Firms To Watch: Trade marks

BRAUN-DULLAEUS PANNEN EMMERLING specialises in national and international IP portfolios with particular focus on trade mark litigation and possesses significant expertise in the furniture as well as PR and advertisement industries.
Under the leadership of Ortrun Günzel, Dörries Frank-Molina & Pohlman advises on strategic portfolio management, litigation and transactions, with matters frequently entailing international aspects.
Menold Bezler focuses on trade mark litigation, particularly for sophisticated medium-sized companies, but also counts several well-known international players among its client base. The practice also houses trade mark consultants that assist with trade mark portfolio management.

Trade marks in Germany

Bird & Bird LLP

Bird & Bird LLP's trade mark practice is headed by Christian Harmsen and excels across the entire spectrum of design and trademark matters, advising clients on applications and portfolio management as well as representing them in infringement proceedings; here, the sectors technology, media and telecommunications, automotive, life sciences as well as retail and consumer goods take center stage for the team. Furthermore, the group is often involved in cross-practice matters such as transactions. Richard Dissmann primarily assists with litigation in areas such as product piracy, while Frederik Thiering's expertise includes litigation and strategic advice. The intersection of IP, media and sports law is covered by Markus Körner who is also adept at advising clients from the technology sector and became part of the firm's German management in January 2023. Christian Lindenthal made partner in May 2022 and primarily advises clients from heavily regulated industries.

Practice head(s):

Christian Harmsen

Key clients



Berlin Brands Group

Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA

Bugatti International S.A.


CrossFit, Inc.


Deutscher Sparkassen- und Giroverband

Discovery Communications

DTM Deutsche Tele Medien GmbH




Gastro & Soul GmbH

Gauff Engineering

Gruner + Jahr GmbH

Hebrew University


Ionity GmbH

Joh. Wilh. von Eicken

JustFab / TechStyle




LLOYD Schuhe

Monster Energy

Next e.Go Mobile SE

Peek & Cloppenburg

Piaggio & C. Spa

Plusnet GmbH

Procter & Gamble

ProSiebenSat.1 Media AG /SevenVentures

Schwarze & Schlichte


STORY HOUSE Productions GmbH


Work highlights

  • Global strategic advice, representation in disputes and advice on registration procedures for an international sports organization.
  • Advice on design law and defense of trademark, domain and design rights for AUDI AG.
  • Global advice and representation of Gruner + Jahr in trade mark matters.


Grünecker offers comprehensive advice on trade mark law, ranging from portfolio management and trade mark applications to the coordination of EU-wide disputes; global corporations, medium-sized companies and start-ups also benefit from the practice's in-depth experience in border seizures as well as in cancellation and opposition proceedings. Maximilian Kinkeldey possesses know-how along the entire value chain of trademark law and is frequently instructed by blue-chip companies seeking representation in disputes, while the firm's strong China desk has a powerful advisor in Anja Franke who is a key contact for clients from the Asian region on filing and enforcement strategies within Europe. Holger Gauss impresses in the fashion, pharmaceutical and media sectors, while Nicolás Schmitz frequently advises international corporations from the luxury sector. The practice saw two changes at partner level at the beginning of 2022: Martin Aufenanger retired and Philipp Strommer (litigation) made associated partner.

Practice head(s):

Anja Franke; Holger Gauss; Maximilian Kinkeldey; Nicolás Schmitz; Philipp Strommer


‘The team is very cooperative and responsible.’

‘Always up to date regarding developments at EUIPO and case law at national and EU level, extremely well connected.’

‘Anja Franke always gives very clear and business-oriented advice.’

Key clients







Orcan Energy AG



Christian Louboutin


Sony Music

Rockwell Automation Inc.


Work highlights

  • Strategic advice to Microsoft on complex legal issues and disputes, including trade mark clearances, injunctions and cancellation proceedings.
  • Advising Harley-Davidson on the development and establishment of a protection strategy against product piracy, offline and online, as well as on legal disputes, customs procedures, training and the enforcement of property rights.
  • Advising Lyft on a large number of oppositions before the EUIPO and on warnings against filing similar trade marks as well as against the use of variants of Lyft and Pink.

Harmsen Utescher

With a 'willingness to familiarize themselves with all topics and to answer all questions soundly', Hamburg-based IP boutique Harmsen Utescher continues to be one of the top addresses for trade mark law. The firm covers the entire spectrum of intellectual property rights and is therefore able to also assist with pharmaceutical, competition, copyright and food law issues. In addition, all team members are well versed in litigation as well as prosecution and support clients at national and international level, including before the EUIPO and the Federal Court. The team's sector expertise is just as wide-ranging, including the fashion, tourism and pharmaceutical sectors among others. The practice's key contacts include Karin Sandberg (copyright and design law, media law), Till Lampel (design and copyright law) and Martin Kefferpütz (copyright and design law, German and European antitrust law).


‘The service is excellent, so far all suggested ways have been implemented and did not have to be amended or improved afterwards.’

‘One distinguishing feature is the willingness to familiarize themselves with all topics and to answer all questions in a sound manner.’

‘Till Lampel is characterized by his advisory experience and confidence.’

Key clients






Formula One




PSA Group


BELL Food Group


Scout 24



Hapag Lloyd

Loewe Technology

Bijou Brigitte


Maritim Hotels

Klitschko Ventures


Hogan Lovells International LLP

Located within its IPMT practice, Hogan Lovells International LLP's global trade mark team handles complex instructions and manages extensive trade mark and design portfolios; a special focus is placed on clients from the technology and telecommunications, pharmacy, medical technology as well as consumer goods and automotive sectors. In addition to its advisory work, the practice also acts in contentious proceedings and handles trade mark-related sustainability issues. Life sciences and energy brands frequently turn to Yvonne Draheim, whose expertise includes domain disputes, administrative proceedings and out-of-court advice on trade mark, design and domain law, while counsel Patrick Fromlowitz and Marion Fischer both act in an advisory and forensic capacity. Trade mark portfolio management specialist Susanne Karow retired at the end of 2021 but remains active as senior counsel, and litigator Anthonia Ghalamkarizadeh, who often assists online service providers and owners of well-known trade marks, made partner in January 2023. IP litigator Andreas Bothe, Miriam Gundt (technical property rights) and Burkhart Goebel, who divides his time between Hamburg and Madrid, jointly head the practice.


‘Good interaction within the team. Other colleagues are proactively brought in to provide information depending on the focus.’

‘Know-how and experts in all areas of intellectual property and beyond.’

‘Patrick Fromlowitz: Supremely knowledgeable and has a strong depth of knowledge to answer any question.’

‘Competent feedback (also on questions of foreign trade mark law).’

‘Excellent expertise in the field of IP, very precise and careful way of working, often crowned with success.’

‘In addition to her competence, Marlen Annika Mittelstein also has a pragmatic and solution-oriented approach.’

‘Good and seamless cooperation within the team available to us.’

‘Marion Fischer: A very experienced and reliable colleague who adapts advice to the needs of the client and implements it successfully.’

Key clients

Anheuser-Busch InBev


Bettzig Media

Boardriders Group

Bundesverband Herzkranke Kinder e.V.


Canyon Bicycles



Deutsche Industrieanlagen GmbH

Deutsche Telekom


ERGO Group

Fiskars Group

Hennes & Mauritz


Marimekko Oyj

Merck & Co. Inc.






Stiftung phönikks

SZ DJI Technology Co., Ltd (DJI)



Vay Technology GmbH


Work highlights

  • Advice to Anheuser-Busch InBev brewery in their long-standing dispute with Czech brewery Budejovicky Budvar over the BUDWEISER brand.
  • Advising Merck & Co., Inc. in cross-border proceedings regarding the rights to the MERCK brand and company name.
  • Management of the global brand portfolio and strategic advice for Deutsche Telekom.

KLAKA Rechtsanwälte

KLAKA Rechtsanwälte continues to be one of the first points of contact for companies seeking advice on trade mark and design law. The IP boutique is particularly well versed in representing clients from the banking, insurance and pharmaceutical sectors in judicial and administrative proceedings. However, luxury goods, energy and fashion represent further sector focuses for the team that is led by Ralf Hackbarth; in addition to trade mark and design law, the practice head also handles domain and geographical indications of origin matters. Most recently, the practice further assisted with a number of high-profile design patent and plagiarism cases in the automotive sector. Food and drug law are Andreas Schulz‘s areas of focus, while Oliver Rauscher counts strategic expansion of national and global brand portfolios among his areas of expertise. Carola Onken is adept at geographical indications and designations of origin, unfair competition and represents clients in disputes up to the Federal Court of Justice (BGH) and the ECJ. Litigation also represents a key focus for senior associate Florian Schmidt-Sauerhöfer.

Practice head(s):

Ralf Hackbarth


‘Efficient, well-established team that masters all types of strategic brand proceedings.’

‘Excellently positioned and perfectly complementary team with extensive knowledge of trade mark law.’

