Unfair competition in Germany

Bird & Bird

With strengths across the entire soft IP spectrum, Bird & Bird also impresses with expertise in competition law; under the leadership of technology expert Christian Harmsen, the practice advises clients on contentious and strategic matters and further assists with cross-border issues via its extensive international network. The group's sector focus includes media and technology, automotive, life sciences as well as consumer goods and retail.

Practice head(s):

Christian Harmsen

Other key lawyers:

Richard Dissmann; Markus Körner; Joseph Fesenmair; Niels Lutzhöft; Frederik Thiering; Mascha Grundmann; Christian Lindenthal


‘International team, high level of industry knowledge (especially automotive), pragmatic solution suggestions.’


CMS' competition practice advises a high-profile client portfolio on strategic matters pertaining to advertising campaigns and internet presence as well as on counterfeit protection and litigation; here, the group is particularly active in the life sciences sector. Further extensive knowledge is provided on trade secrets and by its strong trade mark practice. Markus Deck heads the team and, alongside his competition expertise, also covers the areas of patent, antitrust and distribution law, while Heike Blank has particular expertise in trade secret misappropriation. Matthias Eck (anticompetitive violations) retired at the end of 2022.

Practice head(s):

Roland Wiring; Markus Deck

Other key lawyers:

Heike Blank; Gordian Hasselblatt; Nikolas Gregor; Martin Gerecke; Philippe Heinzke


‘Very good combination of specialist knowledge and the ability to tailor it according to client’s needs.’

‘Heike Blank: Very good market/industry understanding, very practical and very individual advice.’

‘Outstanding expertise and to-the-point, business-oriented advice.’

Danckelmann & Kerst

Renowned Frankfurt boutique offering Danckelmann & Kerst has earned an excellent reputation through numerous successful landmark proceedings. The group assists a wide range of clients, including large international companies, medium-sized companies as well as associations, and can also rely on a comprehensive international network for cross-border matters. Nikolaus Konstantin Rehart focuses on media and telecommunications law, while Hans-Jürgen Ruhl is particularly well versed in medicinal product advertising and pharmacy law. Jan-Felix Isele is another key contact, who assists with competition law as well as trade mark, design and antitrust issues.

Practice head(s):

Nikolaus Konstantin Rehart; Jan-Felix Isele; Hans-Jürgen Ruhl


‘In my more than 40 years of professional practice, I have not experienced a comparable law firm that handles a case in such a competent and structured manner with the highest level of specialist knowledge and brings it to a successful conclusion. For this, extraordinary praise with an excellent assessment.’

‘I can recommend Hans-Jürgen Ruhl to anyone who faces a competition or IP dispute. His objective calm and competence make you feel well looked after and in good hands. ‘

‘Nikolaus Rehart: In addition to his reliable and always up-to-date legal expertise, we value his experience as an experienced litigator. He is a welcome sparring partner due to his overall understanding of the company. A joint solution is guaranteed.’

Key clients

Emma Sleep GmbH|(vormals Bettzeit 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

VGL Verlagsgesellschaft mbH

Work highlights

  • Representation of Emma Sleep GmbH in several landmark proceedings regarding the new Section 11 PAngVO.

  • Representation of Telekom in appeal landmark proceedings on itinerant tribunal.

  • Advising The Centre for Protection against Unfair Competition in proceedings against BurdaVerlag Data Publishing GmbH before the Munich Regional Court due to the misleading use of seals with the statements ‘TOP doctors’ and ‘Recommendation – the recommended doctors in the region’.

DLA Piper

Embedded within DLA Piper's soft IP practice, the group follows a full-service approach and advises companies across the entire spectrum of competition law. Led by Stefan Engels, the team also covers trending matters such as direct marketing and a broad range of ESG-related topics, while mainly assisting the media and communications industries. Due to the firm's international positioning, it is a particularly popular address for global corporations, and can rely on an extensive network in cross-border cases. Clients from the sports and consumer goods sectors regularly call upon Kai Tumbrägel and Burkhard Führmeyer.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Engels

Other key lawyers:

Burkhard Führmeyer; Kai Tumbrägel; Beatrice Brunn


‘The team around Stefan Engels is competent and reliable and always spontaneously on hand and there seems to be a good atmosphere among each other. Good communication, creative and goal-oriented solutions.’

‘Stefan Engels: Many years of experience, very good knowledge of the industry, good strategist, thinks entrepreneurially.’

Key clients

About You GmbH

Bacardi Ltd.


