Unfair competition in Germany

Comprises advice on competition law, including representation in contentious proceedings.

Bird & Bird LLP

Bird & Bird LLP shines with its international positioning and broad sector expertise. In cooperation with colleagues from other jurisdictions, the German team around Düsseldorf practice head Christian Harmsen regularly assists with global and cross-border projects. Sector focuses include the TMT, automotive, life sciences as well as retail and consumer goods industries. The competition law expertise is integrated into the firm's overall soft IP offering and the group also covers interface matters pertaining to other practices, such as M&A. Roman Brtka in Munich is well versed in copyright law and made partner in May 2021.

Practice head(s):

Christian Harmsen

Testimonials

‘Solution-oriented and quick processing.’

Key clients

Amway

AUDI AG

Canon

Columbia Sportswear

DTM Deutsche Tele Medien GmbH

Electrolux

Juice Plus Europe GmbH

JustFab / TechStyle

Kaspersky Lab

KavoKerr

Lamborghini S.p.A.

LLOYD Schuhe

Ontex

Philip Morris

ProSiebenSat.1 Media AG / SevenVentures

ROWENTA

Schwarze & Schlichte (Three Sixty Vodka)

Take-Two Interactive

TEFAL

Western Digital

WeTransfer

Work highlights

  • Representation of AUDI AG in several contentious disputes with the German Environmental Aid for the implementation of the passenger car EnVKV.
  • Advising and representing Canon in contentious and non-contentious cases relating to unfair competition, trademark and copyright law (product images).
  • Defense of WMF against a lawsuit by the design office M&K for additional payment of up to €21 million before the Stuttgart Regional Court.

CMS

In 2020, CMS stood out thanks to its core expertise in the life sciences sector, but also comprehensively advises on competition law. Trade secret protection matters and sustainability issues pertaining to competition law, such as product labeling and marketing campaigns, are further key advisory topics of the practice. As an integral part of the international law firm, the German team, led by Roland Wiring (Hamburg) and Markus Deck (Düsseldorf) is a good choice for cross-border mandates. Heike Blank is renowned in the market; her expertise includes pharmaceutical, food and cosmetics law.

Practice head(s):

Roland Wiring; Markus Deck

Work highlights

  • Ongoing advice to Barilla Deutschland GmbH on food law, unfair competition and commercial issues.
  • Ongoing advice on competition law to Melitta Europa GmbH & Co. KG, in particular on questions of product design as well as environmental and recycling requirements.
  • Ongoing advice and representation of Unilever Deutschland GmbH in trademark and competition law.

Danckelmann & Kerst

Danckelmann & Kerst enjoys an excellent reputation due to its successful activity in numerous landmark proceedings. The boutique’s Frankfurt-based trio Nikolaus Konstantin Rehart , Jan-Felix Isele and Hans-Jürgen Ruhl is also active in scientific commentaries and lectures. The advice to the Centre for Protection against Unfair Competition and its experience in the telecoms sector are particularly well-known, but the team is also instructed by a wide range of clients, including large international companies as well as numerous medium-sized companies. For cross-border mandates, the  firm relies on the Mackrell network.

Key clients

Emma Sleep GmbH

Energie Versorgung Offenbach

Stadtwerke Ingolstadt

Roche Diabetes Care

Deutschland GmbH

Telekom Deutschland

GmbH/Deutsche Telekom AG

Wettbewerbszentrale

MVV Energie AG

STADA AG

Zahnärztekammer Nordrhein

Emma Sleep GmbH

Roche Diagnostics GmbH

Wiener Feinbäckerei Heberer GmbH

Emma Matratzen GmbH

Dunlopillo

Deutschland GmbH

Stadtwerke Kiel AG

Thermo Fisher

Toll 4 Europe GmbH

VGL Verlagsgesellschaft

mbH

Work highlights

  • Representation of the Centre for Protection against Unfair Competition in UWG proceedings for many years.
  • Comprehensive representation of Deutsche Telekom AG/Telekom Deutschland GmbH in competition law disputes.
  • Comprehensive representation and advice to Emma Sleep GmbH/Emma Matratzen GmbH/Dunlopillo GmbH.

DLA Piper

Major international law firm DLA Piper specialises in competition and advertising law and is predestined for cross-border mandates. The team handles numerous digitisation-related competition law matters and offers experience in trade secret protection and know-how protection. A growing field of activity is the enforcement of public law norms under competition law, including in the core sectors entertainment, technology, consumer goods and fashion, digital business and hospitality, among others. Practice head Stefan Engels in Hamburg and his team, including Kai Tumbrägel in Cologne and Burkhard Führmeyer in Frankfurt, are well versed in advising on the development of protection strategies and court proceedings. The group also covers transactional matters.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Engels

Testimonials

‘Stefan Engels has a well-organized team that works pragmatically and cost-effectively. He has many years of experience in publishing, a very good market overview and is a good litigation tactician.’

Key clients

About You GmbH

Bacardi Ltd.

BRITA GmbH

CFA Institute

Coboplus S.L.U.

Duracell

Guccio Gucci

Heinrich Bauer Verlag KG

Hyatt International

LEGO System A/S

Newell Brands

Nike Inc.

Ralph Lauren

Rituals Cosmetics

Samsung Electronics

Snowflake

Walgreens Boots Alliance

Wort & Bild Verlag GmbH & Co. KG

Work highlights

  • Representing the Wort & Bild Verlag in various competition law proceedings against Burda (and its subsidiaries) regarding advertising law issues relating to the opposing party’s health magazine mylife.
  • Advised Daimler Truck AG on the establishment of a joint venture with Volvo for the development, production and marketing of fuel cell systems, including advice on a highly complex IP structure, including IP transfers, IP reorganizations and licensing.
  • Advising Lego System A/S on the legally secure design of online sweepstakes on competition law and gambling law.

