Firms To Watch: Trade marks

Dörries Frank-Molina & Pohlman appointed Ortrun Günzel as head of its trade mark practice in 2019, while Angela Wenninger-Lenz made partner in 2020. Among the core competencies are portfolio management matters, contentious proceedings as well as transactional advice, frequently rendering cross-border aspects.

Trade marks in Germany

Includes advice on trade mark law, whereby both litigation and trade mark application and management of trade mark portfolios are evaluated and the ranking also includes a list of the strongest firms in trade mark management and strategic advice as well as design law. Advice on copyright is taken into account in the media sector rankings.

Bird & Bird LLP

Bird & Bird LLP ‘s team is active in the development and management of large trade mark portfolios. Integrated into the international law firm and led by Christian Harmsen (Düsseldorf), the German team is well positioned for cross-border mandates, both in prosecution matters and large contentious proceedings. Sector focuses include the technology, automotive, life sciences, media and consumer goods industries. Among the client roster are large companies as well as newly added major players. In addition to trade mark, design and competition law expertise, the team also advises on copyright and the protected designation of origin act. The German team is active at the Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich locations and regularly cooperates with other practices, particularly the M&A group. The firm also offers legal tech tool Talisman for international trade mark monitoring and product piracy matters, with frequent instructions from the luxury goods, fashion and cosmetics sectors. In May 2021, Roman Brtka made partner in Munich. Richard Dissmann is renowned for his experience in litigation, particularly in product piracy issues.

Practice head(s):

Christian Harmsen

Testimonials

‘Outstanding strategic advice. Very good in-house understanding; not only the legal aspects, but also other decision-making factors, such as commercial or communicative considerations. A reliable partner with a strong understanding of service.’

‘Fast solution-oriented advice. Flexible and convincing.’

‘Very effective in handling complex matters of global scope.’

‘Joseph Fesenmair: Excellent in advising on strategic and complex matters.’

Very experienced team with good industry knowledge and experience with Japanese clients. Markus Körner knows how to break down difficult issues into the essential elements. Many years of experience in trademark law.

‘The team can be contacted at any time. Responses are always very quick and competent. Inquiries are answered in such a way that it is easy for the in-house lawyer to make a decision about how to proceed. Suggestions are practical.’

The trade mark team around Frederik Thiering and Marion Jacob combines detailed legal knowledge, extensive experience in the field of strategic brand management and the willingness to make meaningful comparisons with a great desire to engage in debate where a comparison is not possible. We know our brands are in good hands as a team.’

Marion Jacob: Straightforward, pragmatic approach that gets things off the table efficiently.

Frederik Thiering: Wonderful partner for strategic discussions and tactical manoeuvres.

They are able to cover multiple countries, which is essential for us.

Mascha Grundmann is an efficient external consultant, she is very knowledgeable and has a lot of experience which she uses in a pragmatic way to help us with our branding strategy. She is very approachable, a great support, optimistic, communicates very well and is also available on short notice, so she handles urgent requests quickly and accurately. She is completely transparent and honest with us about possible outcomes, both positive and negative, which helps us a lot internally. It’s a lot of fun working with Masha and her team.’

Key clients

adidas

Aida Cruises

Amway

AUDI AG

Berlin Brands Group (Chal-Tec)

Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA

Bugatti International S.A.

Canon

Dailymotion

Deutsche Telekom AG

Deutscher Sparkassen- und Giroverband

Discovery Communications

DTM Deutsche Tele Medien GmbH

Electrolux

Forto

Gastro & Soul GmbH (Cafe del Sol)

Gruner + Jahr GmbH

Guns N’ Roses

Hebrew University

HelloFresh

Infosys Ltd.

innogy SE

Ionity GmbH

Joh. Wilh. von Eicken

Juice Plus Europe GmbH

JustFab / TechStyle

KavoKerr

Landbell

LemonAid

LLOYD Schuhe

Monster Energy Beverages

Narcos Productions LLC

Next e.Go Mobile SE

Nord Stream 2 AG

Nord Stream AG

Omnicell Technologies

Ontex

Peek & Cloppenburg

Piaggio & C. Spa

Plusnet GmbH

Procter & Gamble

ProSiebenSat.1 Media AG / SevenVentures

Schwarze & Schlichte (Three Sixty Vodka)

Spotify

STORY HOUSE Gruppe

VOLKSWAGEN AG

Western Digital

Work highlights

  • Support for AUDI AG on design law cooperation agreements/design development contracts, advice on design applications and defence of trade mark, domain and design rights.
  • Comprehensive and global strategic advice to an international sports organization, representation in disputes and advice on registration procedures (research, registration strategy, portfolio management).
  • Comprehensive worldwide advice and representation of the Gruner+ Jahr group of companies in trade mark matters.

Grünecker

IP boutique Grünecker‘s dispute practice has an excellent reputation. With headquarters in Munich and offices in Cologne, Berlin and Paris, the group primarily advises large international companies, including numerous fashion, luxury goods and technology sector clients, on national proceedings, the outcome of which is used to develop European and international trade mark protection strategies. The cross-border approach is also reflected in the border seizure practice as well as the prosecution specialists’ EU trade mark focus. The team’s design law expertise is called upon by clients in Germany and abroad. The leading sextet consists of Martin Aufenanger, Anja Franke, Maximilian Kinkeldey, Holger Gauss and Nicolás Schmitz, all are based in Munich.

Testimonials

‘The lawyers at Grünecker are experts who provide practical business advice. They are very responsive and creative.’

‘I recommend Maximilian Kinkeldey, Jennifer Rosenhäger and Jan Rether.’

‘Philip Strommer reacts very quickly, his advice is to the point and flexible where necessary.’

‘They are strong, knowledgeable and cost effective.’

‘Very good availability, quick response.’

‘Holger Gauss: Very easy to reach, quick response, pragmatic solutions, speaks our language.’

‘Grünecker is a leading law firm in trademark and design law in Germany.’

‘Holger Gauss is one of the best trademark and design lawyers ever – with a sharp mind!’

‘Anja Franke: Super trademark lawyer, especially in portfolio management and strategic advice.’

‘A very high level of identification with the client’s products and goals. Constant support from the same employees, so that a very trusting cooperation is possible.’

‘Competent and pleasant cooperation of all participants.’

‘Professionally excellent and innovative. Very pleasant to deal with. Very efficient and responsive.’

‘Holger Gauss: Outstanding, quick and precise answers. Maximilian Kinkeldey: Very experienced and balanced. Brilliant. Jan Rether: technically very good.’

Key clients

Microsoft

Moncler

Harman

Hermès

Bulgari

Lacoste

Christian Louboutin

Ferring

Check 24

Rockwell Automation

Work highlights

  • Advising Microsoft on trademark release and enforcement of trademark rights through injunctive relief, defense against unjustified claims based on trademark infringement through a protective letter and cancellation proceedings.
  • Advised Moncler on all trademark enforcement issues, in particular related to piracy, including offline and online enforcement, litigation and border seizures.
  • Successful representation in various large parallel import proceedings against retailers in Germany.

Harmsen Utescher

Hamburg IP boutique Harmsen Utescher is among the largest portfolio management practices in Germany as well as among the most renowned addresses for major infringement proceedings. In addition to trade mark and competition law, the firm also advises on interface matters, such as copyright, antitrust, food and cosmetics law as well as data protection. Despite its only office in Germany, the team pursues an international approach, with longstanding experience in proceedings before the EUIPO. Beyond Europe, the group calls upon the expertise of selected international law firms. The main contacts are Karin Sandberg, Till Lampel, Rainer Kaase and Martin Kefferpütz. Jan Peter Heidenreich left the firm in January 2021 and joined Preu Bohlig & Partner.

Testimonials

‘Competence and speed.’

Work highlights

  • Representing Bell in the BGH proceedings regarding the specification of Black Forest ham, successfully obtaining the rejection of the opposing party’s amendment regarding the slicing and packaging of Black Forest ham produced by him.
  • Representing Heiko Blume GmbH & Co. KG in a dispute with Schilkin GmbH & Co. KG regarding various liqueur brands.

Harte-Bavendamm Rechtsanwälte

Hamburg-based Harte-Bavendamm Rechtsanwälte is a renowned player in trade mark and competition law, with design, IT and copyright law among the IP boutique’s service offering. The group is experienced in numerous sectors, such as the media, print, fashion, pharmaceutical, automotive as well as design and e-commerce industries. In 2020, the team successfully expanded both the portfolio development and management practice as well as the forensic practice in Germany and internationally. Arne Lambrecht (trade mark, competition and pharmaceutical advertising law), Andrea Jaeger-Lenz (advice and litigation in IP and competition law), Karolina Schöler (strategic advice and court representation), Henning Harte-Bavendamm (forensic matters) and Michael Goldmann (judicial enforcement and defence) are the key figures.

Key clients

Auto 1 Fintech GmbH

BICO Zweirad Marketing GmbH

Deutsche Bahn AG

Deutsches Rotes Kreuz

Dialog Scooter GmbH

HARIBO GmbH & Co. KG

Kaiserberge GmbH

Krombacher

Procter & Gamble

Levi Strauss & Co.

Nestlé Unternehmensgruppe

Tribodyn AG

Säkaphen GmbH

ZH Crafts

Work highlights

  • Ongoing advice and representation of the Nestlé group of companies in EU and German trademark applications, EU design applications, EU and German opposition proceedings, EU and German cancellation proceedings, German court proceedings for trademark infringement and trademark cancellation and competition law disputes as well as anti-counterfeiting processes since 2016 the customs offices.
  • Ongoing representation of Levi Strauss & Co. on the asset side in various infringement proceedings, primarily against infringers of the Arcuate, Tab and Batwing trademarks.
  • Ongoing strategic advice to Procter & Gamble, especially in the UWG and representation in court and out of court in numerous proceedings on the assets and liabilities side.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP is experienced in managing large international trade mark portfolios, while the group frequently cooperates with the Alicante office and offers numerous legal tech solutions. Among the core competencies are design law and litigation, including prosecution and infringement proceedings, with particular expertise in the fashion industry. The unusually large team is also experienced in the consumer goods, automotive, pharmaceuticals, life sciences as well as technology and telecoms sectors. Recent advisory focuses include soft IP aspects of social media and influencer marketing, e-sports and gaming, FinTech and legal tech as well as digitisation and sustainability issues. Another key focus is the EU Digital Services Act. The soft IP practice is integrated into the firm’s IPMT team, which is led globally by Burkhart Goebel in Hamburg, in Europe by patent lawyer Miriam Gundt in Düsseldorf and in Germany by Andreas Bothe, also in Hamburg. Yvonne Draheim (Hamburg) is one of Germany’s most recognised litigators. The firm’s large team of counsels includes Mareike Hunfeld (expertise in colour marks) and Patrick Fromlowitz (regularly advises companies in the pharmaceutical, construction, fashion and oil industries) in Hamburg as well as Marion Fischer (specialises in life sciences and automotive sectors, among others) in Munich.

Testimonials

‘High pragmatism and quick responsiveness, quick implementation of the topics discussed.’

‘Marion Fischer as a very strong counsel, a wealth of experience and a high level of economic understanding, specialist knowledge also in very new legal fields in IP.’

‘Efficiency, pragmatism, quality of work, friendliness, speed.’

‘Marion Fischer: Very competent, pragmatic colleague who proposes and implements appropriate solutions according to the client’s needs.’

‘High quality trademark and copyright team. The service quality is very high.’

‘Yvonne Draheim is very experienced and it’s easy to trust her advice.’

Patrick Fromlowitz’s expertise was very valuable to us.

