Intellectual property in Austria

DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH

DORDA Rechtsanwälte GmbH acts for clients across the full spectrum of industries in precedent-setting matters, including ECJ disputes concerning trade marks, copyrights and licensing rights. The team is well versed in matters at the forefront of technological developments while also handling ongoing portfolio management, including defending clients’ IP rights globally. ‘Quick and strategic thinker’ Axel Anderl leads the team, specialising in copyright and trade mark and outsourcing matters, with a particular focus on software. Andreas Seling‘s practice bridges trade mark law and unfair competition, with Alexandra Ciarnau focusing on IP developments in relation to AI and Blockchain. Ida Woltran is building up the firm’s patent capabilities while also handling copyright matters.

Practice head(s):

Axel Anderl

Other key lawyers:

Andreas Seling; Alexandra Ciarnau; Ida Woltran


‘Andreas Seling: high level of expertise and an exemplary strategist. Axel Anderl: flexibility, professional expertise. Alexandra Ciarnau: high level of comprehension and thinks with the stakeholder in mind. Ida Woltran: very good expertise, fast.’

‘The team is impressive in both size and skill. For every aspect they have a specialist and work together smoothly. They have a very fresh attitude, working in the spirit of a start-up, which matches our philosophy.’

‘Everyone in the team has their niche. It does not matter whom you are interacting with, you always get the same incredible client care. Axel Anderl stands out as he created the team and leads it with passion. Andreas Seling, Ida Woltran and Alexandra Ciarnau also do a fantastic job.’

‘DORDA Rechtsanwälte is impressive in its collaboration with the diverse team that looked after our matters regarding applicable copyright law. Questions that arose during the process were answered spontaneously, which is essential for efficient and solution-oriented collaboration.’

‘Strong team of bright, responsive lawyers who communicate well.’

‘Axel Anderl is highly personable, approachable and capable. Andreas Seling similarly. Strong on soft IP, such as copyright and trade marks.’

‘I am a huge fan of Axel Anderl. He is a quick and strategic thinker. He manages the team well, making sure that he is there when needed. Ida Woltran is my discovery of the last year when I had more patent law issues. She is very calm, efficient and pragmatic. She also has good knowledge of international standards.’

‘Team leader Axel Anderl is THE IP-/IT-lawyer to go to in Austria, the clear number one. He is very smart, charming, has been specialising in this field for ages and has unbeaten client dedication.’

Key clients



T-Mobile Austria (Magenta)


Stadt Wien Marketing

Bundesministerium für Bildung, Wissenschaft und Forschung


ÖBB Personenverkehr


Wein & Co

Wiener Symphoniker

Better Life Tech

KO-TRAST/Birds of Trust

Taurus App GmbH/ fair by share GmbH

Wenna (Anna Inspiring Jewellery)




Pluz Care GmbH

Amann Girrbach

Commend International

VIG – Vienna Insurance Group


Varroc Lightning Systems

Work highlights

  • Represented Strato in a dispute before the ECJ on copyright levies for cloud storage services against collecting society Austro-Mechana.
  • Acted for Canal+ in a dispute before the ECJ on the applicability of the uplink state principle for the activities of a satellite bouquet provider against Austrian collecting society AKM.
  • Managed woom’s global trade mark portfolio, including representation in various proceedings against copycats.

Gassauer-Fleissner Rechtsanwälte

Handling the full gamut of advisory, transactional and litigious IP matters, Gassauer-Fleissner Rechtsanwälte is particularly noted for its patents practice in the pharmaceutical sector, maintaining a strong reputation for representing drug developers against generics and biosimilars manufacturers. On the non-contentious front, the team is sought after for IT contracting and licensing deals, including co-existence agreements and IP transfers tied to M&A transactions. The team is jointly led by Christian Gassauer-Fleissner Rechtsanwälte, who regularly acts as an arbitrator while also representing clients in patent disputes; Dominik Göbel, who has ‘incredible expertise’ in pharma and life sciences patent disputes; and the ‘outstanding’ Manuel Wegrostek, who spearheads the firm’s trade mark prosecution practice.

Practice head(s):

Christian Gassauer-Fleissner; Dominik Göbel; Manuel Wegrostek

Other key lawyers:

Paul Reiter


‘Well organised to cover every single issue that might come up in litigation.’

‘Manuel Wegrostek is one of the lawyers you can call in the middle of the night and he knows the correct answer to your question. Outstanding.’

‘The team has a long-standing practice in IP litigation and is highly recommended for all matters of intellectual property and IT on a national and international level. Advice is always given fast, to the point and with a focus on the major risks and potential outcomes.’

Key clients

TTTech Group

Society of the Friends of Music in Vienna

Münze Österreich

Playbrush GmbH

LEVY Fertility Care

Vienna Marketing & Energy Contracting

Delica AG

WeBandits GmbH

5Haus Media GmbH

KUKLA Lifestyle GmbH

Proxygen GmbH


The ‘knowledgeable and experienced’ team at GEISTWERT, consisting of Constantin Kletzer, Juliane Messner, Max Mosing and Rainer Schultes covers the full range of IP matters, assisting both national and international clients with the management of their portfolios and filings, while frequently acting in disputes concerning infringements, cancellation and opposition proceedings. The practice also routinely advises on the transfer of IP rights tied to transactions, including conducting due diligence checks. The firm maintains a broad client base, with the food and beverage and automotive sectors driving a significant percentage of the firm’s work, in addition to its strong niche in the video game industry.

Practice head(s):

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


‘I have been working with Constantin Kletzer for many years. He is always attentive to clients’ needs and is able to find practical and efficient solutions, especially when cases are complex.’

‘GEISTWERT offers a fast service for all questions relating to IP, the orientation is customer-friendly and pragmatic and the skills of the lawyers are completely convincing.’

‘Constantin Kletzer has a pragmatic approach to given issues, works in a results-oriented manner and finds creative solutions that go outside the box.’

