Intellectual property in Austria

DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Although covering the full range of IP work, DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH has a strong position in matters where IP and IT overlap; for instance supporting tech-related companies with copyright levies and unfair competition disputes. Axel Anderl leads the strong bench; he has a focus on software law, outsourcing and e-commerce. Andreas Seling specialises in trade mark law. IP enforcement, oppositions and invalidity proceedings fall within Bernhard Heinzl's area of expertise.

Practice head(s):

Axel Anderl

Other key lawyers:

Andreas Seling; Bernhard Heinzl

Testimonials

‘A dedicated team that went beyond any expectation to understand our business, the intricacies of the applicable legal framework and the global implications of the matters at stake.’

‘Axel Anderl is experienced, skilful and sharp.’

‘Andreas Seling is committed, devoted and enthusiastic.’

‘Fully client-oriented, perfect legal analysis capabilities to find and formulate arguments to support legal position of the client, experienced & professional lawyers.’

‘Axel Anderl is an experienced and professional lawyer, asks questions until he understands his client.’

‘Very knowledgeable, very experienced and fully devoted to achieving a success.’

‘DORDA has a very well staffed IP team: young and enthusiastic – and at the same time highly professional. Working with the IP team is fun and you will receive the best practical advice. They work very efficiently and meet every deadline. They are worth every Euro.’

‘Axel Anderl has vast experience and deep market knowledge. He shares all this with his team members which makes them not only associates, but valuable contact partners. They are really strong in securing and enforcing your rights – no matter how big or tricky the opponent. I also love discussing strategic issues with Axel and his Team. DORDA is a high profile firm. However, the good reputation of the IP Team definitely has a further positive effect on DORDA.’

‘Axel Anderl is the best IP lawyer you will get on the Austrian market. He loves his job and as a client you can feel that every minute you work with him. He fights for you and stops you making mistakes. Due to his experience he quickly understands your business which is decisive. Axel is very responsive and a strategic thinker.’

‘Bernhard Heinzl is a very smart lawyer. He has international background and works very efficiently.’

‘Very responsive. Good interdisciplinary thinking.’

‘Unique position on the Austrian market as the team combines both IP and IT in deep specialization. It is a great asset if you’re legal adviser think and live your language as digital business. They are really outstanding.’

‘Over the years, Axel built up an incredible team which is now the biggest on the market. What I really like is that he was very cautious and sensitive with choosing employees resulting in a very homogeneous team. All team members do have their own and different personality but when it comes to service provision they act all the same way as it comes to ideas, language, turn around times. It thus makes it easy to accept that Axel handles the big cases and interferes where required, only and his team deals with day to day business within their specializations.’

‘What strikes me most is the teams number of lawyers and that they are always available. Since the team is so large, someone is always able to help, despite holidays or other things they have to attend to. I also like their client seminars very much.’

‘I have been mainly working with Bernhard Heinzl. The performance of Bernhard is always first class. Shortest response and turn around times and the advice is on point and easily understandable even as a non-lawyer.’

‘DORDA have provided helpful advice from an Austrian law perspective and the cooperation has been good. They are responsive to instructions and will pick up matters urgently, which is particularly important for demanding clients. The main reason we instructed DORDA was their reputation in the online social media and technology field. ’

‘We have worked with both Dr Axel Anderl and Heinzl Bernhard. Their command of English first and foremost is excellent, and their advice is sound. They understand our client’s business which was really important. Their appreciation for, and knowledge of, the online social media and technology sector, in addition to their communication skills, I would say are their strengths.’

‘Very good reachability and response times, thinking outside the box.’

‘The staff is very quick and up to date.’

‘They are very competent, but at the same time easy going and a pleasure to work with.’

‘The team consists of bright lawyers who have flair and individuality, led by the charismatic Axel Anderl.’

‘Axel Anderl is bright, responsive and good-humoured.’

‘The various members do have different sub-specialisations which safeguards deep industry knowledge. All lawyers I worked with did, however, know my business and status of the other open or closed issues. You really feel treated like you were the only client and all the attention belongs to you.’

‘Generally, all are hard core service provider. It does not matter with whom you’re dealing – they make things happen in shorter turn around times than promised. If you agree on a deadline you get the results as a principle one day earlier. They also definitely know what they are doing. All my issues were dealt with successfully.’

‘I would like to highlight Axel Anderl, head of the team. He is the mastermind who did build up this incredible team. He is the role model of a modern, next generation lawyer not hiding behind difficult and over cautious advice but giving reasonable, solution orientated help.’

‘Andreas Seling has deep industry knowledge and was able to successfully deal with some international issues.’

‘Dorda is very special concerning their response time. They work extremely fast and efficiently. Also, it is worth to mention that they care about all subjects. If something isn’t clear for them a hundred per cent sure, they ask for details and don’t just give an advice.’

‘It’s great that all the individuals working at Dorda communicate with each other. They are all up to date, so the person you speak to always knows what you are talking about, even if the one you had direct contact to isn’t available at the moment. It seems to us that the team spirit is unique. Also, they are all very friendly and get involved with the matter you are confronting them.’

Key clients

Actial Farmaceutica Srl

Addiko Bank

Allianz Technology

Bose

BRAINPOOL TV

Mad & Wine GmbH

Novartis Austria GmbH

ÖBB Holding AG and ÖBB Personenverkehr AG (Austrian Federal Railway Company)

Styria Media Group

The Blue Minds Company

Thomas Zelenka Bienenprodukte

Wein & Co

Wiener Symphoniker

Willhaben internet service GmbH & Co KG

Work highlights

  • Acting for Bolt in unfair competition proceedings against the major taxi operator of Vienna.
  • Represented Bumble in a global trade mark dispute against its main competitor Match (Tinder) regarding the trademark for the term “SWIPE”.
  • Representing  ÖBB in a trade mark dispute against Air France.

