Unfair competition in Germany

Bird & Bird LLP

Bird & Bird LLP comprehensively advises on all competition matters and also skillfully covers trade mark and design as well as cross-border and contentious issues. The team's expertise is particularly often drawn upon by clients from the technology, automotive, telecommunications, media, life sciences and healthcare sectors, with a further focus on the retail and consumer goods industry; hereby, the team also frequently assists with competition matters related to M&A, corporate and the regulated areas. Practice head Christian Harmsen in Düsseldorf has extensive experience in the life sciences and technology sectors as well as in healthcare, while Christian Lindenthal, who made partner in May 2022, advises on the whole array of trade mark, design and competition law with a focus on the pharmaceutical industry.

Practice head(s):

Christian Harmsen

Key clients





Columbia Sportswear


Dr. Loges + Co. GmbH

DTM Deutsche Tele Medien GmbH




Joh. Wilh. von Eicken

Juice Plus Europe GmbH

JustFab / TechStyle

Katjes Fassin GmbH + Co. KG


Lamborghini S.p.A.

LLOYD Schuhe

Monster Energy

Philip Morris GmbH

ProSiebenSat.1 Media AG / SevenVentures

Remexian Pharma GmbH

Schwarze & Schlichte

Take Two Interactive Software Inc.


Work highlights

  • Representation of AUDI AG in several disputes against the German Environmental Aid regarding the implementation of PKW-EnVKV.
  • Representation of Dr. Loges + Co. GmbH in various disputes against Orthim GmbH.
  • Comprehensive and exclusive advice to LLOYD shoes on the entire spectrum of trade mark, competition and copyright law.


CMS' IP practice has traditionally focused on the life sciences sector and is further well versed in competition law issues relating to advertising, product counterfeiting and the protection of trade secrets, which the practice also handles in cooperation with other European and global offices of the firm. Heike Blank in Cologne has recently been increasingly instructed by players from the pharmaceutical, food and cosmetics industries, while Martin Gerecke and Philippe Heinzke, who made partners in January 2022, respectively focus on the e-commerce sector and the technology industry. Hamburg-based medical law expert Roland Wiring and Markus Deck in Düsseldorf, who has experience in the technology sector, jointly lead the team; Thomas Manderla retired in the summer of 2021.

Practice head(s):

Roland Wiring; Markus Deck

Key clients

Aesculap (B. Braun)

apo.com Group GmbH

August Storck KG

Bayer Vital GmbH

Bitburger Braugruppe GmbH

Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG

Leifheit AG

Niko Liquids Trading GmbH

PRIMARK Stores Ltd.

Zalando SE

1. FC Köln GmbH & Co. KGaA

AstraZeneca GmbH

Barilla Deutschland GmbH


CHECK24 Vergleichsportal Reise GmbH

Eli Lilly and Company

GE Healthcare

ICS International Concert Service

INVIA Flights/ Travel Germany

Kaufland Stiftung & Co. KG

Mars GmbH

Melitta Europa GmbH & Co. KG

Mercateo Deutschland AG

Stella McCartney


Unilever Deutschland

United States Polo Association (USPA)

Upfield Deutschland

Work highlights

  • Representation of August Storck KG in numerous trade mark and competition law disputes, in particular actions against product imitations. Most recently also advice in the area of trade secrets and representation in proceedings for breach of trade secrets. Management of the global brand portfolio.
  • Intensive advice and representation of Bitburger Braugruppe in competition and trade mark law; global brand portfolio management; comprehensive competition law advice on new products, packaging, marketing campaigns and advertising.
  • Ongoing advice on trade marks, design and competition law for Leifheit AG; defense against competition claims by the main competitor concerning allegedly misleading advertising with a test win in several European countries, including two preliminary injunction proceedings against advertising spots broadcast throughout Germany and legal proceedings against product presentation.

Danckelmann & Kerst

Global players, medium-sized companies as well as associations trust the advice of boutique offering Danckelmann & Kerst, while the practice particularly stands out for its advice to the central competition office and the telecommunications sector; the group is also known for numerous successful landmark proceedings as well as its extensive lecture and publication activities. Telecommunications expert Nikolaus Konstantin Rehart, Jan-Felix Isele, who is experienced in trade mark law, and Hans-Jürgen Ruhl, who is adept at drug advertising law, jointly head the team, which cooperates with the Mackrell International network for international matters.

Key clients

Emma Sleep GmbH

Energie Versorgung Offenbach AG

Stadtwerke Ingolstadt

Roche Diabetes Care Deutschland GmbH

Telekom Deutschland GmbH/Deutsche Telekom AG


MVV Energie AG

Zahnärztekammer Nordrhein

Roche Diagnostics GmbH

Wiener Feinbäckerei Heberer GmbH

Emma Matratzen GmbH

Dunlopillo Deutschland GmbH

Stadtwerke Kiel AG

Thermo Fisher Konzern

Toll 4 Europe GmbH

VGL Verlagsgesellschaft mbH

Work highlights

  • Representing Telekom Deutschland GmbH in a landmark proceedings before the Federal Court of Justice regarding the requirements under which access providers can be sued to prevent/block access to certain websites on which/via which copyright infringements are committed.
  • Representing Telekom Deutschland GmbH in landmark proceedings to limit the flying jurisdiction under the new law to strengthen fair competition.
  • Representing Emma Matratzen GmbH in landmark proceedings regarding the competition legitimacy of the control of online discounts to different, individual consumers (visitors to the website) using cookie-based banners.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper provides full service advice on competition and advertising law and increasingly assists DAX companies and global corporations with digitization-related matters, such as marketing campaigns, data protection and new forms of advertising, while know-how and trade secret protection, the development of preventive protection strategies and litigation represent additional mainstays. The team has a strong track record in the media and entertainment, fashion, technology, sports, consumer goods, hotel and digital sectors and has recently also focused on advertising issues pertaining to ESG, medicinal products, gambling and food. Stefan Engels, who is experienced in media law, heads the team in Hamburg, which also includes Kai Tumbrägel (sector focus on consumer goods, fashion, media and sport) in Cologne and Burkhard Führmeyer (sector focus on technology and life sciences) in Frankfurt. Counsel Annemarie Westpfahl left the practice in spring 2022 and joined ROSE & PARTNER.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Engels


‘Incredibly professional and available, very client oriented advice, exactly what was asked for.’

Key clients

About You GmbH

Bacardi Ltd.


CFA Institute



LEGO System A/S

Ralph Lauren Europe

Rituals Cosmetics

Seven.One Entertainment GmbH


Wort & Bild Verlag GmbH & Co. KG

Work highlights

  • Advising About You GmbH on the global launch of its business, including regulatory, advertising, consumer and data protection issues.
  • Advice on competition law to Duracell.
  • Advising LEGO System A/S on IP and competition law aspects.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Embedded within the global law firm network, Hogan Lovells International LLP assists with all facets of competition law with trade secret protection, product imitations, know-how protection, licensing issues and litigation representing several of the practice's central pillars, mainly drawn upon by clients from the technology, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals and medical technology as well as automotive and consumer goods sectors. At the turn of the year 2022/23, Miriam Gundt (telecommunications, chemicals and mechanics) took over the management of the firm's global IPMT practice from Burkhart Goebel (consumer goods) who will remain head of the German team alongside Gundt and litigator Andreas Bothe. Susanne Karow, who has experience in the telecommunications, food and pharmaceutical industries, retired at the end of 2021, but remains available to the team as senior counsel.