Harte-Bavendamm Rechtsanwälte

Hamburg boutique Harte-Bavendamm Rechtsanwälte is among the top addresses for competition law disputes. In 2020, the firm’s core clients, including large German and international companies, were increasingly advised on anti-counterfeiting issues in the context of competition law. The group has particular sector expertise in the food and consumer goods industries. Another strength is the expertise in copyright and IT law. The main contacts are Michael Goldmann, Arne Lambrecht, Andrea Jaeger-Lenz, Henning Harte-Bavendamm and Karolina Schöler, who, in addition to competition law, also comprehensively cover various other areas of intellectual property law.

Testimonials

‘High level of performance, high responsiveness, you feel like you’re in good hands.’

‘Arne Lambrecht: Highly qualified lawyer with quick conception and processing.’

The outstanding size in the UWG and trademark law, in particular that of the company identifier. They drill thick boards particularly well.’

Michael Goldmann is the best lawyer in the area of trademark rights.

Henning Harte-Bavendamm is the finest green thinker in Germany.

The cooperation is highly professional and goal-oriented. All of the law firm’s lawyers, above all Michael Goldmann, have excellent knowledge of trademark and competition law and provide quick and easy-to-implement advice. Taking our needs into account, the law firm develops the right strategy and solution for all trademark and competition law issues.

Michael Goldmann is an absolute authority on trademark and competition law. His experience and knowledge is impressive. In addition, he is very client-oriented and pragmatic. He is very responsive and his communication is perfect. He manages to make even the most complicated legal questions and problems understandable to everyone. In short, he is an excellent, competent partner who also provides security in critical processes and with whom we can achieve the best solutions for the company.’

The team consists of highly professional members who are very approachable, responsive and easy to deal with. The advice is always detailed, but at the same time very concise and the risk analyzes are realistic. You know how different audiences need different explanations. One of the best law firms I have worked with. I really enjoy working with Arne Lambrecht.

Key clients

Auto 1 Fintech GmbH

BICO Zweirad Marketing GmbH

Deutsche Bahn AG

Deutsches Rotes Kreuz

Dialog Scooter GmbH

HARIBO GmbH & Co. KG

Kaiserberge GmbH

Krombacher

Procter & Gamble

Levi Strauss & Co.

Nestlé Unternehmensgruppe

Tribodyn AG

Säkaphen GmbH

ZH Crafts

Work highlights

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

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP has the capacities to handle extensive mandates from a wide range of sectors as well as cross-border matters with help from the international network. Trade secret and know-how protection matters are among the firm's core competencies in competition law, including disputes and licensing agreements. Issues pertaining to counterfeiting and formal warnings as well as consumer protection also contribute significantly to the team's workload. The advisory offering also includes growth topics such as sustainability, influencer marketing and eSports matters. The practice group is headed by Burkhart Goebel in Hamburg as global head of the IPMT practice, by patent lawyer Miriam Gundt as head of the corresponding practice in Europe and by Andreas Bothe in Hamburg as the head of the German IPMT team.

Key clients

Air Canada

Anheuser-Busch InBev

BayWa

Bettzig Media

Brother

C&A

Canyon Bicycles

CeramTec

Collibra

Dell

Deutsche Telekom

Drägerwerk

ERGO Group

Harry-Brot

Hennes & Mauritz

Home Shopping Europe

home24

LIVISTO

Machineseeker Group

Merck & Co. Inc.

NCL-Stiftung

ProSiebenSat.1-Unternehmensgruppe

Puraglobe

Santander

Stiftung phönikks

system7

SZ DJI Technology Co., Ltd (DJI)

Urlaubsguru

USM

Vorwerk

Wikimedia

ADVANT Beiten

ADVANT Beiten's integrated competition, trade mark and design team has particular in-depth expertise in the sports, retail, publishing, automotive, and media sectors and, thanks to its interface competence in trademark and IT law, the computer gaming industry. The team advises on marketing and advertising issues, anti-counterfeiting measures and trade secret protection. The focus in contentious proceedings is on interim measures. Among the German and international client base are both medium-sized companies and large corporations. Matthias Stecher in Munich and Andreas Lober in Frankfurt head the practice.

Testimonials

‘One of the best IP and competition law teams in Germany.’

‘Andreas Lober is an exceptional lawyer.’

Key clients

1&1 Telecom GmbH

Dimoco Europe GmbH

NIO

Esteé Lauder

Wienerberger Deutschland GmbH

E.M.P. Merchandising Handelsges. mbH

Autohaus Gotthard König GmbH

Enpal GmbH

Nect GmbH

Dimoco Europe GmbH

BB RADIO Länderwelle Berlin / Brandenburg GmbH & Co. KG

Long-Time Liner Conture Make-up GmbH

itslearning GmbH

Bardehle Pagenberg

IP boutique Bardehle Pagenberg renders German offices in Munich and Düsseldorf and is active in competition law, primarily in contentious proceedings in the hospitality, healthcare, fashion, cosmetics and sports goods sectors. The group advises on misleading business practices, product counterfeiting and the development of advertising concepts and campaigns. The firm’s experienced trade mark and design practice complements the competition law offering. Claus Eckhartt heads the team.

Practice head(s):

Claus Eckhartt

Key clients

Gardena GmbH

Gibson

GHI Inc

Livinguard

Toi-Toys B.V.

Work highlights

  • Ongoing advice to Gardena on questions of competition law, in particular on labeling requirements, advertising information, packaging designs.
  • Representing Gibson as a plaintiff against Warwick for possible unfair imitation of the Flying V guitar.
  • Representing Livinguard as a plaintiff in disputes in and out of court against a variety of competitors alleging misleading claims regarding the capabilities and properties of antiviral face masks and their materials.

bock legal Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten

Frankfurt-based IP boutique bock legal partnership of lawyers specialises in contentious proceedings, which the team also regularly demonstrates in landmark proceedings before the BGH. In addition to the strong competition law practice, the group also offers comprehensive expertise in trade mark, design and patent law. Key contacts include name partner Andreas Bock as head of the practice group, Reinhard Döring, whose specialist areas include the telecoms sector and pharmaceutical advertising law, Jan Müller-Broich, who advises on copyright and antitrust law as well as product piracy, and Benedikt Frank, who advises on advertising law and specialises in online shops, among others.