Key clients

Air Canada

Anheuser-Busch InBev

BayWa

Bettzig Media

Brother

C&A

Canyon Bicycles

CeramTec

Collibra

Dell

Deutsche Telekom

Drägerwerk

ERGO Group

Harry-Brot

Hennes & Mauritz

Home Shopping Europe

home24

LIVISTO

Machineseeker Group

Merck & Co. Inc.

NCL-Stiftung

ProSiebenSat.1 – Unternehmensgruppe.

Puraglobe

Santander

Stiftung phönikks

system7

SZ DJI Technology Co., Ltd (DJI)

Urlaubsguru

USM

Vorwerk

Wikimedia

Work highlights

  • Representing CeramTec in global court proceedings (Germany, France, USA) against a competitor for infringement of the client’s abstract colour, image and 3D trademarks in connection with artificial hip joint balls.
  • Strategic advice to SZ DJI Technology Co., Ltd in various proceedings, including representing DJI in pending opposition and appeal proceedings before the EUIPO.
  • Advice on all brand strategy issues and enforcement of the core trademarks as well as management of the trademark portfolio of Deutsche Telekom AG.

KLAKA Rechtsanwälte

IP boutique KLAKA Rechtsanwälte is renowned for its expertise in comprehensive contentious proceedings before the courts, the DPMA and the EUIPO. Particularly practice head Ralf Hackbarth is well-known for advising on major trade mark and design law disputes in the automotive sector, among others. The client roster includes numerous well-known German corporations and international players, including from other European countries as well as Japan and the US. Florian Schmidt-Sauerhöfer, Carola Onken, Oliver Rauscher, Stefan Abel, Susanne Schackert and Andreas Schulz are experienced in soft IP matters and all based in Munich. The firm also has an office in Düsseldorf.

Practice head(s):

Ralf Hackbarth

Testimonials

‘Excellently positioned team that has been stable for years and complement each other perfectly with extensive knowledge of trademark law.’

Fast, flexible, competent and solution-oriented advice on trademark law, which is tailored to the specific needs of the client.’

Extremely pleasant and for years very successful cooperation that is second to none.’

‘Ralf Hackbarth is technically excellent and offers targeted and well thought-out solutions. Due to his many years of experience and his extensive knowledge of trademark law, he maneuvers the client through even the most complex procedures with an overview and a clever strategy. Working with Mr. Hackbarth is extremely pleasant and uncomplicated and characterized by mutual trust.’

The Ralf Hackbarth/Florian Schmidt-Sauerhöfer team is unbeatable in interaction. Mr. Schmidt-Sauerhöfer is well versed in trademark law and provides professional, competent and solution-oriented advice. The cooperation is extremely constructive and pleasant.

‘KLAKA Rechtsanwälte has a team of impressive litigators, proactive and incredibly effective. The knowledge of German and European law is outstanding and their responsiveness and precision in handling each case are greatly appreciated.’

‘Carola Onken and Andreas Schulz are very efficient and goal-oriented.’

‘Many years of experience in trademark and competition law, good and quick assessment of the protectability of an intended trademark, uncomplicated processing of trademark applications worldwide – large global network of corresponding attorneys for trademark applications all over the world, even in more remote countries.’

‘Oliver Rauscher and Ralf Hackbarth: Fast work, precise assessment of the legal situation and possible solutions, easily accessible.’

‘I enjoy working with Klaka because they are very responsive, thorough and understand how US clients want the job done.’

Key clients

Adelholzener Alpenquellen GmbH

Beiersdorf AG

BMW AG

Börlind Gesellschaft f. kosmetische Erzeugnisse mbH

Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne

Deichmann SE

Deutscher Fußball Bund (DFB) e.V.

Erlau AG

KfW

Lackmann Fleisch- und Feinkostfabrik GmbH

Lafuma Mobilier SAS, Frankreich

Longchamp S.A.S., Paris, Frankreich

Multifilm Sonnen- und Blendschutz GmbH

nanoPET GmbH

Nestlé Deutschland AG und Nestlé Nutrition GmbH sowie MAGGI GmbH

Poulsen Roser AS, Dänemark

RUD Ketten Rieger & Dietz GmbH & Co. KG

Snipes SE

UBS AG

UniCredit Bank AG

Vignal Systems SA, Venisseux, Frankreich

Villeroy & Boch AG

WWK Lebensversicherung a.G.

YOUR NOW Holding GmbH

Zahnärztlicher Bezirksverband Oberpfalz, Anstalt des öffentlichen Rechts, Regensburg

Zentrale zur Bekämpfung unlauteren Wettbewerbs Frankfurt am Main

Work highlights

  • Comprehensive advice to BMW AG on trademark and design law issues.
  • Representation of Lafuma Mobilier SAS in various court proceedings against large German retailers over designer furniture.
  • Ongoing advice and representation of Longchamp in matters of protection against imitations under competition law and design law, including numerous infringement cases due to imitations of the world-famous Le Pliage handbag, also against well-known manufacturers and retailers such as Desigual, s. Oliver, Tchibo etc.

Lubberger Lehment

Lubberger Lehment is renowned for supporting landmark proceedings before the BGH, with regular instructions from large international corporations and commerce platforms on the opposing side. Another key focus is the development and management of large trade mark and design portfolios. The boutique, with offices in Berlin, where Andreas Lubberger (trade mark, design and competition law), Kai Schmidt-Hern (the media and luxury goods sector and startup advice), Rani Mallick (influencer marketing, counterfeit products, parallel imports), Bernd Weichhaus (competition, trade mark, copyright and antitrust distribution law) and Martin Fiebig (product piracy, commerce platforms, border seizures, transactional IP support) are based, Hamburg as the location of Cornelis Lehment (competition and trade mark law), and Munich, where Benjamin Koch is expanding the firm’s transaction practice, is well-known for its prestigious client portfolio, particularly in the luxury goods sector. David Weller in Hamburg, a specialist in media, competition and trade mark law, made partner in January 2021.

Testimonials

‘Wonderful team. They always give us a high quality reply very quickly. For us, the first point of contact in Germany.’

‘Excellent management of our brand portfolio.’

‘Benjamin Koch: Always available, extremely reliable, fast and competent advice.’

‘Very professional IP boutique with excellent trademark law expertise, pragmatic, agile and client-oriented.’

‘Benjamin Koch is the perfect strategic partner in a complex process.’

‘Andreas Lubberger is very friendly, punctual, well organized and competent.’

‘Contact and correspondence about extensive procedures is very detailed and professional. All documents are comprehensible and there is a high level of competence.’

‘Due to the circumstances, an extensive topic has been worked out very individually and in relation to the industry. At all times you were included in the development and could protect your interests. Very good communication.’

‘Extremely service oriented; pragmatic; Experienced; friendly. All in all a ‘winning combination’.

‘Benjamin Koch is certainly a beacon in the IP sector. Because of his enormously high legal competence, fast case processing and his always professional appearance, his work is convincing. Particularly noteworthy is the legal foresight with which he advises his clients. More than recommended.’

Benjamin Koch embodies the ‘ideal lawyer’ like no other, who not only has outstanding professional competence, but also has the right feeling for the appropriate approach to the respective situation. Exactly, creatively, always available, technically excellent.’

‘Excellent branding and IP consulting with a highly committed partner team’.

‘Rani Mallick is the superstar of the team. Great lawyer, but above all able to ‘strategize’ constructive solutions with the client.

‘Quick and good reaction and an extremely good understanding of the facts and the associated legal issues. Always present and quick thinkers in oral negotiations with the right answer in critical situations.

Key clients

Adolf Würth

Apple

AUTO1 Group

Autocom Diagnostic Partner AB

Belron (Carglass, junited Autoglas etc.)

Billie GmbH

Boehringer Ingelheim

Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Clarins GmbH

Cotta Collection GmbH

Coty

Desigual (ABASIC)

Deutsche Entertainment AG

L’Oreal

LVMH

Maria Galland

Moet Hennessy

N26

Ortlieb Sportartikel

Paul Valentine

Serviceplan

Sanity Group

Shiseido

Skoda

Steinpol

Thüga AG

Titel Media GmbH

VW

Wala Heilmittel

Wella

Work highlights

  • Comprehensive advice and representation for Apple in trademark and design infringement proceedings (including a large number of court cases).
  • Comprehensive advice and representation of Coty up to the BGH/ECJ, most recently CJEU in the matter of Davidoff Hot Water III, as well as BGH – cross delivery.
  • Comprehensive advice and representation of Volkswagen AG on the protection of trademarks and designs against infringers, including a large number of ongoing court proceedings; Disputes with internet platforms on precautionary and auditing obligations, also including a number of court cases; Supervision of border confiscation applications and ongoing border seizures.

Bardehle Pagenberg

Munich-based IP boutique Bardehle Pagenberg comprehensively advises on soft IP matters. The trade mark practice demonstrates strengths both in portfolio development and management as well as in contentious authorities and court proceedings. Design law constitutes another focus area, where the team has experience in the fashion, furniture and medical technology sectors, with the firm’s own graphic designer underlining the importance of the practice. The service offering further includes border seizure procedures, licensing agreements and clearing and contractual advice in the merchandising space. The group also handles transactional issues. Startups and German medium-sized companies are supported via the offices in Munich, Düsseldorf, Paris and Barcelona, while the group also maintains connections to firms in the US and Asia for cross-border matters. Expertise in competition, copyright and domain law complement the soft IP offering. Claus Eckhartt heads the team.

Practice head(s):

Claus Eckhartt

Testimonials

We are very satisfied with Bardehle Pagenberg.

Key clients

adidas AG

Diesel S.p.A.

Galana NV

Husqvarna AB

ICE SA

Mondelez UK Holdings & Services Limited

MZE Möbel Zentral Einkauf GmbH

San Antonio Winery, Inc

Quilate Services SA (La Martina)

Work highlights

  • Ongoing and exclusive representation of adidas AG in the field of design law, including supervision of the design portfolio (EU), design patent applications, cross-border enforcement of design rights and representation in nullity proceedings before the EUIPO.
  • Exclusive extensive registration activities for Apple Inc. of Community designs and support of the EU portfolio.
  • Ongoing advice and representation of Nintendo in design law.

CBH Rechtsanwälte

CBH Rechtsanwälte‘s soft IP team is mainly located in Cologne and Hamburg, and focuses on supporting clients from the automotive, healthcare, beauty care and luxury goods sectors. Specialised in advising German medium-sized companies and large international corporations, the team is well versed in trade mark and design law and assists with prosecution and contentious proceedings in Germany and internationally. Nadja Siebertz is based in Cologne and specialises in portfolio development and strategic brand management and is also qualified as mediator; she was elected managing director of the firm in March 2021. She co-manages the office with Johannes Ristelhuber, who specialises in D&O liability and corporate law. Ingo Jung has experience in trade mark and competition law as well as copyright and media law.

Testimonials

‘Friendly, highly competent, fast, extremely courteous; reliable partner. Comprehensive, professional advice, always technically up to date; respectful interaction and cooperation; excellent support, always tailored in detail to the individual case.’

‘We appreciate Nadja Siebertz for her highly competent and professional advice, her personal commitment and her absolute reliability. She knows how to explain even complicated issues in a comprehensible way. She always takes the time to find practical solutions with the client.’

‘The lawyers at CBH in this area are extremely competent contacts with a high level of specialist knowledge, a very good strategic understanding of the situation and at the same time a very friendly personality. Very good cooperation within the team and with other teams in the company. Topics are always cross-checked on an interdisciplinary basis.’