Key clients

Red Bull

Red Bull Media House

German Football League


Warner Music Group





Hugo Boss

Christian Louboutin


Phillips 66/Conoco



OTTO Group

Work highlights

  • Advised the founders of on various IP matters tied to an investment by Microsoft.
  • Represented Red Bull Media House in several media regulatory proceedings initiated against RBMH’s TV channel ServusTV concerning allegedly inaccurate Covid-19 content.
  • Advised WienTourismus on all intellectual property issues, including the launch of a new app.

Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte)

The ‘very rigorous’ Schoenherr (Schönherr Rechtsanwälte) team is known for handling the full range of IP mandates, regularly appearing before Austria’s Supreme Court and the ECJ in patent and trade mark infringement disputes, and cases of unfair competition. The practice also provides international IP rights enforcement support, assisting clients with the ongoing management of their IP portfolios. Leading the practice is a three-person team consisting of Michael Woller, whose focus is on patent and trade mark litigation, copyright and unfair competition specialist Christian Schumacher, and Dominik Hofmarcher, whose practice spans non-traditional trade marks within the media, sports and entertainment sectors.

Practice head(s):

Michael Woller; Christian Schumacher; Dominik Hofmarcher

Other key lawyers:

Alexander Pabst


‘Very rigorous, with strong legal skills and deep knowledge of relevant case law. At the same time, pragmatic and business-oriented, with clear recommendations for complex situations.’

‘I warmly recommend Michael Woller and Alexander Pabst. Both have excellent listening skills, are very much involved and very agreeable to work with. Alexander provides added value by digging into details. Michael provides very clear recommendations.’

‘Schoenherr’s IP practice is unparalleled in its service. We, as clients, feel that we receive top professional service, and the team demonstrates excellent competence. We have numerous trademark applications all over the world, which are handled by Schoenherr.’

‘Dominik Hofmarcher and Michael Woller always act in a friendly and competent manner. They take time to deal with our concerns in a focused manner. We are shown all possible courses of action and are always given a recommendation for action, accelerating our decision-making process.’

‘Great team and very helpful.’

‘Global know-how in trade mark compliance.’

‘Dominik Hofmarcher has an outstanding know-how in trade mark consulting with a global perspective. He has particular experience in multinational production enterprises.’

Key clients

A-Nobis Sektkellerei


Angst + Pfister



Authentic Brands Group

BKS Bank

Brau Union Österreich AG




Deutsche Telekom


Dominic Thiem

EGLO Leuchten GmbH

Erste Bank


Fassbinderei Klaus Pauscha

Gallup International Association

Grand Production

Institute of Science and Technology


Louis Vuitton Malletier




Power Horse Energy Drinks

Samsung Group



STAMAG Stadlauer Malzfabrik


UNIQA Insurance Group AG

voestalpine Böhler Welding Group

Work highlights

  • Represented Serbian TV production company Grand Production in copyright infringement proceedings before the ECJ, brought against a Serbian IPTV/streaming service provider and its Austrian subsidiary.
  • Acted for Uber B.V. and Uber Austria GmbH in a series of conflicts against Taxi 40100, a Viennese taxi operator, litigated under the unfair competition regime.
  • Secured an EU-wide preliminary injunction against imitations produced by a discount private label product on behalf of the manufacturer of Jägermeister.

Schwarz Schönherr Rechtsanwälte OEG

Schwarz Schönherr Rechtsanwälte OEG represents a broad range of clients a variety of industries, including pharmaceuticals, fashion, and food and beverages. The group is known for its expansive knowledge of trade mark prosecution and litigation, patent disputes, copyrights and unfair competition issues. The IP aspects of international advertising campaigns, and the management of clients’ global IP portfolios are areas of expertise for the team. Practice co-head Georg Schönherr is a trade marks specialist whose practice also encompasses unfair competition, while co-head Markus Grötschl focuses on anti-counterfeiting proceedings for fashion industry clients among others. Patent litigator Thomas Adocker left the practice to join Taylor Wessing enwc Rechtsanwälte GmbH in April 2023.

Practice head(s):

Georg Schönherr; Markus Grötschl


Schwarz Schönherr is our go-to law firm in Austria. Georg Schönherr and Markus Grötschl are very experienced trade mark lawyers, always reliable, “hands-on” and highly recommended. It is a pleasure working with them.’

‘Best IP boutique in Austria! Georg Schönherr and Markus Grötschel are outstanding, know the market, are responsive and successful.’

‘They are a small boutique, but focused on IP law. This makes communication very easy and their work very efficient.’

Key clients



Ascott Hotels

Astro Lighting





Christian Dior

DAF trucks


Fashion One

Fashion TV international

Formula One



George Gina & Lucy

Giorgio Armani


Jack Wolfskin

J.A.N. Promotion

Tibor Kovac



Louis Vuitton

MAN Truck & Bus


MIP Metro Group

Mischief Films








Samsung Electronics

Schweppes International

Suntory Holdings

Starbucks Coffee

Tommy Hilfiger

TPA Steuerberatung


Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwälte GmbH & Co KG

Wolf Theiss Rechtsanwälte GmbH & Co KG acts for numerous notable names in the digital industry, advising social media platforms and streaming services on contentious and non-contentious IP licensing matters, ongoing trade mark and copyright portfolio management. The team frequently appears before the Austrian Patent Office in patent infringement hearings, handling multi-jurisdictional matters with its strong niche in the life sciences sector. Practice head Georg Kresbach advises media, telecoms and ISP clients on the gamut of hard and soft IP matters, while Maren Jergolla-Wagner specialises in life sciences related trade mark matters.

Practice head(s):

Georg Kresbach

Other key lawyers:

Adolf Zemann; Maren Jergolla-Wagner


‘Deep industry knowledge, allowing to provide specialised trademark services, strong international presence and client-centric approach.’

‘Georg Kresbach and Maren Jergolla-Wagner both strive to understand the client’s business goals and tailor trademark strategies to align with their objectives.’