Gassauer-Fleissner

Gassauer-Fleissner is a key destination for contentious and non-contentious IP work including adjacent fields such as unfair competition and media law. In addition to a traditional strength in patent and trade mark litigation, the department has increased its market presence in licensing, trade secrets and IT-related matters. Christian Gassauer-Fleissner is renowned for his excellence in patent law, Dominik Göbel focuses on pharmaceutical and life sciences clients and Manuel Wegrostek, who is admitted to the Bar in Austria and the state of New York, is in charge of trade mark prosecution and questions with a US angle.

Practice head(s):

Christian Gassauer-Fleissner; Dominik Göbel; Manuel Wegrostek

Testimonials

‘They are the number one team for originator pharma patent litigation. They have a wealth of experience from which they can draw. ’

‘Very responsive team. Urgent matters are immediately addressed in a very efficient way. Less urgent matters are also quickly addressed. Very sound and well-thought-out answers even to difficult legal questions. Even complex issues are quickly understood and prepared in a very meaningful way.’

‘Both Christian Gassauer-Fleissner and Dominik Göbel stand out for the breadth of their expertise and that they give realistic and practical advice.’

‘Dr. Dominik Göbel is an extremely pleasant, intelligent and constructive cooperation partner. He understands how to reduce complex interrelationships to their essence and thus work out the questions that are really relevant from a legal point of view.’

‘Dominik Göbel knows how to point out differences between German and Austrian law (both in terms of procedural law and substantive law) and thus provide German colleagues with assistance in transferring questions from one legal system to the other.’

Key clients

TTTech Automotive AG

Vienna Marketing & Energy Contracting

Consorzio del Prosciutto di San Daniele

Debonair Trading Internacional Lda

Palfinger AG

Delica AG

Licon mt GmbH & Co. KG

Philips

Flügel

Playbrush

Austrian Mint

Work highlights

  • Representation of Eli Lilly in PI, main and patent nullity proceedings based on a patent for a combination therapy involving Pemetrexed against multiple generic manufacturers.

GEISTWERT

IP, IT and TMT boutique firm GEISTWERT fields five dedicated partners with a strong focus on patent and trade mark litigation, design law and copyright law. In terms of patent litigation, the team is particularly adept at representing clients in the biochemistry, biotech, chemistry and pharmaceutical industries. The group also has notable strength in trade mark portfolio management and makes use of its own legal tech applications to facilitate such projects. Founding partners Constantin Kletzer, Juliane Messner, Max Mosing, Alexander Schnider and Rainer Schultes are the key names.

Practice head(s):

Constantin Kletzer; Juliane Messner; Max Mosing; Alexander Schnider; Rainer Schultes

Testimonials

‘GEISTWERT is the coolest IP/IT law firm in Austria. With 5 partners handling all matters by themselves, you get a unique think tank and one or more lawyers handling your agendas with great experience, not only from a legal but also from a business perspective. In contrast to firms using (senior) associates, salary partners and other staff who are not entrepreneurs themselves, this is priceless for me.’

‘Alexander Schnider continues to impress since the day we started working together. Alexander’s most important strength is that he does not only know all the legal details and case law about Austrian IP and IT matters, but more importantly also the video game business as such and therefore, most importantly, also the positions and desires of the stakeholders in the industry and thus also of our contract partners. This is tremendously helpful when negotiating contracts as you simply cannot achieve the best results when you don’t know about the business goals and needs of the companies that are involved in a video game deal.’

‘Very nice good and pragmatic people, not very old-fashioned Austrian. Very informal good advice for international clients. ’

‘This is a fine boutique firm for IP law with a very personal and committed approach.’

‘I mainly work together with Constantin Kletzer. He is always available. Very smart colleague. Comes up with new solutions you did not even think of. ’

‘ In any area that we need legal advice for, their expertise seems highly profound and state-of-the-art. If some matters are somewhat not related to their specialization, their international network allows them to easily reach out to other law firms to enquire about their view on the matter. One of the most impressive feats that still surprises us every time is GEISTWERT.’

‘All partners are “young and dynamic”. They really have shaken up the Austrian market, especially with their openness. In contrast to this, Austrian lawyers generally are quite uptight, but the GEISTWERTs are really cool and fun people.’

‘Alexander Schnider has been our main contact throughout the years. His conversational style is very easy and amicable. His advice to our legal inquiries is always easy to understand but professionally precise. We see him as an expert in the legal area of digital games. He knows the inner workings of our business from many perspectives as he has already represented multiple game companies, from development to publishing.

‘Juliane Messner was our point of contact in the recent founding of our subsidiary company. Her style was just as amicable and precise. She managed to highlight the important factors of this individual endeavour and helped us to iterate on them.’

Key clients

NOVOMATIC

Asfinag

POST AG / BANK99 (Austrian Mail)

Radio Austria

SanDisk / Western Digital

Milan Chamber of Arbitration

RATPACK

Vienna Tourist Board

Koukouli

DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga

Gruner + Jahr Publishing Group

Netflix

Allbirds

Christian Louboutin

Ingredion

Teletan

Superdry

Work highlights

  • Represented Asfinag in trade mark infringement proceedings against an internet platform selling digital toll badges.
  • Represents the Austrian Post in the complete trade mark development and clearance for its new branch, an Austrian bank called “Bank99”.
  • Advised DFL on the public tender proceedings of football broadcasting licences for Austria.

Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte)

Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte) is a key destination for a wide variety of IP matters spanning across the whole CEE region. The stellar practice is jointly headed by IP litigation heavyweight Guido Kucsko, Christian Schumacher and Michael Woller. Schumacher combines IP expertise with media and unfair competition law and Woller regularly coordinates regional trade mark work. Counsel Dominik Hofmarcher plays an important role in the department, especially when it comes to personality rights, sports and entertainment. Other key areas include trade secret protection, portfolio management and IP enforcement.

Practice head(s):

Guido Kucsko; Christian Schumacher; Michael Woller

Other key lawyers:

Dominik Hofmarcher

Testimonials

‘Exceptional know-how in Trademark issues.’

‘Very knowledgable, reacting quickly, thinking in advance.’

‘Well known in the industry as the lead IP lawyers, second to none. Outstanding representation.’