‘Nadja Siebertz is a very experienced lawyer in this area – very quick learner, very broad and deep knowledge with a high level of strategic competence! Working with such a lawyer is a lot of fun and very successful!’

‘Highest possible commitment regardless of the economic size of the mandate, high personal commitment.’

‘Ingo Jung: Outstanding expertise, above-average personal commitment, excellent case understanding.’

‘In addition to legal know-how, an understanding of pragmatic solutions that reflect the interests of the company well.’

Ingo Jung is technically very competent, helpful and technically well-versed. In him we have a very good advisor who competently supports, advises and supports us in every situation. We have complete trust in his advice and feel very well and competently represented by him.

Key clients

Aeneas GmbH & Co. KG

Albrecht Jung GmbH & Co. KG

Daimler AG

DLTB (Deutscher Lotto- und Totoblock)

Donaldson Filtration GmbH

Dreimaster GmbH & CO KG

DVGW – Deutscher Verband der Gas- und Wassertechnik e.V. / DVGW Cert GmbH

Fast Fashion Brands GmbH

Geo Naturpark Frau Holle – Land

Insta Elektro GmbH

LVMH

Markt Garmisch -Partenkirchen

Metten Stein + Design GmbH & Co. KG

Öffentliche Hand

Robert Herder GmbH & Co. KG

SAFE 1 GmbH, Österreich

Saint-Gobain Glass Deutschland GmbH

Superior Industries Europe AG

SSI Schäfer Shop GmbH

Westdeutsche Lotterie & Co. oHG

Zentralverband des deutschen Bäckerhandwerks

Work highlights

  • Trademark law and trademark strategy advice and representation of the Burberry Group.
  • Advice and representation on the international relaunch of the new corporate umbrella brand of the Schäfer Shop; Carrying out the trademark registration process in all relevant sales and manufacturing countries; Defense against attacks during the registration phase and negotiation of delimitation agreements in connection with the brand relaunch completed in 2021.
  • Comprehensive advice to the DVGW eV on the establishment of the association’s new certification marks at German and European level.

CMS

CMS fields a team specialised in colour and shape marks. The group advises on the strategic development of protection strategies as well as on some of the largest infringement proceedings in the German market. Life sciences and pharmaceuticals constitute the team’s key industry focuses, which noteably increased in 2020. Led by Markus Deck in Düsseldorf and Roland Wiring in Hamburg, the team advises on trade mark, competition and trade secrets law, as well as regulatory issues, especially in the healthcare and FMCG sectors. Pertaining to the latter, the team provides interdisciplinary support for the clearing of marketing campaigns, claims and product labels, with a noteworthy increase in sustainability-related mandates. Cross-border matters are another strength of the team thanks to the firm’s international platform. Design law experts Gordian Hasselblatt in Cologne and Nikolas Gregor in Hamburg are among the key contacts. In Stuttgart, Klaus Ikas retired in 2020, while Julia Dönch, specialised in trade mark, competition, copyright and publishing law, joined the team in January 2021, she was previously at BDO Legal.

Practice head(s):

Markus Deck; Roland Wiring

Gleiss Lutz

Instructed by media companies and consumer goods manufacturers, Gleiss Lutz regularly advises on trade mark law in the context of the Internet of Things. Led by practice head Stefan Weidert in Berlin, the team also handles trade mark aspects of social media and apps. The full-service approach is utilised in matters at the interface with IT and data protection law. Renowned for its specialised know-how in 3D, colour and colour combinations as well as position marks, the practice has longstanding experience in infringement proceedings against competitors and is also well equipped for supporting strategic portfolio developments in Germany and internationally. Another key topic is the clearing of advertising measures and marketing campaigns. Stefan Völker advises on trade mark law, including both strategic portfolio issues and contentious proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Weidert

Testimonials

‘Extremely good know-how, provide quick answers ‘to the point’. Very practical.’

‘Alexander Molle is not only extremely experienced and competent, he is also quick and pleasant. Uncomplicated cooperation with practical solutions.’

‘Very well coordinated and structured team. Excellent legal knowledge is complemented by a good view of company needs and practical implementation recommendations.’

‘Alexander Molle is solution-oriented and has a very good view of connections, especially with regard to intersections with other areas of law and foreign legal systems, excellent availability.’

‘Andreas Wehlau brings his wealth of experience and his talent to bear on his mandates. The law firm exceeded my expectations.’

‘Andreas Wehlau is a very talented lawyer and strategist.’

‘Very knowledgeable, to the point and available, with a very good understanding of business contexts.’

‘Stefan Weidert is a true trademark and competition law expert with deep insights and a great understanding of the commercial realities within which his advice is sought.’

‘Very experienced, highly qualified team that is very easy to work with.’

‘Stefan Völker is very experienced and well-versed.’

Key clients

Andreas Stihl AG & Co. KG

ALM – Akkreditierte Labore in der Medizin e.V.

Satisfai Health Inc.

Carl Zeiss AG

Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprüngli AG

Shopify, Inc.

Renault SAS

Verband der Automobilindustrie e.V.

Oracle

Zentrale zur Bekämpfung unlauteren Wettbewerbs e.V.

Work highlights

  • Representation of the Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprüngli AG from the abstract color brand gold in Germany against a competitor.
  • Successful defense of the EU color mark orange/grey before the ECJ for Andreas Stihl AG & CO. KG against an erasure attack.
  • Advising Renault SAS in the trademark conflict between Renault and the new automobile manufacturer Borgward regarding its logo.

Lorenz Seidler Gossel

Lorenz Seidler Gossel is among the leading German names for contentious proceedings. In addition to large international corporations from a wide range of industries, including consumer goods, sports and technology, the Munich IP boutique also appeals to German medium-sized companies. With Reinhard Ingerl, Siegfried Jackermeier and Christian Rassmann, the firm fields three of the best-known soft IP specialists in Germany.

Testimonials

‘A firm that offers in-depth knowledge of trademark and design law, responds quickly, has a pragmatic approach, at competitive prices. Very pronounced client orientation.’

‘Christian Rassmann is a very knowledgeable IP specialist who gives quick and practical advice. He knows our business very well, speaks good English and delivers first class service.’

‘Philipp Neuwald is a very competent trademark attorney, very client-friendly and efficient.’

‘The very quick and clear perception of the lawyers and clear communication. The speed is also something special. Perfect accessibility and the team has extensive knowledge of the cases.’

‘Perfect accessibility. Even in seemingly hopeless cases, Siegfried Jackermeier finds special ways to achieve a positive result. He takes it very seriously. Opponents asked us afterwards how to find such lawyers! The working of briefs is very clear. The friendly but determined manner and the way the courts are treated without aggression is also very well received. In our experience, both with the courts and with us.’

The law firm works in close consultation with the client. Effectiveness and cost transparency play a major role. The law firm has outstanding legal expertise, particularly in the area of trademark law. We could always rely on the fast response time.’

Philipp Neuwald has the highest level of legal expertise and great negotiating skills. Legal questions are always answered promptly, comprehensively and with high quality.’

Key clients

Aboalarm GmbH

adidas AG

Allianz SE

Amigo Spiel + Freizeit GmbH

BA & SH, Société par action simplifiée

BUK Management GmbH

Casio Europe GmbH

Casio Keisanki Kabushiki Kaisha

Chair Airlines AG

d-force GmbH

Dy-pack Verpackungen Gustav Dyckerhoff GmbH

e.b.m. GmbH & Co. KG

fabfab GmbH

Familie Wurlitzer

FIFA

G-Star RAW

G-Data CyberDefense AG

GoStudent GmbH

Heiq Materials AG

Jeremy Scott

Jochen Schweizer GmbH

Joey Clothing Inc.

Kalenborn International GmbH & Co.KG

KLS Martin Group

Liebherr-International Deutschland GmbH (mit sämtlichen Einzelunternehmen der Liebherr-Gruppe)

Ludwig Stocker Hofpfisterei

Marantec Antriebs- und Steuerungstechnik GmbH & Co. KG

Mary’s Coffee GmbH

mydays GmbH

New Era Cap Co., Inc.

O2 Worldwide Ltd.

OC Oerlikon Corporation AG, Pfäffikon

Ortlel Mobil GmbH

Patrizia AG

ProSiebenSat.1 Digital GmbH

ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE

Reebok

Regiondo GmbH

Robel Bahnmaschinen GmbH

Roeckl Sporthandschuhe GmbH & Co. KG

Rovio Entertainment Limited

Ryohin Keikaku Co., Ltd.

Salamander Industrie-Produkte GmbH

Sapporo Holdings Limited

Security Roots Ltd.

Seven.One Entertainment Group GmbH

Seven.One Sports GmbH

SWAROVSKI

Tanos GmbH und Muttergesellschaft TTS Tooltechni Systems AG & CoKG

Telefónica Germany GmbH & Co OHG

UEFA

Upfield Europe B.V.

Vendoleo GmbH

Verivox GmbH

Völkl GmbH & Co. KG

YFood Labs GmbH

Nordemann Czychowski & Partner Rechtsanwältinnen und Rechtsanwälte mbB

Nordemann Czychowski & Partner Rechtsanwälte mbB has established a good footing since its founding in 2020. Both practice heads, Anke Nordemann-Schiffel and Axel Nordemann, are the firm’s most experienced trade mark experts and predominantely active in court and authorities proceedings as well as in strategic portfolio development matters. The duo is also among the most experienced copyright specialists in Germany. Mandates in the pharmaceutical and media sectors are particular focus areas. Thomas Boddien covers trade mark, competition and copyright law as well as data protection issues, while Stanislaus Jaworski advises on soft IP and trade secret law. Christian Czychowski is an IT and licensing agreement expert. Various legal tech and cyber intelligence solutions are offered in the forensic arena, including anti-product piracy tools.

Key clients

Airbnb, Inc.

Coty Inc.

Europäische Kommission

game – Verband der deutschen Games-Branche e.V.

NANU-NANA

NINTENDO of EUROPE GmbH und NINTENDO Co., Ltd.

NOVARTIS / SANDOZ / HEXAL

Re:Sources GmbH

Salesforce.com, Inc.

SKYE Rechtsanwälte

Sonos Inc.

The Hearst Corporation

Authentic Brands Group

Avenso GmbH (LUMAS)

BB RADIO

Bundesdruckerei GmbH

Dakine IP Holdings LP

Deutsche Akkreditierungsstelle (DAkkS)

DIEDRICH FILMER

DIHK e.V.

DotBerlin

EMCUR Gesundheitsmittel aus Bad Ems GmbH

GAME Bundesverband

GASAG

Georg von Holtzbrinck GmbH & Co. KG

Georg Westermann Verlag GmbH

GOTHAER Versicherung

Hasso Plattner Institut gGmbH

Hunter International GmbH

Jean & Len GmbH

KALYPSO MEDIA

KrampeHarex GmbH & Co. KG

Land der Ideen e.V.

Major League Baseball

Messe Berlin GmbH

Mister Spex

MT DERM

NeXR Technologies

Nomos Verlag

Projektwerkstatt Gesellschaft für kreative Ökonomie mbH

Quin TEchnologies GmbH

Saferoad GmbH

Savoy Hotel Berlin

SCC Events

Sidroga Gesellschaft für Gesundheitsprodukte mbH

Siemens & Co. Heilwasser und Quellenprodukte des Staatsbades Bad Ems GmbH & Co. KG

Studio Hamburg Produktion Gruppe

Sunshine Smile

The Tea Board of India

TOX-Dübel-Technik GmbH

Wiener Philharmoniker

WME

Taylor Wessing

International firm Taylor Wessing is well positioned for cross-border mandates. Germany was among the countries, where the firm broadened its prosecution and litigation offering with the expansion of newly acquired as well as existing mandates. The practice advises at national and international level and assisted with numerous China-related matters in 2020 and 2021 via the IP agency Beijing Tailun Intellectual Property Agency Co. Ltd, founded in 2019, under the leadership of Thomas Pattloch and Helen Wan, formerly at the firm’s Beijing office. The soft IP practice is increasingly active in the life sciences sector, reflecting the firm's overall strength in this regard. Led by Olaf Gillert in Düsseldorf, clients are advised by teams tailored to their needs as well as specific regions. Nikolai Voss, who has expertise in the consumer goods and retail sectors, was appointed salary partner in July 2020.