‘Ralf Hackbarth: Technically excellent and offers targeted and well thought-out solutions. Due to his many years of experience and his extensive knowledge of trade mark law, he maneuvers the client through even most complex procedures with a clever strategy and without losing track. ‘

‘Flexible, competent and solution-oriented advice on trade mark law, which is tailored to the client’s specific needs.’

‘Florian Schmidt-Sauerhöfer: Well versed in trade mark law and advises professionally, competently and solution-oriented.’

Key clients

Adelholzener Alpenquellen GmbH

Bayerische Motoren Werke AG

Beiersdorf AG

Börlind Gesellschaft f. kosmetische Erzeugnisse mbH

Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne

Continentale Versicherungsverbund

Deichmann SE

Deutscher Fußball Bund (DFB) e.V.

Dürr Technik GmbH & Co. KG

Elatec GmbH

Finori GmbH

Heinrich Hugendubel GmbH & Co. KG


Lackmann Fleisch- und Feinkostfabrik GmbH

Longchamp S.A.S., Paris

Nestlé Deutschland AG und Nestlé Nutrition GmbH


NOMOS Glashütte/SA Roland Schwertner KG

NÜRNBERGER Versicherungen

Poulsen Roser AS, Dänemark

Reusch International SpA

Snipes SE


UniCredit Bank AG

YOUR NOW Holding GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advice to BMW AG on trade mark and design law matters and representation in infringement proceedings.
  • Representing Beiersdorf AG in numerous trade mark proceedings, including enforcement of trade mark rights such as NIVEA, Labello and Eucerin before the DPMA.
  • Advising and representing Deichmann SE in trade mark and design registrations, trade mark and design law proceedings, licensing law, trade mark transactions and infringement proceedings.

Lubberger Lehment

In addition to numerous proceedings, Lubberger Lehment‘s advice portfolio also includes transactional trade mark support; the IP boutique enjoys a particularly good reputation in the luxury segment, but also counts companies with digital business models among its core clients. Furthermore, the management and structuring of trade mark and design portfolios is just as much part of the firm’s expertise as piracy and unfair competition matters. In addition to trade mark, design and competition law, Andreas Lubberger also specializes in antitrust and distribution law, while Cornelis Lehment is particularly well versed in litigation, as is Rani Mallick who represents clients in proceedings related to counterfeit products, imitations and parallel imports. At the beginning of 2022, litigator Eva Maierski made equity partner and Philip Schmitz (product piracy and transactional IP advice) associated partner. Anja Wulff joined Hildebrandt. in January 2022.

Key clients

Adolf Würth


Auto1 (

Axel Springer

Bayes eSports


Boehringer Ingelheim




Db Equipment


Deutsche Gesetzliche Unfall Versicherung

Fürsten Reform


Moet Hennessy


Rotkäppchen Mumm




Sunshine Smile GmbH (PlusDental)


Titel Media (High Snobiety)



Work highlights

  • Advising Coty in a landmark case against Aldi at the Higher Regional Court in Stuttgart for selling branded perfumes at the discounter which was detrimental to its prestige.
  • IP advice to Kraft Heinz on the purchase of spice start-up Just Spices.

Bardehle Pagenberg

Bardehle Pagenberg combines an experienced trade mark law practice with strengths in design law and is particularly convincing in technically oriented sectors, but also assists clients from sectors such as health, fashion and cosmetics. The IP firm advises on the development and management of IP portfolios and handles litigation both at national and international level. With international offices in Paris and Barcelona, the firm is also ideally placed to handle multinational portfolios and cross-border disputes and can further draw on connections to law firms in Asia and the US. Claus Eckhartt, who specializes in trade mark transactions and anti-counterfeiting protection, jointly leads the team with Philipe Kutschke, who assists clients with strategic issues as well as contentious cases. Design-related infringement and nullity proceedings are among the key competencies of Henning Hartwig. The practice welcomed highly regarded patent litigator Tobias Wuttke from Meissner Bolte Patentanwälte Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft mbB in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Claus Eckhartt

Key clients


AIR UP Group GmbH

Diesel S.p.A.


Husqvarna AB

MZE Möbel Zentral Einkauf GmbH

San Antonio Winery Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advice to Air Up Group GmbH on setting up a global trade mark portfolio and ongoing representation in cross-border matters relating to design and trade mark law.
  • Representing Husqvarna AB/Gardena GmbH as plaintiff against LIDL for possible trade mark infringement of the 3D trademark for the classic Gardena watering nozzle.
  • Representing San Antonio Winery, Inc. as plaintiff against Fratelli Martini Secondo Luigi SpA before the Munich Higher Regional Court related to non-use of a trade mark.

CBH Rechtsanwälte

CBH Rechtsanwälte's trade mark practice is regularly instructed by a strong portfolio of medium-sized companies, but also assists large international corporations (industry focuses on luxury goods, beauty, healthcare, automotive and technology) with forensic and strategic advice. The team further closely cooperates with the firm's public procurement practice to protect well-known brands and quality marks. Nadja Siebertz, who co-manages the firm, advises on trade mark portfolio development and optimization, strategic brand management as well as on competition matters. Ingo Jung's advises across the intersection of trade mark, competition, design and copyright law.


‘Competent team, very reliable.’

‘Ingo Jung: What distinguishes him from other lawyers is that he combines theory and experience to provide clear and pragmatic legal advice.’

‘Competent team, very reliable, easy to reach, quick response.’

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


Markt Garmisch -Partenkirchen

Metten Stein + Design GmbH & Co. KG

Robert Herder GmbH & Co. KG


Saint-Gobain Glass Deutschland GmbH

Superior Industries Europe AG

SSI Schäfer Shop GmbH

Westdeutsche Lotterie & Co. oHG

Zentralverband des deutschen Bäckerhandwerks

Work highlights

  • Advising and representing OBI Deutschland GmbH in relation to its orange color brand including various legal disputes against competitors Hornbach and Globus before the Federal Patent Court and the DPMA.
  • Advising and representing Daimler AG in trade mark law.
  • Advising the DVGW eV on the establishment of the association’s new certification marks at German and European level.


CMS's trade mark advice spans the entire spectrum of relevant issues, from portfolio management to domain name disputes and border seizures. Life sciences and consumer goods represent sector focuses, while trade mark instructions have been increasingly related to sustainability and greenwashing; as part of CMS Green Globe, the firm recently launched a separate online platform for this purpose. The practice also offers expertise in interface areas such as drug advertising and competition law. Roland Wiring primarily assists clients from the life sciences sector with contracts as well as regulatory issues and jointly heads the team with Markus Deck, who has particular experience in the technical sphere. Gordian Hasselblatt enjoys an excellent market reputation for trade mark clearance and the strategic management of brand and design portfolios.

Practice head(s):

Markus Deck; Roland Wiring


‘High professional competence.’

‘Gordian Hasselblatt has a high level of professional competence, very good knowledge of the industry and is extremely pleasant to deal with. Inquiries are answered in a professional manner.’

Gleiss Lutz

Gleiss Lutz impresses with its in-depth expertise in non-conventional trade mark forms, such as 3D trade marks, position marks as well as color and color combination marks; in the latter area, the firm finally obtained an important judgment before the BGH, which placed the gold of the Lindt chocolate bunny under trade mark protection. The practice's strengths further extend to strategic advice on all aspects of trade mark law and the management of trade mark and design portfolios. Another distinguishing feature is its focus on digital transformation, where the group advises clients on the application of trade mark law on areas such as social media. Stefan Weidert, who is often instructed to assist with transactions in the technology sector, and Stefan Völker, whose focus includes strategic advice and representation in trade mark conflicts, jointly head the practice. Other key members are Andreas Wehlau (trade mark and competition law) and Alexander Molle (industrial design and copyright law among other matters).

Practice head(s):

Stefan Weidert; Stefan Völker


‘The team is very commercial in its advice – straight to the point and with clear recommendations.’

‘Stefan Weidert has a high level of expertise. It is a real pleasure to work with him.’

‘The team provides clear, comprehensive, business-oriented and practical advice that is quick and easy to understand, but also complements appropriate background knowledge where required.’

Key clients

Andreas Stihl AG & Co. KG


BlueStack Systems

Cherry GmbH

Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprüngli

d&b audiotechnik

Deutsche Foamglas



Hetronic International

Hilcona AG

Leica Camera


Opel Automobile GmbH


PHOENIX Pharmahandel

Zur Rose-Gruppe

Work highlights

  • Representation of Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprüngli AG in court proceedings regarding the abstract color mark gold (corresponding to the color of the famous Lindt gold rabbit).
  • Representation of Andreas Stihl AG & Co. KG and successful defense of the EU color mark orange/grey before the ECJ against cancellation requests.
  • Representing Zentrale zur Bekämpfung unlauteren Wettbewerbs in court proceedings regarding the granting of discounts on prescription drugs to pharmacies.