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.




ProSiebenSat.1 – Unternehmensgruppe.


Stiftung phönikks

SZ DJI Technology Co., Ltd (DJI)



Vay Technology GmbH



ADVANT Beiten impresses with IP advice that encompasses competition law as well as design and trade mark issues and is predominantly instructed by companies and large corporations from the sports, publishing, retail, automotive and media sectors. Particularly noteworthy is the practice's expertise in the computer games sphere, where its regularly cooperates with its in-house IT experts to advise on matters at the interface of trade mark, copyright and competition law. The competition law repertoire also includes representation in contentious proceedings as well as advertising matters and product imitations. Matthias Stecher (automotive and logistics) in Munich and Andreas Lober (technology and digitization topics) in Frankfurt jointly head the practice. David Moll, who specialises in advising technology and media companies, made partner in January 2022.

Key clients

Angelini Beauty

DIMOCO Carrier Billing GmbH

Deutscher Fußball-Bund e. V. und DFB GmbH & Co. KG

Estée Lauder Companies GmbH

Estée Lauder Companies Europe

Estée Lauder Companies Inc.


Verivox GmbH

Antenne Bayern GmbH & Co. KG


BB Radio GmbH & Co. KG

wunderpen GmbH

Work highlights

  • Internationally coordinated action for Tencent against hackers and providers of fraudulent software in different countries pertaining to copyright and competition law violations.
  • Advice on competition and distribution law to the German subsidiary of Angelini Beauty.
  • Advising Dimoco Carrier Billing GmbH on an competition claim.

Arnecke Sibeth Dabelstein

Arnecke Sibeth Dabelstein's competition practice has a clear focus on the chemical, food and cosmetics industries and is also experienced in the sports, media and entertainment sectors, while relevant expertise ranges from product labeling and piracy to pharmaceutical advertising law as well as general advertising matters including environmental advertising. Co-practice head Thomas Körber in Frankfurt is well versed not only in the sports industry but also in the chemical and food sectors, while co-practice head Anton Maria Ostler in Munich frequently supports international clients from the sports, media and digital economy sectors.

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Hertl; Werner Blau

Key clients

DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga GmbH, DFL e.V., Bundesliga International GmbH und Sportcast GmbH

Twentieth Century Fox of Germany GmbH /Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment Germany GmbH

Karlsruher SC GmbH & Co. KGaA , Karlsruher Sport-Club Mühlburg-Phönix e. V

Büchel GmbH & Co. KG Fahrzeugteilefabrik KG

Asklepios Klinik Gruppe

B&S International B.V.

The Very Good Food Company Inc.

Media Boradcast Satelite GmbH

Siteco GmbH

Stada Arzneimittel AG / Aliud Pharma GmbH

Telio Management GmbH

VWR International GmbH, Avantor Group, Ritter GmbH

Weiss Umwelttechnik GmbH

Werner & Mertz GmbH/tana-Chemie GmbH/Erdal-Rex GmbH

Dentsply Sirona (Weltmarktführer im Bereich Dentalprodukte)

Pharmaserv GmbH/Infrareal GmbH/ Pharmapark Jena GmbH

Big Hug Nutrition GmbH

Dr. Theiss Naturwaren GmbH/Allgäuer Latschenkiefer GmbH

Colliers International Deutschland GmbH

Hans Koeberle, Weissachmühle e.K./Marstall GmbH

Bavaria Weed GmbH

Media Broadcast GmbH

Aurelis Real Estate GmbH & Co. KG

F&E Protective GmbH

Vitamin Well AB/ NOCCO No Carbs Company AB / Barebells GmbH

Jemie B.V.

Pioneer Solutions LLC

Bax-shop.nl BV

Apex.AI GmbH

E.L.V.I.S. Europäischer Ladungs-Verbund Internationaler Spediteure Aktiengesellschaft

GILDEMEISTER energy solutions GmbH / STEAG GmbH

Arbeitsgemeinschaft für wirtschaftliche Verwaltung e.V.

Renusol Europe GmbH

Alfons Köster & Co. GmbH

Badgequo Deutschland GmbH und UK Ltd.

Corpus Sireo Real Estate GmbH

Bonadent GmbH

Carsyntax Group

Theo Sasse e.K./Lagerkorn GmbH

BNS Bergal, Nico & Solitaire Vertriebs GmbH

Chesterton International GmbH Deutschland

QuoScient GmbH

Apollo18 GmbH

Acer Europe SA

Bogenhausener Tor Immobilien GmbH

Axel Toupane und Athlete Management Group

Bavaria Weed GmbH

Brush Technology Ltd.

Cornelia Poletto

EDGE Technologies

erdbär GmbH

Morbern Inc.

Renusol Europe GmbH und RBI Solar, Inc.

Sharkoon Technology GmbH

LEONINE Distribution GmbH

Qatar Airways


Work highlights

  • Advising Werner & Mertz Group, tana-Chemie GmbH, Erdal Rex GmbH and BNS on competition law with a focus on environment-related advertising, chemicals law (in particular the CLP regulation and biocide regulation) and the labeling of cleaning agents and other consumer goods. Obtained numerous landmark judgments in these areas, most recently on the differentiation between cleaning agents and food in the case of so-called dual-use products.
  • Advice to DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga GmbH; the League – League Association eV; Bundesliga International GmbH; Sportcast GmbH on all IP matters. Representation in court and administrative proceedings concerning unfair exploitation of reputation, explaining the special reputation based on demoscopic traffic reports.
  • Advising and representing VWR International, Avantor Group, Ritter GmbH in various court proceedings and regarding the expansion of business areas. Preparation for an extensive process with global dimensions in the areas of UWG, GWB, TFEU and patent law.

Bardehle Pagenberg

From its German locations in Munich and Düsseldorf, IP boutique offering Bardehle Pagenberg advises companies from the fashion, gastronomy, healthcare, cosmetics and sports equipment sectors on competition issues concerning marketing campaigns and advertising concepts as well as unfair business practices such as misleading advertising and product imitations; the team also possesses additional intersectional IP competencies in trade mark, design, patent and license law. The practice is jointly led by Claus Eckhartt and Philipe Kutschke, who are well versed in border seizures and parallel imports and also advise on trade secret protection among other matters.

Other key lawyers:

Pascal Böhner

Key clients




Gardena GmbH


Work highlights

  • Representing Gibson as plaintiff against Warwick before the Hamburg Higher Regional Court and the BGH concerning the unfair imitation of the famous Flying V guitar.
  • Representing Livinguard in numerous infringement proceedings against competitors concerning (antiviral) face masks.
  • Ongoing advice to Gardena on competition law matters, in particular on labeling requirements, advertising information and packaging design.

bock legal Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten

Frankfurt IP boutique offering bock legal Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten predominantly focuses its competition expertise on contentious matters and is particularly known for its experience in landmark proceedings before the Federal Court of Justice; the competition practice is further complemented by know-how in trade mark, design and patent law. Andreas Bock, who is experienced in drug advertising, leads the team which also includes telecommunications expert Reinhard Döring, advertising law specialist Benedikt Frank and Jan Müller-Broich, who is increasingly instructed with matters concerning geographical indications of origin and product imitations.