Practice head(s):

Andreas Bock

Key clients

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

EZB (Europäische Zentralbank)

Vodafone GmbH

Bottega Veneta, Italy

Ferrari S.p.A

Verband der Schweizerischen Uhrenindustrie (FHS)

Guccio Gucci S.p.A.

Giorgio Armani

COMPO

Vario Büroeinrichtungen GmbH & Co. KG

Rothenberger Group

K+S

Valora (backWERK, Ditsch)

Drykorn

Kettler Holding GmbH

CEPEWA GmbH

Work highlights

  • Representing Swatch AG in numerous lawsuits regarding counterfeiting of Swatch watches, including against leading online trading platforms.
  • Representing Vodafone GmbH annually in dozens of competition law proceedings (active and passive) against major telecommunications providers in Germany as well as against consumer and competition associations, with a high percentage of these proceedings being preliminary injunction proceedings.
  • Representing Rothenberger, a leading manufacturer of pipe tools and machines for sanitary, air conditioning, gas and environmental technology, in trademark, competition and IT law matters.

CBH Rechtsanwälte

CBH Rechtsanwälte is experienced in competition law, particularly in the automotive, healthcare, cosmetics and luxury goods sectors. The range of advice includes the review of advertising materials and campaigns, eCommerce-related issues and product safety law. Cologne-based Ingo Jung, Nadja Siebertz , Markus Ruttig and Sascha Vander, the latter with a special focus on IT, are the main contacts for contentious proceedings and strategy support. Since March 2021, Siebertz and Johannes Ristelhuber are jointly responsible for the management of the law firm.

Testimonials

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

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

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

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

MUSIC Store

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

Work highlights

  • Comprehensive advice on competition law for OBI, including support in competition law disputes up to the Federal Court of Justice.
  • Advice on competition law to Lenze SE.
  • Advice on competition law and representation of Metten Stein + Design GmbH.

Harmsen Utescher

IP boutique Harmsen Utescher's competition law practice acts in both an advisory capacity as well as in contentious proceedings. The Hamburg firm is a particularly good choice for mandates requiring the combined competition law and sector expertise in areas such as cosmetics, food and pharmaceutical law. Distribution law matters and know-how protection are further key topics. The main contacts are Martin Kefferpütz , Till Lampel , Christoph Schumann and Matthias Wolter, who, in addition to competition law, also cover antitrust law (Kefferpütz, Schumann and Wolter), trade mark law and IT law (Kefferpütz and Schumann).

KLAKA Rechtsanwälte

The competition law practice of KLAKA Rechtsanwälte, a boutique based in Munich and Düsseldorf, maintains close links to its renowned trade mark practice, but the activity for the Centre for Protection against Unfair Competition constitutes the firm’s second cornerstone. Practice head Ralf Hackbarth and his team, including Stefan Abel, Wolfgang Straub, Carola Onken, Andreas Schulz, Stefan Eck and Ralf-Michael Burkhardt, are among the best-known litigators in Germany.

Practice head(s):

Ralf Hackbarth

Testimonials

‘Fast, precise assessment of the legal situation and offering possible solutions, putting yourself in the client’s shoes, easily accessible.’

‘Ralf Hackbarth has many years of experience in the legal field, precise elaboration of problems and development of possible solutions, easily accessible. Forensically skilled.’

‘The partners have very good knowledge of competition law. The work is consistently good even when prepared by a representative or associate. Everyone is very committed, you don’t just deal with complaints, you contribute your own ideas. Briefs are carefully prepared and well structured. You always feel well looked after and in good hands.’

‘Stefan Eck: Committed, works very carefully and thoroughly, always up-to-date in terms of competition law, objective and at the same time convincing appearance in court, great procedural knowledge, excellent presentations, very pleasant personal interaction.’

It just fits, no matter who is addressed.

We would like to point out that Ralf-Michael Burkhardt, Andreas Schulz and Carola Onken are very competent.’

Key clients

Adelholzener Alpenquellen GmbH

Autec AG gegen BMW AG

Beiersdorf AG

BMW AG

Börlind Gesellschaft f. kosmetische Erzeugnisse mbH

Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne

Deichmann SE

Deutscher Fußball Bund (DFB) e.V.

Erlau AG

KfW

Lackmann Fleisch- und Feinkostfabrik GmbH

Lafuma Mobilier SAS, Frankreich

Longchamp S.A.S., Paris, Frankreich

Multifilm Sonnen- und Blendschutz GmbH

nanoPET GmbH

Nestlé Deutschland AG und Nestlé Nutrition GmbH sowie MAGGI GmbH

Poulsen Roser AS, Dänemark

RUD Ketten Rieger & Dietz GmbH & Co. KG

Snipes SE

UBS AG

UniCredit Bank AG

Vignal Systems SA, Venisseux, Frankreich

Villeroy & Boch AG

WWK Lebensversicherung a.G.

YOUR NOW Holding GmbH

Zahnärztlicher Bezirksverband Oberpfalz, Anstalt des öffentlichen Rechts, Regensburg

Zentrale zur Bekämpfung unlauteren Wettbewerbs Frankfurt am Main

Work highlights

  • Ongoing advice and representation of Longchamp SAS, Paris, France in matters of protection against imitations under competition law and design law, including numerous infringement cases due to imitations of the Le Pliage handbag also against well-known manufacturers and retailers such as Desigual, see Oliver, Tchibo etc.
  • Permanent representation of UniCredit Bank AG in trademark, banking and competition law proceedings.