‘Christian Schumacher is one, if not the best informed lawyer concerning Austrian trademark esp trademark litigation aspects, including European litigation. Quick response, understanding the challenge and issue quickly, very cooperative, taking enough time in discussing the approach of how to address a legal issue.’

Key clients

Uber

UNIQA Insurance Group

Deutsche Telekom

Institute of Science and Technology Austria

Brau Union

Arineo GmbH

Louis Vuitton

OMV

Erste Group

Octapharma

Samsung Electronics

Lallemand

Microsoft

Heidi Chocolat

Chanel

Albertina

Action Retail

Power Horse Energy Drinks

S.Spitz

Auer-Blaschke

Lenus Pharma

Edgar Rice Burroughs Inc

dm Drogerie Markt

STAMAG

Work highlights

  • Defending Uber B.V. and Uber Austria GmbH in unfair commercial practices disputes against the taxi industry.
  • Advised Auer-Blaschke on the relaunch/modernisation of their current branding and corporate identity concept, including the registration of the first ever Austrian national trade mark application for a “pattern mark”.
  • Advised Albertina Museum on the expansion of ALBERTINA to a second location, the ALBERTINA MODERN, which opened in spring/summer 2020.

Schwarz Schönherr Rechtsanwälte OEG

Schwarz Schönherr Rechtsanwälte OEG is a stellar IP boutique for all kinds of trade mark, design, patent, copyright and unfair competition matters. Clients from the fashion, consumer goods, automotive and pharmaceutical industries count on department head Georg Schönherr to handle their trade mark and unfair competition work. The 'very responsive' Thomas Adocker is praised for his patent litigation capabilities, where he represents both defendants and claimants from the pharmaceutical, chemical and construction material sectors. Litigation is a key area for Markus Grötschl, particularly in relation to anti-counterfeiting and designs.

Practice head(s):

Georg Schönherr

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Adocker; Markus Grötschl

Testimonials

‘Schwarz Schönherr Rechtsanwälte KG is strong at patent litigation.’

‘The team is very professional and you can make sure that you will receive immediate legal support within the shortest time.’

‘Organized, clear legal feedbacks, good balance of costs and professional activity.’

‘They do a really good job, bring fast results and sometimes even develop new strategies.’

‘Thomas Adocker is very responsive and takes into account the peculiarities of the industry we are working in.’

‘I work mainly with Thomas Adocker, and I cannot imagine a better lawyer.’

Key clients

Accord Healthcare

AF-TEC

AIGLE

Almdudler

Ascott Hotels

Astro Lighting

A-Trust

Bullsone

Cassina

Christian Dior

DAF TRUCKS

Doppelmayr

FALKE

Fashion One/Fashion TV International

Formula One

GANT

George Gina & Lucy

Giorgio Armani

Gucci

Jack Wolfskin

J.A.N. Promotion

Lacoste

Longchamp

Louis Vuitton

MAN Truck & Bus

Metro

MIP Metro Group

Mischief Films

Moncler

Moose Knuckles

Norma

Novartis/Sandoz/Hexal

Puma

Rebloc

Salinen Austria

Samsung Electronics

Schweppes International

Sony

Starbucks Coffee

Tommy Hilfiger

TPA Steuerberatung

Vienna Philharmonic

Wittmann Möbelwerkstätten

Binder Grösswang

Trade mark work from portfolio management to infringement proceedings is at the central focus of Binder Grösswang. The department also defends clients in other IP litigation and often appears in IP transfer and licensing projects. Ivo Rungg, who heads the department, concentrates on IP transactions that often involve outsourcing, software and hardware contracts that bring together the team's IT prowess. Associate Hellmut Buchroithner brings copyright and industrial design law expertise to the table and counsel Michael Horak regularly handles design prosecution and opposition proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Ivo Rungg

Other key lawyers:

Hellmut Buchroithner; Michael Horak

Testimonials

‘The whole IP Team of Binder Grösswang has extensive experience in all the IP fields, and they are performing trademark, copyright and advertising law work for us. They are very knowledgeable and responsive and I can frankly recommend them to any peer. They have capacities which ensure swift and fast, but at the same time excellent legal support and the interest of the client is the primary focus of the firm.’

‘Ivo Rungg is my main contact there and I appreciate very much working with him. He is a bright attorney who has a very keen perception. He is a bright attorney who has a very keen perception. He’s not only an excellent lawyer but also offers ways to get things done instead of offering roadblocks.’

‘The IP practice is one of the biggest in Austria and therefore is always able to quickly handle requests, also complex and urgent matters. The team is highly experienced and considers IP-specific issues but always sees the big picture, e.g. tax or corporate compliance. The team has associates all over the world and can assist clients globally. They provide good value for money.’

‘Main contacts are Ivo Rungg, head of the IP/IT team and Counsel Michael Horak. They are very responsive and provide quick and helpful advice. Due to their experience they quickly understand complex issues and can develop practical solutions. As Michael Horak is regularly publishing on current IP matters he is always up-to-date on the most recent case law.’

Key clients

Hypo Vorarlberg Bank AG

Lenzing Aktiengesellschaft

Renault Österreich GmbH

Modemobil GmbH

Tiroler Glashütte GmbH (“RIEDEL GLASS”)

Embracer Group AG (formerly THQ Nordic AB)

LVMH Group

Xerox Austria GmbH

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

BAWAG P.S.K.

FREY WILLE

Springer Kommunaltechnik GmbH

KIA Austria GmbH

OVE Österreichischer Verband für Elektrotechnik

Zillertal Tourismus GmbH

Capgemini Consulting Österreich AG

Soundreef Ltd

Work highlights

  • Supported Embracer Group AB with the protection of trade marks of newly acquired assets at an international level.
  • Challenged the  assignments of the trade marks “Stolichnaya” and “Moskovskaya” at the Austrian Supreme Court (OGH) for Sojusplodoimport.
  • Advised RIEDEL in the enforcement of its trade marks.

CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte GmbH

CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte GmbH recently experienced an uptick in demand for its patent law services such as licensing, patent infringement litigation and product piracy proceedings. Egon Engin-Deniz, who has strong knowledge of both contentious and non-contentious trade mark, domain and patent law, is in charge of the IP and media department. Clients from highly regulated industries such as life sciences turn to Gabriela Staber for advice, particularly when matters have an unfair competition aspect. The group also offers tailored services to intellectual property-rich start-ups.

Practice head(s):

Egon Engin-Deniz

Other key lawyers:

Gabriela Staber; Hans Lederer

Key clients

Coty

Unser Ö-Bonus Club GmbH

F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG

Syngenta

Falco Privatstiftung

Österreich Werbung

Work highlights

  • Representing Coty in trade mark infringement litigation against online retailers involving questions of general importance regarding a trade mark owner’s rights in relation to the online sale and advertising of its products by a third party vendor.
  • Representing F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG in a landmark case relating to parallel import of pharmaceuticals in the context of the Falsified Medicines Directive.
  • Advising  Falco Foundation on a variety of legal issues, including representation in law suits related to copyright and breach of personal and moral rights of the Austrian pop legend Falco.

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG

Digital industry clients in particular seek out Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwalte GmbH & CoKG for assistance with IP law. The group also act for life sciences, new media and retail companies. Department head Georg Kresbach also assists with unfair competition and trade secrets issues. Senior associate Maren Jergolla-Wagner is of note for her trade mark expertise. The department also handles contentious work at a domestic and European level, particularly for its tech clients.

Practice head(s):

Georg Kresbach

Other key lawyers:

Maren Jergolla-Wagner

Testimonials

‘Excellent team leader Georg Kresbach with a very good standing in the market. Covers many jurisdictions in Eastern Europe.’

‘A big advantage of Wolf Theiss is that this law firm delivers the same high level of service in all its locations, and we can therefore be sure that we get the same high quality from Wolf Theiss everywhere. ’

‘We have been working with Georg Kresbach, who heads the IP practice group, for almost 20 years; We especially like his availability and the fact that he handles our requests very conscientiously.’

‘The team is easily approachable, quick in responding and provides sharp practical advice. The team has a good understanding of the company’s business and focus and is therefore able to provide valuable legal guidance.’

‘I highly recommend Maren Jergolla. She has a keen knowledge of the relevant market and is able to provide advice on tactics and strategy with a sharp focus on what is important to our business and protection of our IP rights. ’

‘Georg Kresbach and his team have ample experience in cross border trademark litigation. Georg Kresbach is the first stop shop for trademark and copyright protection in the courts in Vienna. He enjoys a high reputation with the judges, and his initiative and creative thinking and drafting can make a real difference. We worked with him in several international cases and would always come back.’

‘Dr Georg Kresbach has particular expertise in tech industry litigation.’

‘Dr Georg Kresbach provides seasoned, measured calm consideration and gives practical, commercial advice.’

Key clients

Apple

Colgate Palmolive

Crocs, Inc.

Facebook

Google

Instagram

Lego

Microsoft

OBI

YouTube

Walt Disney

WhatsApp

Work highlights

  • Representing Facebook in landmark civil and criminal proceedings, including before the CJEU, alleging the infringement of personality rights of the former leader of the Austrian Green Party.
  • Advising YouTube on its liability, as operator of a video platform, for the infringement of copyright-protected work caused by users uploading and monetising videos on its platform.
  • Representing Take Two Interactive Software, an American video game holding company, in connection with opposition proceedings before the Austrian Patent Office based on the client’s international (IR) trade mark “R” (device mark) in Austria.

Baker McKenzie Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG

The IP department at Baker McKenzie Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG covers all aspects of IP law, but has a particular strong suit representing high-profile technology and IT clients. Lukas Feiler and his group are also experienced in acting for clients from the consumer goods and pharmaceutical industries. Feiler has a professional background in IT and advises multinational as well as domestic companies on copyright, trade mark, design and patent law, among others.

Practice head(s):

Lukas Feiler

Other key lawyers:

Martina Grama

Testimonials

‘Deep legal knowledge combined with understanding business needs and high client attention – practical approach to everything combined with utmost insight also into new technologies’

‘Practical approach, straight forward, easily reachable, high attention to clients’ needs.’

‘Our main contact Mr. Feiler is a person with exceptional qualities, you feel absolutely safe given his intellectual and personal skills.’

‘Compared to other law firms, Baker McKenzie stands out for its quick response, reliable advice and proactive engagement around our brand portfolio. The company uses law automation tools that are very useful and increase the consulting experience.

‘Dr. Lukas Feiler is characterized by his precise working style, his reliability and quick feedback and provides competent and customer-oriented support.’

‘Our main contact Mr. Feiler is a person with exceptional qualities, you feel absolutely safe given his intellectual and personal skills.’

Key clients

F.LIST GmbH

Work highlights

  • Managing the trade mark portfolio of F.LIST and advising on trade mark protection and enforcement strategies

Brauneis Klauser Prändl Rechtsanwälte GmbH

At Brauneis Klauser Prändl Rechtsanwälte GmbH, the team has a strong track record in the management and enforcement of trade marks as well as related litigation. Client stem from a wide array of sectors including beverages, perfume and fashion. Martin Reinisch, who 'is extremely well versed in Austrian IP laws', heads the team.

Practice head(s):

Martin Reinisch

Testimonials

‘BKP has found that fine tuned balance between professional, high quality service and a personal touch. Simply easy to work with, and at the same time with reassurance that the matter is in safe hands.’

‘Martin Reinisch is commercially minded, detail orientated and skilled, and at the same time the most positive person you could meet. Any client would be in safe hands with this trustworthy counsel.’

‘Martin is a brilliant lawyer. He is extremely knowledgeable and a lovely person to work with. I would not hesitate to refer Martin to any client who needs legal assistance in Austria.’

‘Martin Reinisch is responsive, competent and provides a complete assistance, extrajudicial, administrative and judicial. He has very good skills in negotiating.’