Practice head(s):

Andreas Bock

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

  • Advising Rothenberger on trade mark, competition and IT law matters.

CBH Rechtsanwälte

Medium-sized companies and large corporations turn to CBH Rechtsanwälte also in competition matters which, alongside trade mark and design law, represent the main pillars of the firm's IP offering; thus, the group advises on advertising law, also in the context of climate protection and sustainability issues, on product safety law as well as on counterfeiting. The team primarily focuses on the automotive, healthcare, cosmetics and luxury goods sectors and has also recently been particularly active in matters pertaining to sustainability and digitization. Key contacts include Ingo Jung, who specializes in new media, Nadja Siebertz, who is experienced in strategic brand management, gambling law expert Markus Ruttig, and IT and software specialist Sascha Vander.


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

‘Ingo Jung and Markus Ruttig: Very competent, very reliable, always available.’

Key clients

Climate Partners

DLTB /Deutscher Lotto- und Totoblock

Donaldson Filtration Deutschland GmbH

EagleBurgmann Germany GmbH & Co.

Heckler & Koch

IP Hills

K & S – Kali und Salz AG

Koerfer Gruppe


Lenze SE

Markt Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Metsä Deutschland GmbH

Metten Stein+Design GmbH & Co. KG


OBI Deutschland GmbH & Co KG

PKV Verband der Privaten Krankenversicherungen e.V.

Saint-Gobain Glass Deutschland GmbH

Siewert & Kau GmbH

Sonae Sierra Deutschland GmbH

Virobuster International GmbH


Grünecker's competition law expertise is mainly applied in matters relating to advertising, counterfeiting and other scenarios of unfair competition; in addition to non-contentious instructions, the team also handles litigation and injunctions and further covers the interfaces to trade mark and copyright law. Key contacts include Anja Franke (competition and copyright law), Holger Gauss (sector focus on fashion, pharmaceuticals and media), Nicolás Schmitz (including luxury goods and fashion) and Maximilian Kinkeldey, who is well versed in IT and data protection issues. Philipp Strommer is experienced in trade mark and competition infringement proceedings and made associated partner in January 2022.

Other key lawyers:

Philipp Strommer


‘Competent, flexible, fast with subsequent good and sound results – goal-oriented, very friendly and helpful, always approachable with all matters. Once there is no answer, care is taken to get one. This applies to the entire office.’

‘The team is very willing to cooperate, acts quickly and responsibly.’

‘We have been working with the Grünecker law firm for a long time and we enjoy working with them on behalf of our internationally active clients, especially in complex patent and trade mark applications and in complex contentious matters across the technology sector and in connection with the protection of design, especially with our colleagues Holger Gauss and Maximilian Kinkeldey.’

Key clients



Work highlights

  • Advising Harley-Davidson on customs seizures and declarations as well as trade mark and unfair competition infringement proceedings.
  • Advising Happybrush on international IP portfolio strategy and competition law issues.

Harmsen Utescher

Hamburg IP boutique Harmsen Utescher handles competition matters both on non-contentious level as well as in litigation before German and European courts, with the practice representing clients on the plaintiff and defendant side. The team offers special expertise in pharmaceuticals, food and cosmetics and also skillfully covers relevant IT, antitrust and distribution issues. Key contacts include litigator Till Lampel, Martin Kefferpütz (focus on IT), Matthias Wolter, who acts in antitrust-related matters, and Christoph Schumann (focus on media, IT and sport). In cross-border scenarios, the boutique draws on a network of best friends firms.

Key clients



Scout 24

Work highlights

  • Extensive advice on competition law to Friedrich Göbber GmbH, including litigation, against LiBee among others.
  • Extensive competition law advice and representation of Ferrero.
  • Regular advice on competition law to Scout 24, especially in Germany.

Harte-Bavendamm Rechtsanwälte

For Hamburg-based boutique Harte-Bavendamm Rechtsanwälte, competition law represents one of their clear strengths alongside IT and copyright matters: particularly noteworthy is the group's know-how in competition-related anti-counterfeiting as well as their sectoral focus on the food, fashion, media, automotive, e-commerce and pharmaceuticals industries, where it advises both German and international companies. Key contacts include Henning Harte-Bavendamm, who is experienced in the IT sector, Michael Goldmann, who is adept at advertising campaigns, Arne Lambrecht (drug advertising law among other matters), litigator Andrea Jaeger-Lenz and Karolina Schöler, who is increasingly instructed by players in the pharmaceuticals, consumer goods and IT sectors.

Key clients

BICO Zweirad Marketing GmbH

Deutsche Bahn AG

Deutsches Rotes Kreuz


Kaiserberge GmbH


Procter & Gamble

Levi Strauss & Co.

Nestlé Unternehmensgruppe

ZH Crafts

OQmented GmbH

Work highlights

  • Comprehensive representation of Nestlé in trade mark, design and competition law; including management and administration of union trade marks and RCDs.
  • Advising and representing P&G in competition disputes.


HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER has proven experience in competition law, particularly in the cosmetics, life sciences, food and consumer electronics industries, while key competencies include anti-counterfeiting as well as product launches with corresponding labeling requirements, for instance in the cosmetics sectors. In addition to its extensive litigation experience, the practice offers further expertise in the protection of trade secrets, advertising campaigns, drug advertising law (including medical device law) and at the trade mark interface. In April 2022, litigator Thomas Schmitz handed over the soft IP practice management to Christina Tenbrock, who primarily advises on pharmaceutical advertising law as well as pharmaceutical and medical device law. Ivan Dimitrov made partner in January 2022 and has experience in the life sciences, consumer goods and consumer electronics sectors, while Mathis Breuer has experience in pharmaceutical advertising law and focuses on the consumer goods, cosmetics, life sciences and consumer electronics sectors.

Practice head(s):

Christina Tenbrock


‘The cooperation with the law firm is always wonderful. The lawyers are very responsive, great at communicating and their advice is always actionable and leaves no questions unanswered. And don’t forget, they’re all really nice.’

‘Thomas Schmitz: Top client-oriented lawyer, never overlooks a detail, is to the point and extremely nice.’

‘Mathis Breuer: Fantastic lawyer and very service oriented. Very pleasant to work with.’

‘Very good and pleasant to work with.’

‘Thomas Schmitz is excellent.’

‘Mathis Breuer: Solid, pragmatic, fantastically accessible.’

Key clients

Aktion Lichtblicke e.V.