‘The WT team has proven to be both capable and creative when it comes to finding solutions for problems at hand. In addition, they are always available, and always swiftly execute, which is highly appreciated.’

‘Maren Jergolla-Wagner is always available, has great oversight, and has been really patient finding solutions for IP-related problems we are facing. She is able to break down complex matters into understandable parameters on which I am able to base my decisions.’

Key clients

Meta Platforms





The Walt Disney Company

Edwards Lifesciences

KELAG-Kärntner Elektrizitäts

Advance Magazine Publishers

The Condé Nast Publications

Muse Electronics

Crombie 1805

Hotel Cipriani

Premier Padel

Black Diamond Equipment Europe

Dentsply Sirona


Österreichische Universitätenkonferenz

Work highlights

  • Advised Meta in court proceedings initiated by ORF regarding a potential defamatory Facebook posting by an Austrian politician.
  • Acted for OBI on a trademark protection application before the Austrian Patent Office for the colour orange.
  • Represented of Mastercard in court proceedings related to an alleged infringement of a patent for a software to operate secure online payment services.

Binder Grösswang

With a strong focus on TMT, Binder Grösswang frequently assists clients with the registration and enforcement of IP rights in Austria and abroad, trade mark licensing and transfers tied to M&A transactions, and copyright and trade mark infringement claims. Ivo Rungg heads the practice, advising clients on the defence of their trade marks globally, specialising in assisting clients in the advertising and e-commerce sectors, while also providing support with licensing and IT contracts. Michael Horak maintains a broad practice encompassing copyrights, design rights and unfair competition proceedings, while Hellmut Buchroithner is noted for his broad knowledge of IP licensing and enforcement.

Practice head(s):

Ivo Rungg

Other key lawyers:

Michael Horak; Hellmut Buchroithner


‘The firm has one of the most professional and biggest IP teams in Austria. They can swiftly and efficiently handle any matter, including litigation, non-contentious advice, contracts, transactions and IP prosecution.’

‘Michael Horak has great experience and is always up-to-date with recent case law and developments. This deep knowledge of IP case law allows him to provide advice straight to the point. Definitely one of the top IP partners in Austria.’

‘Very consistent IP team with long-standing experience.’

‘Ivo Rungg is very responsive and nice to work with. Hellmut Buchroithner is a very experienced counsel in the IP team.’

‘All team members have extensive experience in all the IP fields where we require their assistance. All are committed, friendly and easy-going. A pleasure to work with them.’

‘Ivo Rungg wants what is best for our company and sees our company’s success as an extension of his own. Hellmut Buchroithner is reasonable and very practical through every issue. His solution-oriented attitude makes it easy to work with him and it is obvious that he always aims to provide the best services available to his clients.’

‘Exceptional experience with this firm! Their deep understanding of clients’ needs and empathetic approach set them apart. The team’s expertise, coupled with innovative technology, ensures efficient and precise services. Highly recommended!’

‘Working with the individuals at this firm has been truly exceptional. What makes them stand out is their unparalleled dedication to client satisfaction. Their personalized approach, combined with a deep understanding of the law, distinguishes them from competitors.’

Key clients

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

AHT Cooling Sytems GmbH


Anadi Bank

Andrea Kollar





Embracer Group

Frey Wille


Hypo Vorarlberg Bank

KIA Austria

Kitzbühel Tourismus


LVMH Group

Moser Holding Aktiengesellschaft

OVE Österreichischer Verband für Elektrotechnik

Renault Österreich

SOS Kinderdorf


Springer Kommunaltechnik

Stocard (Klarna)

Thermos LLC

Tiroler Glashütte


Zillertal Tourismus

Work highlights

  • Advised AHT Cooling Systems on its trademark and design portfolio.
  • Assisted SOS Kinderdorf with the establishment of international trade mark and licensing system.

CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte GmbH

CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz Rechtsanwälte GmbH's ‘extremely competent’ team advises clients on all aspects of IP projects, including trade mark, copyright and patent registrations and prosecutions. The group often leverages its international network to assist clients with long-running global portfolio management, in addition to handling matters concerning trade secrets and traditional IP disputes. Practice head Egon Engin-Deniz takes a ‘direct, bold and very effective’ approach to trade mark, patent and domain issues when assisting pharmaceutical, IT and consumer clients. Gabriela Staber's maintains a regulatory and IP focused practice, while Hans Lederer, who was promoted to partner in February 2023, focuses on trade mark prosecution and copyright matters.

Practice head(s):

Egon Engin-Deniz

Other key lawyers:

Hans Lederer; Gabriela Staber; Jia Schulz-Cao


‘The team has excellent industry sector knowledge and offered very to the point, practical and highly effective advice. They are quick and approachable and really like what they are doing. It is a perfect match, both for strategic advice and in court proceedings.

‘Egon Engin-Deniz stands out, being the most experienced lawyer. He is direct, bold and very effective. Handles complex cross border work. Jia Schulz-Cao works round the clock.’

‘The CMS team is extremely competent, its availability is excellent – they are always available for a brief telephone exchange – and promised timelines are always adhered to.’

‘Gabriela Staber not only answers various legal enquiries, but also draws up or reviews contracts and conducts proceedings. She does all this very professionally and reliably. Dr. Staber is a person with whom it is a pleasure to work.’

‘Hans Lederer is my rock in the storm concerning copyright. There is no question that surprises him and on which he does not provide a legal assessment in a comprehensible form within a short time. He also proactively keeps me up to date on issues that are relevant to my business.’

‘Hans Lederer is my preferred contact at this firm, outstanding IP law expert and very client-focused.’