Harte-Bavendamm Rechtsanwälte

Harte-Bavendamm Rechtsanwälte specializes in intellectual property and competition law, thereby applying its expertise in representing clients in trade mark infringement proceedings as well as in trade mark administration. The practice focuses on companies from the food, fashion, automotive and e-commerce sectors and assists them both at European and national level. In addition to strategic issues, founding partner Henning Harte-Bavendamm is also active in forensic matters and has expertise in related legal areas such as copyright and competition law, while the drafting and negotiation of contracts and drug advertising form the core of Arne Lambrecht's practice. In contentious matters, companies often turn to Andrea Jaeger-Lenz who represents clients in trade mark and design proceedings before the ECJ and the Federal Patent Court.

Lorenz Seidler Gossel

Munich-based IP boutique Lorenz Seidler Gossel assists clients from sectors such as fashion, media and consumer goods with matters ranging from trade mark registration to enforcement related to product piracy and by way of trade mark infringement proceedings. The practice regularly appears before national and international administrative offices and courts - for example the EUIPO, WIPO and the Federal Patent Court - and also has the capacities to coordinate worldwide applications through its network of foreign partner firms. Siegfried Jackermeier, Christian Rassmann and Philipp Neuwald are the key contacts.


‘Lorenz Seidler Gossel is a well-connected, highly professional law firm with excellent IP lawyers.’

‘The lawyers make us feel like the most important client. Feedback is always at a high professional level.’

‘Thanks to a large number of foreign correspondent lawyers, even complicated legal issues relating to foreign law can be dealt with quickly and negotiations with foreign counterparties can be conducted at short notice.’

Key clients

Adidas AG

Privatmolkerei Bauer GmbH & Co KG

Ludwig Stocker Hofpfisterei GmbH

Amigo Spiel + Freizeit GmbH

ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE

Hamelin Gruppe

GoStudent GmbH


Röckl Sporthandschuhe GmbH & Co KG

Liebherr International

Dy-pack Verpackungen Gustav Dyckerhoff GmbH

YFood Labs GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advice to AVNET regarding the support of German brands for a large number of corporations.
  • Advised JP Morgan on brand strategy and brand portfolio management in Germany for JPMorgen Chase.
  • Representing a corporation of Hamelin Group in cross-border disputes (industrial espionage).


Noerr's trade mark and design expertise is fundamentally divided between Germany and Alicante: while its German offices focus on managing and coordinating international disputes and drafting IP contracts, the Spanish office has particular strengths in prosecution and strategy. The firm's other global locations further enable the practice to assist with complex multijurisdictional disputes. Tobias Dolde, who splits his time between Munich and Alicante, leads the practice and regularly acts in EUIPO and cross-border litigation, while global trade mark protection strategies are a focus for Michael Hawkins, and Christoph Rieken frequently handles domain name disputes and anti-product piracy matters. Jessica Loew and Janina Wortmann are both well versed in representing clients in trade mark litigation.

Practice head(s):

Tobias Dolde


‘Everything from a single source. Perfect coordination.’

‘Questions are dealt with competently and understandably. Pragmatic and goal-oriented approach.’

‘Practical solutions.’

Key clients

L Catterton

Marc O’Polo

Schaeffler Automotive Aftermarket GmbH & Co. KG

Abitron Gruppe

Barry’s Bootcamp LLC

Kanebo Cosmetics Deutschland GmbH

La Selva GmbH

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Thomas Beton GmbH/Thomas Concrete Group

Abercrombie & Fitch


BMG Rights Managements GmbH

Crocs Inc, Crocs Europe B.V.

Condor Flugdienst GmbH


Grand Slam Tennis Properties Ltd.

Health Care Systems

Käfer AG

Schutzverband Dresdner Stollen e.V.

Sovereign Brands, LLC

Studiocanal GmbH

Volvo Trademark Holding AB

Crocs Inc, Crocs Europe B.V.

Work highlights

  • Strategic advice and legal representation of Barry’s Bootcamp LLC in an international trade mark dispute.
  • Advising and representing Kanebo Cosmetics Deutschland GmbH in combating gray market trade in luxury cosmetics outside a selective distribution system.
  • Advising Schaeffler Automotive Aftermarket GmbH & Co. KG on the sale of its international brand portfolio.

Nordemann Czychowski & Partner Rechtsanwältinnen und Rechtsanwälte mbB

Founded in 2020, Nordemann Czychowski & Partner Rechtsanwältinnen und Rechtsanwälte mbB already enjoys an excellent market reputation for its soft IP advice which is called upon by a high-profile clientele and includes both strategic support and representation in contentious matters. Axel Nordemann is well versed in representing companies before German and European courts and in managing trade mark portfolios. He jointly heads the team with Anke Nordemann-Schiffel who specializes in cross-border disputes and strategic advice on international trade mark portfolios. Christian Czychowski is frequently instructed by Japanese and US companies and excels in advising start-ups, particularly on transactional IP matters.

Key clients

Airbnb, Inc.

Coty Inc.

Europäische Kommission

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

NANU-NANA (Einzelhandel)

NINTENDO of EUROPE GmbH und NINTENDO Co., Ltd. (Japan)


Re:Sources GmbH, Inc.

SKYE Rechtsanwälte

Sonos Inc.

The Hearst Corporation

Authentic Brands Group


David Beckham

CGM CompuGroup Medical

Seller X

Avenso GmbH (LUMAS)


Bundesdruckerei GmbH

BDI (Bundesverband der deutschen Industrie e.v.)

GDV (Gesamtverband der deutschen Versicherungswirtschaft e.V.)

Dakine IP Holdings LP

Deutsche Akkreditierungsstelle (DAkkS)


DIHK e.V. nein


EMCUR Gesundheitsmittel aus Bad Ems GmbH


Georg von Holtzbrinck GmbH & Co. KG

Georg Westermann Verlag GmbH

GOTHAER Versicherung

Hasso Plattner Institut gGmbH

Hunter International GmbH

Jean & Len GmbH


KrampeHarex GmbH & Co. KG

Land der Ideen e.V.

Major League Baseball

Messe Berlin GmbH

Mister Spex


NeXR Technologies

Nomos Verlag

Savoy Hotel Berlin

Brooks Brothers

Wiener Philharmoniker


SKW Schwarz

SKW Schwarz bundles its considerable trade mark expertise in various focus groups which particularly stand out for their innovative orientation: on one hand, the branded content group bridges the gap between IT, media and IP while other focus groups specifically facilitate advice to cannabis industry companies or the e-sports sector to only name a few. Sascha Pres heads the practice and is particularly active in contentious disputes before the DPMA and EUIPO among others. Strategic advice on the development and enforcement of trade mark and design portfolios form part of Sandra Sophia Redeker's and Margret Knitter's expertise, with the latter being frequently instructed in border seizure proceedings. Oliver Stöckel joined from von BOETTICHER Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaftsgesellschaft at the beginning of 2022 and focuses on technical property rights and the life sciences sector.

Practice head(s):

Sascha Pres 


‘The team is extremely knowledgeable and up to date on latest trends – they have been advising on NFTs for a number of years!’

‘Sandra Sophie Redeker: Extremely commercial and understands the different needs of clients.’

‘Very precise and solid knowledge of case law.’

Key clients

On Clouds / On AG

FitX Beteiligungs GmbH

Merck KGaA

Borussia Dortmund

VF Konzern (The North Face, Vans Inc.)


Arnold & Richter Cine

Technik GmbH & Co.

Betriebs KG

Webasto SE

Procter & Gamble

Gitti GmbH


Audi AG

Work highlights

  • Representing Molo Design in Germany in a global copyright dispute over Chanel copying Polo’s design elements.
  • Advising FitX and ClassX on various trade mark and competition law issues.
  • Advice to Unertl Weißbier GmbH on the development and expansion of a brand portfolio as well as advice and representation of interests regarding a brewery of the same name in Mühldorf am Inn and its use of the Unertl brand.

Taylor Wessing

Taylor Wessing‘s notably sizeable German trade mark practice enables the firm to manage extensive trade mark portfolios and act in complex litigation. The registration and protection of unconventional trade marks, registered designs and advertising form part of the firm’s competence portfolio. Embedded within its global firm network, the team also has an excellent reputation for cross-border matters and further extensively covers the Chinese market via IP agency Beijing Tailun. The expertise of practice head Olaf Gillert ranges from trade mark and design law to related fields such as copyright and competition law, while Wiebke Baars regularly guides clients through opposition and appeal proceedings before the EUIPO and DPMA; she is also particularly adept at drafting and negotiating license agreements, which is also one of Thomas Raab‘s main areas of expertise, who also assists German and international companies with the development of brand strategies and in disputes. Christian Tenkhoff handles issues related to consumer perception and complex proceedings, often in relation to product shape and color brands.

Practice head(s):

Olaf Gillert


‘The team impresses with the efficient implementation of pragmatic solutions in the field of soft IP, based on sound legal knowledge.’

‘Excellent legal knowledge and familiarity with practice is bundled with very good communication and accessibility as well as excellent written documents, everything to implement practical solutions.’

‘Wiebke Baars has extensive know-how in the IP sector.’