Lubberger Lehment

Lubberger Lehment is among the strongest litigation teams in German competition law, as demonstrated again in 2020 with several proceedings before the higher regional courts. Via the offices in Berlin, Hamburg and Munich, the group advises a client portfolio known to be particularly loyal, including large international corporations and German companies, who frequently are from the technology, luxury goods and cosmetics sectors. The main contacts are Rani Mallick, Andreas Lubberger (focus on the luxury goods industry, especially on distribution law issues), Martin Fiebig (counterfeit products) and Bernd Weichhaus (focus on direct distribution and misleading consumer matters) in Berlin, Cornelis Lehment (focus on the luxury cosmetics industry, distribution law and parallel imports) and David Weller (digital forms of advertising and sales on the Internet) in Hamburg, who made partner in January 2021, and Benjamin Koch (counterfeit products) in Munich.

Testimonials

‘Fantastic team. You have a broad knowledge of the law.’

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

‘Excellent IP boutique. Outstanding legal expertise combined with modern structures.’

‘Benjamin Koch impresses with excellent know-how, high agility and client friendliness.’

‘Always present, flexible, competent.’

‘To the Point; unpretentious; immensely service oriented.’

Key clients

Adolf Würth

Apple

AUTO1 Group

Bayes eSports

Belron (Carglass, junited Autoglas etc.)

Billie GmbH

Coty

Desigual (ABASIC)

Deutsche Gesetzliche Unfallversicherung (DGUV)

Deutsche Entertainment AG

Dyson

Finn Auto

Fürsten Reform

HICKIES

L’Oreal

Serviceplan

Sanity Group

Shiseido

Teekanne

UpgradeU GmbH

Wala Heilmittel

Wella

Work highlights

  • Representing Apple in competition matters.  
  • Advising and representing HICKIES in several contentious proceedings against a copycat product.
  • Representing Dyson in various court cases, including against competitors.

SKW Schwarz

SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte is a particularly good choice for competition law matters in the areas IT, digital business and media. With an advisory focus on branded content, influencer marketing and eSports, practice head Sascha Pres and his team clearly stand out among competitors. Growth was noticeable in the medicinal cannabis, sports goods and FMCG fields. In addition to its activity in the development of protection strategies for goods and services, the group also handles disputes, increasingly in cross-border proceedings. The in-house legal tech initiative offers clients tailor-made solutions to increase the efficiency of advice. Ulrich Hildebrandt moved to Hildebrandt in January 2021, while in January 2022, Oliver Stöckel from von BOETTICHER Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaftsgesellschaft mbB, who is particularly well versed in trade mark and competition law in the pharmaceutical industry, joined the team.

Practice head(s):

Sascha Pres

Key clients

Procter & Gamble

OTD Oil Trading

BMF Media Information Technology

Aristo Pharma

Civey

Sanity Group

El Pato Medien

Taylor Wessing

In competition law, Taylor Wessing is primarily active in advertising law and contentious proceedings. The IP practice is also increasingly aligning itself to the firm's overall focus on the life sciences, with large healthcare companies and pharmaceutical manufacturers among the client roster. Internationally, the firm can draw on its own extensive network in order for a one-stop shop offering for cross-border projects. The head of the practice is Olaf Gillert in Düsseldorf. In July 2020, Nikolai Voss made salary partner in Frankfurt. He mainly covers issues pertaining to advertising campaigns and unfair product counterfeits.

Practice head(s):

Olaf Gillert

Testimonials

Our contacts do excellent work, are available at all times and offer adequate, pragmatic solutions. Excellent legal knowledge is paired with very good judgment and is communicated in a very pleasant way.’

Key clients

American Airlines

BSH

CHECK24

Cisco

Scotch Whisky Association

Villeroy & Boch

Arnecke Sibeth Dabelstein

Arnecke Sibeth Dabelstein is well positioned for competition law matters in the regulated industries thanks to its expertise in the food, chemical and cosmetics industries as well as the healthcare sector. The expertise in sports, media and entertainment law is also called upon at the interface with competition law. Practice head Thomas Körber in Frankfurt and Anton Maria Ostler in Munich and their teams act both forensically and in a purely advisory capacity. 

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Hertl; Werner Blau

Testimonials

‘Arnecke Sibeth offers a high standard of quality and is very accessible.’

‘Thomas Hertl is always available, which is very much appreciated by clients. He has a clear understanding of competition law and – very important – he is very aware of the differences between German law and that of other countries and is able to explain them easily.’

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.

Siteco GmbH

Stada Arzneimittel AG

Telio Management GmbH

VWR International GmbH

Weiss Umwelttechnik GmbH

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

Dentsply Sirona

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

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

Leistung S.L.U.

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

Emirates

Work highlights

  • Comprehensive and long-standing advice to Werner & Mertz GmbH on questions of competition law with a focus on environmentally-related advertising, chemicals law (in particular the CLP regulation and biocide regulation) and the labeling of cleaning agents and other consumer goods.
  • Extensive and longstanding advice and representation of DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga GmbH; The League – League Association eV; Bundesliga International GmbH and Sportcast GmbH in the entire field of commercial legal protection. The team is forensic, advisory and active in trademark registration and regularly conducts complex and legal further court and official proceedings.
  • Successful representation of Büchel GmbH & Co. KG Fahrzeugteilefabrik KG to defend against various warnings, in particular warnings from Petzl SAS.

Arnold Ruess Rechtsanwälte PartmbB

In competition law, Arnold Ruess Rechtsanwälte PartmbB mainly covers advice on advertising strategies, advertising materials and branding. The Düsseldorf boutique's highly specialised soft IP practice is headed by Peter Ruess and well known for its activity in an advisory capacity as well as in court proceedings. The license agreement practice complements the practice, not only in competition law, but also in trade mark, design and copyright law.