Key clients

Coty Inc

Falco Privatstiftung




Österreichische Galerie Belvedere

Work highlights

  • Advised Bioquadrat/BIOGEST on its trade mark portfolio as well as internal and external licensing of IP rights, know-how and trade secrets and counselling in brand evaluation.
  • Represented Josephinenhütte and its designer in various trade mark and design infringement matters against Zalto Glas GmbH and Riedel Glas, as well as in proceedings before the EUIPO.
  • Advised the Austrian national museum Belvedere on structuring the first museum-related NFT project in Austria.

Brauneis Rechtsanwälte

Brauneis Rechtsanwälte regularly acts for clients in the spirits and cosmetics industries, appearing before Austrian and European courts and IP offices in both trade mark prosecutions and disputes, copyrights, and  product piracy related matters. ‘Hard-working, diligent and creative litigator’ Martin Reinisch leads the team, with his broad practice including design, copyright and trade mark disputes, anti-counterfeiting advice and portfolio management.

Practice head(s):

Martin Reinisch


‘I work mostly with Martin Reinisch, who is known for handling high profile cases. He is well connected and has longstanding experience and profound legal knowledge. Martin is also capable of offering practical and business oriented solutions.’

‘I have worked with Martin Reinisch for years and have got to know him as a hard-working, diligent and creative litigator.’

‘Martin Reinisch offers deep insights and manages cases with the client in mind.’

‘Based on my experience of working with Brauneis and, in particular, Martin Reinisch, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them to anyone looking for attorneys with vast experience and knowledge, who take the time to properly get to know their clients and their needs/goals, to enable them to provide tailored, pragmatic advice as required.’

‘Martin is everything you could ever want in an attorney – sharp, knowledgeable, efficient and proactive. He is also extremely friendly and approachable – a delight to work with!’

‘I work a lot with Martin Reinisch. He is excellent. He is a very thorough lawyer, but at the same time very practical. If academic support in needed in a matter, he is able to find the right scholar/professor to assist us. ’

‘The individuals are responsive, business focused and solution oriented. Mr Martin Reinisch stands out giving highly accurate advice with the client’s business in focus. He is our man in Austria!’

‘Martin Reinisch and his team have very broad IP knowledge, advise us on all kinds of matters and sometimes even anticipate our needs before we are aware of them ourselves. They also take special care to always explain complex situations in a transparent and understandable way.’

Key clients

Spirits International Group

Shiseido (Beauté Prestige Intenational SA)


Quality Austria

Bacardi & Co Ltd.

Moët Hennessy Österreich GmbH

Choon’s Design LLC

CANNA International B.V.

Lalique Parfum SA

Ponti & Partners, SLP

Mani Bläuel GmbH


Spruson & Ferguson (Hong Kong) Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented SPI Group in dispute regarding ownership of the “Stolichnaya” trade mark.
  • Acted for Quality Austria in various trade mark disputes and other IP matters.
  • Advised the Shiseido Group in anti-counterfeiting and other IP matters regarding their cosmetics brands.


GRAF ISOLA's caseload primarily consists of contentious IP work, with the team representing clients from a diverse array of sectors on matters of trade mark and patent disputes against infringers in Austria, Europe and further afield. The ‘very reliable’ Claudia Csáky heads the team, advising on unfair competition matters on top of her patent and trade mark disputes practice. Csaky is also noted for her extensive experience in applying for new trade marks, and the management of IP portfolios.

Practice head(s):

Claudia Csáky


‘The team is very well versed in the law and collaborative. The GRAF ISOLA team always takes a very thoughtful approach and works through difficult issues. Every attorney we have dealt with is of the highest quality.’

‘Very responsive and professional team. Nice to work with.’

‘Claudia Csáky provides well-informed advice to clients. Her ability to analyse complex legal issues and develop creative solutions is a valuable quality. She can explain complex legal concepts in a way that clients can easily understand. Dr. Csáky consistently meets deadlines.

‘Claudia Csáky is very reliable, quick and has outstanding expertise.’

‘The IP team is very competent and quick. They support us in all IP matters, especially trade mark filing/registration and trade mark disputes.’

‘Claudia Csáky has great knowledge and a lot of experience with IP matters.’

‘GRAF ISOLA is able to understand different markets and their IP needs and offers huge experience nationally and internationally. The collaboration is outstanding and is getting even better.’

‘Claudia Csáky and her team are beyond state of the art. She is curious to understand complex new territories and applies her knowledge and experience in the right way. She is always digging into the topic and asking the right questions.’

Key clients

KTM Fahrrad GmbH

Digip AB

UAB Furniture1

HyCentA Research GmbH AG

J&L Garrigues, S.L.P.

LUKOIL International GmbH

Brokkoli Advertising Network GmbH & Co KG


Delux Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised KTM Fahrrad GmbH on an infringement of a license agreement by the motorcycle manufacturer KTM group.
  • Acted for Digip AB on an infringement of the regulations laid out in the Act on Unfair Competition.
  • Assisted the Esterházy group with a number of trade mark and copyright matters.

KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH

KWR Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte GmbH handles a range of contentious and non-contentious IP matters, with a growing trade mark portfolio management practice complimenting its litigious patent, copyright and trade mark capabilities. The team represents clients both bringing and defending infringement claims, and is also well versed in handling the IP aspects of M&A transactions and licensing deals. Practice head Barbara Kuchar provides ‘insightful, clear and practical advice’ on the full spectrum of IP matters and unfair competition issues.

Practice head(s):

Barbara Kuchar


‘Barbara Kuchar is hands-on, giving insightful, clear and practical advice. It gives you confidence that you are getting the best advice for your clients.’

‘The personal interaction that the firm maintains with its clients and customers not only ensures that all important information is fully shared, but also that one is always kept up to date.’

‘Barbara Kuchar is extremely experienced, thoughtful, fast and very pleasant to work with. She always proceeds strategically and appropriately for the situation, with a very good sense of proportion.’

‘Barbara Kuchar provides very user-friendly advice that shows she truly understands the nuances of the law and is able to apply them practically to help solve our client’s business problems, rather than just regurgitate legal facts that do not help clients!’