Catalent Pharma Solutions, Inc

CFA Institute




mes Hardie

LEGO System A/S

Medtronic GmbH

Mondelez Deutschland Services GmbH & Co. KG



Ralph Lauren Europe



Rituals Cosmetics

Samsung Electronics

Siemens Private Finance Versicherungsvermittlungsgesellschaft

Uniqlo Europe Ltd.

Wort & Bild Verlag Konradshöhe GmbH & Co. KG

Work highlights

  • Representation of Refurbished.nl BV in several unfair competition claims regarding green claims and fair terms and conditions.

  • Ongoing and global advice to Edelman in connection with their clients’ planned advertising activities.

  • Advising Samsung on all ESG issues within the group.

KLAKA Rechtsanwälte

KLAKA Rechtsanwälte's competition law practice acts in close cooperation with its trade mark team on one hand and, as a stand-alone unit, particularly assists the automotive, pharmaceutical, fashion and luxury goods sectors. Clients from the finance and energy sectors also call upon the group, whose expertise extends to contentious and strategic matters. Under the leadership of trade mark, design and competition lawyer Ralf Hackbarth, the practice is further known for providing extensive advice to The Centre for Protection against Unfair Competition (Wettbewerbszentrale). Other key contacts include Andreas Schulz, who is experienced in food and drug law, and Stefan Abel, who excels in counterfeiting protection under competition law.

Practice head(s):

Ralf Hackbarth

Other key lawyers:

Stefan Eck; Stefan Abel; Carola Onken; Ralf-Michael Burkhardt; Andreas Schulz; Wolfgang Straub


‘Boutique par excellence! Adequate team size for all requests in the area, but still not unforgiving.

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

  • Advising The Centre for Protection against Unfair Competition (Wettbewerbszentrale) in a lawsuit against Tesla over misleading advertising for Tesla’s Autopilot. The proceedings were pending at the Federal Court of Justice until July 2022 (the central court’s appeal against non-admission was rejected by the Federal Court of Justice) and has now been completed (except for the determination of costs).

  • Advising and representing Longchamp SAS regarding imitations of the Le Pliage handbag.

  • Permanent representation of UniCredit Bank AG in competition law proceedings.


Medium-sized companies and large corporations call upon ADVANT Beiten regarding a wide range of competition law issues, especially for litigation related to trade secrets and counterfeiting. The practice further impresses with its strategic capacity and is particularly active for clients from the sports, computer games, publishing and radio sectors. Electronic entertainment and technology are central focuses for practice head Andreas Lober: here he covers both non-contentious matters as well as representation before courts and authorities.

Practice head(s):

Andreas Lober

Other key lawyers:

Matthias Stecher; Axel von Walter; Holger Weimann; Uwe Wellmann

Key clients


ZED Germany GmbH

Mustang GmbH


Deutscher Fußball-Bund e. V.

Work highlights

  • Advising Tencent on a strategic project against hackers attacking one of the client’s most important products.

  • Advising DFB GmbH & Co. KG on competition law matters, including comprehensive marketing issues relating to major football tournaments.

  • Supporting Mustang GmbH in a legal dispute with licensees regarding license fees totaling €19 million.

Arnecke Sibeth Dabelstein

With a focus on the sports, chemicals and cosmetics sectors among others, Arnecke Sibeth Dabelstein's competition practice is an attractive address for clients from regulated industries, whose advice portfolio also covers environmental and comparative advertising. Here, clients can also benefit from the group's expertise in neighbouring legal fields such as food and chemicals law if necessary. Practice head Thomas Körber impresses with in-depth knowledge of the sports sector; this is also a focus for Thomas Hertl, whose expertise further includes media and entertainment law.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Körber

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Hertl; Werner Blau; Anton Maria Ostler


‘Team is top in its field. Very quick handling, good solutions.’

‘Thomas Körber is very knowledgeable, quick thinking, and always a reliable contact at ASD. His suggestions are always solution-oriented and he always remains calm and objective even in stressful situations.’

‘Thomas Körber’s team is excellent both professionally and personally. Extremely committed and creative, always with an eye on the bigger picture. Very well connected, especially in the world of sports.’

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

Universal Investment Group

Asklepios Klinik Gruppe

B&S International B.V.

The Very Good Food Company Inc.

Media Boradcast Satelite GmbH

Siteco GmbH

Stada Arzneimittel AG

Telio Management GmbH

VWR International GmbH, Avantor Group, Ritter 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 / 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

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


Huawei Technologies co. Ltd

PrintHouseService GmbH

OneFootball GmbH

DFB GmbH & Co. KG

Work highlights

  • Advising Werner & Mertz Group on competition law issues with a focus on environmental advertising, chemicals law (in particular the CLP Regulation and the Biocide Regulation) as well as the labeling of cleaning products and other consumer goods.