Practice head(s):

Peter Ruess

Key clients

Bering Time ApS

Boxine GmbH

De Zuivelstichting

eismann Tiefkühl-Heimservice GmbH

Guhl Ikebana GmbH (KAO-Gruppe)

Johanniterorden und Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe e.V.

Nokia

Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe Ltd.

Weingut Markus Molitor

Zentis GmbH & Co. KG

Work highlights

  • Comprehensive and exclusive advice on all Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe Ltd. judicial and extrajudicial disputes. active in IP, including numerous pending infringement proceedings, including support for the launch of the current Playstation.
  • Advising the ZENTIS Group on brand strategy and advertising.

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie is active in the transactional arena, including numerous restructurings, as well as in contentious proceedings and also acts in a purely advisory capacity in competition law. The range of expertise includes trade secret protection, advertising law issues, product design and matters at the interface with the right of expression and copyright law, especially in the context of online platforms. The firm's international presence is a particular advantage for cross-border mandates. Michael Fammler and Rembert Niebel in Frankfurt head the practice. 

Key clients

Hasbro

BMH BRÄUTIGAM

BMH BRÄUTIGAM stands out thanks to its activity in advising Deutsche Bahn and clients from the energy sector. The group focuses on contentious proceedings, especially interim measures and summary proceedings, particularly for large energy companies from the client base. Increasing synergies are also formed between the team's competition law experts and venture capital specialists. Practice head is Johannes Wolf in Berlin.

Practice head(s):

Johannes Wolf

Testimonials

‘All levels of seniority, pleasant team with extensive forensic experience.’

‘Benedikt Brautigam: Experienced with an eye for the essential.’

Johannes Wolf: Careful and reliable.’

Key clients

DB Vertrieb

Avacon Connect

E.ON

E WIE EINFACH

nora systems

Vattenfall

code & co.

KISSEN1 Zirbenprodukte

Work highlights

  • Extensive advice and representation of E.ON in competition law disputes.
  • Advising and representing Vattenfall in competition law disputes nationwide with a focus on Berlin (in particular against GASAG AG, lekker Energie GmbH and their respective sales partners) and Hamburg (against lekker Energie GmbH and their sales partners).

Friedrich Graf von Westphalen & Partner

Friedrich Graf von Westphalen & Partner is experienced in advising pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers and pharmacies with corresponding expertise demonstrated by Freiburg-based trio Morton Douglas, Norbert Hebei and of counsel Wolfgang Schmid. David Kipping in Cologne offers particularly comprehensive advice on product launches and advertising measures and has many years of litigation experience. Also in Cologne, Stephan Dittl handles matters pertaining to competition, copyright and design law. Anne Bongers-Gehlert, who, in addition to competition law, also comprehensively covers various other IP issues, made local partner at the Freiburg office in January 2021.

Testimonials

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

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

Key clients

AHP Merkle GmbH

aicas GmbH

Alexander Bürkle GmbH & Co. KG

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

Apothekerkammer Nordrhein

BBraun Melsungen AG/Aesculap AG

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

Deutscher Caritas Verband e. V.

Dr. Martens / Airwair Ltd.

Dt. Versandapotheke Fliegende Pillen

EAM GmbH & Co. KG

erima GmbH

General Re Corp.

Gloster Furniture Ltd. und Dedon GmbH

HME Copper Germany GmbH

Holle baby food GmbH

IAMS Europe B.V.

KME Germany GmbH & Co. KG

Löwen Frankfurt Eishockey-Betriebs GmbH

Messe Basel (Schweiz)

Minderleinsmühle GmbH & Co. KG

PromoCell GmbH

Puckator Ltd.

Schwarzwaldmilch GmbH Freiburg

Schweizerische Eidgenossenschaft

Securetec Detektions-Systeme AG

Spectrum Brands Inc.

Tetra GmbH

Triaz Group GmbH

Wilkinson Sword GmbH

Zentralverband Deutsches Kraftfahrzeuggewerbe e. V.

Work highlights

  • Comprehensive advice and representation of Puckator Ltd. in cases of product counterfeiting and advice on product labeling law; Lead Counsel for IP litigation across the EU.
  • Advising erima GmbH on competitive performance protection and position marks in the sportswear sector regarding the client’s 5 Cube design.
  • Representation of Dr. Martens / Airwair Ltd. on a large scale against manufacturers and dealers of imitations/lookalikes on the basis of ancillary protection under competition law.

Grünecker

In competition law, IP-Boutique Grünecker specialises in plagiarism and misleading advertising, but also advises on a wide range of matters. Representation in contentious scenarios, especially interim measures and summary proceedings, feature among the core competences as well as licensing matters and the interface with copyright. The team around the management quartet Anja Franke , Holger Gauss , Maximilian Kinkeldey and Nicolás Schmitz is active both at national and international level.

Testimonials

The quality of advice is ‘next level’, both in terms of legal expertise and strategic advice. In our opinion, this is one of the best that exists internationally.

‘Holger Gauss: Sharp mind!’

‘The quality of the advice is very good. In a very short time you get an objective assessment and there is only a dispute if the chances of success are very good. Fast reaction and best availability.’

‘Holger Gauss: Competent and unconventional. I really enjoy working with him.’

Key clients

Hermès

Republic Technologies Group

Happybrush

FederRock

Zattoo

Work highlights

  • Advising Hermès on the launch of a new luxury product in the area of bags and luggage with regard to possible infringements of several community design patents and violations of the UWG.
  • Representation of the Republic Technologies Group in the out-of-court enforcement of intellectual property rights by means of warnings and representation before the EUIPO and the courts. In addition, advice in related areas of competition law such as tobacco law, pharmaceutical law and food law.
  • Obtaining an antitrust cease and desist for FederRock regarding a certain type of cardigans and advising on various contractual issues, as well as advising on new design registrations.

