz Inc Intellectual Property Lawyers

SIA Social Impact gemeinnützige GmbH (“SIA Social Impact”)

Oberösterreich Tourismus GmbH

 

Work highlights

  • Advising the education group SIA Social Impact on the acquisition and administration of the union trademark SOCIAL IMPACT AWARD from Vienna University of Economics.
  • Advising Oberösterreich Tourismus GmbH, the public body for the promotion of tourism in Upper Austria on its application for a trademark to the Austrian Patent Office.