‘Martin Reinisch is a leading (soft) IP lawyer in Austria, the man to go to with cases that matter. A sharp, effective lawyer and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Pragmatic advice, efficient turnaround.’

‘Martin Reinisch is an excellent all round IP lawyer.’

‘The team is very thorough in its research. They will look for the needle in the haystack if this is needed. The team is very responsive as well.’

‘Martin Reinisch is excellent in his performance. He is hands-on and at the same time very skilled in IP law.’

‘The main strengths of the firm are their detailed knowledge in IP and in particular in trademark law, their effective work and goal-oriented approach and that they see our business needs as a priority.’

‘Martin Reinisch and his team keep us always and efficiently updated on the work of his team, provide us with great advice on our international trademark portfolio and find quick and effective solutions for any occurring problem in our international IP portfolio. Furthermore, Martin Reinisch is well-informed about the different local practices, especially the US and Asian practices in IP matters. Moreover, his responses are quick, and we get well, fast and automatically informed on the current situation of our trademarks and other IP rights. He always keeps the business and interests of our company in mind.’

‘Excellent knowledge of IP related matters with a pragmatic and global approach. Exceptional engagement and handling of cases.’

‘Martin Reinisch provides solutions even to the most complex legal issues and ensures that the case will be handled in the best possible way. His organizational abilities were also exceptional, as he was able to monitor progress in several jurisdictions keeping at the same an eye on every possible detail of the case.’

‘Martin Reinisch has a particular competence in trademark and competition law.’

‘Our key contact at the firm is Martin Reinisch. For Intellectual Property and Unfair Competition matters, he stands out. Martin assisted our firm and clients in a range of trademark litigation, opposition proceedings, trademark portfolio management as well as unfair competition matters. He easily understands the nature of contentious matters, and able to provide strategic guidance to protect the client.’

‘Primarily we have worked with Martin Reinisch at the firm. He focuses on trademark infringement, portfolio management, anti-counterfeiting, the protection of luxury brands and copyright. He is extremely well versed in Austrian IP laws.’

‘Martin Reinisch a senior partner with the firm, has assisted us with IP services in Austria. His vast experience, and quick responsiveness is much appreciated as is his extensive legal knowledge and friendly demeanour. ’

Key clients

KSR Solution GmbH

Quality Austria – Trainings, Zertifizierungs und Begutachtungs GmbH

LIFE + (formerly Aids Life)

Bacardi & Company Limited

Ponti & Partners, SLP

Choon’s Design LLC

Spirits International (SPI Group)

Shiseido (Beauté Prestige International SA)

Moët Hennessy Österreich GmbH

CANNA International B.V.

Lalique Parfum SA

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Graf & Pitkowitz

In addition to a strong focus on litigation and patent disputes in particular, Graf & Pitkowitz covers a diverse array of IP work. Department co-head Claudia Csáky is highly involved in trade mark, patent, copyright and unfair competition issues. Fellow co-head and founding partner Ferdinand Graf is also a skilled litigator and has recently expanded his practice to advise on data protection.

Practice head(s):

Claudia Csáky; Ferdinand Graf

Key clients

Braro Management & Consulting S.r.l.

KTM Fahrrad GmbH

Daniel Wellington

therapie-info PSISYS GmbH

McArthur Glen

VELUX Österreich GmbH

Ogilvy & Mather GmbH

Young & Rubicam Vienna

kraftWerk Agentur für neue Kommunikation GmbH

AM Baugeräte und Handels GmbH

Ferring Pharmaceutical

Herbst Kinsky Rechtsanwalte GmbH

On top of traditional IP work, Herbst Kinsky Rechtsanwalte GmbH is especially adept at supporting biotech and life sciences clients with a wide array of licensing matters. Sonja Hebenstreit leads the team, which is also active in litigation and has additional skills in issues surrounding pharmaceutical advertising and unfair competition. Among several innovation initiatives, the department acts as co-initiator and counsel of START:IP, which supports the commercialisation of patented cutting-edge technologies.

Practice head(s):

Sonja Hebenstreit

Key clients

P4Therapeutics GmbH

Novartis Pharma GmbH

Tower 10 GmbH/Tom Storyteller GmbH

Kvell Group

Cirse Society

Ashoka Deutschland GmbH

World4You Internet Services GmbH

Refurbed GmbH

ams AG

Legal Tech Services GmbH

Speedinvest

Camerata Salzburg

Tower 10

Work highlights

  • Acted for World4You in a court case regarding unfair competition matters (alleged misleading advertising) initiated by a competitor.
  • Advising ams AG on the establishment of a joint venture in the Netherlands with the global active private equity firm Wise Road Capital.
  • Advised P4T on the negotiations of exclusive licence agreements with scientific institutions and an international pharmaceutical company.

Wiltschek Plasser Rechtsanwälte

Wiltschek Plasser Rechtsanwälte handles IP and unfair competition matters. Most cases are handled directly by the two leading partners, Lothar Wiltschek and David Plasser. The former has a focus on patents, employee inventions and trade marks, whereas the latter is a key name in the protection of designs, personality rights and copyrights.

Practice head(s):

Lothar Wiltschek; David Plasser

Cerha Hempel

Assistance to clients from the food and beverage industry is the focal point of the IP team at Cerha Hempel. Transaction expert Mark Krenn jointly heads the team with Katharina Majchrzak, who was promoted to counsel in January 2020 and has a particular specialism in IP prosecution and enforcement. Together, they are particularly adept at addressing IP questions as part of M&A transactions in the high tech and IT space.

Practice head(s):

Mark Krenn; Katharina Majchrzak

Testimonials

‘Great knowledge on relevant legal framework, hands-on approach.’

‘Katharina Majchrzak is not only highly knowledgeable but also dedicated to meet the clients’ economical needs.’

‘The overall level of service is very high. The response times are short and agreed response dates are kept reliably. Highly committed and professional team that is coordinated, works quickly and efficiently. ’

‘Katharina Majchrzak works very precisely and is an experienced expert in intellectual property law and competition law.’