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek

In competition law, Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek is active both in contentious proceedings and in an advisory capacity. The group focuses on traditional advertising law, e-commerce issues and the interface with copyright and data protection law. The practice is headed by Dominik Eickemeier in Cologne and Markus Lennartz in Frankfurt. Christian Spintig in Hamburg and salaried partner Antje Münch are among the key contacts and comprehensively cover the IP field.

Other key lawyers:

Christian Spintig; Antje Münch

HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER

HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER has a strong focus on anti-counterfeiting measures, where the team often advises in close cooperation with the competition and trade mark experts. Product launches form another core topic, with the team also assisting with labeling requirements in areas such as cosmetics and medical device law. Growth areas include trade and business secret protection as well as data protection matters. As part of the European IP boutique, the German team advises on cross-border mandates with a multidisciplinary cross-office approach. Thomas Schmitz in Düsseldorf is head of the practice, which also includes Christina Tenbrock (trade mark, design and competition law) and Mathis Breuer, who made partner in January 2021 (trade mark law, competition and pharmaceutical advertising law as well as design and copyright law). Tobias Hahn, well versed in patent law, also has profound experience in competition law.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Schmitz

Key clients

Allergan

Bübchen

Dr. Kurt Wolff/ Dr. August Wolff

GlaxoSmithKline

Hanwha QCells

Katjes Fassin

OYESS Beauty

Piasten

Samsung

Tom Rossau A/S

Trivago

Work highlights

  • Comprehensive group-wide representation of Dr. Kurt Wolff/Dr. August Wolff in competition law matters, including in the area of cosmetics law and drug advertising law, and in a large number of preliminary injunction and main proceedings regarding disputes with well-known competitors and discounters, including in the product areas of Covid-19 and disinfection, dental care (Karex) and hair care (Alpecin, Plantur); EU-wide process coordination in these procedures.
  • Takeover of the former Nestlé Skin Healthcare/Galderma portfolio of the leading German children’s skin care brand Bübchen, extensive product advice and support with regard to trademark, cosmetics and competition law.
  • Extensive ongoing advice to Katjes Fassin on trademark and competition law, in particular in connection with product approvals, advertising material and claims, including aspects of German food law.

JONAS Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Cologne-based JONAS Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH comprehensively advises on all aspects of competition law. Karl Hamacher, Martin Viefhues, Nils Weber and Markus Robak advise with a particular emphasis on entrepreneurial thinking, including expertise in product labeling and design as well as product-related advertising materials, advertising law and PR issues as well as matters in the distribution law context. The additional expertise in media and company communications and in intellectual property law complements the advisory offering.

Loschelder

Loschelder's competition law practice mainly focuses on contentious proceedings, with a particular emphasis on summary proceedings. The team also frequently advises on supplementary protection rights under competition law and trade secret protection. Thomas Schulte-Beckhausen , Stefan Maassen and Patrick Pommerening are the key contacts at the Cologne firm.

Work highlights

  • Representation of the BIEK (Federal Association of Parcel and Express Logistics) in fundamental proceedings against the market leader to comply with the requirements of the driver ordinance.
  • Representing Armacell GmbH in proceedings against insulation panels with incorrect fire classification, obtaining a confirmatory judgment from the Hamburg Higher Regional Court; also support of the criminal proceedings, which led to a search of the opponent.

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH renders specialised expertise in the luxury goods industry and the retail sector, both of which are part of the day-to-day workload of Detlef Mäder in Cologne and Geert Johann Seelig in Hamburg. The competition law practice is closely aligned with the trade mark team and advises on influencer marketing, advertising campaigns, consumer protection law and clients’ representation in contentious proceedings. The firm, jointly with French law firm FIDAL, launched the international organisation unyer in May 2021, designated for law firms and other service providers to expand and consolidate their international activities.

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 and representation of Reemtsma / Imperial Tobacco Ltd. in competition law disputes (including e-cigarettes, chewing tobacco), in and out of court; Management of the German trademark portfolio, trademark applications, data protection, IT, regulatory and corporate law advice.
  • Ongoing advice to achtung! GmbH in all trademark and competition law disputes as well as in personality and copyright issues. In addition, advice on data protection law and trademark management.
  • Advising Harley-Davidson on numerous competition law issues, including representation in disputes and the enforcement of trademark and competition law claims.

Noerr

In competition law, Noerr strongly focuses on contentious proceedings, with corresponding expertise located at its Munich and Berlin offices. Thanks to the international orientation of the German-founded firm in Central and Eastern Europe, Spain, Great Britain, Russia and the US, the team is well positioned for cross-border disputes, especially pan-European proceedings. Trade secret protection, product design and advertising measures are routinely handled in contentious scenarios. Tobias Dolde, active at both the Alicante and Munich offices, heads the team. Christoph Rieken (trade mark, unfair competition and design law as well as copyright) in Munich made equity partner in January 2021; Jessica Loew in Berlin, who advises extensively in the IP sector, made non-equity partner.

Practice head(s):

Tobias Dolde

Key clients

Kanebo Cosmetics Europe Ltd. & Kanebo Cosmetics Deutschland GmbH

Marc O’Polo

Barry’s Bootcamp LLC

Crocs Inc, Crocs Europe B.V.

geobra Brandstätter Stiftung & Co. KG

Regeneron Phamaceuticals Inc.

Target Global

Thomas Beton GmbH/Thomas Concrete Group

DOG Copenhagen

Höffner Möbelmärkte

ISS Deutschland AG

Micromobility Systems AG

Abitron Gruppe

Thomas-Cook (Insolvenzverwalter hww)

OilQuick Deutschland KG

Trendhaus GmbH

Abercrombie & Fitch

Alveus GmbH

BASF SE (and affiliates)

Bettcher GmbH

Caterpillar Inc.