Key clients


American Airlines





FC Bayern München


Richemont Group


Work highlights

  • Representing AstraZeneca in trade mark disputes, both in court and before the EUIPO.
  • Advising Cisco on the enforcement of trade mark rights against product piracy.
  • Advised DHL on global trade mark portfolio, litigation coordination (including in China) and handling of domain name disputes and license agreements.


ADVANT Beiten's trade mark practice impresses both with its sector knowledge and the range of thematical expertise: particular strengths are evident in the computer games and sports sectors, with clients from industries such as retail, publishing, radio and automotive also contributing significantly to its case load. In September 2021, the firm founded the ADVANT alliance together with ADVANT Nctm in Italy and ADVANT Altana in France, which also benefited its trade mark practice in terms of close cross-border cooperation. Andreas Lober heads the team and often acts at the intersection of trade mark law and technology, digitization and electronic entertainment matters, while disputes represent a central focus for Christina Hackbarth. Tanja Hogh Holub has proven expertise in designs and domains in addition to trade marks and David Moll (industry focus media, technology and art) made partner in January 2022.

Practice head(s):

Andreas Lober


‘Very high technical and industry expertise, high solution competence.’

‘Very professional and pleasant cooperation. Thinking with the client in mind.’

Key clients

Borgward Group GmbH

DFB GmbH & Co. KG

Dörken Coatings GmbH & Co. KG

Estée Lauder Companies GmbH (Deutschland), Estée Lauder Companies Europe (Paris), Estée Lauder Companies Inc. (New York, USA)

FC Bayern München AG


ghd Deutschland GmbH



Mustang Jeans


ZED Germany GmbH

Nagarro SE 2

Work highlights

  • Advising and representing the German Football Association and FC Bayern Munich in trade mark enforcement proceedings.
  • Advised Estée Lauder on advertising and labeling issues for cosmetic products.
  • Advising a client in nullity proceedings against two color brands of a leading retail chain.

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie acts both in an advisory capacity as well as in contentious proceedings and particularly scores with its strong transactional trade mark expertise, which the group frequently applies in the context of corporate restructuring and carve-outs. The practice also manages brand portfolios in the IT and consumer goods sectors and further handles customs seizure proceedings related to product piracy. These skills are complemented by the development and use of own legal tech tools such as Global IP Manager. Due to the firm's global presence, the group can also draw on IP expertise from other offices such as Tampa, Manila and Belfast and advise on matters both at European and global level. Rembert Niebel and Michael Fammler, whose experience spans prosecution and litigation, jointly head the team.

Other key lawyers:

Frederike Kerl; Markus Hecht

Work highlights

  • Advising Mercedes Benz on IP law issues, in particular in connection with trade mark and design license agreements.
  • Advising and representing an international beverage distributor in litigation regarding infringement of one of its product designs.
  • Advising SAP on all aspects of their trade mark portfolio, including strategy advice on trade mark clearing, registration strategies, portfolio management, and enforcement and handling of trade mark disputes with direct competitors.

bock legal Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten

Medium-sized companies and international corporations turn to bock legal Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten in trade mark and design law matters, while the team enjoys a particularly good reputation in the fashion and luxury goods industries. Disputes, such as in connection with product piracy or the enforcement of unconventional trade marks, are a particular focus of the practice and its head Andreas Bock, who also advises on pharmaceutical and drug advertising law. Jan Müller-Broich regularly acts for clients in proceedings pertaining to geographical indications of origin as well as community design infringements and further assists with the development and management of trade mark portfolios. Benedikt Frank impresses with expertise at the interface of trade mark and competition law, while Michael Fügen handles trade mark infringement proceedings and trade mark advice.

Practice head(s):

Andreas Bock


‘Michael Fügen is a hit! Can make very complex issues extremely easy to understand and never loses patience.’

‘Profound knowledge and experience in European trade mark law; Well connected with international contacts for national issues; close and smooth cooperation and agreements with international colleagues.’

‘The law firm offers a high level of competence, sound specialist knowledge and solution-oriented advice.’

Key clients

Ferrari S.p.A.

Drykorn Modevertriebs GmbH & Co. KG

Vodafone GmbH

Guccio Gucci S.p.A.

Vario Büroeinrichtungen GmbH & Co. KG

Rothenberger Group

The Swatch Group SA

InfectoPharm Arzneimittel und Consilium GmbH / Pädia GmbH

telc GmbH

Reimo Reisemobil GmbH

Bottega Veneta S.r.l.



Cebi Italy S.p.A.

Ärztliche Verrechnungsstelle Büdingen GmbH

Europäische Zentralbank (EZB)

Giorgio Armani S.p.A.

Valora (backWERK, Ditsch)

Volkswagen AG

MRH Trowe Gruppe

Audiotec Fischer GmbH

Kettler Holding GmbH


Balenciaga S.A.S.

Mitwill Textiles Europe SARL

Work highlights

  • Advice to Bottega Veneta in combating product piracy.
  • Representing Vodafone in a number of UWG proceedings, most recently in connection with advertising statements on the expansion and quality of the 5G network before the Hamburg Regional and Higher Regional Court.
  • Representing brands of Swatch Group in design law disputes.

Boehmert & Boehmert

IP boutique Boehmert & Boehmert impresses with both a strong application practice that manages extensive trade mark portfolios as well as with its advice to companies on enforcing and defending their intellectual property rights before European and German authorities. In addition to its German locations, the practice group can also draw on the expertise of offices in Alicante, Paris and Shanghai and is therefore ideally positioned for cross-border matters. Property rights-related contracts and the development and enforcement of property rights portfolios represent central pillars of Rudolf Böckenholt's practice, who is particularly active in the consumer goods, food, media and pharmaceutical sectors, while Eckhard Ratjen, who made partner in January 2022, assists start-ups, medium-sized companies and corporations with the entire spectrum of intellectual property matters, including the registration and defense of trade marks.

Key clients

Reishunger GmbH

gabo systemtechnik GmbH

Sprick GmbH


SZ DJI Technology

Anker Innovations


Tesla Inc


Hewlett Packard

H&FS Health and Fashion (Scholl)



Logic Glas

United Internet AG

Media-Saturn-Holding GmbH / Imtron GmbH

Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.

Schiesser Marken GmbH / Schiesser AG

RATIONAL Aktiengesellschaft


Telefunken Licenses GmbH

Avantgarde Gesellschaft für Kommunikation mbH

HONOR Device Co., Ltd.

Hoya Corporation

Commerzbank AG

Jafra Cosmetics GmbH & Co. KG

RUAG Ammotec GmbH

Minitüb GmbH

Staatliches Hofbräuhaus in München

TOGG (Türkiye’nin Otomobili Girisim Grubu AS)

Neato Robotics Inc.

Anker Innovations Limited

Mondu GmbH

Helpling GmbH

Altunis-Trading, Gestao e Servicos Lda / GES Sorrentino GmbH & Co. KG


Avantgarde Gesellschaft für Kommunikation mbH

Terra Quantum AG

Victorinox AG

Work highlights

  • Advising Staatliches Hofbräuhaus in Munich on infringement and cancellation proceedings against the German word/figurative mark DRESDNER HOFBRAUHAUS before the LG Munich.
  • Representing Victorinox AG in infringement proceedings before the District Court of Munich related to the infringement of geographical indications of Switzerland and the Swiss flag due to its use on pocket knives of non-Swiss origin.

DLA Piper

Disputes form the cornerstone of DLA Piper's trade mark practice, with the team regularly representing renowned German and international clients. The team also offers in-depth expertise in the registration and management of trade marks as well as in transactional trade mark matters and primarily focuses on the media and entertainment, gaming, technology and consumer goods industries. Practice head Stefan Engels advises clients on contracts, distribution, advertising and product launches, which often relate to digital matters; other key contacts include litigation lawyer Burkhard Führmeyer and Kai Tumbrägel, who assists with media and sports law in addition to intellectual property issues.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Engels

Hoffmann Eitle

Hoffmann Eitle's soft IP practice is equally adept at litigation and prosecution, while benefiting from its strong international orientation which also enables the team to continuously access new markets such as, most recently, China. In addition to stand-alone trade mark matters, the group also handles IP transactions and has additional expertise in copyright and competition law. Wedig von der Osten-Sacken, who specializes in trade mark strategies, the coordination of infringement and nullity proceedings and license agreements, jointly heads the practice with Michaela Ring, who assists with German, European and international trade mark and design issues. Clients often turn to Isabelle Kuschel for IP matters relating to registration strategies and contract design. Maike Lorenz (judicial and extrajudicial disputes; proceedings before national and European offices) joined from Taylor Wessing in February 2022.


‘With a wide range of expertise and experience in the IP field, the firm has successfully established itself as a renowned IP law firm in Europe. The high reputation and recognition of their clients prove this. In addition, the organized structure within the company helps to strengthen their teamwork.’

‘Michaela Ring has long been involved in European trade mark matters. Her thorough work helps understand the practice and her wise advice contributes to rethink IP strategies.’