‘Barbara Kuchar’s advice is always spot on and clear and concise, such that I don’t have to ask a lot of follow-up questions; she also provides creative solutions, thinking outside the box on complicated enforcement matters and helping to try to solve problems instead of create more!’

‘Barbara Kuchar and her team have been a reliable and highly qualified business partner for many years. Understanding the particularities of our industry is one of their big assets.’

‘Barbara and her team act quickly and accurately. They ask clear questions to dive deeper into topics when necessary. The collaboration is appreciative and the communication clear, especially if you are not familiar with the subject matter.’

Key clients

Hearonymus GmbH

Roc8 GmbH

Peanuts Worldwider LLC

Ferring B.V.

Franke GmbH

Reckitt Benckiser

Apple Inc.

Earcandy entertainment GmbH

System 7 Railsupport GmbH

Loisium Holding GmbH

cargo-partner GmbH

ADA Möbelwerke GmbH

Sunpor Kunststoff GmbH

Work highlights

  • Represented Franke GmbH in design infringement proceedings against a major Austrian chain of furnishing stores.
  • Took over management of the Chamber of Notaries’ Austrian and international trademark portfolio of approximately 20 trademarks.
  • Took over management of Ferring B.V.’s Austrian trademark portfolio of approximately 10 trademarks.

Taylor Wessing enwc Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Taylor Wessing enwc Rechtsanwälte GmbH augmented its patents practice with the April 2023 arrival of Schwarz Schönherr Rechtsanwälte OEG‘s Thomas Adocker, who adds significant experience in patent litigation before the Viennese division of the UPC. Adocker joins a team that is well versed in managing international trade mark portfolios and handling prosecutions. The practice is headed by Martin Prohaska-Marchried, who also leads the firm’s CEE-wide IP team, regularly assisting clients with trade mark and copyright issues, with her particular area of expertise being copyright levies.

Practice head(s):

Martin Prohaska-Marchried

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Adocker; Erik Steiner


‘Thomas Adocker has represented us for over 6 years in a patent litigation and has proved to be our best choice. He is professional, responsive, and efficient.’

‘Top level in terms of know-how and experience in the field of litigation.’

‘Thomas Adocker is one of the best patent lawyers in the country and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Truly international approach, while still having a very local flavour.’

‘Ability to listen, ability to understand the matter, even in very complex technical cases.’

Key clients

Libro, Pagro, Unito (Otto Versand)

Zimmermann Wear Pty Ltd



Knapp AG

Huuuge Games


Cloos Austria

Nitto Denko Corporation



Zellstoff Pöls AG

Europapier Austria GmbH

ERWO Pharma GmbH

Ceutics Sales GmbH

OPST Obst Partner Steiermark GmbH

Pro Medico Handels GmbH

Modern Art Museum (Kärnten)





A1 Telekom Austria AG

Broken Rules Interactive Media GmbH

Work highlights

  • Represented a leading European transportation provider against greenwashing claims by a consumer protection organization.
  • Advised Sandoz in a patent infringement case brought against them by Bayer.
  • Acted for ERWO in an unfair competition proceeding concerning food supplements with SPERMIDINE.

ABP Anwälte Burger & Partner Rechtsanwalt GmbH

IP boutique ABP Anwälte Burger & Partner Rechtsanwalt GmbH works closely with the firm’s Munich and Zurich offices to provide patent and trade mark prosecution and litigation services across the DACH region. The practice’s leadership group consists of Hannes Burger, who founded the firm, and is also a qualified patent attorney; soft IP specialist Clemens OfnerKatarina Casals Ide, who focuses on IP contracting and licensing; criminal patent and trade mark expert Esther Humpl-Wagner; and Eike Schaper, who leads the firm's litigation practice.

Practice head(s):

Hannes Burger; Clemens Ofner; Katarina Casals Ide; Esther Humpl-Wagner; Eike Schaper


‘A point of reference for competencies and quality.’

‘Beside excellent legal skills in the relevant field of IP law and a remarkable track record in respective disputes and litigations, ABP has in depth knowledge about our market, technology and our history.’

‘Hannes Burger has in depth legal and technical skills in technology that are relevant for our business, provides tailored legal and technical advice with the aim to generate value add for us as customer. Clemens Ofner also has in depth legal skills and practice in trade mark law.’

‘Burger & Partner offers a broad spectrum of services in the field of intellectual property protection. Everyone at this practice is very skilled in their fields and they all have a deep understanding of the technical field they are dealing with.’

‘Katarina Casals Ide is professional, competent, demonstrates client-oriented thinking when drafting contracts, very flexible in terms of time and meets agreed deadlines.’

‘Fast acting, whatever-it-takes attitude, deep knowledge in German unfair competition law, long-standing collaboration with deep knowledge of our markets and applications, very un-bureaucratic and easy to work with.’

‘Eike Schaper has deep knowledge of German unfair competition law in practice and based on many successful cases, as well as in German IP cases. He guides us through complex cases, always mentioning consequences and costs of scenarios and next steps.’

‘They are unique in the way they collaborate with their clients. They always try to find the best solution for us, but at the same time never forget to show all available options.’

Key clients

HUECK Rheinische GmbH


Rosenbauer International GmbH

Coveris Management GmbH

Greiner Bio-One International GmbH


Atomic Austria GmbH


Baker McKenzie Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG

Baker McKenzie Rechtsanwälte LLP & Co KG focuses on advising digital clients and those in the IT sector on a range of IP matters, displaying expertise in digital copyrights and licensing agreements. The group also leverages its international network of offices to handle cross-border trade mark portfolio management. Team lead Lukas Feiler is known for assisting a wide variety of clients in digital industries, ranging from e-commerce to software development, and IT service provision with copyright and trade mark issues. Michaela Petsche regularly represents clients in trade mark and copyright litigation, with a focus on the European market.