Bübchen GmbH

Dr. Wolff Group

Energetix GmbH & Co. KG


Hanno Werk GmbH & Co. KG

Hanwha QCells

Heckler & Koch GmbH


OYESS Beauty




Steinel GmbH


VETTER Industrie GmbH

Work highlights

  • Comprehensive group-wide representation of Dr. Wolff Group in trade mark and competition law matters, also in cosmetics and medicines advertising law in a large number of preliminary injunction and main proceedings in connection with disputes with well-known competitors and discounters as well as a former licensor.
  • Representation of Rituals in active competition / trade mark law proceedings and passive trade mark law proceedings; representation in various competition law disputes against well-known cosmetics manufacturers due to unfair imitation of the well-known RITUALS cosmetic care lines.
  • Advising Heckler & Koch on issues and proceedings relating to unfair competition, in particular in connection with reporting, press releases and advertising statements concerning patent infringement disputes with competitor CG Haenel and the Bundeswehr’s assault rifle procurement proceedings.

KLAKA Rechtsanwälte

The Munich- and Düsseldorf-based team at IP boutique KLAKA Rechtsanwälte advises on competition matters in close cooperation with the firm's trade mark experts. Clients mainly stem from the automotive, pharmaceuticals, fashion, sports and financial industries, while instructions often entail cross-border aspects, in particular with regards to Europe, the US and Japan. Recently, the practice expanded its longstanding advice to the central competition office even further; here, Stefan Eck and Carola Onken are particular active in competition violation cases. Stefan Abel (anti-counterfeiting), of counsel and energy expert Wolfgang Straub, Andreas Schulz (focus on food law) and Ralf-Michael Burkhardt, who is well versed in press and media law, are other key contacts; Ralf Hackbarth heads the well-known litigator team and assists with trade mark and design right enforcement.

Practice head(s):

Ralf Hackbarth

Key clients

Adelholzener Alpenquellen GmbH

Bayerische Beamtenlebensversicherung a. G.

Lafuma Mobilier SAS

Longchamp S.A.S.

MAN Truck & Bus SE

Nestlé Deutschland AG und Nestlé Nutrition GmbH sowie MAGGI GmbH

RUD Ketten Rieger & Dietz GmbH & Co. KG

UniCredit Bank AG

Vignal Systems SA

WWK Lebensversicherung a. G.

Zahnärztlicher Bezirksverband Oberpfalz e. V.

Zentrale zur Bekämpfung unlauteren Wettbewerbs

Work highlights

  • Permanent representation of The Center for Combating Unfair Competition in numerous competition law matters. Legal proceedings against Tesla for misleading advertising of Tesla’s Autopilot.
  • Ongoing advice to Longchamp SAS on competition-related anti-counterfeiting and design law. Numerous cases of infringement due to imitations of the world-famous Le Pliage handbag also against well-known manufacturers and retailers such as Desigual.
  • Permanent representation of UniCredit Bank AG in trade mark, banking and competition law proceedings.

Lubberger Lehment

Lubberger Lehment has a very active team of litigators serving a portfolio of clients primarily from the luxury goods, technology and cosmetics sectors. Competition advice includes anti-counterfeiting and combating consumer-deception, as well as assistance with distribution and advertising in the digital sector. Andreas Lubberger has experience in the luxury goods sector, while Rani Mallick focuses on anti-counterfeiting and parallel imports. Martin Fiebig and Cornelis Lehment are well versed in litigation; Bernd Weichhaus demonstrates expertise in advertising campaigns; and Benjamin Koch covers the trade mark interface. Philip Schmitz, who frequently advises on IP transactions and is also experienced in product piracy, made associated partner in January 2022.

Key clients

Adolf Würth


Auto1 (wirkaufendeinauto.de)

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

  • Advice and representation of Bayes eSports in competition and trade mark law.


Noerr's IP competition law capacities are bundled at its Berlin and Munich offices and are primarily applied in contentious proceedings. Here, the practice features expertise in advertising measures, product design, trade secret protection and disputes relating to food labeling and drug advertising. Due to other locations in Europe, the UK and the US, the group also acts in cross-border matters. Practice head Tobias Dolde, who specialises in European and international trade mark and design law, divides his time between Munich and Alicante, while Christoph Rieken, who works in design and copyright law in Munich, is another key contact. Jessica Loew and counsel Valentina Niess both have experience in combating product piracy and border seizures.

Practice head(s):

Tobias Dolde


‘Valentina Nieß and Jessica Loew: High level of competence, quick response and availability.’

Key clients



Marc O’Polo

Abitron Gruppe

Barry’s Bootcamp LLC

C&A Mode GmbH & Co. KG


Crocs Inc, Crocs Europe B.V.

Mobility Trader GmbH (Hey Car)

Work highlights

  • Comprehensive and multi-jurisdictional representation as well as advice on competition law for the Abitron Group in the course of post-M&A disputes over various trade marks and company symbols.
  • Ongoing advice to Hey Car Mobility Trader GmbH on advertising cooperation and agency agreements; legal representation in various competition law proceedings against competitors.
  • Representation of C&A Mode GmbH & Co. KG in preliminary injunction proceedings against Birkenstock for alleged design and UWG infringement by two shoe models.

Pinsent Masons Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater Solicitors Partnerschaft mbB

Pinsent Masons Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater Solicitors Partnerschaft mbB's soft IP advice focuses on all digital market issues, resulting in regular instructions from healthcare, life sciences technology and industrial companies as well as financial services providers seeking competition advice on campaigns, data-based business models and digital marketing disputes; the group is also well versed in trade mark and copyright law as well as licensing and demonstrates intersectional know-how in data protection and regulatory issues. Nils Rauer in Frankfurt heads the group and advises on issues relating to digitization and implementation in the context of Industry 4.0 as well as smart delivery. Fabian Klein, who focuses on international trade secret protection among other matters, joined the Frankfurt team from Ashurst LLP in November 2022.

Practice head(s):

Nils Rauer

Key clients

A.T. Kearney GmbH


Bumble plc

Car-Freshner Corp.

Chanty Spitzenfabrik

Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek

LEICA Biosystems

Landeshauptstadt München

Maxime Rheinhessen e.V.

Medical School Hamburg

Netflix, Inc.

Pierre Fabre Dermo-Kosmetik GmbH

subito.Dokumente aus Bibliotheken e.V.

Party Fiesta Deutschland

Work highlights

  • Advising the City of Munich in a dispute regarding the use of the term Oktoberfest for an event in Dubai.
  • Advising the French pharmaceutical company Pierre Fabre in various disputes with its competitor L’Oréal.

Schmitt Teworte-Vey Simon & Schumacher

Young Cologne-based boutique Schmitt Teworte-Vey Simon & Schumacher primarily focuses on competition, IP and media law and is well versed in the management of international IP portfolios, contracts and representing clients in competition and other IP law proceedings; the team has additional expertise in copyright, food and drug advertising law. Founding partners Jan Schumacher (focus on competition law, trade mark and design law as well as copyright), Christian Schmitt (competition, press, media and copyright law), Marie Teworte-Vey, who is well versed in reviewing advertising measures, and Gesa Simon (pharmaceutical advertising law) are the main contacts.


‘Highly individual support, always at the height and depth of the case.’

‘Marie Teworte-Vey covers both the consumer and the industry perspective. Always reliable and extremely clear in her communication.’

‘Practical, dedicated, pragmatic, in-depth understanding.’

Key clients

Ascensia Diabetes Care Deutschland GmbH

Becton Dickinson GmbH

CHRIST Juweliere und Uhrmacher seit 1863 GmbH

DKSH International Ltd.