Key clients

Klöckner Pentaplast


BYD Company Ltd.

Nikon Corporation


GoFundMe Inc.

ORAFOL Europe GmbH

VERMOP Salmon GmbH

Beele Engineering B.V.

Sysmex Corporation


AIWA Co., Ltd.

Hardenberg-Wilthen AG

IGEPA group GmbH

Berger Bau SE

Geistlich Pharma AG

Anchor Brewing Company LLC

Rain Bird Corporation

Lemken GmbH Co & KG

O-ran Alliance

Konica Minolta Inc.

MMC Hartmetall GmbH

AXENT Switzerland GmbH

Unite Eurotherapy

Fiera Cosmetics

CloudKanteen GmbH

Rock Tech Consulting GmbH

AT Gear Labs UG


Perfumeria Julia S.A.

Julia Patrimoni S.A.

Insud Pharma

Labotarorios Farmaceúticos Rovi, S.A.

Melia Hotels International

Drexel Chemical Company

Fertiberia S.A.

Ixaka Ltd. /Ixaka Iberia S.L.U.

Bodegas Vinos de Leon

Work highlights

  • Advice to Klöckner Pentaplast on brand and design portfolio management.
  • Advice to Orafol Europe GmbH on trade mark and design portfolio management as well as advice on the design launch of the client’s main products, the registration of corresponding trade marks and designs and the coordination of trademark infringement proceedings in China.
  • Advising VERMOP Salmon GmbH on trade mark and design portfolio management and on enforcing existing trademark rights against infringers.


As an IP boutique with several European locations as well as offices in Düsseldorf, Munich and Mannheim, HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER fields both a European presence and a strong German network. As a result, the firm enjoys a high reputation in cross-border trade mark matters both on prosecution and litigation level. Christina Tenbrock took over the practice management from Thomas Schmitz in April 2022 and, in addition to trade mark and design law, also handles drug advertising, drug and medical device law, while Schmitz focuses on illegal imitations and trade mark infringement. Ivan Dimitrov, who made partner in January 2022, is regularly instructed by companies in the life sciences, consumer electronics and consumer goods sectors.

Practice head(s):

Christina Tenbrock

Other key lawyers:

Mathis Breuer; Sandra Stolzenburg-Wiemer; Ivan Dimitrov; Thomas Schmitz


‘Well positioned, focused, pragmatic.’

‘Very good network with other law firms abroad.’

‘Sandra Stolzenburg-Wiemer: her advice is always at a very high technical level.’

‘The team is unique, reliable, detail-oriented and always provides a best-in-class service.’

‘Ivan Dimitrov always has the client’s interests in mind, approaches problems proactively and, with his outstanding expertise, is a valuable sparring partner.’

‘Ivan Dimitrov: A uniquely good lawyer. He’s reliable, takes his time, thinks ahead and offers exceptional service.’

‘What makes Ivan Dimitrov’s team so valuable is its focus on the essentials. Problems are solved in a practice-oriented manner without unnecessary legal commentary and excessive explanations. Advice is always to the point.’

‘Ivan Dimitrov: The go-to person for trade mark law – whether portfolio management, trade mark strategy, prosecution or litigation and that internationally.’

Key clients

Adlon Brand GmbH & Co. KG.


Bübchen GmbH

Dr. Wolff Group

Energetix GmbH & Co. KG

Enjin Pte. Ltd.

EOS – Evolution of Smooth




Monster Cable Products, Inc.

OYESS Beauty




Steinel GmbH


The Liverpool Football Club and Athletic Grounds Limited (“Liverpool FC”)


Work highlights

  • Advised Takeda on the entire European brand portfolio.
  • Representing Samsung in trade mark and competition law matters, e.g. for the display division in a new trade mark proceeding against a competitor and for the battery division against trade mark and competition violations in the area of after sales.
  • Advice and representation of Liverpool FC in trade mark disputes, sometimes cross-border.

Preu Bohlig & Partner

Preu Bohlig & Partner assists clients with administrative and court proceedings as well as with registration strategies and portfolio management. Trade mark, copyright and competition lawyer Alexander Bayer specializes in the software and IT area and advises clients on contract negotiations and litigation. Christian Donle is convincing across the entire IP spectrum, with product piracy and dispute resolution representing particular areas of expertise. Licensing and development agreements and transactional IP advice form part of Andreas Haberl's expertise portfolio, while Astrid Gérard advises clients on their registration strategy and infringement proceedings. Torben Düsing has particular skills in media-related issues.


‘The cooperation with Preu Bohlig is always reliable, fast and above all competent. Client’s interests always come first and are fully taken into account.’

‘Torben Düsing always advises competently and successfully.’

‘Torben Düsing: A capable lawyer whose commitment and knowledge in his field are far-reaching and whose client orientation is outstanding.’

Key clients

7YRDS Real Group GmbH

Alpha itc gmbh

Barwise holding ltd.

Bellomania GmbH

Cyclontec GmbH

Dalektron GmbH

DDW Die deutsche Wirtschaft GmbH

Funkhaus Nürnberg Studiobetriebs- GmbH

Hateaid GGmbH

HTS Textilvertriebs GmbH

IVD Industrieverband Dichtstoffe e.V.

Jan Böhmermann

Janmed GmbH

Lola Paltinger


MBC Capital Ltd.

Monz Handelsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG

Netto APS & Co. KG

Neue deutsche Medienmacher:innen e.V.

Omnicare Pharma GmbH

Planet Home Group GmbH

R-kraft GmbH

Spartan Race Inc.

StudiMed SV GmbH

TSV München von 1860 GmbH & Co. KGaA

Rospatt Osten Pross

Rospatt Osten Pross is particularly known for its forensic work and assists clients with trade mark, design and copyright matters on German and European level. Advice on gray and parallel imports as well as on the import of non-depleted branded goods form further central pillars of its litigation practice. Key contacts include trade mark and design lawyer Stephan von Petersdorff-Campen as well as Rüdiger Pansch and Hetti Hilge, who both frequently handle contentious cases. André Sabellek, who made partner in January 2022, focuses on the judicial enforcement of designs as well as on IP conflicts at trade fairs.


‘Professionally versed and very well able to look at cases from the client’s point of view.’

‘Stephan von Petersdorff-Campen thinks and acts like an extension of our company.’

‘One of the leading German IP law firms with decades of experience. Very broad and deep experience in all areas of intellectual property law, both contractual and litigious.’

‘Rüdiger Pansch: One of the leading partners of the law firm. Broad experience, very conscientious, good team player.’

‘The team is characterized by very good legal knowledge, excellent strategic advice and a special commitment to the client.’

‘André Sabellek offers very good advice on content and strategy, including an honest assessment of opportunities and risks.’

‘Competent advice and a high level of openness in the risk assessment of forensic measures.’

‘Stephan von Petersdorff-Campen: Very experienced lawyer with extensive knowledge of enforcement options and excellent advisor in the client’s interest.’

Key clients




Exploitatiemaatschappij de Bergraaf (Stoneridge)



MarJo Leder & Tracht

Mauser Packaging Solutions

New Wave Group AB

Schneider Electric

TAM Fashion


Winland Garden

Work highlights

  • Advising Ferrari on an unregistered community design lawsuit for the new FXX-K supercar against a tuning company.
  • Advising Ferrari on a dispute over the Testarossa brand.
  • Advised Illumina on a trade mark infringement claim based on the MISEQ trade mark against

Vossius & Partner

Litigation, registration strategies and portfolio management are integral parts of Vossius & Partner's soft IP practice which assists clients across the spectrum of trade mark law, including anti-piracy and licensing agreements. In addition, the practice also impresses with its advice on design issues to national companies and global law firms. Mathias Kleespies heads the practice and excels at defending trade mark and design rights in court, while Simone Schäfer focuses on protecting packaging forms and registering and enforcing trade marks and designs. Paul Kretschmar has in-depth experience on both forensic and advisory level.

Practice head(s):

Mathias Kleespies


‘The Vossius trade mark team is excellent. They think outside the box and answers are always thorough.’

‘We can definitely recommend the trade mark team consisting of Paul Kretschmar, Simone Schäfer and Vossius for all kinds of trade mark matters in Germany/EU.’

‘Simone Schäfer: Very experienced in trade mark registration matters and also in IP enforcement of trade marks and copyrights.’

‘Practical support as well as precise and good advice.’

‘Very good know-how.’

‘Very pleasant work, very good soft skills, strives to reach agreements in the interests of the client.’

‘Peter Johannes Klein: A reliable partner with broad expertise, not only in his core area of trade mark and competition law, but also in contract design, data protection and food law matters.’

‘Paul Kretschmar: An outstanding lawyer with a razor-sharp mind.’

Key clients

Diageo plc

SC Johnson

Dapper Labs

Hitachi Energy


Dream Co., Ltd

Schöffen GmbH & Co. KG

Xiaomi Inc.