‘Katharina Majchrzak is a brilliant lawyer. It is my impression that she knows almost every court ruling on IP matters of every court in the entire European Union. While other lawyers often solely rely on their gut feeling, market recognition and persuasiveness, Katharina, who also has these capabilities, is able to back her arguments with case law and literature with exceptional accuracy. Her written pleadings are always to the point and so is her presentation in courtrooms which is why I am not surprised that I have never seen her losing a case.’

Key clients

McDonald’s Corporation

Michael Pachleitner Group

gbtec Holding GmbH

SES Spar European Shopping Centers GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advised gbtec Holding GmbH on IP in connection with the acquisition of all shares in avedos GRC GmbH, which specialises in software solutions.
  • Acting for McDonald’s in the prosecution, administration and enforcement of trade marks.
  • Advised San Pacific and Erich Erber on IP issues regarding Erber’s remarkable IP portfolio, on the sale of a direct and indirect shareholding in Erber Aktiengesellschaft to Royal DSM.

E+H Eisenberger + Herzog

The IP practice at E+H Eisenberger + Herzog acts for clients from a wide array of industries ranging from automotive and energy to media and technology. The group handles trade mark portfolio management and enforcement, both at a domestic and international level. Practice head Andreas Zellhofer also adds competition law expertise to the team.

Practice head(s):

Andreas Zellhofer

Other key lawyers:

Helmut Liebel

Testimonials

‘Eisenberger Herzog has a strong IP background advising in all relevant IP fields which is definitely acting as one of the major player in IP law in Austria.’

‘Andreas Zellhofer was exceptionally well-prepared, had a strong focus on all the relevant facts, challenging legal arguments and profound knowledge of the relevant case law.’

‘In-house legal departments seeking solid, first-rate advice on matters of Austrian law need look no further than E&H. Andreas Zellhofer and Helmut Liebel take a business-savvy and comprehensive approach to legal solutions that is focused on both efficiency and thoroughness.’

‘Andreas Zellhofer and Helmut Liebel work with the precision and balance of a team of surgeons. Together, they analyse difficult cases and form a strategic plan. Zellhofer’s dynamic energy and keen business sense, paired with Liebel’s ability in tackling even the most technical aspects, leads to seamless execution. Their capability inspires trust, and we know we are in good hands when working with them.’

Key clients

Microsoft

Lufthansa / Austrian Airlines

Toyota

Honda

Nikon

Immofinanz

BUWOG

Allianz Capital Partners

SevenVentures Austria

Wien Energie

Soundportal

Work highlights

  • Acting as local counsel for the entire Microsoft Group.
  • Supervising existing trade marks of Immofinanz in Austria, the European Union, and a number of CEE jurisdictions.
  • Acting as IP counsel for BUWOG.

KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Soft IP, strategic prosecution work and contentious trade mark matters are the pillars of the IP practice at KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH. Department head Barbara Kuchar has vast litigation experience and is also well versed in designs, patents and the protection of trade secrets. The client roster includes household names from a wide array of industries including consumer goods and pharmaceuticals.

Practice head(s):

Barbara Kuchar

Testimonials

‘The cooperation with the team was a pleasant experience, effective and constructive.’

‘The solution-oriented and very competent Barbara Kuchar has exceptional skills in the field of trademark matters. She has tremendous experience in the courtroom and is able to prepare her clients very well for the various situations in a lawsuit.’

‘Very hands-on, top quality at affordable cost, lots of experience in the wide field of IP law.’

‘Barbara Kuchar is a seasoned expert in all matters of IP law and unfair competition law. She is extremely competent, creative and precise in all she does. Her prompt feedback on complex problems is impressive.’

Key clients

Intersport Austria GmbH

Reckitt Benckiser

Apple

De’ Longhi Kenwood

Herbert von Karajan Centrum Music Productions GesmbH

Edizon Innovation GmbH

Kingstone Capital Holding AG

Ivellio-Vellin IT services GmbH

Lena Hoschek

cargo-partner GmbH

Wiener Netze GmbH

Neumeister Hydraulik GmbH

Julie & Grace GmbH

Laudamotion, Ryan Air

Work highlights

  • Defended several trade mark infringement claims for Julie & Grace GmbH.
  • Represented Gabriele Schmid in a trade mark matter before the CJEU.
  • Represented Kingstone Capital Holding AG in a trade mark case before the Board of Appeal.

PENDL MAIR Attorneys at Law

PENDL MAIR Attorneys at Law has a strong reputation for its trade mark services, which include handling infringement and cancellation cases as well as portfolio management. Rudolf Pendl  is adept at advising on design and patent law and Gerald Mair has additional skills in copyright and unfair competition.

Practice head(s):

Rudolf Pendl; Gerald Mair

Testimonials

‘Super specialized and at the same time broad knowledge of law and industry very personal commitment to the cases ’

‘Dr Rudolf Pendl is an exceptional, great lawyer, international and at the same time low profile/modest.’

‘Professional communication and the effort to understand individual problems. This ensures appropriate approaches and solutions.’

‘Excellent expertise in trademark law and responsiveness to individual questions, especially Dr. Mair.’

‘They have strong language skills and can communicate with us easily in English. They are familiar with U.S. intellectual property law in general so discussing legal issues with them does not require a lot of background discussion, and we can focus on specific issues. ’

‘Dr. Gerald Mair is very efficient and is very quick to respond to questions and requests for instructions. ’

‘Pendl Mair’s case handling is excellent. Their hands-on approach makes the firm very easy to work with. The quality of work provided is second to none.’

‘Dr. Gerald Mair is a great choice for both contentious and non-contentious matters. In particular, he has in-depth knowledge of EU and Austrian trademark law and provides quick and reliable assistance. I always appreciate his assessments of risks and chances as well as his negotiating skills.’

‘Clients like the firm’s practical approach to IP issues; straight to the point. No beating around the bushes. And this is when you see the team’s expertise in this area of law.’

‘Dr Gerald Mair – wonderful to work with, very much client facing and focusing. A true expert in his field.’