EatHappy ToGo GmbH

Woolworth GmbH

FCF Holding GmbH

Forto Logistics GmbH & Co. KG

Xella International

IMPULS Finanzmanagement AG

JT International Germany GmbH

L.A. Sports GmbH

LTA Legal & Tax Assekuranzmakler GmbH


Metro Deutschland GmbH

Holt Nutrition

Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co. OHG

Schultz & König GmbH

TEDi GmbH & Co. KG

UTS innovative Softwaresysteme GmbH

Work highlights

  • Ongoing advice to Becton Dickinson GmbH on competition law / drug advertising law.
  • Representing JT International Germany GmbH in competition disputes regarding the design of JT International Germany GmbH’s distribution modalities.
  • Advice to CHRIST Juweliere und Uhrmacher von 1863 GmbH on all competition and advertising matters.

SKW Schwarz

SKW Schwarz' competition law expertise is particularly drawn upon in the digital sector, including IT and media, as well as for advising on marketing campaign development, IP monitoring and digital goods trading. The practice's growth areas also include competition law advice in connection with e-sports, medical cannabis and climate-related statements; clients, which are increasingly stemming from the retail, service and sports sectors, can rely on the team both at national and international level. Sascha Pres, who extensively assists with trade mark, copyright and design law, heads the group that is also well versed in litigation. Margret Knitter focuses on advising on border seizure proceedings and marketing campaign development.

Practice head(s):

Sascha Pres


‘Very responsive and of high quality, even in difficult scenarios.’

‘We have maintained a successful working relationship with the firm for several years. They provide excellent advice on all IP and competition aspects. What makes the firm so exceptional is the ability to understand the client’s business model, which in turn leads to realizing the full IP potential thus the fulfillment of business objectives.’

‘Margret Knitter demonstrates attention to detail and is exceptionally professional in her approach. Her prompt, precise and flawless advice was very helpful to us. She follows a realistic approach and is very experienced in law and its implementation. Her advice is comprehensive and fully geared to the client’s business model.’

Key clients

Aristo Pharma AG

BMF Media Information Technology GmbH

OTD Oil Trading Deutschland GmbH

Procter & Gamble Service GmbH

Sanity Group GmbH

Vyld GmbH

More than Sports GmbH

Edeloptics GmbH

Velux Deutschland GmbH

Herrnhuter Sterne GmbH

Work highlights

  • Comprehensive advice to FitX and ClassX on various competition law issues. Interface consulting for practice groups ITD and media; Cross-location support of the client.
  • Legal representation and comprehensive strategic advice to digital market and opinion research institute Civey in numerous disputes with Forsa.
  • Comprehensive advice to Sedana Medical AB on competition law (in particular drug advertising law); advice and support for the market launch of the products Sedaconda and Sedaconda ACD in Germany, also on regulatory issues; Advice and representation in disputes against competitors regarding pharmaceutical advertising law.

Taylor Wessing

Taylor Wessing's competition advice focuses on the pharmaceuticals and healthcare sectors, with experience in advertising issues, product launches and contentious scenarios, among other matters; due to its global network, the team is also active across jurisdictions. Practice head Olaf Gillert provides comprehensive assistance with the entire spectrum of design, copyright and competition law. Angela Knierim (focus on pharmaceutical advertising and medical device law) made salary partner in January 2022.

Practice head(s):

Olaf Gillert

Key clients


American Airlines





FC Bayern München


Richemont Group


Work highlights

  • Advice to Doordash on entering the German market concerning all competition and e-commerce matters.

Vossius & Partner

From its German offices in Munich, Düsseldorf and Berlin, Vossius & Partner's competition team advises on food, cosmetics and labeling matters, product piracy as well as on competition, customs and mass proceedings. In the non-contentious area, the group possesses expertise in licensing agreements and also skillfully covers interfaces to trade mark, copyright and design law. The practice's expertise is primarily drawn upon by large and medium-sized companies in Germany and abroad as well as scientific institutions and start-ups, which often stem from the life sciences, automotive, consumer goods, fashion and technology sectors. Mathias Kleespies heads the team and focuses on food law among other matters.

Practice head(s):

Mathias Kleespies

Key clients

Crimex GmbH

Halfar System GmbH

Diageo plc

Dreame Co., Ltd

Work highlights

  • Defending Dreame against an injunction brought by Dyson concerning a vacuum cleaner nozzle.
  • Representation of Crimex GmbH in a competition proceeding.
  • Representing Halfar System GmbH in a design and competition litigation.


WilmerHale's competition practice has a strong focus on contentious cases in the fashion, consumer goods and pharmaceutical sectors, with the team having particularly extensive expertise in e-commerce. As part of its non-contentious advice, the group also assists with advertising campaigns and licensing issues and has additional interface competencies in data protection; the latter, in combination with strong connection to its US offices, also finds expression in practice head Vanessa Wettner's representation of tech companies before German courts and the ECJ.

Practice head(s):

Vanessa Wettner

Key clients

Airbnb, Inc.

Becton Dickinson B.V.

Bitmanagement Software GmbH

Bundesrepublik Deutschland – Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie

Medtronic, Inc.

Syngenta Agro GmbH

Hugo Boss AG

Bundesinnung der Hörakustiker

Work highlights

  • Advice to Becton Dickinson BV, inter alia, on competition matters, product liability and distribution law.
  • Advising Société BIC / BIC Deutschland GmbH & Co. OHG on competition and contract issues, in particular in connection with advertising campaigns for BIC products.

Arnold Ruess Rechtsanwälte PartmbB

Düsseldorf-based Arnold Ruess Rechtsanwälte PartmbB is particularly active in competition matters related to licensing issues, branding, advertising law and marketing strategy development, but is also well versed at the interface to copyright and trade mark law. The team is led by Peter Ruess (focus on trade mark and competition law)  and is also adept at competition litigation.

Practice head(s):

Peter Ruess

Key clients

Bundesverband Deutscher Tabakwaren-Großhändler und Automatenaufsteller e.V. (BDTA)

eismann Tiefkühl-Heimservice GmbH

PASCOE pharmazeutische Präparate GmbH

Seats and Sofas GmbH

Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe Ltd.

SUBARU Deutschland GmbH

tobaccoland Automatengesellschaft mbH & Co. KG

Zentiva Group

Work highlights

  • Ongoing advice to SUBARU Deutschland GmbH on trade mark and competition law, contract drafting, training of employees, representation in proceedings against competition associations, most recently a comparative termination of fundamental advertising law proceedings against an association.
  • Ongoing advice to PASCOE pharmaceutical preparations GmbH on HWG and UWG issues.
  • Ongoing representation of tobaccoland Automatengesellschaft mbH & Co. KG on advertising law issues.

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie applies its competition expertise at contentious level, above all in proceedings related to trade secret treason, product piracy and border seizures. Due to the firm's international positioning, it acts across jurisdictions and practices, with special capacities in the adjacent areas of trade mark and design law; transactional IP advice on restructuring and M&A matters represents another mainstay for the practice. Recently, the group saw an increase in instructions from companies in the consumer goods, IT and technology industries. Rembert Niebel, who is experienced in product piracy issues, and Michael Fammler, who often assists with antitrust-related matters, jointly head the practice.