  • Advising DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga GmbH in various tendering procedures, including competition law issues relating to NFT technology and metaverse.

  • Representation of VWR International, Avantor Group and Ritter GmbH in various legal proceedings and advice on the expansion of business areas.

bock legal Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten

With a focus on litigation, bock legal Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten represents numerous high-profile clients, particularly in the telecommunications sector, against competitors as well as consumer and competition associations. The group is also considered an experienced advisor for the healthcare and pharmaceuticals industries, while its advice further covers related areas such as trade mark and design law. Practice head Andreas Bock includes pharmaceutical advertising and unfair competition among his areas of expertise, but also assists with patents and trade marks. Benedikt Frank, who made partner in January 2023, frequently advises on advertising appearances and campaigns, while Reinhard Döring counts several market-leading telecommunications providers among his clients.

Practice head(s):

Andreas Bock

Other key lawyers:

Jan Müller-Broich; Reinhard Döring; Benedikt Frank

Key clients

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.


MRH Trowe Gruppe

Audiotec Fischer GmbH

Yves Saint Laurent

Kettler Holding GmbH


Balenciaga S.A.S.

Work highlights

  • Representation of Vodafone in numerous UWG proceedings (active and passive), most recently including successful representation in connection with advertising statements about the expansion and quality of the 5G network before the Hamburg Higher Regional Court.

CBH Rechtsanwälte

Recently, CBH Rechtsanwälte placed particular emphasis on matters relating to ESG, green claims and sustainability advertising, in which context the group advised and represented a client base consisting of medium-sized companies and global corporations. Companies from the healthcare, cosmetics, luxury goods and automotive sectors turn to the practice in particular, not least due to its interface expertise in gaming and procurement law. The team is led by a trio consisting of Ingo Jung, who focuses on new media law, IP lawyer and business mediator Nadja Siebertz, and Detlef von Schultz, who is experienced across the entire IP spectrum.

Practice head(s):

Ingo Jung; Nadja Siebertz; Detlef von Schultz

Other key lawyers:

Markus Ruttig; Sascha Vander


‘The coordination and exchange within the office seems to work very well. I have the impression that I have gained real added value through teamwork of partners and associates.’

‘Very good and competent cooperation with CBH!’

‘The very high competence level and an almost friendly relationship make working together very pleasant.’

‘Markus Ruttig: Extremely sound expertise in gaming-related competition law.’

Key clients

Climate Partners

DLTB (Deutscher Lotto- und Totoblock)

Donaldson Filtration Deutschland GmbH

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

Metter Toledo


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

  • Advice on competition law to ClimatePartner and representation in disputes over the use of the ‘climate neutral’ quality mark; Advice on disputes with the German Environmental Aid (DUH), Competition Center and Foodwatch, among others.

  • Advising OBI on ​​competitive protection, among other matters.

  • Advice on competition law and representation of Metten Stein + Design GmbH.

Friedrich Graf von Westphalen & Partner

Friedrich Graf von Westphalen & Partner offers comprehensive competition expertise, ranging from litigation to advice. The team assists with matters pertaining to counterfeiting, product piracy, licensing agreements and advertising law issues and has further know-how in trade mark, design and copyright law as well as in transaction-related IP issues. Key contacts include Morton Douglas (pharmaceuticals, medical and pharmacy industry) and David Kipping (advertising and fair trade law) as well as soft IP lawyer Norbert Hebeis and copyright and media lawyer Stephan Dittl.

Practice head(s):

Norbert Hebeis; Morton Douglas; David Kipping; Stephan Dittl

Other key lawyers:

Eva Kessler; Anne Bongers-Gehlert; Lukas Kalkbrenner


‘Very on point and strong client focus; industry knowledge.’

‘The firm’s IP practice is highly regarded. Professionals are very specialised across all IP areas and the firm is one of the leading firms in Germany for all IP issues. ‘

‘David Kipping is a highly specialised IP lawyer. He is always very reactive in his work and an excellent IP expert.’

Key clients

Apothekerkammer Nordrhein

Boffi S.p.A. und De Padova srl

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.

Smol GmbH

Tetra GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising and representing the North Rhine Chamber of Pharmacists in landmark competition law proceedings in the pharmaceutical and pharmacy sector.

  • Representation of erima GmbH in connection with protection under competition law and a positional mark in the sportswear sector regarding the question of whether a new competitor violates erima’s 5 Cube design.

  • Representing Airwair in numerous legal proceedings against shoe manufacturers and shoe retailers for imitating Dr. Martens shoes and boots.