Minges Kaffeerösterei GmbH

Miele & Cie. KG

Perrigo Company plc

McLaren Automotive Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advising the Federal Association of German Sporting Goods Manufacturers in four successful EU trade mark cancellation proceedings before the EUIPO against the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
  • Advised TENTIK on a global branding project related to truck spare parts for the Traton Group.
  • Advice to Schöffel on the successful defense of an injunction that a well-known trade mark troll had obtained due to a trade mark registered in bad faith.

Arnold Ruess Rechtsanwälte PartmbB

For IP boutique Arnold Ruess Rechtsanwälte PartmbB, trade mark prosecution is just as much a mainstay as litigation, while the practice also assists with international proceedings in cooperation with partners from other jurisdictions. The group further advises clients on licenses and contracts as well as on advertising strategies and product launches. The advice portfolio is complemented by expertise across the whole array of technical property rights and in related areas such as competition and copyright law. Founding partner Peter Ruess enjoys an excellent reputation in trade mark matters.

Practice head(s):

Peter Ruess


‘Arnold Ruess Rechtsanwälte works very professionally and reliably. Individual support and advice is always guaranteed.’

‘The firm has a successful track record of winning important cases and helping clients achieve their goals.’

‘Peter Ruess: A trade mark guru who provides excellent legal services.’

Key clients

Odin Automotive

tonies GmbH (Boxine GmbH)

World Trade Center Association

eismann Tiefkühl-Heimservice GmbH

Guhl Ikebana GmbH (KAO-Gruppe)

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


Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe Ltd.

Weingut Markus Molitor

Zentis GmbH & Co. KG

Work highlights

  • Advising Sony Active Entertainment Europe Ltd. on all judicial and extrajudicial disputes in the IP sector.
  • Strategic advice and management of Johanniterorden/Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe eV’s trade mark portfolio as well as trade mark litigation.
  • Advice to Zentis GmbH & Co. KG on brand strategy and advertising.

Eisenführ Speiser

Eisenführ Speiser is considered a traditionally strong firm for IP prosecution in the German market and assists clients with portfolio management, registration procedures as well as with contract and license matters. However, the team's contentious practice is also gaining importance and acts in proceedings both at German and European level. Harald Förster has many years of experience in property rights disputes and product piracy prosecution related to border seizure applications, while companies turn to Julian Eberhardt for advice on license agreements, property right-related transactions and due diligence. In addition to trade marks, Rainer Böhm also focuses on labelling, advertising and competition matters.


‘Very good professionals for providing both law enforcement and litigation reviews.’

‘Rainer Böhm: Outstanding in the areas of IP strategy and trade mark prosecution, including global registration strategies.’

Key clients

Axunio Pharma GmbH

Big Dutchman AG

CEWE Stiftung & Co. KGaA

Enercon GmbH

Koninklijke Philips N.V.

Nordson Corp.

Protina Pharmazeutische GmbH

Sennheiser electronic GmbH & Co. KG

Waterdrop Microdrink GmbH

Werner & Mertz GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advice on trade mark law to Werner & Mertz GmbH, in particular on the adjustment of its global trade mark portfolio.
  • Advising Sennheiser electronic GmbH & Co. KH on trade mark and design law matters.
  • Advice on trade mark law for TRUMPF AG.

Friedrich Graf von Westphalen & Partner

As of late, Friedrich Graf von Westphalen & Partner 's trade mark practice has notably grown: Eva Kessler (trade mark, design and domain law) and Lukas Kalkbrenner (administrative and infringement proceedings, license agreements) made partners at the beginning of 2022, while food and utility model law expert Hildegard Schöllmann joined the team from KWG Rechtsanwälte at the end of 2021, thus strengthening a practice that is already popular with pharmaceutical companies and branded goods companies and assists clients both on prosecution and litigation level. Norbert Hebis (German and community trade marks, international registration strategies), Morton Douglas (registration strategies, portfolio advice, infringement proceedings), David Kipping (intellectual property law, advertising law, license agreements) and Stephan Dittl (copyright and media law) jointly lead the team.

Other key lawyers:

Eva Kessler; Anne Bongers-Gehlert; Wolfgang Schmid; Hildegard Schöllmann; Lukas Kalkbrenner


‘The law firm has one of the most renowned IP departments in Germany, which is familiar with all aspects of intellectual property and works for a wide variety of clients.’

‘Well coordinated team that advises us in various areas.’

‘Stephan Dittl: Good judgment, pragmatic advice, gets to the heart of crucial aspects in letters and pleadings.’

Key clients

AHP Merkle GmbH

aicas GmbH

Alexander Bürkle GmbH & Co. KG

Alnatura Produktions- und Handels GmbH

Anheuser-Busch InBev

Apothekerkammer Nordrhein

Armitage Brothers, Inc.

BBraun Melsungen AG/Aesculap AG

Brauerei Reichenbrandt GmbH & Co KG

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


Dedon GmbH

Deutscher Caritas Verband e. V.

Dr. Martens / Airwair International Ltd.

EAM GmbH & Co. KG

erima GmbH

General Re Corp.

GEZE GmbH Sicherheitstechnik

Gloster Furniture Ltd.

Holle baby food GmbH

IAMS Europe B.V.

KME Germany GmbH & Co. KG

Löwen Frankfurt Eishockey-Betriebs GmbH

Medios AG

Messe Basel (Schweiz)

Minderleinsmühle GmbH & Co. KG

PromoCell GmbH

Puckator Ltd.

Schwarzwaldmilch GmbH Freiburg / Black Forest Nature GmbH

Schweizerische Eidgenossenschaft

Securetec Detektions-Systeme AG

Spectrum Brands Inc.

Tetra GmbH

Triaz Group GmbH

Wilkinson Sword GmbH

Zentralverband Deutsches Kraftfahrzeuggewerbe e. V.

Work highlights

  • Representing Anheuser-Busch InBev in court against a German-based trade mark licensor regarding the scope of the license.
  • Advising erima GmbH on competitive performance protection and position marks in the field of sportswear.
  • Representation of Dr. Martens/Airwair Ltd. in numerous proceedings against shoe manufacturers and shoe retailers for imitating Dr. Martens shoes and boots.

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek

Located within its IP, Media & Technology practice group, Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek's expertise in trade mark law ranges from registrations and trade mark administration to representation in court disputes. Product piracy and domain disputes form just as much a part of the team's competencies as do design and copyright-related issues. Markus Lennartz and Dominik Eickemeier jointly head the practice that also includes Georg Jacobs.


‘Good team that can also handle large cases with suddenly increasing workloads.’

‘Clear information on opportunities and risks.’

‘Very consistent and reliable work. Always a very pleasant cooperation.’

‘In addition to legal precision, Dominik Eickemeier has a clear view of entrepreneurial decision-making processes. Particularly helpful when choosing strategic legal protection.’

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH's trade mark practice impresses with expertise in portfolio management and litigation while its advice is further complemented by deep industry knowledge of the healthcare and life sciences, mobility and luxury goods industries; the firm's global network further benefits instructions from corporations both on a German and international level. Geert Johann Seelig and Detlef Mäder, who are both well versed in IP disputes and trade mark portfolio management, jointly lead the team.

Key clients

Imperial Tobacco Ltd./Reemtsma Cigarettenfabriken GmbH nein

Warsteiner Brauerei Haus Kramer KG/Warsteiner International KG

THOIP/Sanrio GmbH

Daniel Wellington AB

achtung! GmbH

Hakle GmbH


Kamps GmbH

Molkerei Ammerland eG

National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences

CENTA / Rexnord

Saint-Gobain Glass

Spindel- und Lagerungstechnik Fraureuth GmbH


Zeller+Gmelin GmbH & Co. KG

Imperial Tobacco Ltd./Reemtsma Cigarettenfabriken GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advice on trade mark and copyright law to THOIP (Sanrio GmbH) with regard to its global licensing business for the brands Mr Men Little Miss, Little Miss, Mr Happy, among others.
  • Representation of Walbusch Walter Busch GmbH & Co. KG in a trade mark dispute regarding a warning by Levi Strauss for alleged trade mark infringement.
  • Management of Dermaroller GmbH’s entire worldwide brand portfolio including design rights strategies.

Osborne Clarke

In the trade mark sphere, Osborne Clarke is particularly strong in the digitization field where the practice particularly impresses with experience in online content matters; cross-border disputes in the technology, media, retail, automotive and life sciences sectors further contribute to its continuously heavy case load. Marcus Sacré leads the group and, alongside his sector expertise in the automotive and consumer goods industries, is also well versed at antitrust-related IP issues. Another key contact is Matthias Kloth, whose experience ranges from strategic trade mark issues to nullity proceedings before the DPMA and the EUIPO.

Practice head(s):

Marcus Sacré

Other key lawyers:

Matthias Kloth


‘Extremely sound classifications, business-oriented, practice-oriented advice.’

‘High understanding of economic needs, excellent specialist knowledge, efficiently organized.’

‘Solutions also for medium-sized companies.’

‘Excellent expertise, excellent team, pleasant cooperation, openness to diversity.’