Practice head(s):

Lukas Feiler

Other key lawyers:

Michaela Petsche; Martina Grama


‘Lukas Feiler is a brilliant data protection/IT law expert, and Michaela Petsche one of the best IP lawyers in Austria – both are great to work with.’

‘Martina Grama: efficient and friendly delivery of requested advice, good communication and very engaged.’

‘Michaela Petsche and Lukas Feiler are both great lawyers with a very knowledgeable, pragmatic approach. I would highly recommend them to anyone who is looking for an expert.’

Key clients


Swarovski AG

General Motors

Mondi Group

Maxenergy GmbH

RE/MAX Europe

Work highlights

  • Assisted Mondi Group with the management of its global trade mark portfolio, including advice on trade mark protection strategies and the restructuring of the client’s trade mark administration processes to maximize efficiency.
  • Represented RE/MAX on an ongoing basis concerning IP matters.
  • Acted for MaxEnergy in several IP disputes and advised on legal questions relating to a variety of IP matters.

Cerha Hempel

Cerha Hempel‘s IP team, described by one client as a ‘beacon of unparalleled excellence' manages the IP portfolios for numerous international clients, providing trade mark and patent prosecution, and licensing advice and acting for clients in the food, biotechnology and life sciences sectors, among others, in contentious matters. Leading the team is Mark Krenn, whose practice encompasses both IP and unfair competition disputes, while 'paragon of legal excellence' Alina Alavi Kia's area of expertise lies at the intersection of trade mark, copyright and food law.

Practice head(s):

Mark Krenn

Other key lawyers:

Alina Alavi Kia


‘The IP team at Cerha Hempel is very committed. Not only professionally, but also on a human level. There are few in this field who bring such a high level of expertise.’

‘Alina Alavi Kia is a lawyer one can only wish for. She has repeatedly impressed me with her expertise. She always has an open ear for her clients and tries to find the best possible way to solve the needs of her clients problems. She is a machine.’

‘The team has an excellent international network, which enables them to handle cross-border cases in the shortest time possible. Prompt responsiveness, good negotiators.’

‘Alina Alavi Kia is a pragmatic opponent who always stands up for her clients’ interests. Very solution-oriented and extremely empathic. Never negotiated with someone more efficient.

‘Alavi Kia is not only extremely smart, quick on her feet and tactical but also very humble and empathic. She understands the pain of legal issues and aims for the best possible solution for the client. She anticipates next steps and finds a solution.’

‘In the vast landscape of legal luminaries, the IP team of Cerha Hempel stands as a beacon of unparalleled excellence. Their mastery in intellectual property is nothing short of legendary. Not only do they deliver content that is both profound and impeccable, but they also craft business-oriented solutions that are nothing short of genius.’

‘Alina Alavi Kia is a paragon of legal excellence in the realm of intellectual property. With a hands-on approach, she navigates her clients with strategic precision and pragmatic insights. Alina distils complex legalities into clear, straightforward language.’

‘Mark Krenn masterfully directs the IP team, delivering unparalleled strategic advice that sets new industry standards. His profound expertise in IP, coupled with an astute grasp of the dynamic realm of AI, firmly establishes him as an authoritative voice in this specialised field.’

Key clients

McDonald´s Corporation

LEAD Horizon GmbH

SPAR Österreichische Warenhandels-AG

Wiener Netze GmbH

Nestlé Deutschland AG

Work highlights

  • Handled the trade mark administration of McDonald’s Austrian trademark portfolio, including clearance searches for new product launches.
  • Advised LEAD HORIZON on its general trade mark strategy and rights enforcement.
  • Assisted an Austrian food retailers in relation to food law, copyright, IT agreements/licensing, consumer protection, media law and unfair competition.

E+H Rechtsanwälte GmbH

E+H Rechtsanwälte GmbH's ‘highly diligent and effective’ IP team often collaborates with the firm’s competition and data protection specialists to assist clients with the management of their IP portfolios and IP-heavy transactions. The group is also known for acting in contentious matters, handling infringement proceedings before the Austrian courts. Andreas Zellhofer leads the team, advising clients at the intersection of unfair competition and trade mark, copyright or patent law, while Helmut Liebel assists with matters touching on IP, IT and data protection issues.

Practice head(s):

Andreas Zellhofer

Other key lawyers:

Helmut Liebel; Florian Sagmeister


‘Strong teamwork skills and profound knowledge.’

‘I worked with Andreas Zellhofer on numerous projects and was astonished by his deep IP/IT and competition knowledge. Always friendly and fully committed to his work. ‘

‘For IP matters, Helmut Liebel is our number one contact, with exceptional knowledge and experience in the IT industry. Helmut brings a unique technical understanding and background to his legal work that is unmatched on the Austrian market. His attention to detail is invaluable.’

‘E+H’s IP practice group is highly diligent and effective. We really enjoy working with them.’

‘Despite his young age, Helmut Liebel is a very experienced IP lawyer, which the opposing side has learned again and again to their chagrin. We value his technical background knowledge and structured approach. In his field he is a star that is rising steadily, with no end in sight.’

‘Andreas Zellhofer and Helmut Liebl were extremely professional and well-organised, a pleasure to work with.’

‘Helmut Liebl is an excellent and ambitious young IP attorney whom we can recommend to anyone.’

Key clients




Jung von Matt

Wien Energie


Stark Group

Verein Plattform Fenster Österreich

Work highlights

  • Advised Microsoft on the lawful use of Office 365 cloud computing services by Austrian business customers.
  • Represented Toyota in legal proceedings regarding trade mark infringements.
  • Advised Stark Group on the acquisition of Schilowsky and Dach & Wand.

Herbst Kinsky Rechtsanwalte GmbH

Trade mark, copyright, unfair competition and advertising mandates all fall under the umbrella of Herbst Kinsky Rechtsanwalte GmbH‘s IP practice, which specialises in advising start-ups. With its strong industry focus on the pharmaceutical, biotech and IT sectors, the team works closely with the M&A team to handle IP-heavy transactions, while also taking on cancellation and opposition proceedings. Leading the team is Sonja Hebenstreit, whose ‘amazing expertise’ spans licensing and IT issues. Hebenstreit is noted for her extensive experience in advising life sciences clients.