‘Dr. Gerald Mair is one of the rare persons I know who can explain complicated legal problems in words we and our clients can understand. Not to mention that he is one of the best lawyers when it comes to trademarks, design and copyright – the things we mostly need from PENDL MAIR.’

‘Dr. Rudolf Pendl helps us with our corporate legal stuff like contract reviews, deeds of partnership or service agreements. Always perfectly done!’

‘Dr. Gerald Mair is an expert who helped us several times with different problems regarding trademarks, patents and copyrights. We appreciate his all-around and cost-sensitive approach.’

‘Gerald Mair: professional; reliable; hard-working; qualified in various fields of IP’

‘PENDL MAIR offers very efficient and fast service on a high level. They are a reliable office with expert knowledge in intellectual property.’

‘Dr. Gerald Mair is very experienced in trademark law, very competent and always available and helpful. He has a very open-minded and skilful approach and can explain even more complex matters in a clear way.’

Key clients

voestalpine High Performance Metals GmbH

HOERBIGER Group

SWARCO AG

Regionalmedien Austria AG

Carl Suchy & Söhne AG

Lemberona Handels GmbH

Pure Haircare GmbH

WWP Weirather – Wenzel & Partner GmbH

University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna (mdw)

Austrian Chamber of Commerce (WKO)

Tyrolean Brass Association (Blasmusikverband Tirol)

PURE HAIRCARE PRODUCT GmbH

M.J.Gonzales GmbH

KAO IKT Projektentwicklung GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advised voestalpine group on settling a trade mark conflict involving a new trade mark which is very important for the client worldwide.
  • Handling around 30 ongoing conflicts with competitors and patent offices for Hoerbiger Group.
  • Settling more than 15 conflicts for Swarco AG.

Taylor Wessing enwc Rechtsanwälte GmbH

The intellectual property practice at Taylor Wessing enwc Rechtsanwälte GmbH is jointly headed by Martin Prohaska-Marchried, who focuses on unfair competition issues, trade mark and copyrights; Dieter Natlacen, who handles arbitration as well as licensing; and Andreas Schütz, who advises on matters at the intersection of IP and IT law.

Practice head(s):

Martin Prohaska-Marchried; Dieter Natlacen; Andreas Schütz

Testimonials

‘Fast and accurate responses to my questions. – Despite the short reaction time well argued. – Good personal relationship with Martin Prohaska.’

‘My main contact is Martin Prohaska and I enjoy to work with him. The main reasons are his fast and accurate response time, his personal Integrity, the ideas he brings to my business and his advice on which lawyer in which country could help on topics outside his practice. ’

‘We have been working with Taylor Wessing and in particular Partner Martin Prohaska-Marchried for many, many years and have always been most happy with this cooperation.’

‘The firm has in-depth knowledge of the food & beverage as well as the retail industry which makes our cooperation even more smooth.’

‘In IP, Partner Martin Prohaska-Marchried is our main point of contact and has been so for many years. We value his very pragmatic view of things which often leads to quick solutions rather than lengthy processes’

Key clients

Österr. Handelsverband (Austrian Trade Association)

Vamed Engineering GmbH

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Badev IT e.U.

MAN Truck & Bus AG

Nestlé Switzerland

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

SKY Österreich Fernsehen GmbH

Yamaha Music Europe GmbH

Société des Produits Nestlé S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advised ÖAMTC on the implementation of the EU know-how directive.
  • Advised M.A.N Truck & Bus AG on employee invention compensation.
  • Represented SMH Technologies in IP litigation regarding software theft.

ABP Anwälte Burger & Partner Rechtsanwalt GmbH

ABP Anwälte Burger & Partner Rechtsanwalt GmbH has offices throughout the DACH region and handles patent filings, trade mark and design filings as well as utility models. The IP boutique is headed by patent specialist Hannes Burger, who concentrates on IP-related prosecution and litigation. IP contracts work is undertaken by Clemens Ofner.

Practice head(s):

Hannes Burger

Other key lawyers:

Clemens Ofner; Sabine Mahringer

Testimonials

‘High technical knowledge, easy to communicate on very complicated items, very reactive / sparing partner with a lot of recommendations.’

‘The team has a lot of knowledge in various technical fields.’

‘Excellent competence in both contractual and patent issues.’

‘Dr. Fabian has profound expertise.’

‘Dr. Burger is the perfect mixture of legal & technical competence.’

‘Very good cooperation, very good technical understanding and very solution-oriented, almost a partnership.’

‘Direct and close contact with the management, direct coordination with the responsible technician with critical and constructive discussions.’

Key clients

Rosenbauer International AG

Victorinox

Swarovski Optik KG

Banner Batterien

Bene Büromöbel

FILL Gesellschaft M.B.H.

Miba AG

Wiberg

Teufelberger

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach

The IP team at DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach handles IP advisory, transactional and enforcement work. The team has a notable skill set in trade mark filing, renewal and prosecution. Sabine Fehringer's workloads also takes in copyright, unfair competition and licensing work with an emphasis on pharmaceutical clients.

Practice head(s):

Sabine Fehringer

Testimonials

‘Outstanding team.’

‘Sabine Fehringer is a fabulous lawyer, very business driven and pragmatic. She finds solutions that simply work and is very much to the point.’

‘We are very satisfied with the support of the DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach IP team. Being a part of one of the biggest law firms worldwide is a great advantage when it comes to licence or trademark topics with an international element, such as research on international level or alignment of papers and procedure through different IP jurisdictions. It makes a difference to the approach of other law firms we’ve worked with. The IP team is deeply committed and submits prompt feedback. ’

‘I could say that the IP team members distinguish themselves from competitors by the combination of legal excellence, initiative, flexibility and a sense of responsibility with an international spirit.’

Jank Weiler Operenyi

In addition to strength in IP matters relating to the media, entertainment and film industry, Jank Weiler Operenyi also assists with the IP aspects of transactions. Department lead Sascha Jung combines IP knowledge with IT and data protection expertise.