Practice head(s):

Olaf Gillert

Key clients

American Airlines

BSH

CHECK24

Cisco

Scotch Whisky Association

Villeroy & Boch

Work highlights

  • Coordination of all brand management of American Airlines in the EMEA region; including strategic advice on global brand strategy.
  • Advised Cisco on trademark protection and customs seizure and licensing issues.
  • Ongoing advice to the Scotch Whiskey Association in trademark disputes regarding absolute protection limitations for geographical indications of origin.

ADVANT Beiten

ADVANT Beiten acts in an advisory and forensic capacity for well-known German and international corporations. Key sector focuses include the perfume and cosmetics, automotive, sports and computer games industries as well as the media. Practice head Matthias Stecher in Munich and Andreas Lober in Frankfurt head the team, which is an integral part of the IP/IT/media group, making the firm a particularly good choice for interface mandates. Matthias Schote joined Wissing Rechtsanwälte in August 2020.

Key clients

Angelini Beauty

ANTENNE BAYERN GmbH & Co. KG

Borgward Group GmbH

DFB GmbH

Dörken Coatings GmbH & Co. KG

E.M.P. Merchandising Handelsges. mbH

Epic Games

FC Bayern München AG

INTERSPORT Deutschland eG

Long-Time Liner Conture Make-up GmbH

Moulin Rouge

NIO Nextev, Ltd.

ROCK ANTENNE Hamburg GmbH & Co. KG

SCHUFA Holding AG

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie ‘s team focuses on comprehensive portfolio development and management advice, with a particular focus on consumer goods in 2020. The Frankfurt duo Michael Fammler and Rembert Niebel is experienced in trade mark law matters in the context of corporate restructurings and, reflecting the firm’s transactional expertise, in IP advice on M&A-related issues. Other strengths include contentious matters, including border seizure and product piracy, as well as cross-border mandates, which are handled in cooperation with the international network. Clients also benefit from the firm’s IP service centre, consisting of IP specialists in Manila, Tampa and Belfast. Counsel Frederike Kerl (defence and enforcement of IP rights) and Markus Hecht (soft IP), who made counsel in July 2021, are further contacts.

Other key lawyers:

Frederike Kerl; Markus Hecht

Testimonials

‘Very business-oriented team. Focuses on strategy and business goals.’

‘Michael Fammler is of exceptional quality and has real business acumen and strategic flair while always remaining human.’

Very diversified; global networking from a single source.

Michael Fammler is extremely experienced; moderates pleasantly and efficiently in contentious cases; high success rate in the out-of-court environment.

‘High professional expertise and service orientation. Top in managing large IP portfolios (worldwide). Good team structure and good networking.

Top legal advice, efficient and pragmatic. Very high technical expertise. Thinking solution-oriented for the client. Michael Fammler and Markus Hecht are recommended.

Key clients

SAP SE

E.ON SE

BAT (British American Tobacco)

Fitbit

LeicaMicrosystems

CSL Behring

Fedex

Calvin Klein

Work highlights

  • Advising a German automobile manufacturer on IP law issues, in particular in connection with trademark and design license agreements (especially with regard to merchandising) and in charge of a major restructuring.
  • Advising a large technology company based in the UK on trademark matters and, repeatedly and successfully, on trademark enforcement, in particular in cases of trademark infringement and product piracy.
  • Advising and defending a Germany-based international beverage distribution company, inter alia, in a complex legal dispute regarding the infringement of one of its product designs (3D trademark dispute).

bock legal Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten

Frankfurt-based bock legal partnership of lawyers focuses on contentious proceedings. The renowned design dispute practice stands out among its competitors, but is also a good choice for trade mark proceedings, both at national and international level. The team, led by practice head Andreas Bock, also includes well-known Jan Müller-Broich (design infringement proceedings) and Reinhard Döring (IP and litigation), and is frequently instructed by German medium-sized companies as well as large international corporations, the latter often from the luxury goods industry. 

Practice head(s):

Andreas Bock

Testimonials

‘Andreas Bock and Benedikt Frank are a harmonious team that responds very quickly.’

‘Andreas Bock is a proven expert in trademark and competition law.’

Well-founded knowledge and experience in European trademark law, contacts to international colleagues for national issues, close and smooth cooperation and agreements with international colleagues, fast and transparent communication.

Daniela Burghardt: High level of competence, well-founded specialist knowledge, solution-oriented advice.

Key clients

The Swatch Group (Omega, Rado, Tissot, Glashütte Original, Longines etc.)

EZB (Europäische Zentralbank)

Vodafone GmbH

Bottega Veneta, Italy

Ferrari S.p.A

Verband der Schweizerischen Uhrenindustrie (FHS)

Guccio Gucci S.p.A.

Giorgio Armani

COMPO

Vario Büroeinrichtungen GmbH & Co. KG

Rothenberger Group

K+S

Valora (backWERK, Ditsch)

Drykorn

Kettler Holding GmbH

CEPEWA GmbH

Work highlights

  • Conducting numerous lawsuits for Swatch AG for counterfeiting Swatch watches, including against an online retailer.  
  • Extensive advice to Kettler Holding GmbH on trademark and design law and legal defense in connection with the Kettcar brand.
  • Defense of Bottega Veneta against design imitations offered by wholesalers and retailers in Germany.

Boehmert & Boehmert

Established IP boutique Boehmert & Boehmert is active in both the strategic development and management of trade mark and design portfolios as well as the defence of soft IP protection rights before the trade mark authorities. Thanks to its six German offices, the team offers comprehensive advice with specialists located in Berlin, Bremen and Munich. Offices in Alicante, Paris and Shanghai reflect the firm’s international orientation, while the litigation practice handles border seizures. Key contacts are Rudolf Böckenholt (trade mark and design law), Andreas Dustmann (IP and copyright law), Sebastian Engels (trade mark, copyright and competition law) and Silke Freund (litigation, cross-border enforcement and defence of trade marks).

Key clients

WOW Tech Group

Work highlights

  • Representation and support of the WOW Tech Group on global trademark and design law, as well as parts of the patent portfolio.

Hoffmann Eitle

Munich-based IP boutique Hoffmann Eitle added forensic capacities to its experienced prosecution practice. The group is jointly led by Wedig von der Osten-Sacken and Michaela Ring and often takes on a leading role in contentious proceedings at national and international level. Clients call upon the cross-border expertise via the firm’s offices in London, Madrid, Milan and Amsterdam, with increased instructions from Chinese companies. Other key topics include design law and transaction-related matters. Isabelle Kuschel (global trade mark and design administration and enforcement) made partner in January 2021.

Testimonials

‘Michaela Ring is always very knowledgeable and efficient. I highly recommend her.’

‘Very good cooperation with Isabelle Kuschel. Competent advice, fast response times, good and timely follow-up of processes.’

Key clients

Klöckner Pentaplast

GlaxoSmithKline

BYD Company Ltd.

Nikon Corporation

NISSIN Foods

GoFundMe Inc.

ORAFOL Europe GmbH

VERMOP Salmon GmbH

Beele Engineering B.V.

Sysmex Corporation

WAVIN B.V.

AIWA Co., Ltd.

Hardenberg-Wilthen AG

IGEPA group GmbH

Berger Bau SE

Geistlich Pharma AG

AXENT Switzerland GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advice to Klöckner Pentaplast on brand portfolio management.
  • Acquisition of the community design portfolio and the German trademark portfolio from GlaxoSmithKline.
  • Supervision of ORAFOL Europe GmbH for brand and design portfolio management; Advice on the design launch of the main products and registration of the corresponding brands and designs; Coordination of trademark infringement proceedings in China.

Noerr

In Berlin, Munich, Hamburg and Dresden, Noerr focuses on contentious proceedings pertaining to both trade mark and design law. Application support and the portfolio development practice are closely tied to the Alicante office, where practice head Tobias Dolde routinely coordinates related mandates with the Munich office. Thanks to the international network, including one office in Moscow, the firm is a good choice for cross-border mandates, especially litigation. IP advice in the insolvency and restructuring context constitutes another growth area. The group expanded with the promotion of Christoph Rieken to partner (trade mark, unfair competition and design law as well as copyright) and Jessica Loew to senior counsel (trade mark, design, copyright and competition law) in January 2021.

Practice head(s):

Tobias Dolde

Testimonials

‘The law firm has solid and detailed knowledge of European trademark law.’

‘Tobias Dolde is very professional. He handles each case, simple or complex, with clarity and attention to detail, analyzing all facets of a case from both a legal and business perspective. We value his ability to formulate concisely to third parties, which often results in cost savings.’

‘Noerr has a very high standard. Due to the size of the law firm, Noerr covers all the fields we need. In this regard, we have everything from a single source. You feel in good hands. Constant availability and prompt, competent action by all employees.’

‘Christoph Rieken is combative when it matters.’

‘Janina Wortmann: Extensive specialist and market knowledge, a quick grasp of complex issues, efficient and solution-oriented client processing coupled with excellent communication skills – a very good choice for all trademark law mandates.’

Key clients

Kanebo Cosmetics Europe Ltd. & Kanebo Cosmetics Deutschland GmbH

Marc O’Polo

Barry’s Bootcamp LLC

Crocs Inc, Crocs Europe B.V.

geobra Brandstätter Stiftung & Co. KG

Regeneron Phamaceuticals Inc.

Target Global

Thomas Beton GmbH/Thomas Concrete Group

DOG Copenhagen

Höffner Möbelmärkte

ISS Deutschland AG

Micromobility Systems AG

Abitron Gruppe

Thomas-Cook (Insolvenzverwalter hww)

OilQuick Deutschland KG

Trendhaus GmbH

Abercrombie & Fitch

Alveus GmbH

BASF SE (and affiliates)

Bettcher GmbH

Caterpillar Inc.

Condor Flugdienst GmbH

Création Gross

CrossFit

Economist

Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH

Federation Internationale de L‘Automobile (FIA)

Fujifilm

Grand Slam Tennis Properties Ltd.

Horizon Hobby Inc.

Käfer AG

Kapten & Son GmbH

King Digital Entertainment

KUKA AG

La Selva Toskana Feinkost Vertriebs GmbH

Luc Belaire

Mutares SE & Co. KGaA

NCSOFT

Podravka (prehrambena industriJa d.d.)

Rare Beauty, LLC

Right Livelihood Award Foundation

Schutzverband Dresdner Stollen e.V

Sovereign Brands, LLC

Stiftelsen The Greta Thunberg and Beata Ernman Foundation

TKM GmbH

Tracoe Medical GmbH

Volvo Trademark Holding AB

Wüstenrot & Württembergische AG

arena Italia S.p.A.