Practice head(s):

Sonja Hebenstreit


‘Prompt, efficient and qualified turn-arounds of enquiries made, international orientation.’

‘Sonja Hebenstreit is my key contact, always able to compose a team suitable for the task at hand.’

‘We enjoy working with Herbst Kinsky a lot – they combine in-depth know how with broad experience, and their advice is straight to the point and pragmatic. Very experienced people with a lot of know-how.’

‘Outstanding team head Sonja Hebenstreit and her excellent team always provide great advice in intellectual property matters. They understand the needs of the client and support us in a very precise but pragmatic way.’

‘The Herbst Kinsky team combines outstanding expertise with a pragmatic approach and quick turnaround times. Sonja Hebenstreit is extremely experienced and easy to work with. The collaboration with her and her team is always a pleasure.’

‘Sonja Hebenstreit is a very experienced IP lawyer with amazing expertise and at the same time easy to work with. She concentrates on the right issues and is very effective. A particular stand-out is her expertise in patent and know-how licensing matters.’

‘We love to work with Herbst Kinsky because they provide advice straight to the point. They have a lot of experience and expertise in basically all IP matters.’

‘Sonja Hebenstreit provides great expertise and experience in IP matters, especially in a life sciences context. She is also an extremely reliable person and very pleasant to work with.’

Key clients

Alpha Republic GmbH

Biogena group


Cirse Society

BRA Trading & Service GmbH

Funline International



Tower 10


Vienna Textile Lab

B.A.C.K. Grafik und Multimedia GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advised Alpha Republic GmbH on various unfair competition, trade mark and copyright matters.
  • Assisted Vienna Textile Lab with patent and know-how licensing matters.
  • Acted for the Cirse Group regarding its trade mark portfolio, including trade mark registration and opposition proceedings.

PENDL MAIR Attorneys at Law

Specialising in trade marks with broad expertise in patent related matters, PENDL MAIR Attorneys at Law is adept at managing an extensive range of trade mark portfolios, conducting prosecution proceedings, and acting in disputes concerning unfair competition claims, when necessary. The team is jointly led by the ‘simply top’ Rudolf Pendl and ‘outstanding specialist’ Gerald Mair, both of whom handle the full spectrum of hard and soft IP law, and Sebastian Feurstein, who advises on trade mark prosecution and enforcement strategies.

Practice head(s):

Rudolf Pendl; Gerald Mair; Sebastian Feurstein


‘A perfectly balanced team, the people that make up the firm are prepared and dedicated professionals.’

‘Both Rudolf Pendl and Gerald Mair possess unique connections and expertise that makes their practice thrive.’

‘Hands on, super responsive, great value.’

Key clients

voestalpine High Performance Metals GmbH

Hoerbiger Group

Swarco AG

Austrian Chamber of Commerce

University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna

Regionalmedien Austria AG

LightCyde New Media Solutions GmbH

Lemberona Handels GmbH

WWP Weirather – Wenzel & Partner GmbH

Deublin Company LLC



Towern3000 Projekt und Medienagentur GmbH

Pure Haircare GmbH

Aqua Power Wasservitalisierungsgeräte GmbH

M.J.Gonzales GmbH

SignTime GmbH

The Movement IP B.V.

Certible GmbH

Color Vision B.V.

Faber GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advised voestalpine Group on a coexistence agreement for an important trade mark.
  • Assisting the Hoerbiger Group with around 20 cases pending worldwide, including multiple infringement cases, official proceedings and domain phishing, among others.
  • Acted for SWARCO AG on several objections and oppositions as well as infringements of trade marks, copyrights and patents worldwide.

SAXINGER Rechtsanwalts GmbH

SAXINGER Rechtsanwalts GmbH's IP team has broad expertise spanning the divide between trade mark and patent enforcement, and more specialised areas such as the misuse of domains. The team is co-led by Maximilian Gumpoldsberger, who has vast knowledge of trade mark and patent prosecutions and defence strategies, unfair competition specialist Reinhard Paulitsch. Co-head Michael Pachinger combines his IT expertise with his knowledge of trade marks, designs and patents, in addition to being a registered European trade mark and design attorney.

Practice head(s):

Maximilian Gumpoldsberger; Reinhard Paulitsch; Michael Pachinger


‘SCWP Schindhelm’s diversity of expertise enables it to bring fresh perspectives and creative, interdisciplinary solutions to client projects. Their collaborative mindset fosters open communication and ensures that the experts fully understand the client’s goals, resulting in tailored and effective legal solutions.’

‘Michael Pachinger truly stands out due to his exceptional skills, expertise and dedication. What sets him apart from competitors is not only his deep legal knowledge, but also his commitment to delivering outstanding results for his clients.’

Key clients

MatchMaker Sports GmbH

GRT Spedition & Logistik GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advised a major Austrian retailer on management of its brand portfolio and represented it in contentious trade mark proceedings.

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach Rechtsanwälte GmbH

DLA Piper Weiss-Tessbach Rechtsanwälte GmbH handles the full spectrum of contentious and advisory IP matters, with a specialist trade mark filing team assisting clients with prosecution proceedings and the day-to-day management of their portfolios. The team is also experienced in the handling of IP matters tied to transactions, an area in which practice head Sabine Fehringer has extensive expertise, in addition to copyright and trade mark enforcement.

Practice head(s):

Sabine Fehringer

Other key lawyers:

Veronika Appl

Key clients

B&H Holding GmbH

Protect our Winter Europe

Vier Pfoten

Alt-Wiener Schnapsmuseum

Spin Master Corp

Work highlights

  • Advised an international pharmaceutical producer regarding the infringement of one of its most valuable trade marks.
  • Acted for Protect Our Winters Europe on various branding issues, as well as applied for a new European trade mark registration.
  • Provided B&H Holding GmbH trade mark law advice regarding its global trade mark strategy.