Work highlights

  • Advising Netflix on complex competition law issues relating to EU consumer law and German unfair competition as well as on technical requirements in payment processes applicable throughout the Union. Representation in court and regulatory proceedings.
  • Advising and representing Energy Exemplar in a complex competition law matter and action against a competitor’s advertising in the field of software-based energy system modelling.
  • Advising Hasbro on all aspects of IP law in Germany, including trade mark and competition matters.

Friedrich Graf von Westphalen & Partner

Friedrich Graf von Westphalen & Partner assists with various competition issues on non-contentious as well as contentious level, including combating counterfeiting and product piracy as well as the drafting of license agreements and advertising issues. The team offers additional know-how in trade mark, design and copyright law and also assists with IP aspects of M&A transactions. Key contacts include litigator Norbert Hebis, Morton Douglas (drug advertising and drug law) and of counsel Wolfgang Schmid (pharmaceutical and food law among others) in Freiburg; the Cologne-based David Kipping, who has experience in licensing agreements; and Stephan Dittl in Frankfurt, whose main areas of activity also include copyright and trade mark law. At the turn of the year 2021/22, the team was strengthened by the arrival of Hildegard Schöllmann, who is experienced in labeling and product advertising law and previously worked at KWG Rechtsanwälte, and expanded its partner clout with the promotion of Lukas Kalkbrenner (TMT) and Eva Kessler, who is experienced in trade mark and labeling law.


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

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

Key clients

Apothekerkammer Nordrhein

Deutscher Caritas Verband e. V.

Dr. Martens / Airwair Ltd.

Dt. Versandapotheke Fliegende Pillen

erima GmbH

Out of the blue KG

Triaz Group GmbH

BUND – Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz

PromoCell GmbH

Armitage Brothers Ltd.

Tetra GmbH

Work highlights

  • Representation of Dr. Martens/ Airwair Ltd in numerous proceedings and preliminary injunctions against well-known shoe manufacturers and large shoe retailers for counterfeiting Dr. Martens shoes and boots.
  • Representation of erima GmbH in a civil infringement case regarding erima’s 5 Cube design.
  • Defense of Out of the blue KG against Apple Inc. on charges of product imitation.

Gleiss Lutz

Gleiss Lutz' soft IP group advises on competition aspects of transactions, advertising matters, trade secret protection and relevant e-commerce issues, while trade mark, data protection and antitrust law interfaces are also covered; the team demonstrates further expertise in license agreements and know-how protection. Stefan Weidert in Berlin, who is well versed in e-commerce and licensing issues, and Stefan Völker in Stuttgart, who is experienced in copyright and media law as well as contentious matters, jointly head the practice.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Weidert Stefan Völker

Other key lawyers:

Andreas WehlauAlexander Molle


‘The team is super pleasant to work with and very experienced, they gave us good advice.’

‘Stefan Weidert: It is a pleasure to work with him. Incredibly knowledgeable and very grounded. Delivers advice that is to the point.’

‘They give very focused and pragmatic advice that is easy to understand, with appropriate explanations and support when needed. The team is very responsive and they deliver what they promise on time.’

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 regarding the abstract color mark gold (corresponding to the color of the famous Lindt gold rabbit).
  • Successful defense of the EU color mark orange/grey before the ECJ for Andreas Stihl AG & CO. KG against a nullity claim.
  • Representing the Center for Combating Unfair Competition in court proceedings regarding the granting of price reductions (in particular cash discounts) on prescription drugs to pharmacies.

GSK Stockmann

GSK Stockmann's competition expertise is primarily drawn upon by players from the catering, mobility, aviation and finance sectors, which the team frequently advises on relevant IT- and data protection-related matters (including regulatory issues); this also reflects in the group's advice to payment service providers and PE houses on blockchain technology as well as on the AI-related technological linking of texts. The practice further deals with counterfeiting, misleading behavior and illegal advertising claims; this expertise is also applied in contentious proceedings, with the representation of Tesla against the central competition office being of particular note. Katy Ritzmann predominantly advises on advertising, trade mark and license agreement law, while practice head Jörg Kahler assists with IT and data protection law as well as with trade secret protection.

Practice head(s):

Jörg Kahler 

Other key lawyers:

Katy Ritzmann 


‘We have been working with the firm for 10 years. Their ability to understand the operational and commercial aspects of a large, multinational client stands out compared to their peers.’

‘Jörg Kahler: Unique. His ability to understand our operational and commercial needs is exceptional. He is incredibly responsive, takes into account the requirements of the respective business model in his proposed solutions and repeatedly proves his pragmatic, direct and objective legal advice. This is extremely helpful for us, especially in view of complex competition and IP law issues.’

Key clients

Kermi Group

Ryanair DAC


VZ VermögensZentrum Bank AG

Work highlights

  • Representing Ryanair in a competition dispute with an online travel agency regarding the reporting of payment costs.
  • Strategic advice and representation of TESLA in an important competition dispute against The Centre for Protection against Unfair Competition concerning various advertising claims in the field of innovative driving functions.
  • Advising and representing VZ VermögensZentrum Bank AG in a legal dispute over unfair competition regarding certain product claims.

GvW Graf von Westphalen

GvW Graf von Westphalen advises on advertising law, packaging declarations and marketing campaigns and is also experienced in representing clients in court. Particularly noteworthy is its expertise in the digital field, which is offered by the firm's IP, IT and media practice. Thus, practice head Christian Kusulis increasingly advises on data security, while the Hamburg-based Christian Triebe assists with IT and media law. Joachim Mulch provides advises on all technical property rights., while trade mark and copyright also form part of the group's advice portfolio.

Practice head(s):

Christian Kusulis

Other key lawyers:

Christian Triebe; Joachim Mulch


‘Extremely high level of service. Reliability at moderate prices.’

‘Great wealth of experience.’

Key clients

Eden Europe s.r.o.

SkyCell AG

Work highlights

  • Ongoing advice to Carlsberg Deutschland GmbH on trade mark and competition law, for example on sweepstakes and packaging declarations.
  • Advising Eden Europe sro in a more than ten-year legal dispute with a competitor concerning competitive uniqueness and the need for replacement and expansion.
  • Comprehensive advice and representation of SkyCell AG against German competitors due to unfair claims of sole and leading position and advertising claims in several proceedings before various regional and higher regional courts.

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek's competition experience spans both non-contentious advice as well as litigation, while the team assists with relevant e-commerce issues, advertising matters and data protection- and copyright-related issues. Antje Münch, who focuses on TMT, and Christian Spintig, who is adept at product piracy cases, are among the group's key contacts. Markus Lennartz in Frankfurt and Dominik Eickemeier in Cologne jointly head the practice and both focus on the TMT and IT sectors.

Other key lawyers:

Christian Spintig; Antje Münch

King & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP‘s soft IP group operates with a sector focus on life sciences and the food industry and is instructed to assist with issues relating to drug advertising law, food law and medical devices, while the team also features expertise in trade mark-related matters; notably, companies from the pharmaceutical and cosmetics industry also regularly call upon the practice's competition experience. Practice head Ulf Grundmann frequently assists companies from the pharmaceutical, cosmetics and food industries with product labeling and piracy issues, while Elisabeth Kohoutek increasingly advises on advertising, labelling, classification and composition in the regulated areas; she made counsel in January 2022.