AVON Cosmetics GmbH

Karwendel-Werke

LEGO

Mobility Trader GmbH (Hey Car)

Siegel GmbH

Work highlights

  • Representing VOLVO Trademark Holding in a trademark infringement proceeding before the General Court of the European Union in Luxembourg with a landmark decision comparing complex well-known trademarks.
  • Representing Target Global Holding in a proceeding before the General Court of the European Union in Luxembourg regarding bad faith trademark application with Landmark decision on the assessment of bad faith in trademark law.
  • Strategic advice to Regeneron Pharmaceuticals on the naming of Regeneron’s Covid-19 drugs and global trademark and litigation advice.

Preu Bohlig & Partner

In December 2020, Preu Bohlig & Partner expanded its Hamburg office with the addition of Jan Peter Heidenreich, previously at Harmsen Utescher, who complements the advisory capacities in trade mark, competition, copyright, cosmetics and pharmaceutical advertising law. Heidenreich’s arrival also strengthened the team’s antitrust and licensing practice. Among the advisory focuses is the trade mark and design litigation practice, with longstanding experience in the development and implementation of application strategies in Germany, Europe and beyond. The trade mark experts in Düsseldorf around Torben Düsing as well as the soft IP practices in Munich with Astrid Gérard , Jürgen Schneider and Ludwig von Zumbusch and Berlin with Christian Donle, also experienced growth.

Other key lawyers:

Jan Peter Heidenreich

Testimonials

‘Very nice and competent.’

‘Great law firm with a very human team.’

‘Torben Düsing is a great lawyer who now knows our clients better than we do ourselves.’

Very concrete and practical answers. Find solutions instead of just citing the law. Try out new ways and strategies and win with them.

Solution-oriented. Always available and responsive. With a sense of humor even in difficult situations. Quickly understand the root of a problem and suggest a good solution.’

Key clients

Candice Cooper AG

Christo Mare Yachting Sp.zo.o.

Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A.

Erich Adam Warenhandelsgesellschaft mbH

Euroimmun AG

Facebook/Oculus

Fossil Gruppe

Frey + Lau GmbH

Global Distribution GmbH

Golf Brothers GmbH

Golf Versand Hannover GmbH

Gustav Magenwirth GmbH & Co. KG

Hans-H. Hasbargen GmbH & Co. KG

Hodforming GmbH gegen Heatforming GmbH

Insider Yacht Manufaktur GmbH

Italtrike S.R.L.

Jan Böhmermann

Janmed GmbH

Koenig & Bauer AG

Monz Handelsgesellschaft International mbH & Co. KG

Möve Bikes GmbH

Newbox Medical GmbH

StudiMed

Sunchairs GmbH & Co. KG

Thermohauser GmbH

Training Base Weeze GmbH

Ventec Central Europe GmbH

Vitra International AG

Weld-Tech

Rospatt Osten Pross

IP boutique Rospatt Osten Pross, based in Düsseldorf and Mannheim, is renowned for its powerful trade mark, design and copyright litigation practice. Clients benefit from the firm’s expertise in the hard IP and soft IP arena, offering a one-stop IP shop service. The team is particularly active in advising on grey and parallel imports of pharmaceuticals and low-cost electronic goods. In 2020, the team achieved two major successes, in October before the ECJ on the right-preserving use of the Testarossa trade mark and once before the ECJ on the risk of confusion with regard to non-distinctive trade marks, specifically the CORNEREYE trade mark. Key figures are Rüdiger Pansch (patent, trade mark and design law), litigator Max von Rospatt as well as Hetti Hilge and Stephan von Petersdorff-Campen, who cover all IP and competition law matters.

Testimonials

‘Very broad and deep IP expertise – industry know-how in many sectors. Good service mentality, lean teams.’

‘We appreciate the uncomplicated and always reliable consulting practice and the practical problem-solving skills of the lawyers.

Rüdiger Pansch: Outstanding litigator, especially for fundamental and complex issues, particularly experienced with proceedings at the ECJ, always realistic and reliable assessment of risks, opportunities and problems of a legal case.

Key clients

Apo-Bank

Avega

Equiteam/Equimero

Ferrari

Heidenhain

Illumina

Kusanke Beschlagtechnik

Lemada/Hertzano (Rummikub)

Lock & Lock

Marjo Leder & Tracht

Mauser

New Wave Mode AB

Paul Green

Reuter

Schneider Electric

Sick AG

Sonova

Stoneridge (Exploitatiemaatschappij De Berghaaf)

Sulzer Mixpac

TAM Fashion

Tegometall

Thonet

SKW Schwarz

SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte‘s advice on trade mark law mirrors the firm’s industry focus on the IT, digital economy, media and technology sectors. Among the key topics are e-sports, branded content, including influencer marketing, as well as medicinal cannabis and the growth area FMCG, especially pertaining to the food and cosmetics industries. The service offering also includes strategic portfolio advice and licensing agreements, including distribution matters, and the increasingly busy litigation practice. The latter primarily expanded with cross-border mandates, with additional expertise from the TerraLex network, among others. The importance of legal tech was emphasised with the founding of the SKW@Tech GmbH. Led by practice head Sascha Pres in Berlin, the group also includes Margret Knitter and Dorothee Altenburg in Munich, who have longstanding expertise in IP, Berlin-based Sandra Sophia Redeker , Markus Brock as well as  Markus von Fuchs and Magnus Hirsch in Frankfurt. Ulrich Hildebrandt joined Hildebrandt in January 2021.

Practice head(s):

Sascha Pres 

Testimonials

‘Sandra Redeker is super flexible, always available and has an extraordinary ability to identify and solve problems.’

‘Fully dedicated IP team led by Sandra Redeker, a lawyer with a sharp mind whose advice is always worth listening to.’

Key clients

On Clouds / On AG

FitX Beteiligungs GmbH

Merck KGaA

Borussia Dortmund

VF Konzern (The North Face, Vans Inc.)

Expedia

Arnold & Richter Cine Technik GmbH & Co. Betriebs KG

Webasto SE

Procter & Gamble

Deutsche Bahn

Gitti GmbH

Oatly

Work highlights

  • Legal representation of On Clouds GmbH in a comprehensive cross-border IP dispute against PUMA and the e-sports provider Cloud9 Inc.
  • Lead Counsel for Oatly.  

Vossius & Partner

Vossius & Partner is particularly well-known for its trade mark and copyright litigation practice, the latter especially in the field of applied art with fundamental decisions won in bad faith trade mark applications and colour marks. Strategic portfolio development advice constitutes the second cornerstone of the practice, headed by Munich-based practice leader Mathias Kleespies. The team expanded with the appointment of Peter Johannes Klein (trade mark, design, competition, food and internet law) in January 2021.

Practice head(s):

Mathias Kleespies

Testimonials

‘Fast, efficient and friendly.

You don’t want Paul Kretschmar on the other side.

The Vossius brand team is very dynamic and knowledgeable.

Paul Kretschmar is an excellent lawyer with broad IP knowledge and experience.

Paul Kretschmar, Mathias Kleespies and Simone Schäfer are extremely knowledgeable, responsive and business oriented.

They are creative thinkers, answer questions quickly and the answers are always thorough. I can recommend Paul Kretschmar, Mathias Kleespies and Simone Schäfer for every trademark case in Germany.’

Both the telephone exchange and the written communication are condensed to the essentials and presented in a way that is understandable even for non-lawyers. This is a great advantage, especially for in-house legal departments, as it allows the statements to be passed on to the decision-makers without extensive explanations.’

Paul Kretschmar and Peter Klein complement each other perfectly as a team. Both have a great focus on practical solutions. A pragmatic or actually economically viable way is always sought and not just a theoretical approach. This is where the two lawyers differ significantly from other lawyers and law firms.’

Very fast, practice-oriented advice to the point.’

Marcus von Welser is characterized by a very quick response and feedback to inquiries and targeted advice. The advice is very practical and solution-oriented and not just of a theoretical nature. Mr. von Welser also acts with foresight and strategy and always has the next steps in mind.’

‘Outstanding knowledge of the market paired with highly specialized knowledge.’

Paul Kretschmar took great care of us. We recommend. Complex issues are part of his specialty.’

Simone Schäfer is very professional, thorough, proactive, efficient and very service oriented.’

Paul Kretschmar is very committed, competent and has a good consulting practice.

Key clients

BSI Federal Association of the German Sporting Goods Industry e.V.

Minges Kaffeerösterei

SCHÖFFEL

Superdry

BOFFI S.p.A. e De Padova

Evoqua Water Technologies GmbH

VARO – Vic. Van Rompuy nv

M.J. Dairies

Sartorius AG

Halfar System GmbH

Work highlights

  • Representing the Federal Association of the German Sporting Goods Industry (eV) (BSI) in four trademark cancellation proceedings against the International Olympic Committee (IOC) due to the illegal monopolization of terms.
  • Advice to Schöffel on global portfolio expansion and on strategic issues.
  • Legal representation of BOFFI SPA and De Padova in a copyright dispute against the industrial designer Prof. Dr. Dieter Rams on the licensing of the 606 shelving system.

Arnold Ruess Rechtsanwälte PartmbB

Arnold Ruess Rechtsanwälte PartmbB in Düsseldorf supports clients in strategic portfolio evaluation and development matters as well as licensing agreements and disputes. Practice head Peter Ruess, one of the founders of the IP boutique, has established the firm as a player in the German and international soft IP space, not least due to his extensive activity in cross-border disputes.

Practice head(s):

Peter Ruess

Testimonials

‘Slender, smart, successful, and dependable.’

‘Peter Ruess is a go-to trademark attorney.’

Peter Ruess also delivers complex legal expertise very promptly and of the highest quality. Even in difficult situations, the cooperation was always goal-oriented and with the necessary overview. His proposals are also getting through to the other side.

Key clients

Bering Time ApS

Boxine GmbH

De Zuivelstichting

eismann Tiefkühl-Heimservice GmbH

Guhl Ikebana GmbH (KAO-Gruppe)

Johanniterorden u. Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe e.V.

Nokia

Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe Ltd.

Weingut Markus Molitor

Zentis GmbH & Co. KG

Work highlights

  • Comprehensive and exclusive advice to Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe Ltd. for all judicial and extrajudicial IP disputes, with a large number of pending infringement proceedings and support for the launch of the current Playstation.
  • Comprehensive strategic advice and management of the trademark portfolio of the Johanniterorden/Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe eV as well as litigation in trademark law.
  • advising the ZENTIS Group on brand strategy and advertising; 2021 Representation for the entire brand portfolio of the group.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper stands out with sector focuses on the media, entertainment, technology and consumer goods industries. Integrated into the firm’s global network, the team increasingly advises clients from the hospitality and digital economy sectors on soft IP matters, while legal tech support is another core strength. The advice on trade mark and design law covers the entire life cycle of products and services, with additional capacities in domain, title and competition law. A combination of strategic portfolio advice and clients’ representation in contentious proceedings result in a busy workload for the practice, which expanded further in 2020 by acquiring and expanding new and existing mandates. Stefan Engels in Hamburg heads the team. Other key contacts are litigator Burkhard Führmeyer and Kai Tumbrägel in Cologne, who is active in media and sports law.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Engels

Testimonials

DLA has in-depth knowledge of traders and the players in the parallel imports market.’

Key clients

Bacardi Ltd.

BRITA GmbH

CFA Institute

Daimler Truck AG

Duracell

Guccio Gucci

Happy Socks AB

Hyatt International

HSBC

LEGO System A/S

Lululemon

Newell Brands

Nike Inc.

Samsung Electronics

Snowflake

Ty Inc.

Walgreens Boots Alliance

Work highlights

  • Taking over the management of the global brand portfolio of HSBC.
  • Representing Nike Inc. in trademark infringement proceedings before the Frankfurt District Court against a competitor; also ongoing advice on trademark and competition law issues and representation in contentious proceedings.
  • Ongoing advice to BRITA GmbH on IP and competition law issues, including parallel imports, advertising campaigns, trademark applications and trademark infringements.