Practice head(s):

Sascha Jung

Testimonials

‘Strengths & key capabilities: availability, commitment, advising in numerous national and international copyright and film/media projects, combination of broad theoretical knowledge and practical experience’

‘Sascha Jung is one of the leading media and IP lawyers in Austria with focus on (international) copyright law and (international) film/movie/media matters. Sascha Jung’s strengths are definitely his impressive knowledge about national and international copyright law, his dedication and commitment as well as his hands-on-qualities.’

‘We exclusively worked with Sascha Jung, Partner, who was an absolute win for us.’

‘The IP practice of Jank Weiler Operenyi Rechtsanwälte is one of the few practices in Austria dealing with film law at the highest level. This is due to Sascha Jung who is one of the leading film lawyers in Austria.’

‘Dr. Sascha Jung is a long-standing expert in copyright law with extensive experience in co-production in the German-speaking region. Furthermore, his approach is characterized by empathy, perseverance and a sense of responsibility and reliability. We feel that we are in good hands and have great confidence in the competence and reliability of Dr. Jung’

‘Jank Weiler Operenyi has an outstanding reputation for legal advice in data privacy/protection matters and remarkable reputation for IP matters.’

‘Sascha Jung has also hands on qualities and his reaction times are perfect.’

‘Compared with other firms, they were very fast and flexible in the way to solve issues. ’

‘Sascha Jung has lots of expertise in regard to IP and gaming.’

‘Jank Weiler Operenyi with Sascha Jung have undisputed and extensive trademark knowledge and a deep knowledge of how the fragrance business works. This combination is very rare and the key differentiator for Sascha Jung and Jank Weiler Operenyi from competitors.’

‘Sascha Jung is the one you need to engage for trademark enforcement in Austria.’

‘Sascha Jung: High competence, quick feedback, pleasant communication’

‘Sascha Jung: Good and effective.’

Key clients

SPIEGEL Online GmbH

SPIEGEL-Verlag Rudolf Augstein GmbH & Co. KG

Süddeutsche Zeitung GmbH

PUIG France S.A.S.

GAULME S.A.S.

Laudamotion Executive GmbH

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 (ÖBVP)

Generalsekretariat der österreichischen Bischofskonferenz

Firefin GmbH

U4-Center Diskothekbetriebs GmbH

SAS Financiere Meriquet (Aterliers de France)

SPARFELL AVIATION GROUP SA

T-Mobile Austria / Deutsche Telekom

Audicon Holding GmbH

Work highlights

  • Acted for Laudamotion Executive GmbH in a trade mark / unfair competition case acting against an opposing charter airline.
  • Filed a lawsuit for SPIEGEL and Süddeutsche Zeitung against one of the largest Austrian newspapers and its editor-in-chief for alleging that SPIEGEL and Süddeutsche Zeitung paid money for the famous Ibiza-videos.
  • Advising PUIG France S.A.S. on its intellectual property, trade mark and unfair competition agendas.

Lansky, Ganzger + Partner (LGP)

Trade marks matters are at the centre of Lansky, Ganzger + Partner (LGP)'s IP practice. Media law specialists Gerald Ganzger and Katharina Raabe-Stuppnig jointly lead the team which has notable capabilities in copyright and media licensing work. Clients include several media and entertainment companies as well as publishers.

Practice head(s):

Gerald Ganzger; Katharina Raabe-Stuppnig

Key clients

NUSSYY GmbH

AIK Energy Limited

HG Health Group GmbH

Verlag Holzhausen GmbH

VGN Medien Holding GmbH

European Brand Institute

Storylution GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising AIK Group Ltd. on the expansion of its trading activities regarding natural gas and electricity throughout Europe.
  • Assisting publishing house Verlag Holzhausen with all legal issues arising from its operational business as a publishing house for scientific and non-fiction books as well as for professional journals and industry media.
  • Advising the European Brand Institute on all trade mark-related matters and managing trademark registrations worldwide.

Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners Rechtsanwälte GmbH (SCWP Schindhelm)

Located in Wels, the IP team at Saxinger, Chalupsky & Partners Rechtsanwälte GmbH (SCWP Schindhelm) has a strong client base in Upper Austria. The group handles a range of trade mark and patent law including enforcement and is also active in niche areas such as misuse of domain names and internet-related IP matters. Trade mark expert Maximilian Gumpoldsberger jointly heads the team with TMT specialist Michael Pachinger and Reinhard Paulitsch, who is noted for trade mark and unfair competition matters.

Practice head(s):

Michael Pachinger; Maximilian Gumpoldsberger; Reinhard Paulitsch

Key clients

Patent South Africa, Dr. Gerntholtz Inc Intellectual Property Lawyers

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

CC1 Immobilien GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising SIA Social Impact on the acquisition and administration of the union trade mark SOCIAL IMPACT AWARD from Vienna University of Economics.
  • Advising Patent South Africa, Dr. Gerntholtz Inc Intellectual Property Lawyers on cross-border trade mark issues.
  • Advising CC1 Immobilien GmbH on complex issues arising from the trade mark “LEAD INVEST”.

Schindler Attorneys

Schindler Attorneys covers a wide array of IP work including patents, trade marks, copyright and design law. Counsel Julia Kusznier is the key team member and also heads the IP/IT practice. She has considerable knowledge of information technology, data protection and software law on top of her IP specialism.

Practice head(s):

Julia Kusznier

Key clients

Lindt & Sprüngli Austria GmbH

Beach Majors GmbH

ACTS Communications GmbH

Deutsche Telekom AG

Toyota Frey Holding

Checkrobin GmbH

Paragon GP GmbH

LexisNexis

Österreichische Marshallplan Jubiläumsstiftung

Sarah Thor

Singvogel GmbH

Christof Holding

Wingpaper GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advised Beach Majors on all IP and civil law matters, in particular trade mark law and unfair competition law.
  • Advising LexisNexis on all trade mark-related matters, in particular in connection with the development of a trade mark strategy for new research tools.
  • Advising Lindt & Sprüngli Austria on legal matters in Austria, including representing the client in litigation.