EY Law - Pelzmann Gall Größ Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Under the leadership of ‘one of a kind lawyer’ Martin Hanzl, the IP team at EY Law - Pelzmann Gall Größ Rechtsanwälte GmbH specialises in handling the protection and licensing of novel IP, including AI, Blockchain and NFT-related products and services. The practice regularly assists with the prosecution of trade marks in Austria and Europe and represents clients in infringement litigation.

Practice head(s):

Martin Hanzl

Other key lawyers:

Marie Winter


‘This law practice uniquely blends deep legal expertise with advanced knowledge in AI, cryptocurrency and data management. Their tech-savvy lawyers, combined with a collaborative approach, set them apart, offering clients innovative solutions in today’s digital age.

Martin Hanzl stands out as a beacon of excellence. Martin’s recognition in the legal community is well-deserved, and his contributions to both the firm and the broader legal world are invaluable.’

‘We love working with EY Law. Their unmatched expertise and deep knowledge in IP related to new tech set them apart. The team’s multidisciplinary approach ensures comprehensive solutions for clients. Their holistic and forward-thinking approach is unparalleled.’

‘Martin Hanzl is a one of a kind lawyer. He really understands clients’ needs not only from a legal POV, but also from an economic perspective. Having Martin as lawyer, really helps to grow your business.’

‘The team is best known for its vast knowledge in IP around new technologies, especially AI, Blockchain, NFTs and Data Act-related questions. We love that the team is super focused, business-oriented and knows how to negotiate IP terms without putting a deal in jeopardy.’

‘Strong team, especially in the context of transactional advice, and at the interface with startup advisory. Have built up the practice significantly lately.’

‘Very practice-oriented and hands on. Great availability and excellent legal practice.’

‘Martin Hanzl is the best lawyer I have ever worked with. Available around the clock, understands every case instantly, does great research, excellent lawyer.’

Key clients

LimeWire GmbH

Bitpanda GmbH

Matter Labs


SmartBytes GmbH (Coinpanion)

Anticimex GmbH

Spixnet GmbH GmbH

Bundesforschungszentrum für Wald

ReGreen GmbH

Dishtracker GmbH

mediClass Gesundheitsclub GmbH (20x health)

506 Data & Performance GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advised LimeWire on the registration of several national and European trade marks via the Austrian Patent Office and EUIPO.
  • Assisted Matter Labs with an extensive analysis of IP right contracts concerning the management and transfer of IP rights.
  • We advised BFW – Bundesforschungszentrum für Wald on the transfer of IP rights tied to the development of an augmented reality app.

HGF Europe LLP

HGF Europe LLP specialises in providing pan-European patent advice, assisting clients with the prosecution and subsequent defence of their inventions, including coordinating litigation strategies in Austria and abroad. Leading the practice are patent attorneys Jan Robert Naefe who specialises in material sciences; electrical engineering, software and biotech specialist Bernard Ganahl; and Markus Zoller, who routinely handles patent matters for clients in the life sciences and pharmaceutical sectors.

Practice head(s):

Jan Robert Naefe; Bernhard Ganahl; Markus Zoller


‘A team of experts but also great people who are good to deal with.’

‘Bernhard Ganahl is very experienced, professional and a great attorney; a lovely person to deal with. Jan Robert Naefe, in addition to being a great attorney, has great technical knowledge.’

‘HGF includes practitioners in many relevant jurisdictions and can provide service for clients in many different jurisdictions. Together with a very good understanding of the technical aspects of inventions, HGF provides excellent service for clients.’

Key clients

voestalpine AG

Emporia Telecom GmbH & Co KG.

Putz Innova

Work highlights

  • Advised voestalpine on the filing of a large number of patent applications and oppositions.
  • Assisted Emporia on patents matters and also took over management of its brand portfolio.
  • Assisted Syntrac with the filing of a series of patent, trade mark and design applications to protect a new clutch system for tractors and agricultural machinery.

Jank Weiler Operenyi

Jank Weiler Operenyi's IP team leverages the firm's wider network to advise clients on the cross-border protection of their IP rights. The group primarily assists film and media, and luxury goods clients with the registration of their trade marks and copyrights. Practice head Sascha Jung acts on a broad range of IP matters, including infringement disputes and IP protection strategies.

Practice head(s):

Sascha Jung

Other key lawyers:

Christian Kern


‘Sascha Jung is definitely one of the leading attorneys in the Austrian film and media sector. Highly professional, superb international IP knowledge and vast practical experience. Christian Kern is a highly intelligent and top class IP lawyer. ’

‘Sascha and his team assist us in all national and international film productions, as well as in all local and supranational media content work. We engage Sascha and his team due to their high quality work with every IP/TMT matter arising in our business.’

Key clients


Blautöne Media GmbH

BUWOG Holding GmbH

Schenker & Co AG

Deloitte Austria

DOR Film Produktionsgesellschaft m.b.H.

e&a Film GmbH

Exploreal Future GmbH

Felzl GmbH

Mini Film ProKids-Kulturverein Filmproduktions KG

MINTality Stifung


NGEN Smart Grid Systems GmbH

Österreichische Bischofskonferenz

PUIG Deutschland GmbH

PUIG France SA

Sage GmbH

SPIEGEL-Verlag Rudolf Augstein GmbH & Co. KG

TwoNext GmbH & Alles Clara Verein

Verband Angestellter Apotheker Österreichs

Work highlights

  • Advised Schenker & Co AG in numerous complex unfair competition court cases against direct and indirect competitors.
  • Assisted SPIEGEL-Verlag Rudolf Augstein GmbH & Co. KG with all IP, media and unfair competition cases, in particular copyright and media infringement cases.
  • Advised MOOI GmbH on numerous trade mark and IP license agreements, as well as out-of-court disputes with direct competitors.