Key clients

ADPA Verband der Automotive Data Publisher

BNP Best Natural Products GmbH

Bolt Mobility Inc.



Highland Europe

Keen Venture Partners

Stone Brewing Inc.

Taxdoo GmbH


Work highlights

  • Representing BOLT in a global trade mark dispute over the BOLT trade mark.
  • Representing KHADI in a global trade mark dispute against the Indian government and its commission KVIC, including in the EU, US, Russia, China and Australia.

Schmitt Teworte-Vey Simon & Schumacher

Founded in 2019, Schmitt Teworte-Vey Simon & Schumacher has been able to attract a considerable cross-industry client base in the trade mark sphere, with support encompassing both advisory and forensic matters; the group thus covers the entire spectrum of IP issues including adjacent areas such as drug advertising and food law. IP experts Christian Schmitt (license agreements), Jan Schumacher (transaction IP), Gesa Simon (registration strategies, collision checks) and Marie Teworte-Vey (strategic advice, administrative and judicial proceedings) are the key contacts.


‘Precise and legally sound advice.’

‘We particularly recommend Jan Schumacher, who has very sound specialist knowledge and procedural experience in both trade mark and competition law and always appears confident.’

‘Practice-oriented, good understanding of problems, pragmatic.’

Key clients

REWE Group


CHRIST Juweliere & Uhrmacher

Manuel Neuer Kids Foundation

DER Touristik

R+V Allgemeine Versicherung AG

Deutsche Post DHL

DKSH International Ltd.

EatHappy ToGo GmbH

Erfurt & Sohn

Xella International

FCF Holding GmbH

Frozen Brothers GmbH

GoldenPeaks Capital Holding Ltd.

Becken Holding GmbH

Impact Acoustic AG

LA Concept GmbH

Larbig & Mortag Immobilien GmbH

Ascensia Diabetes Care

Lovante GmbH

Minerva Kreativagentur

PENNY-Markt GmbH

Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co. OHG

Demirdental GmbH

REWE Zentral-AG



toom Baumarkt GmbH

UTS innovative Softwaresystemse GmbH

Vejo Deutschland GmbH

Vejo IP AG

Vossloh AG

Wakame Foods GmbH

Werner Flosbach GmbH & Co. KG

Wonderland GmbH

Work highlights

  • Representing DHL International in a two-tier court dispute with a manufacturer of miniature vehicle models alleging infringement of the well-known DHL trademark.
  • Advice on trade mark law and representation of REWE Group.
  • Advice on trade mark law to R+V insurance.


IP boutique UNIT4 IP particularly focuses on trade mark and design law and, thanks to its broad sector expertise, counts companies from the automotive, IT, fashion, retail and media sectors among its client portfolio, with US companies turning to the practice particularly frequently. Ekkehard Stolz advises on trade mark portfolios and litigation before national and European courts, while Ursula Stelzenmüller focuses on the prosecution of product piracy in border seizure proceedings. Jan Weiser and Arno Grohmann, who both assist with forensic and strategic matters, are other key contacts. Antonia Bognár made partner in early 2022 and has experience in developing registration strategies and proceedings before the ECJ and CJEU.


‘A full service law firm for trade mark and design law. Strong and successful performance.’

‘Jan Weiser has extraordinary expertise and is strategically strong with excellent briefs.’

‘Ursula Stelzenmüller impresses with excellent, reliable and pragmatic handling of border seizure cases worldwide.’

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.

easyGroup Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advice to Dr. Ing. hcF Porsche Aktiengesellschaft on worldwide trade mark administration and defense as well as comprehensive litigation and worldwide design administration and defense.
  • Advising Intel Corporation on national trade mark administration and defense as well as litigation and numerous trademark similarity searches.
  • Advising Bugatti International on global trade mark management and defense as well as global design portfolio management.


Dentons is particularly strong in complex cross-border matters of a forensic and advisory nature, with advice spanning trade mark administration on one hand and IP enforcement on the other; the practice's other mainstays include anti-counterfeiting, license and cooperation agreements as well as transactional trade mark issues. Constantin Rehaag focuses on litigation and product piracy and jointly leads the group with Stefan Dittmer who specialises in the technology and digitisation sphere. On another note, the practice recently experienced changes at counsel level: Pascal Straszewski left the firm in October 2021 for an in-house position, while Julia Wiencke joined Ernst & Young Law in April 2022 and Nadine Neumeier joined Baker McKenzie in July of the same year.


‘Very commercial, understand the law but more importantly how to apply it to a client’s exact situation.’

‘Constantin Rehaag is fantastic.’

‘Constantin Rehaag: An expert in his field. His knowledge is precious and his understanding of business prospects makes the package perfect.’

‘The team benefits from the very large and experienced trade mark group at Dentons not only in Europe but worldwide (where the German team is very active).’

‘Constantin Rehaag: Extremely competent and gets to the point in brand and trade mark strategy as well as in litigation, including enforcement, in which he has developed special expertise thanks to his connections to customs authorities and offices.’

Key clients

1661, Inc. d/b/a GOAT



Agence France-Presse



Bayer AG

Bluesafety IP

Canada Goose

Daimler AG

Delta Airlines

eKomi Holding GmbH

Fluorchemie Gruppe



Intermediate Capital Group (ICG)

Konica Minolta & Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe

König & Bauer AG




Mobility Trader UK

Mobility Trader FR

Novartis AG


Ringspann GmbH

Roche Pharma AG und RoX GmbH

Ruheforst GmbH

Schneider Electric

Sky Fernsehen Deutschland GmbH



Volkswagen AG

Work highlights

  • Advising Novartis on a case of criminal trade mark infringement (estimated damage: €20 million).
  • Advising GOAT on enforcing trade mark rights of the term GOAT in Germany and Europe with the aim of strengthening the brand.
  • Advising Mobility Trader Holding GmbH, a joint venture of Volkswagen AG, Daimler and Allianz, on trade mark applications, trade mark disputes, unfair competition issues and trade secrets.

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland's international orientation within the soft IP sphere also becomes noticeable in trade mark matters, with the firm having established a respectable trade mark practice both in Munich, where practice heads Tobias Maier and Axel Zimmermann are based, as well as in Hamburg under the direction of principal associate Thomas Farkas (industry focus on fashion, premium brands, consumer goods). Maier has proven expertise in IP matters related to health and life sciences, while Zimmermann's IP expertise is complemented by sector expertise in the media and sports industries.

Practice head(s):

Tobias Maier; Axel Zimmermann

Key clients

Adidas AG


Burger King

Daniel Wellington

Discovery International LLC / ehemals TELE 5

Hilton Hotels

Kering Group



Sophia Racing / Sophia Flörsch

Ted Baker

Work highlights

  • Advising Discovery International LLC / formerly TELE 5 on all trade mark, competition and copyright matters; management of a large number of trade mark oppositions.
  • Ongoing IP advice to French luxury goods group Kering Group (Gucci, Brioni, Pomellato, etc.) on IP strategies for fashion designs, national differences in injunction proceedings and independent evidentiary proceedings.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright's IP practice is particularly strong in product piracy and border seizure proceedings and seamlessly handles cross-border mandates matters via its cross-location EMEA practice group. Daniel Marschollek assists clients from the sporting goods, luxury goods and pharmaceutical industries with trade mark, design patent and copyright matters as well as with IP litigation. Licensing agreements, registration strategies and transactional IP issues are among Manuel Merling's strengths.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Marschollek

Other key lawyers:

Manuel Merling


‘The law firm offers exemplary service.’

‘Excellent and valuable network.’

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 proceedings against a Germany-based international manufacturer of handbags and shoes with regard to the enforcement of trade mark-protected designs.
  • Advising and representing a Swiss luxury goods company in court proceedings against a well-known German company in the field of customised second-hand luxury watches pertaining to the limits of trade mark exhaustion.


Notos has in-depth expertise in international brand and design portfolios, which the Frankfurt, Darmstadt and Berlin-based boutique offering manages for a number of multinational corporations; however, the practice's dispute resolution skills are also notable and applied in product piracy cases as well as in injunctive relief and damages claim enforcement. Practice head Julia Voegeli-Wenzl regularly advises on trade mark and design applications at German and European level and represents companies before courts and authorities, while Eckhart Haag has extensive experience in infringement and plagiarism cases as well as in IP enforcement and Daniel Hövel is particularly active in litigation.

Practice head(s):

Julia Voegeli-Wenzl

Other key lawyers:

Eckhart Haag; Daniel Hövel


‘Notos is an above average dedicated. passionate and modern law firm, which always has practical solutions and brings in ideas tailored to companies.’

‘The team gets to the point and provides exemplary service.’

‘Modern thinking adapted to the times.’