Condor Flugdienst GmbH

Création Gross

CrossFit

Economist

Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH

Federation Internationale de L‘Automobile (FIA)

Fujifilm

Grand Slam Tennis Properties Ltd.

Horizon Hobby Inc.

Käfer AG

Kapten & Son GmbH

King Digital Entertainment

KUKA AG

La Selva Toskana Feinkost Vertriebs GmbH

Luc Belaire

Mutares SE & Co. KGaA

NCSOFT

Podravka (prehrambena industriJa d.d.)

Rare Beauty, LLC

Right Livelihood Award Foundation

Schutzverband Dresdner Stollen e.V

Sovereign Brands, LLC

Stiftelsen The Greta Thunberg and Beata Ernman Foundation

TKM GmbH

Tracoe Medical GmbH

Volvo Trademark Holding AB

Wüstenrot & Württembergische AG

arena Italia S.p.A.

AVON Cosmetics GmbH

Karwendel-Werke

LEGO

Mobility Trader GmbH (Hey Car)

Siegel GmbH

Work highlights

  • Strategic advice to Regeneron Pharmaceuticals on the naming of Covid-19 drugs as well as global trademark and litigation advice.

Osborne Clarke

In 2020, Osborne Clarke further expanded its cross-border dispute practice. The firm's international positioning was useful during this process, also thanks to the cross-border information management within the firm. The team, led by practice head Marcus Sacré in Cologne, offers special expertise in the digital economy, where the group also advises on the interface to data protection and licensing agreements, as well as model proceedings in the automotive sector, for example on connected cars. Matthias Kloth in Hamburg is the key contact for trade mark, design and competition law matters.

Practice head(s):

Marcus Sacré

Other key lawyers:

Matthias Kloth

Testimonials

The team around partner Marcus Sacré has a high level of expertise in the area of the Independent Automotive After Market (IAM). Due to the extensive industry knowledge and legal expertise as well as experience in relevant court proceedings, the team is therefore highly recommended for companies active in the IAM sector.

Because of his experience, Marcus Sacré deserves special mention.’

Very high service and solution orientation. Very fast response times. Excellent ability to explain complex issues. Good cost transparency.’

Pinsent Masons Germany LLP

Pinsent Masons Germany LLP stands out due to its focus on the digital economy. Integrated into the firm's Digital Single Market team, the group is active in advising in the life sciences, healthcare, technology, industrial as well as the financial sectors. The team's expertise in digital marketing and regular advertising law complement each other well, both in licensing issues and in the clearing of products and services. Another cornerstone is the group's experience in pharmaceutical advertising law. The team advises on all aspects of advertising campaigns, including forensic matters. In May 2021, Nils Rauer in Frankfurt took over the management of the German IP group. His predecessor, Marc Holtorf in Munich, continues to head the Risk Advisory Group, to which the competition law practice is attached. The firm has several legal tech offerings, including project management solutions and a brand management tool.

Practice head(s):

Nils Rauer

Key clients

Party Fiesta Deutschland GmbH

Philips GmbH

Pierre Fabre Dermo-Kosmetik GmbH

QVC Handel S.á r.l. & Co. KG

ŠKODA Auto Deutschland GmbH

The Telegraph

Preu Bohlig & Partner

In January 2021, Preu Bohlig & Partner expanded its competition law practice with the addition of Jan Peter Heidenreich at the Hamburg office, previously at Harmsen Utescher. Heidenreich's expertise in contentious proceedings, including advertising measures, licensing and distribution agreements as well as antitrust issues complement the firm's well-known litigation practice, which further increased its market presence. The competition law practice is integrated into the wider IP group, thus the group is well positioned for mandates pertaining to trade mark, design and copyright law as well as patent aspects. This includes issues such as product piracy and defending against unfair competitive behaviour. In addition, experience in media law and the protection of personal rights is also offered. With Astrid Gérard, Andreas Haberl, Jürgen Schneider and Ludwig von Zumbusch, four practice group heads are based in Munich. Torben Düsing and Matthias Hülsewig in Düsseldorf and Christian Donle in Berlin complete the management septet.

Key clients

Candice Cooper AG

Christo Mare Yachting Sp.zo.o.

Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A.

Erich Adam Warenhandelsgesellschaft mbH

Euroimmun AG

Facebook/Oculus

Fossil Gruppe

Frey + Lau GmbH

Global Distribution GmbH

Golf Brothers GmbH

Golf Versand Hannover GmbH

Gustav Magenwirth GmbH & Co. KG

Hans-H. Hasbargen GmbH & Co. KG

Hodforming GmbH gegen Heatforming GmbH

Insider Yacht Manufaktur GmbH

Italtrike S.R.L.

Jan Böhmermann

Janmed GmbH

Koenig & Bauer AG

Monz Handelsgesellschaft International mbH & Co. KG

Möve Bikes GmbH

Newbox Medical GmbH

StudiMed

Sunchairs GmbH & Co. KG

Thermohauser GmbH

Training Base Weeze GmbH

Ventec Central Europe GmbH

Vitra International AG

Weld-Tech

Raue

In competition law, Raue acts both as an advisor and forensically, with industry experience in the healthcare and media sectors being a particular strength. The group advises on anti-counterfeiting issues, advertising law and e-commerce matters, often in close cooperation with its trade mark experts. The Berlin-based firm also fields copyright and data protection specialists who cover interface aspects. Key contacts include Markus Plesser, Robert Heine, who advises extensively in the IP sector, and Felix Laurin Stang, who made equity partner in January 2021. Anna-Sophie Hollenders (media, copyright, eCommerce) made non-equity partner in the same month.

Schmitt Teworte-Vey Simon & Schumacher

Cologne-based specialist boutique Schmitt Teworte-Vey Simon & Schumacher has quickly established a market presence in competition law as well as IP and media law since it was founded in 2019. The four founding partners Jan Schumacher, Marie Teworte-Vey, Christian Schmitt and Gesa Simon are active in an advisory capacity on advertising law issues as well as in clients' representation, including in interface matters pertaining to pharmaceutical advertising and food law.