Eisenführ Speiser

Eisenführ Speiser‘s traditional strengths lie in the development of protection rights portfolios as well as clients’ representation in authorities proceedings before the DPMA and the EUIPO. The IP boutique with offices in Bremen, Berlin, Hamburg and Munich is primarily instructed by medium-sized companies, which also benefit from the group’s patent law and litigation expertise, including competitor disputes. Matters pertaining to design and competition law are also covered. Key contacts are Rainer Böhm (including trade mark and trade mark law, know-how law and advertising law) and Constantin Brecht (focus on the development and defence of protection rights portfolios) in Hamburg, who made partner in January 2022, as well as the two protection right infringement specialists Julian Eberhardt and Harald Förster in Bremen.

Testimonials

‘Extremely knowledgeable and able to give excellent advice. They are also very experienced in filing EU and international trademarks. They provide a very efficient and responsive service.’

‘Rainer Böhm is a great asset and very experienced in trademark law, including infringement proceedings and at EU level.’

Key clients

Asklepios Kliniken GmbH & Co. KGaA

Basler AG

CEWE Stiftung & Co. KGaA

CWS International GmbH

Enercon GmbH

Hüttenes-Albertus Chemische Werke GmbH

Koninklijke Philips N.V.

Sennheiser electronic GmbH & Co. KG

VILSA-BRUNNEN Otto Rodekohr GmbH

Werner & Mertz GmbH

Work highlights

  • Ongoing advice to Koninklijke Philips NV on actions against various copycats in the field of design and unfair competition.
  • Successful representation of Harting GmbH & Co. KG in a judgment on complex and rare legal issues in connection with (registered) goods shape brands.
  • Comprehensive trademark law advice to Werner & Mertz GmbH, in particular adjustment of the global trademark portfolio.

FPS

FPS‘ practice, headed by Frankfurt-based Christoph Holzbach, stands out due to its soft IP advice to celebrities as well as its extensive trade mark portfolio practice. The renowned litigation practice, led by Thomas Stein in Frankfurt, increasingly advises on the interface between IP and IT law. Sector focuses include the luxury goods, pharmaceuticals, food, fashion, energy and food industries, with numerous clients from France and the US. For European cross-border matters, the firm relies on the specially developed Corporate Brand Protection Strategy, various legal tech as well as legal project management tools.

Practice head(s):

Christoph Holzbach

Testimonials

‘Frank Hagemann is a very experienced trademark law specialist who is characterized by outstanding ideas and a very precise and stringent argumentation of the same. It is always a pleasure to read his writings. Simply brilliant.

The reaction times of the lawyers are pleasingly short, the legal advice is very good, effective and practical.

Key clients

Abercrombie & Fitch Trading Co.

BigBen Interactive S.A.

CHANEL

Cheil Germany GmbH

Das Österreichische Gallup-Institut GmbH

DKH Retail

DWS Investment GmbH

EnBW-Gruppe (Energie Baden-Württemberg AG, Yello Strom GmbH, Senec GmbH, etc.)

HassiaGruppe

INTERPARFUM (LANVIN, KARL LAGERFELD)

LEVI’S

Maisons du Monde

Provinzial Holdig AG

saaris saarland.innovation&standort e.V.

Stark Deutschland GmbH

Thomas i Punkt Modelle Handelsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG

Under Armour

BRUNO MARS

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE

LADY GAGA

BEYONCE

SHAKIRA

PINK

PHARRELL WILLIAMS

KANYE WEST

Wild Beauty GmbH

Wünsche Group, Hamburg

Das Österreichische Gallup-Institut GmbH

Thomas i Punkt Modelle Handelsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG

Work highlights

  • Advising internationally successful celebrities, including Bruno Mars, on trademark matters.
  • Representing BigBen Interactive SA in a number of lawsuits and proceedings regarding design infringement against Nintendo.
  • Advice to the EnBW Group, in particular on competition law and related areas.

Friedrich Graf von Westphalen & Partner

Friedrich Graf von Westphalen & Partner fields Freiburg-based Norbert Hebeis and Morton Douglas and is primarily instructed by large pharmaceutical corporations and well-known companies, who call upon the firm’s expertise in the development and implementation of application strategies as well as in contentious proceedings. In cooperation with the corporate specialists, the IP team also handles transactional matters at the Freiburg location. The Cologne office fields well-known soft IP specialist David Kipping, who has product labeling expertise, including textiles, cosmetics, food and electronics. In Frankfurt, Stephan Dittl focuses on design, copyright and competition law. Of counsel Wolfgang Schmid and Douglas in Freiburg are experts in the pharmaceutical, medical products and pharmacy industries. Anne Bongers-Gehlert, who is experienced in the IP sector, made local partner in January 2021.

Testimonials

‘The team around David Kipping always impresses us with the seamless integration of related areas of law.’

‘I can’t remember when we lost an IP case in court with David Kipping.’

‘Eva Kessler offers an all-round carefree package, entrepreneurial thinking and pragmatic solutions.’

‘The team is always approachable and can be reached at short notice. The quality of the legal advice is outstanding and takes our entrepreneurial interests into account.’

‘Eva Kessler is always available for us and her legal advice is particularly characterized by high quality and her many years of international experience in trademark law. Ms. Kessler has an excellent law firm network and can fall back on excellent colleagues when it comes to issues with a foreign connection.’

‘We really like the way they work and the way they communicate. We see their quick comprehension as one of the main strengths of the team, which leads to rapid and comprehensive advice. Even the smallest information on our part is enough to work out comprehensive trademark protection. At the same time, things are pointed out to us that we had not yet considered. The brand defense is also highly professional and effective.’

‘We particularly value Norbert Hebis as an outstanding specialist. Communication with him – be it in person or in writing – is extremely precise, but also conducted with a personal touch. You don’t just feel like a client, there is a personal and confidential level of communication.’

Individual support by the partners (if necessary), costs are still reasonable, especially in relation to the performance and the results.

Stephan Dittl: Pragmatic approach, top quality in briefs and in negotiations.

Key clients

AHP Merkle GmbH

aicas GmbH

Alexander Bürkle GmbH & Co. KG

Alnatura Produktions- und Handels GmbH und sämtliche Konzernunternehmen (Alnavit, Bonano, People Wear Organic GmbH)

Apothekerkammer Nordrhein

BBraun Melsungen AG/Aesculap AG

Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland e. V. (BUND)

Deutscher Caritas Verband e. V.

Dr. Martens / Airwair Ltd.

Dt. Versandapotheke Fliegende Pillen

EAM GmbH & Co. KG

erima GmbH

General Re Corp.

Gloster Furniture Ltd. und Dedon GmbH

HME Copper Germany GmbH

Holle baby food GmbH

IAMS Europe B.V.

KME Germany GmbH & Co. KG

Löwen Frankfurt Eishockey-Betriebs GmbH

Messe Basel (Schweiz)

Minderleinsmühle GmbH & Co. KG

PromoCell GmbH

Puckator Ltd.

Schwarzwaldmilch GmbH Freiburg

Schweizerische Eidgenossenschaft

Securetec Detektions-Systeme AG

Spectrum Brands Inc.

Tetra GmbH

Triaz Group GmbH

Wilkinson Sword GmbH

Zentralverband Deutsches Kraftfahrzeuggewerbe e. V.

Work highlights

  • Comprehensive advice and representation of Puckator Ltd. in cases of product counterfeiting and advice on product labeling law.
  • Advising erima GmbH on competitive performance protection and position marks in the field of sportswear regarding erima’s 5 Cube design.

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek combines its strong trade mark and design litigation practice with strategic portfolio management skills, including transactional matters, the drafting of licensing agreements and distribution law issues. The advice on copyright law is another strength. Led by practice heads Dominik Eickemeier in Cologne and Markus Lennartz in Frankfurt, the group’s industry focuses include the fashion, entertainment and electronics sectors. Trade mark and design specialist Christian Spintig in Hamburg and Andreas Schabenberger in Stuttgart, who is experienced in trade mark and competition law as well as in medical device law, are further key figures.

Testimonials

‘Good networking internally.’

‘Practice-oriented processing, good expertise.’

Friendly, helpful, great and fast communication. Understandable, very accessible, great callback processing.

Always a solution proposal available, best advice.

HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER

HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER expanded its soft IP team with the partner appointments of Mathis Breuer in January 2021 and Ivan Dimitrov in January 2022 respectively. The European IP boutique with offices in Germany, France, Spain and Belgium, fields Christina Tenbrock and practice head Thomas Schmitz, both like Breuer in Düsseldorf, offers advice on trade mark and design law, the geographical indications of origin act and advertising law, among others. The team has particular sector expertise in the food, cosmetics, life sciences and consumer electronics sectors. The partner trio is renowned for its litigation experience and border seizure practice with additional capacities in application strategies and licensing agreements.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Schmitz

Testimonials

‘The perfect balance between professionalism and an extremely pleasant atmosphere makes working together so easy. Deadlines are always met, feedback is prompt and the results are outstanding. Particularly noteworthy is the feeling for the client and his needs.’

‘Particularly noteworthy is Ivan Dimitrov, who is not only an absolute great professionally, but who is also a lot of fun to work with. Committed, proactive and full of ideas on how to solve problems.’

Key clients

Adlon Brand GmbH & Co. KG.

Bübchen

Dr. Kurt Wolff/ Dr. August Wolff

EOS – Energy of Smooth

GlaxoSmithKline

Katjes Fassin

OYESS Beauty

Piasten

Samsung

Steinel GmbH

Takeda

Tom Rossau A/S

Trivago

Work highlights

  • Extensive procedural advisory work for GlaxoSmithKline, including the registration and defense of the color trademark in various opposition and nullity proceedings.
  • Comprehensive representation of Samsung in trademark and competition law matters, including an extensive matter with various court and official proceedings in connection with the smart home umbrella brand.
  • Acquisition of Takeda’s complete Europe-wide brand portfolio and partial global portfolio coordination.

JONAS Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Cologne firm JONAS Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH advises on the entire life cycle of products and services, including the clearing of trade marks and designs, related advertising matters, marketing and public relations issues and IP aspects in the distribution context, with particular expertise in licensing agreements. Additional capabilities in media, PR and sports law as well as corporate communication complement the service offering. Practice heads are Karl Hamacher, Martin Viefhues, Nils Weber and Markus Robak.

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH fields Geert Johann Seelig in Hamburg and Detlef Mäder in Cologne and is renowned for its trade mark portfolio expertise in the luxury goods, consumer goods and retail sectors. Other focus areas are healthcare and life sciences as well as the logistics industry. The firm’s international outlook is evident in the management of global trade mark portfolios, as well as its cross-border litigation and licensing agreement practice. The group frequently cooperates with Asian law firms. The joint founding of international organisation unyer with French law firm FIDAL in May 2021 further emphasises the international orientation.

Testimonials

‘I think Luther’s uniqueness lies in their entrepreneurial flair and the great care with which they respond to the needs of their clients. They really care and actually put the client’s needs first.’

‘Geert Johann Seelig gives very precise advice and instructions and is very meticulous in developing tailor-made strategies for each case. He is also very easy to deal with as he enjoys developing a personal relationship with his colleagues while always remaining respectful and maintaining his professional manner.’

‘They are very personal in their cases and honest in their advice.’

‘Geert Johann Seelig is a very pragmatic and goal-oriented lawyer who is strategically very good. His knowledge of the cases and jurisprudence is outstanding.’