Practice head(s):

Ulf Grundmann

Other key lawyers:

Elisabeth Kohoutek 

Key clients

Novartis Pharma AG

ratiopharm GmbH

GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare GmbH & Co. KG (GSK Consumer Healthcare)

biomo Group

Gamers Only GmbH

Teva GmbH Deutschland

Teva Pharmaceuticals Europe B.V.

Dr. Willmar Schwabe GmbH & Co.KG

Deutsche Homöopathie-Union DHU-Arzneimittel GmbH & Co. KG (DHU)

Roche Diagnostics GmbH

Chemische Fabrik Kreussler Co. GmbH

Amy’s Kitchen

Diagnostic Green

SGF International e.V.

Eckes-Granini Group

Work highlights

  • Representing Novartis Pharma AG as the original manufacturer in the first referral procedure before the ECJ on the counterfeit medicines directive. Ongoing representation in EU-wide proceedings against parallel importers.
  • Representing biomo Group in several competition disputes in connection with advertising claims.
  • Advising GSK Consumer Healthcare on competition disputes concerning OTC products.

Lexton Rechtsanwälte

Lexton Rechtsanwälte's competition practice encompasses both non-contentious advice and litigation. In close cooperation with its trade mark experts, the team assists with e-commerce-related issues as well as licenses, online marketing and advertising law, but also advises on transactional IP aspects. The client base includes branded goods manufacturers, companies from the IT sector and the consumer goods industry as well as players in the digital economy, which the group particularly assists with matters pertaining to influencer marketing and social media. Practice head Tilmann Lührig in Berlin is well versed in representing clients before the European Court of Justice and the Federal Patent Court.

Practice head(s):

Tilmann Lührig

Other key lawyers:

Sina Kalenberger


‘Lexton Rechtsanwälte is a clearly structured and transparent law firm at top level.’

‘Tilmann Lührig: An extremely experienced lawyer who knows how to give practical and pragmatic advice. In-house departments particularly appreciate and praise him for his open and simulteanously highly professional work. Tilmann Lührig has been advising our company for many years with broad specialist knowledge and expertise that goes far beyond competition law.’

‘We’ve been trusting the firm for more than a decade. The team has impressive expertise in competition law. They skillfully navigate multi-jurisdictional affairs. Communication is always on point and the lawyers are really dedicated and clients are top priority.’

Key clients

mobile.de GmbH

ERGObaby Europe GmbH

Nintendo of Europe GmbH

Tamedia AG

eBay Kleinanzeigen GmbH

APCOA Parking Holdings GmbH

Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus-Senftenberg

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Lebensmittelsicherheit, Wasser- und Umwelthygiene mbH

earned media GmbH

easyslides GmbH

Genmab A/S

Calcuso GmbH


Torben, Lucie und die gelbe Gefahr GmbH (TLGG)

Verimi GmbH

W.W. Grainger, Inc.

Chubb Limited

York Wallcoverings, Inc

Hormocenta Hygiena Thober GmbH

Markt Research GmbH

American Agricultural Insurance Company

Panorama Fashion Fair GmbH

Jacobs Stiftung

Condo Group

Enatel Limited

Trockland Management GmbH

Rapp Berlin GmbH

J2C – Journey 2 Creation GmbH

Holi Concept GmbH

Pares-IT GmbH & Co. KG

ARC GmbH & Co. KG

Xperi Corporation

Netzwerk Steuerberatung im deutschen Handwerk e.V.

IHK NRW – die Industrie- und Handelskammern in Nordrhein-Westfalen e.V.

Theaterkunst GmbH

YND Consult GmbH

Ideal Industries, Inc

Beta Wine GmbH

Blount, Inc.

knowtrex GmbH

Jessica Zweig, Inc.

Stadler Rail AG

Strategis AG

Taxfix GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advice to eBay Kleinanzeige GmbH on all trade mark and domain law issues.
  • Advice to Stadler Rail AG / Stadler Pankow GmbH on various issues related to Disability Competition (UWG).
  • Advising mobile.de GmbH worldwide on competition, trade mark and domain law matters.


For Loschelder, litigation represents the central pillar of its competition advice, while the practice has particularly strong expertise in competition proceedings, especially in injunction proceedings. The group is further experienced in supplementary performance protection as well as in trade secret acquisitions; Stefan Maassen is a key contact for the latter area. Other key members include Patrick Pommerening (licensing issues) and Thomas Schulte-Beckhausen, who is active in contentious matters.

Key clients

Endori GmbH & Co. KG

Armacell GmbH

BIEK (Bundesverband Paket- und Expresslogistik)


Henkel AG & Co. KGaA


Pfeifer & Langen-Gruppe

Work highlights

  • Representation of BIEK (Federal Association of Parcel and Express Logistics) in landmark proceedings against the market leader to comply with the requirements of the driver ordinance.
  • Advising various group companies of the Pfeifer & Langen Group on trade mark law/trade mark management; advice and drafting of license agreements, IP clauses in other contracts, know-how protection.
  • Ongoing and comprehensive representation of Henkel AG & Co KGaA in contentious UWG and trade mark matters in the field of detergents and cleaning agents; advice on packaging design and product design; anti-counterfeiting in the cleaning agent sector.

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH's competition practice features a close integration of its trade mark advice and applies this expertise particularly often for clients in the luxury goods and retail sectors. The group further focuses on the life sciences, healthcare, logistics and mobility industries and also handles cross-jurisdictional matters with the help of the unyer network. Its advice spans license agreements, portfolio management, product piracy matters and litigation. Detlef Mäder in Cologne covers competition as well as trade mark law extensively and jointly heads the practice with Geert Johann Seelig in Hamburg, who is experienced in licensing law.

Key clients

Imperial Tobacco Ltd./Reemtsma Cigarettenfabriken GmbH

achtung! GmbH

Harley Davidson

Daniel Wellington AB

The Nomad Company B.V.

Same Deutz-Fahr Deutschland GmbH

Kamps GmbH

Molkerei Ammerland eG

VAG GmbH / CENTA/ Rexnord

Hexion GmbH

Warsteiner Brauerei Haus Kramer KG/Warsteiner International KG

EDCO Eindhoven B.V.

Saint Gobain Glass

Hakle GmbH

VDL Groep N.V.

JOYSONQUIN Automotive Systems GmbH

National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences – Emmy Awards

Spindel- und Lagerungstechnik Fraureuth GmbH

Zeller+Gmelin GmbH & Co. KG

Berufsverband der Augenärzte Deutschland

Makita Werkzeug GmbH

NB Green Cosmetics GmbH

Work highlights

  • Ongoing advice to Saint-Gobain Glass on IP matters, including in several large-scale proceedings.
  • Advice on trade mark and competition law to Molkerei Ammerland as well as representation in various proceedings, including in the US, China and other Asian countries.
  • Advising TROTEC GmbH on alleged anti-competitive advertising statements by the client.