Key clients

Sanofi/Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GmbH


Procter & Gamble

Deutsche Telekom AG


STABILA Messgeräte Gustav Ullrich GmbH

Verpoorten GmbH & Co. KG

Rowohlt Verlag

Pricewaterhouse-Coopers GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft

Hessische Staatsweingüter GmbH Kloster Eberbach

Verband der Sparda-Banken



saascom GmbH

Seaside Collection GmbH & Co. KG

Technische Universität Darmstadt

Fruteg GmbH

clever fit

Social Smoke

Zehnder Pumpen GmbH


Proreta Tactical GmbH

INNOCEAN Worldwide Europe GmbH

CHEIL Germany GmbH

Barth Acoustic Systems GmbH

Work highlights

  • Ongoing advice to Deutsche Telekom on trade mark and design law, including advice on trade mark and license agreements in connection with the sale of T-Mobile Netherlands.
  • Advising Samsung Electronics on combating product piracy in the German market.
  • Advising Sanofi on design law, international registration and coordination of design registration procedures.

boesling IP Rechtsanwälte PartG mbB

The cornerstone of boesling IP Rechtsanwälte PartG mbB's trade mark practice is its focus on often cross-border infringement proceedings on part of the rights holder, while the team also assists with a considerable array of non-contentious matters, ranging from license agreements to portfolio management and product launches. Thies Bösling, who has a particular focus on trade mark litigation, and Inga George, who is active in protection strategies, portfolio management and cross-border disputes among other matters, jointly head the practice.

Practice head(s):

Thies Bösling; Inga George


‘The team is generally very competent in trade mark law and related areas such as unfair competition, copyright and design law.’

‘Thies Bösling always shows initiative and has extremely solid knowledge of German and European trade mark law.’

‘Highly qualified team that helps clients in the best possible way. Strong commercial mindset and focus on solving cases smoothly and quickly.

Key clients

10kap Inc.

4activeSystems GmbH

Bolia A/S

DM&T – Danks Mode & Textil

Db Equipment AS

Duo Design GmbH

Furla S.p.A.


Hotspot Technology Inc.

Hummel Holding A/S

House of Cotton ApS

Hummel sport & leisure Warenhandelsges. mbH

Jacs. Koopman B.V.

K. Yairi Guitars Co.

Leidseplein Presse B.V.

METASYS Medizintechnik GmbH

PanzerGlass A/S


Serana Europe GmbH

Shipsta S.a.r.l.

Shoeby Franchise B.V.

Stockholm Sports SASU

Work highlights

  • Representation of Hummel Holding A/S in numerous infringement proceedings against competitors and retail chains regarding angle figurative marks, in registration and cancellation proceedings before the DPMA and EUIPO as well as in matters related to product piracy/border seizures before the German customs authorities.
  • Advising and representing a well-known American fashion company on product launches and advertising measures, in infringement proceedings and in opposition proceedings before the DPMA among other matters.

Lexton Rechtsanwälte

Under the leadership of Tilmann Lührig, Lexton Rechtsanwälte's trade mark practice advises clients on both contentious and advisory issues, with the team specializing in the e-commerce, consumer goods and manufacturing industries. Another distinguishing feature is its close cooperation with the procurement and commercial practices, thereby demonstrating its expertise in transactional IP matters. Lührig advises medium-sized companies and global corporations on the entire spectrum of trade mark and design issues.

Practice head(s):

Tilmann Lührig


‘Lexton has truly impressive trade mark expertise.’

‘Tilmann Lührig: An exceptional trade mark lawyer with extensive knowledge of the IT industry and an eye for detail and the bigger picture.’

‘Tilmann Lührig has outstanding professional competence, unique communication and is incredibly likeable as a person.’

Key clients GmbH

Nintendo of Europe GmbH

Tamedia AG

eBay Kleinanzeigen GmbH

Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus-Senftenberg

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Lebensmittelsicherheit, Wasser- und Umwelthygiene mbH

earned media GmbH

W.W. Grainger, Inc.

Chubb Limited

Condo Group


Jessica Zweig, Inc.

Stadler Rail AG

Taxfix GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advice to eBay Kleinanzeige GmbH on all trade mark and domain issues.
  • Representing COMACAST in several opposition proceedings and trade mark disputes.
  • Worldwide advice and representation of GmbH in all trade mark and domain matters.


Raue's strong industry focus also reflects on its trade mark advice and results in instructions by companies from the energy, health and start-up sectors; thanks to strong relationships with international firms, the practice also seamlessly handles cross-border matters. Markus Plesser heads the team with Robert Heine representing another key contact; both handle strategic advice and representation in- and out-of-court trade mark disputes.

Practice head(s):

Markus Plesser

Other key lawyers:

Robert Heine


‘Very uncomplicated and helpful.’

Key clients

Parfümerie Douglas


Tele Columbus

DocMorris NV

Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH



Deus Health GmbH

Proteopath GmbH


Dentsu Aegis Network

Einstein Kaffee Rösterei

Lilou Sp. Zo.o.


Deutsches Institut für Zell- und Gewebeersatz GmbH


Liqid Investments GmbH

Work highlights

  • Representing Sony Music Entertainment in competition and trade mark matters in connection with the brand Die Drei ???.
  • Representation of Sky in all registering matters in Germany, in particular opposition proceedings, out-of-court disputes, trade mark cancellation proceedings; legal representation in a pan-European injunctive relief and damages claim against Skyworth / Metz for infringement of the SKY trade mark before the LG Mannheim.

Schalast Law | Tax

In October 2022, soft IP boutique Lichtenstein Körner joined Schalast Law | Tax: Under its new roof, the team continues its previous trade mark practice and advises clients on both prosecution and dispute resolution. Kerstin Gründig-Schnelle, who assists with strategic consulting and enforcement, and Thomas Sambuc, who focuses on the distinction between distinctive brands and labeled goods, jointly head the team. Alexander Hauch (litigation and out-of-court enforcement) made partner in the course of the merger while Thomas Träger joined Grünecker in May 2022.

Other key lawyers:

Alexander Hauch


Due to the firm's international positioning, Taliens is particularly predestined for cross-border advice on trade mark and design law, which is reflected in its assistance with proceedings before the ECJ among other matters. Headed by Federica Togo and Tobias Malte Müller, the practice handles product piracy matters, domain name disputes and trade mark and design registrations at German, European and international level. Both Togo and Müller are also qualified in Italy, thus advising several well-known Italian corporations as well.


‘Unique blend of boutique IP professionals. The service quality is very good.’

‘Federica Togo: Proactive and always thinking of different ways to achieve a result. She’s incredibly well connected.’

‘Tobias Malte Müller: Outstanding analytical and tactical thinking and has excellent knowledge of trade mark and competition law.’

Key clients


RICHEMONT International S.A.

Air Dolomiti S.p.A.


Capri S.r.l.

Enel S.p.A.

Salvatore Ferragamo

Geox S.p.A.




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

Les Éditions Albert René SARL (Asterix & Obelix)

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

Pirelli Tyre S.p.A.

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

HOTHO Oberflächentechnik GmbH & CO KG

delta pronatura Dr. Krauss & Dr. Beckmann KG

ZTE Deutschland GmbH

Auditel s.r.l.

New Era Cap Company Limited

Fashion Energy s.r.l.

Mondrian Lab Inc. (NY)

Kelemata S.r.l.

KTN Gruppe

milon industries GmbH

Lucaffé Venturelli Gian Luca S.r.l.

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

Rise Up Fashion GmbH (oceansapart)

Work highlights

  • Representing Pirelli Tire SpA in two trademark proceedings before the ECJ against the Japanese tire manufacturer Yokohama Rubber.
  • Representing Westwing in judicial and extrajudicial proceedings in the field of intellectual property.
  • Advising COESIA SpA on IP issues in Germany.

Uexküll & Stolberg

Boutique offering Uexküll & Stolberg specializes in IP and assists German and international companies with trade mark and design law, including the registration and management of trade marks and designs; representing clients in opposition proceedings before the DPMA, the ECJ and the EUIPO is one of the practice's central pillars, as are anti-product piracy measures as well as validity and infringement reports. IP specialist Frank Dettmann leads the team, Ulrich-Maria Gross has particular industry knowledge in the chemical and pharmaceutical sectors, while Alexander Thünken not only focuses on pharmaceuticals but also supports clients from the cosmetics sector in advisory and forensic capacity.

Practice head(s):

Frank Dettmann


‘The team tries to think in terms of solutions instead of concentrating on the problem.’

‘Alexander Thünken: A good lawyer and a thoroughly nice guy to deal with.’

‘Very practical, honest and to the point.’

‘Alexander Thünken: Knowledgeable, friendly, solution-oriented and pragmatic.’

Key clients

ASICS Corporation /ASICS Europe B.V.

Black and Veach Holding Company

Tiffany & Company

KYMCO or Kwang Yang Motor Co, Ltd

Mary Kay Inc.

Dr. Wolff Gruppe

Duracell Batteries BVBA


AXXO Im- und Export GmbH


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

  • Advising and representing ASICS in out-of-court trade mark matters.
  • Representing Black & Veatch Holding in opposition proceedings before the EUIPO.
  • Advising and representing Duracell Batteries BVBA in trade mark and design registrations and in opposition proceedings, in particular before the EUIPO.