‘Extraordinary commitment.’

‘Geert Johann Seelig advises with his excellent professional competence, but also with a special passion for the subject.’

‘Geert Johann Seelig is a very experienced trademark lawyer who brings a good structure and clarity to the trademark portfolio. He quickly immerses himself in the respective market and thus makes an excellent contribution to the alignment and expansion of the brand strategy.’

‘High professional competence. Targeted advice.’

‘Geert Johann Seelig is characterized by a high level of professional competence with an eye for what is essential for the client. Significant cost savings were achieved thanks to the targeted advice.’

Key clients

Imperial Tobacco Ltd./Reemtsma Cigarettenfabriken GmbH

Warsteiner Brauerei Haus Kramer KG/Warsteiner International KG

THOIP/Sanrio GmbH

Daniel Wellington AB

achtung! GmbH

Dermaroller GmbH

Hakle GmbH

HRS GmbH

Kamps GmbH

Molkerei Ammerland eG

National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences – Emmy Awards

CENTA / Rexnord

Saint-Gobain Glass

Spindel- und Lagerungstechnik Fraureuth GmbH

VAG GmbH

Zeller+Gmelin GmbH & Co. KG

Work highlights

  • Ongoing advice and representation of Reemtsma / Imperial Tobacco Ltd in trademark and competition law disputes (including e-cigarettes, chewing tobacco), in and out of court, support of the German trademark portfolio, trademark applications, data protection, IT, regulatory and corporate law advice.
  • Administration of the entire worldwide brand portfolio of all companies of the Warsteiner Brewery Haus Cramer KG/Warsteiner International KG; Global design rights management, filing and strategy.
  • Advised Daniel Wellington AB on trademark disputes and the prosecution of product piracy as well as legal disputes in France, Denmark, the Czech Republic and Sweden.

Osborne Clarke

Osborne Clarke reflects the firm’s international positioning, especially in contentious proceedings. The key contact is Hamburg-based litigator and trade mark and competition law expert Matthias Kloth, while practice head Marcus Sacré in Cologne is also active in soft IP disputes. Industry focus areas include the automotive, consumer goods and sports sectors.

Practice head(s):

Marcus Sacré

Other key lawyers:

Matthias Kloth

Testimonials

Matthias Kloth is an outstanding expert in trademark law. He also gave us excellent advice in an international context.’

Schmitt Teworte-Vey Simon & Schumacher

Cologne-based Schmitt Teworte-Vey Simon & Schumacher offers comprehensive soft IP as well as media and competition law expertise. Founded in June 2019 by Marie Teworte-Vey, Gesa Simon, Jan Schumacher and Christian Schmitt, the firm expanded its management of national and international protection rights portfolios and advice on licensing matters and contentious proceedings. The group also handles copyright, pharmaceutical advertising and food law matters.

D Young & Co LLP

D Young & Co LLP opened its German office in 2016 and expanded under the leadership of Jana Bogatz. The team’s integration into the firm, which is well-known in Great Britain, is a particular strength for cross-border mandates, while Bogatz and her team also established an independent practice in the last six years. The group advises on trade mark, design, competition and copyright law. 

Practice head(s):

Jana Bogatz

Other key lawyers:

Yvonne Stone

Testimonials

Jana Bogatz is very reliable, quick and knowledgeable when it comes to legal analysis.’

Jana Bogatz and her team always take great care of us. I would like to emphasize the clear and concise style with which they present possible solutions. The monitoring carried out by the team led by Jana gives us the confidence that we are in the best possible hands.’

They act quick, in detail and with an eye on the big picture. They also stick strictly to budgets. The answers are always practical. Jana Bogatz is sensitive to all the details. She replies very quickly and always with the deadline in mind.’

‘We work here with Jana Bogatz, who is an excellent brand expert. Working with her is very pleasant. Jana has a high level of expertise in trademark law.’

Jana Bogatz is an above-average IP lawyer who always delivers high-quality work and advice. She is always available, knows our requirements very well and is very attentive to our needs. I would highly recommend them for IP matters.’

Exceptionally good prosecution practice. Jana Bogatz combines razor-sharp analysis with strategic vision. Yvonne Stone is well versed in the industry and knows the client’s specifics very well.’

D Young’s Munich team can compete with the best IP practices in Germany. The team is extremely knowledgeable, professional and quick to respond. The work is delivered quickly, to the highest quality and taking into account the client’s preferences, limitations and circumstances.’

Key clients

Al Futtaim

American Eagle Outfitters

Burger King Corporation

Exxon Mobil Corporation

Fresenius Kabi AG

Hard Rock International

Johnson & Johnson

Marriot International

Sunseeker International

Teva Pharmaceuticals

The Dow Chemical Company

Zoopla Property Group

Work highlights

  • Advice to Teva on trademark issues and representation in appeal proceedings before the General Court of the European Union regarding the EUIPO’s rejection of slogan trade marks.
  • Trademark advice and support for The Dow Chemical Company for Germany, France, Switzerland and the EU, including trademark applications, opposition proceedings and advice on international IP contracts.

Dentons

Dentons‘ strengths are litigation, including cross-border, border seizure and product piracy matters, trade mark portfolio management as well as contract law advice, including cooperation, IT and project-related issues. The team also assists with transactions and its industry focuses include the automotive, fashion and life sciences industries. Constantin Rehaag in Frankfurt and Stefan Dittmer in Berlin head the team, which also demonstrates know-how at the interface between IP and criminal law and regularly cooperates with the Paris team. In April 2021, the Berlin office was strengthened with counsel Julia Wiencke (formerly at Ernst & Young Law; digitisation, trade mark and title protection law) and the Frankfurt office with counsel Nadine Neumeier (formerly at Baker McKenzie; IT, data protection, e-commerce). Berlin-based Jana Semrau-Brandt specialises in IP, IT and licensing agreements and made counsel in March 2021.

Key clients

Abbott

AbbVie

Agence France-Presse

Amazon

ANTONOV

BASF/BASC

Bayer AG

Bundesministerium des Inneren

Daimler AG

Delta Airlines

eKomi Holding GmbH

GOAT

Industrie Cartarie Tronchetti S.p.A (ICT)

Infracapital

Intermediate Capital Group (ICG)

Konica Minolta & Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe

König & Bauer AG

KWS SAAT SE & Co. KGaA

Mil – Moskauer Hubschrauberfabrik M. L. Mil

Mobility Trader Holding GmbH

Novartis AG

Ringspann GmbH

Roche Pharma AG

RoX GmbH

Ruheforst GmbH

Schneider Electric

Sky Fernsehen Deutschland GmbH

Umicore

Volkswagen AG

ZURU

Work highlights

  • Advising and successfully representing Amazon in a complex legal dispute against Coty’s trademark infringement claims before the Federal Court of Justice (BGH).
  • Advising the investment company Intermediate Capital Group (ICG) and its infrastructure unit ICG Infra on the acquisition of a majority stake in the fiber optic network operator TNG.  
  • Advising Novartis AG on trademark and patent litigation matters and on civil and criminal law in a major pharmaceutical crime case (criminal infringement of the client’s trademarks in the form of counterfeit packages and leaflets of anti-cancer drugs estimated at €20 million).

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright is well positioned for cross-border mandates due to the firm’s international network. Among the core competencies are the management of large trade mark portfolios for luxury goods companies, authorities proceedings, as well as the judicial enforcement of trade marks and designs. Led by practice head Daniel Marschollek, the German team routinely cooperates with the London and Paris teams, not least due to legal tech solutions. A particular strength is the advice on product piracy and border seizure scenarios, with several clients from the EU. Counsel Manuel Merling (sports goods, luxury goods and technology industries) is the second key contact.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Marschollek

Other key lawyers:

Manuel Merling

Key clients

Adler Modemärkte AG

Abercrombie & Fitch

AllStar CV (Converse)

BNP Paribas SA

Canopy Growth Corporation

Celine S.A.

Christian Dior Couture SA

Emilio Pucci Srl

Energizer Brands LLC

Engelbert Strauss GmbH & Co. KG

Fair Isaac Corporation

Givenchy S.A.

Indeed Inc.

Kema BV

Kenzo S.A.

Koch Industries

Loewe S.A.

NIKE International CV

Sandvik Mining and Construction Crushing Technology

Sunflower Management GmbH & Co KG

Work highlights

  • Advising and representing a French luxury goods company in court in a complex of proceedings against a Germany-based international manufacturer of handbags and shoes with regard to the enforcement of trademark-protected designs.
  • Advising and representing a Swiss luxury goods company in court in a complex of proceedings against a well-known German company in the field of customizing used luxury watches to the limits of trademark exhaustion.

UNIT4 IP

Founded in Stuttgart in 2016, IP boutique UNIT4 IP focuses on trade mark law. Ekkehard Stolz, Ursula Stelzenmüller and Jan Weiser have established an extensive trade mark management practice and are well versed in both authorities and court proceedings, including proceedings before the EU courts. Additional capacities in domain law, including UDRP proceedings, as well as in competition and media law complement the offering. The firm attracts German as well as large international players, including numerous US clients. In January 2022, Antonia Bognár (trade mark law, competition law, copyright and design law) made partner.

Testimonials

Very good expertise in trademark and design law. Pragmatic and quick case processing. Strategically strong. Good cost structure.’

‘Jan Weiser: Extraordinary expertise, strategically strong, excellent briefs.’

‘Ursula Stelzenmüller: Excellent, reliable and pragmatic handling of border seizure cases worldwide.’

‘The team is very proactive. Ekkehard Stolz has been with us for a long time and is able to work with different working and communication styles. His advice is always excellent. We couldn’t do our job without him.’

Key clients

Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft

Bugatti International S.A.

Gap. (ITM) Inc. / Banana Republic (ITM) Inc.

Intel Corporation

Pantone, LLC

Gilead Sciences, Inc.

Pinballcenter GmbH

easyGroup Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Global trademark management and defense for Dr. Ing. hc F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft, comprehensive litigation and 2020/2021 takeover of global design management and defense.
  • Trademark administration and defense for Intel Corporation in Germany, litigation and execution of numerous trademark similarity searches.
  • Comprehensive trademark law advice and legal enforcement of Bugatti International SA, worldwide trademark administration and defense, worldwide support of the design portfolio.

boesling IP Rechtsanwälte PartG mbB

Hamburg IP boutique boesling IP Rechtsanwälte PartG mbB specialises in advising copyright holders on infringement proceedings. Name partner Thies Bösling and design law expert Inga George also advise on the clearing before product launches, licensing issues and represent in strategic authorities proceedings. Product piracy issues and border seizures in Germany are also part of the service offering.

Practice head(s):

Thies Bösling; Inga George

Testimonials

‘The firm is very proactive in approaching its cases, anticipating client needs and providing solid support.’

‘Thies Bösling is very professional and responsive. He is always proactive and has very thorough knowledge of German and European trademark law. He gives clear and detailed feedback on complex cases and looks at all sides of a case from both a legal and commercial perspective.’

‘The team is highly specialized in trademark law. Their communication is easy to understand and they are quicker to respond than larger units.’

‘Inga George is very experienced and professional. I recommend her unreservedly.’

‘High professional and problem-solving competence, short reaction time.’

‘Inga George is extremely open-minded, works and integrates quickly and competently into larger teams from other disciplines. Strong in drafting, picks up clients where they are and guides them to a solution quickly and effectively.’

‘Inga George and Thies Bösling are a perfectly coordinated duo. They don’t miss a thing, even in complex cases, and together they are really strong in the IP litigation segment. Most importantly, you feel that they both know their files almost equally well, so you always have access to either one if you want to discuss aspects of a case.’