Testimonials

‘Professionally very strong, personable and unpretentious.’

‘Pragmatic, creative, combative, good client understanding.’

‘Marie Teworte-Vey shows the necessary commitment in every phase of the mandate and always develops suitable solutions and strategies.’

‘Christian Schmitt is very pragmatic, has a good understanding of the client’s processes, challenges and processes, and is cost-conscious.’

Key clients

Becton Dickinson GmbH

CHRIST Juweliere und Uhrmacher seit 1863 GmbH

FCF-Gruppe / EatHappy ToGo GmbH

IMPULS Finanzmanagement AG

JT International Germany GmbH

Metro Deutschland GmbH

FG Medien

Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co. OHG

Schwartz GmbH

TEDi GmbH & Co. KG

UTS innovative Softwaresysteme GmbH

Woolworth GmbH

Work highlights

  • Ongoing advice to Becton Dickinson on various medical devices in the area of competition law/drug advertising law.
  • Advising JT International Germany GmbH in an extensive competition law dispute regarding the design of the sales modalities, in particular regarding the tobacco tax law ban on coupling and freebies.
  • Comprehensive advice to CHRIST Juweliere und Uhrmacher von 1863 GmbH in all areas of competition and advertising law.

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons predominantly advises on competition law in the life sciences sector. With the arrival of Thomas Gniadek in July 2020, the group expanded both the patent and competition law expertise in the technology sector, which is another core industry of the firm. The team is particularly active in contentious proceedings, such as the representation of WetterOnline against the Federal Republic of Germany regarding the admissibility of the weather warning app by the German Weather Service. The German team cooperates closely with the other European offices, but also with the teams in Asia, on cross-border matters. Daniel Kendziur in Munich is the key contact for competition law. Patent expert Peter Meyer in Düsseldorf heads the rest of the IP group. Michael Knospe switched to of counsel status in May 2021.

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Gniadek

Testimonials

‘Clear and practical communication.’

‘Good specialist knowledge that is used in a practical manner.’

High level of competence and practice-oriented solutions, excellent lawyers.’

Michael Knospe has extensive knowledge of intellectual property law and is an excellent litigator.’

Key clients

Admiral Sportwetten GmbH

Aphria, Inc.

Apple & Pear Australie Ltd.

ATLAS Technology B.V./ Lightyear

Audi Business Innovation GmbH

Didi Mobility Ltd.

Domaine de la Romanée-Conti

Dutchclamp B.V. und Dutchclamp GmbH

Emeis Cosmetics

Frostkrone Tiefkühlkost GmbH

L’Oreal

Löwen Entertainment GmbH

Müller Milch Group

Novomatic AG

Revox Deutschland GmbH

Schokinag

Samsung Electronics GmbH

Shenzhen HeyTap Technology Co., Ltd. (OPPO)

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

TJX Deutschland

WetterOnline

Wetter.com

MeteoGroup

Work highlights

  • Defense of Dutchclamp against three parallel lawsuits by id-Technik GmbH (district courts Düsseldorf and Arnsberg as well as labor court Mannheim) regarding the violation of alleged trade secrets in the field of elastic rubber inserts for cable clamps.

White & Case LLP

International law firm White & Case LLP is a popular address for cross-border disputes and projects. The competition law and trade mark expertise of Markus Mette (Hamburg) and his team is primarily called upon by technology-related corporations, clients from the automotive sector and – the particularly fast-growing client field – life sciences and pharmaceutical industries. In addition, the team is well versed in social media matters. The in-house Practice Technology team supports the group and clients with the development of applications to facilitate the efficient handling of mandates, such as eDiscovery applications. Local partner Stefan Haiplik (Hamburg) is an IT and IP expert and advises on advertising measures and branding, among others.

Practice head(s):

Markus Mette

Other key lawyers:

Stefan Haiplik

Work highlights

  • Advice on trademark and unfair competition law to an Asian automobile manufacturer on the international advertising campaign for the launch of a new model, including defense against alleged infringement claims by other manufacturers.
  • Advising a large US pharmaceutical company on EU and US protection of secrets law as part of the international strategic orientation of certain fields of action at the interface to antitrust law.
  • Representing Facebook in numerous international litigation, both in and out of court, spanning more than 160 jurisdictions on six continents.

WilmerHale

Headed by Frankfurt-based Vanessa Wettner, WilmerHale specialises in extensive, strategically important contentious proceedings. The e-commerce sector generates the lion's share of the team's workload, but the group is also active in advising clients from the consumer goods, fashion and pharmaceutical industries. The team is predominantly instructed by large international corporations and routinely advises at the interface between competition law and data protection law, as well as on related consumer law aspects. Wettmer's experience in mass litigation is another strength. In a purely advisory capacity, the team assists with the clearing of advertising campaigns, licensing agreements and transactions. The group has particularly close ties with the US colleagues.

Practice head(s):

Vanessa Wettner

Key clients

Becton Dickinson B.V.

Bitmanagement Software GmbH

Bundesrepublik Deutschland – Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie

Medtronic

Syngenta Agro GmbH

Hugo Boss AG

Bundesinnung der Hörakustiker

Work highlights

  • Representing Facebook in numerous proceedings, in particular regarding the GDPR and the NetzDG, including numerous proceedings of particular strategic importance as they relate to essential features of Facebook, such as the fan pages, the Like button, the real name principle and the interaction between the communities that apply on Facebook standards and the specifications of the NetzDG.
  • Successful defense of Medtronic against injunctive relief claims from a brand troll known across Europe.
  • Advising Becton Dickinson on matters of competition, product liability and distribution law, in particular defense against a former sales partner’s lawsuit for compensation under Section 89b HGB and damages in the amount of around €10 million.