Oppenländer Rechtsanwälte

Oppenländer Rechtsanwälte's competition expertise includes both advisory and forensic issues, including litigation, with the practice being particularly strong in the regulated energy and healthcare sectors; in the healthcare segment, the practice assists pharmacies and wholesalers as well as manufacturers, while e-health represents a growth area for the team. The practice also advise on product launches and the design of advertising campaigns. Key contacts include energy expert Markus Köhler, Christina Koppe-Zagouras, who specialises in drug advertising law, and Timo Kieser, who focuses on the healthcare sector.

Key clients

GSK GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare GmbH & Co. KG

EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG

Dr. Güldener Firmengruppe

Paul Leibinger GmbH & Co. KG

KS Gleitlager GmbH


WEPA Apothekenbedarf GmbH & Co. KG

Uhrenfabrik Junghans GmbH & Co. KG

RB Hygiene Home GmbH

Candy Novelty Works Ltd.

Friedrich Binder GmbH & Co. KG

AMI Communications GmbH

Argutec SRO (Tschechien)

Minimax Viking Group

Mosolf SE

NOE Schalttechnik GmbH

Primion Technology GmbH

Raupp Design GmbH

Work highlights

  • Comprehensive advice on drug, cosmetics and food law to GSK GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare GmbH & Co. KG as well as handling competition law and drug advertising law disputes with competitors.
  • Representation of RB Hygiene Home GmbH in competition law disputes; extensive consulting work.
  • Advising and representing EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG in various court proceedings in connection with anti-competitive contracts for charging stations.

Osborne Clarke

With a focus on digital issues and in cooperation with its in-house IT experts, Osborne Clarke is particularly well positioned for matters relating to data protection, including corresponding license agreements, and data access as a competition problem, but is also experienced in related litigation; for cross-border issues, the team coordinates with other locations if necessary. The automotive sector represents another focus for the team, with its relevant competition experience particularly extending to connected car matters. The Cologne-based Marcus Sacré frequently advises on compulsory license claims for data and information and heads the practice, while Matthias Kloth in Hamburg is increasingly active in assisting with brand and advertising campaigns.

Practice head(s):

Marcus Sacré

Other key lawyers:

Matthias Kloth

Key clients

ADPA, Verband der Automotive Data Publisher, Brüssel

BNP Best Natural Products GmbH

Bolt Mobility Inc.


dm drogerie markt


Highland Europe

Keen Venture Partners

Stone Brewing Inc.

Taxdoo GmbH


Work highlights

  • Representing the international manufacturer of natural cosmetics products KHADI in global trade mark proceedings against the Indian government and its commission KVIC (Khadi Villages Industrial Commission), including in the EU, USA, Russia, China and Australia..
  • Representing the international manufacturer of BOLT e-scooters in a global trade mark dispute over the BOLT brand.
  • Representing and advising perfume wholesaler Briconti in an EU-wide dispute between PUIG France SA and dm drogerie markt regarding the allegedly trademark-infringing EU-wide distribution of a luxury perfume via dm’s online shop.

Preu Bohlig & Partner

Preu Bohlig & Partner has extensive experience in advising on advertising measures, license and distribution agreements as well as antitrust issues and is further well versed in litigation, such as in cases concerning product piracy. Integrated into the law firm's soft IP practice, interfaces to trade mark, design and copyright law are also seamlessly covered. The practice management team of seven is spread across three locations: Andreas Haberl (license agreements), Ludwig von Zumbusch (know-how protection and license agreement law), Astrid Gérard (license label law) and litigator Jürgen Schneider operate from Munich, Torben Düsing (medicinal product advertising law) and Matthias Hülsewig (technology sector) are based in Düsseldorf, while Christian Donle, who focuses on litigation, is the key contact in Berlin.

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.

Janmed GmbH


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


Raue's IP team acts both in an advisory and forensic capacity and assists clients, primarily from the media and healthcare sectors, with classic advertising law, e-commerce-related matters as well as counterfeiting. The group further covers trade mark issues and copyright as well as the data protection interface. Key figures include Markus Plesser, who is experienced in licensing agreements, Robert Heine (media and copyright) and Felix Laurin Stang, who advises on e-commerce issues, among other matters.


‘Very uncomplicated and helpful.’

Schmidt, von der Osten & Huber

Schmidt, von der Osten & Huber provides comprehensive advice on a wide range of IP issues, including design, copyright and advertising law. Its client base includes medium-sized companies, start-ups and corporations, with the team regularly acting as an outsourced legal department for some, especially with regards to trade mark portfolio management as well as the defense and enforcement of trade mark, design and competition law claims. The group demonstrates additional expertise in advising on advertising campaigns, licensing issues and related health and antitrust issues. Notker Lützenrath, who handles disputes, and Cay Fürsen, who is well versed in enforcing claims for injunctive relief, information and damages in the event of competition violations, are the team's key contacts.

Other key lawyers:

Notker Lützenrath; Cay Fürsen

Key clients



Arineo GmbH

DI Management GmbH

FC Gelsenkirchen-Schalke 04 e.V.

Jacob Holding GmbH / Crealize GmbH

Kickz.com GmbH

Unibail-Rodamco Germany GmbH

Urban Technologoy GmbH (Dr. Smile)

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons advises companies in the life sciences, healthcare and TMT sectors on competition law issues that often arise at the interface to trade mark law and product regulation. Clients are thus represented in and out of court, with the team acting as part of its international network; here, the practice maintains a particularly active cooperation with its offices in Amsterdam, Paris, London, Brussels, Luxembourg and Milan as well as in Asia. Co-practice head Daniel Kendziur is experienced in software-related copyright issues and designs and is considered an expert in plant variety protection law, while co-practice head and litigator Peter Meyer has expertise in antitrust-related matters.

Practice head(s):

Peter Meyer; Daniel Kendziur

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Gniadek; Michael Knospe

Key clients

Aphria, Inc.

Didi Mobility Ltd.

Domaine de la Romanée-Conti

Frostkrone Tiefkühlkost GmbH


Löwen Entertainment GmbH

Novomatic AG


Samsung Electronics GmbH

Shenzhen HeyTap Technology Co., Ltd. (OPPO)

The Polo/Lauren Company L.P. (Polo Ralph Lauren)







Work highlights

  • Regular strategic advice to Samsung on marketing measures and regulatory advice on market requirements for electronic products (UWG). Most recently extensive advice on the effects of the new media state treaty.
  • Representing Durieu in an international trade mark dispute resulting from a competition law allegation.
  • Representing Aphria, Inc. in approval and opposition proceedings regarding 50 narcotics trade marks.

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP has a particular focus on competition law in the technology, media and social media, automotive, healthcare and life sciences sectors, but is also experienced in the consumer goods and sports industries. Due to its large firm network, IP issues are handled across practices and jurisdictions and with the help of legal tech tools. Hamburg-based practice head Markus Mette is extensively active in IT and IP issues and focuses on brand, advertising and licensing strategies. Stefan Haiplik regularly assists companies with the planning of advertising and branding strategies.

Practice head(s):

Markus Mette

Other key lawyers:

Stefan Haiplik

Work highlights

  • Advising Deutsche Bank AG on contractual, regulatory, IP and data protection aspects of a transaction.