‘Inga George is a determined and very experienced lawyer in IP disputes. She has a very good judiciary and is good at anticipating the outcome of legal disputes. Above all, you never get the feeling that she would advise you to go to court just so that she could generate more fees herself. She is always available for a face-to-face interview, which is worth a lot in itself.’

‘Boesling IP cares about our business as much as we do.’

‘Small young team with broad expertise in all sub-areas of intellectual property.’

‘Inga George is very responsive and has very good professional expertise.’

‘I consider Thies Bösling to be the best foreign lawyer I have ever worked with. His advice is on point, he has an unrivaled ability to understand a client’s business, his sensitivity to infringements is outstanding and the solutions he finds in all cases are excellent.’

Key clients

10kap Inc.

4activeSystems GmbH

Bolia A/S

DM&T – Danks Mode & Textil

Eilumina Resources PTE Ltd.

Furla S.p.A.

Hotspot Technology Inc.

Hummel Holding A/S

Hummel sport & leisure Warenhandelsges. mbH

K. Yairi Guitars Co.

Leidseplein Presse B.V. (Rechteverwaltung für Rockband AC/DC)

METASYS Medizintechnik GmbH

SANTEK JAPAN CORPORATION

Serana Europe GmbH

Shipsta S.a.r.l.

Duo Design GmbH

Work highlights

  • Representing Hummel in numerous infringement proceedings regarding Winkel trademarks on clothing, shoes and sports accessories; Ongoing advice on supplier contracts, including with 1. FC Köln.
  • Representing Bolia A/S in opposition proceedings before the DPMA and in infringement proceedings.
  • Representation of Furla SpA in connection with border seizure before the German customs authorities.  

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland focuses on trade mark portfolio management, forensic advice as well as licensing matters. Large international companies and German medium-sized companies are among the client roster, which utilises the firm’s international network with regard to multi-jurisdictional matters. Practice head Tobias Maier in Munich also co-heads the international sector group Healthcare & Life Sciences and has corresponding industry know-how. Another strength is the expertise in sports and media law, where Axel Zimmermann in Munich, who jointly leads the German soft IP practice with Maier, is the key contact. The firm’s headquarters are in Munich, while the Hamburg office expanded with principal associate Thomas Farkas, who focuses on fashion and premium brands.

Practice head(s):

Tobias Maier; Axel Zimmermann

Testimonials

Very client-friendly team that combines pragmatic and entrepreneurial advice with legal expertise.’

Tobias Maier is very responsive, thinks economically and quickly finds solutions.

Key clients

Alpargatas (Havaianas)

Autoliv

Burger King

DJE Kapital

ECOM

Eurosport/Discovery Channel

Kering Group (Gucci, Brioni, Pomellato etc.)

Leica/Hexagon

Leonine (Tele München Gruppe)

Munich Re

Next

Otsuka Pharmaceuticals

Resysta International

Sinclair Pharma

Strama Group

Ted Baker

Tele 5

WeatherTec Services

Wolford

Work highlights

  • Advising Otsuka Novel Products on contract negotiations, including the distribution of IP usage rights and licenses.
  • Comprehensive advice to Leonine, the media company that emerged from the Tele München Group, on trademark and competition law.
  • Representing Havaianas against a large international goods retailer and against a Europe-wide discounter because of the sale of counterfeit designs and brands in Germany, the Netherlands and Denmark.

Lichtenstein, Körner & Partner

Lichtenstein, Körner & Partner is based in Stuttgart and handles application matters and court litigation at national and EU level. Kerstin Gründig-Schnelle and Thomas Sambuc head the team, which also includes Alexander Hauch (competition, trade mark, design and copyright law as well as press and personal rights matters).

Other key lawyers:

Alexander Hauch

Testimonials

‘Above-average competence of the contacts; availability at all times; practical solution option with a focus on cost efficiency; above-average practical experience in the relevant area of law.’

Key clients

Adam Wieland GmbH & Co. KG

Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. KG und andere Gesellschafen der Würth-Gruppe

AWG mode GmbH

beko Group (beko GmbH und die gruppenangehörigen Gesellschaften)

Confiserie Heilemann GmbH

DLS Automobile

Ernst Klett AG

Gardner Denver Thomas Inc., USA, und weitere, internat. Gesellschaften der GD-Gruppe

garmo AG

Molkereigenossenschaft Hohenlohe-Franken eG

Peter Hahn GmbH

Pons GmbH

Van Roij Fasteners Europe B.V., Niederlande

Yello Strom GmbH

Loschelder

Loschelder manages German and large international trade mark portfolios, while its trademark and competition law practice also handles contentious proceedings, including product piracy issues in the luxury goods sector and in authorities proceedings before the DPMA and the EUIPO. The Cologne-based firm's key contacts in the soft IP area are Thomas Schulte-Beckhausen and Stefan Maaßen.

Meissner Bolte Patentanwälte Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft mbB

Meissner Bolte Patentanwälte Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft mbB is a popular choice for EU trade mark applicants. The IP boutique’s team, including patent experts, is well-versed in authorities and court proceedings and also offers cross-border support thanks to its British office and the international team. Counsel Oliver Nilgen heads the trade mark practice in Munich, while patent law specialist Tobias Wuttke is in charge of the firm’s litigation experts. In January 2022, the firm merged with Würtenberger Rechtsanwälte and was thus able to add Gert Würtenberger (trade mark application and infringement proceedings as well as plant variety protection law) to the team, among others.

Practice head(s):

Tobias Wuttke; Oliver Nilgen

Other key lawyers:

Gert Würtenberger

Testimonials

‘The lawyers and patent attorneys at Meissner Bolte are characterized above all by their outstanding specialist knowledge and practical presentation of possible solutions.’

All the options shown are always based on the requirements of the company, are extremely legally secure and easy to implement.’

Proactive information and advice on innovations deserves special mention.’

Key clients

O’Neal GmbH & Co. KG

Cybex GmbH

Mammut Sports Group

Zynga Inc.

ACO Severin Ahlmann Gmbh & Co. KG

Cesra Arzneimittel Gmbh & Co. KG

Occhio GmbH

Warwick GmbH & Co. Music Equipment KG

Milchwerke Berchtesgadener Land Chiemgau eG

Taliens

Since its foundation in 2018, Taliens‘ trade mark law practice has become a core strength of the European-oriented firm in the IP, technology and media arena. Practice heads Tobias Malte Müller and Federica Togo, who are both admitted to the bar in Germany and Italy, are experienced in court proceedings, including European Court of Justice proceedings, and also advise on portfolio and licensing issues. Another strength is the border seizure practice in Germany, the EU and beyond, which forms part of the product piracy expertise. The duo also assists with domain, unfair competition and design mandates.

Testimonials

‘Excellent cooperation, extremely short response times, high level of professional competence.

‘In our view, Tobias Malte Müller’s professional qualities and commitment in the cases are exceptionally good. He also convinced us in his assessment of the enforcement options. Reliably good response times of a few hours complete the convincing picture.’

Excellence, thoroughness, reliable team. A real pleasure to work with them.’

‘Federica Togo is an excellent lawyer. Her knowledge of trademark and competition law is boundless. Her advice, apart from coming from a very experienced lawyer, is always extremely well thought out, balanced and creative. She finds a solution even for apparently unsolvable situations.’

‘Tobias Malte Müller is an exceptional strategist and outstanding litigator; enormous and profound expertise; delivers top results even under pressure; also pursues unusual solutions (out-of-the-box thinking), which we value very much; very pleasant cooperation; always available.’

Very strong and efficient team; always delivers on time with almost no errors; very good responsiveness; very pleasant working atmosphere.’

‘Tobias Malte Müller: analytically strong and quick thinker. Federica Togo: Excellent international network.’

‘Focused entity with great expertise; very personal and collegial interaction.’

Key clients

Enel S.p.A.

Verlag C.H.Beck oHG

Westwing (Konzern)

Alpinestars USA Inc.

Salvatore Ferragamo

Performance in Lighting

Kelemata S.r.l.

HOTHO Oberflächentechnik GmbH & CO KG

delta pronatura Dr. Krauss & Dr. Beckmann KG

Volkswagen AG

Stellantis (vormals FCA) (Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Lancia)

Pirelli Tyre S.p.A.

Perfetti van Melle S.p.A. (Mentos, Chupa Chups)

Geox S.p.A.

Les Éditions Albert René SARL (Asterix & Obelix)

A.T.U. Auto Teile Unger Handels GmbH & Co KG

Groupon (Konzern)

ZTE Deutschland GmbH

Auditel s.r.l.

New Era Cap Company Limited

Fashion Energy s.r.l.

Mondrian Lab Inc. (NY)

Consorzio di Tutela del Primitivo di Manduria DOC

DIESEL S.p.A.

KTN Gruppe

milon industries GmbH

Lucaffé Venturelli Gian Luca S.r.l.

Invincible Brands GmbH (HelloBody, Mermaid + Me, Banana Beauty u.a.)

Work highlights

  • Representing Pirelli Tire SpA (Milan) in two trademark proceedings before the ECJ against the Japanese tire manufacturer Yokohama Rubber.
  • Comprehensive advice and representation of Westwing in judicial and extrajudicial proceedings in the field of intellectual property (in particular design and copyright law) as well as advice on the drafting of contracts.
  • Representing the Italian energy group Enel SpA in various German opposition proceedings.

Uexküll & Stolberg

IP boutique Uexküll & Stolberg fields an experienced prosecution practice, with particular expertise in authorities proceedings before the DPMA and EUIPO. Additional experience in court proceedings and strategic advice on the development of trade mark and design portfolios complement the comprehensive service offering. The team also covers matters pertaining to product piracy and assists with expert opinions in the validation and infringement context. Frank Dettmann in Hamburg heads the team.

Practice head(s):

Frank Dettmann

Testimonials

An outstanding law firm among the IP practices in Germany. Highly professional team that is fun to work with. Targeted and at the highest level all around.’

We can recommend Alexander Thünken for trademark law in Germany and the EU. He is very professional, very knowledgeable and client oriented in every way.

The team is very responsive and cost effective. Alexander Thünken replies quickly and is a pleasure to work with.’

Frank Dettmann is an excellent expert in trademark law .’

Uexküll & Stolberg, including Alexander Thünken and his team, are true specialists with a wealth of experience and we would not hesitate to recommend them. They have a pragmatic and business-oriented consulting approach and offer a high level of service.’

Key clients

Tiffany & Company

KYMCO or Kwang Yang Motor Co, Ltd

Mary Kay Inc.

Dr. Wolff Gruppe

Duracell Batteries BVBA

DEKRA e.V.

AXXO Im- und Export GmbH

KRKA

GALENpharma GmbH

Roots Corporation, Toronto Kanada

W.R. Grace & Co.-Conn.

GeVeMa GmbH (Kleiner Feigling)

Helm AG

Rehaforum GmbH

Donkey Products

J. J. Darboven

Behn Getränke GmbH (GeVeMa)

Kalorimeta GmbH (Kalo)

Work highlights

  • Successful advice and representation of JJ Darboven before the European Court of Justice against the EUIPO due to the refusal of registration of the trademark/the word mark WINDSOR-CASTLE.
  • Advising and representing the US multi-level marketing company Mary Kay Inc. on German trademark applications, availability searches and strategic advice on trademark law.
  • Advice and representation of Dr.Wolff Group in the registration of trademarks worldwide, mostly via international IR trademarks, including the implementation of opposition and cancellation proceedings and support of legal proceedings for and against the Dr. Wolff Group in different countries.