IP boutique Grünecker is experienced in competition law, particularly in the context of anticompetitive counterfeiting, advertising law issues and other contentious and strategic unfair competition matters. The group has further expertise in licensing agreements and various related fields such as copyright and personal rights. Anja Franke frequently assists clients from Asia, while Holger Gauss is primarily active in the fashion, outdoor, pharmaceutical and media sectors. Cornelia Schmitt, who predominantly advises US companies in the technology sector, made associate partner in January 2023.

Other key lawyers:

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


‘Excellent cooperation and communication with a highly specialised team. They provide strategically clever and technically outstanding solutions. Very good availability and high flexibility, quick and technically excellent feedback, engage deeply with all specific concerns and greatest commitment.’

‘Holger Gauss: excellent and in-depth specialist and industry knowledge, which, in combination with his hands-on mentality, enables him to develop solutions that are perfectly tailored to the client.’

‘Through my close collaboration with Grünecker, I have experienced their commitment and expertise in unfair competition. The team’s strengths and key competencies lie in its comprehensive professional expertise, collaborative approach and integration of different perspectives.’

Key clients


Fenix Outdoor (Fjällräven)




Marc Cain

Schwan-Stabilo Schwanhäusser GmbH & Co. KG

Work highlights

  • Advising Harley-Davidson on trade mark and competition infringement proceedings as well as on the development and establishment of its protection strategy against product piracy, offline and online, and in legal disputes.

  • Successfully represented Harman in design law infringement and unfair competition cases against various retailers in Germany.

  • Representing Fenix ​​Outdoor in comprehensive enforcement actions against counterfeit Fjällräven backpacks.

Harmsen Utescher

All of Harmsen Utescher's competition team members are involved in litigation and advisory work, which enables the firm to support clients from conception of advertising and marketing strategies through to competition law proceedings. It is also an attractive choice for clients in the food, cosmetics and pharmaceutical sectors, including those active at European level. Martin Kefferpütz recently assisted with matters related to environment-related advertising claims, while Matthias Wolter has additional expertise in antitrust issues.

Other key lawyers:

Martin Kefferpütz; Till Lampel; Christoph Schumann; Matthias Wolter

Key clients







Formula One





Bell Food Group

Scout 24



Hapag Lloyd

Loewe TV

Bijou Brigitte


Maritim Hotels

Klitschko Ventures


Work highlights

  • Advising and representing MediaMarktSaturn Retail Group GmbH in disputes before the competition chambers of German regional courts.

  • Legal representation of Ferrero in numerous disputes regarding counterfeit product equipment.

  • Legal representation of Shell Deutschland GmbH in a competition law dispute regarding environmental claims-based advertising.

Harte-Bavendamm Rechtsanwälte

IP boutique Harte-Bavendamm Rechtsanwälte advises across various industries, such as automotive, food and increasingly in the transport sector. Thematically, the practice is particularly active in matters pertaining to counterfeit protection and environmental advertising, while further emphasis is placed on medicinal product advertising law. Michael Goldmann excels in advising on advertising campaigns, while Arne Lambrecht's consulting portfolio includes the legally compliant design of advertising for medicinal products and licensing agreements, among other matters. Cathérine Elkemann (trade mark, competition and medicinal product advertising law) is another key contact for strategic advice and litigation.

Other key lawyers:

Arne Lambrecht; Andrea Jaeger-Lenz; Malte Lieckfeld; Michael Goldmann; Karolina Schöler; Cathérine Elkemann


‘Well-coordinated team in which individual strengths of members add up to an excellent overall performance. Highly committed and responsive.’

‘Michael Goldmann: Extremely knowledgeable, creative and careful.’

‘Harte-Bavendamm is a first-class boutique that combines the highest level of expertise, experience and service in trade mark and competition law. The firm primarily relies on very pragmatic, business and solution-oriented advice.’

Key clients

Deutsches Rotes Kreuz


Kaiserberge GmbH


Levi Strauss & Co.

Nestlé Unternehmensgruppe

nobilia-Werke J. Stickling GmbH & Co. KG

Procter & Gamble

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended a client against a lawsuit brought by a concert promoter alleging discrimination regarding showtime allocations.

  • Legal representation of a transport company in UWG proceedings.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP's competition expertise is housed within its IP, media & technology practice and covers the whole array of competition issues thanks to a thematically broad team and international network. Trade secrets and know-how protection are just as much part of the consulting portfolio as licensing agreements and client representation in proceedings before German and European courts. Its sector focus rests on technology and telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, automotive and consumer goods, although its client roster also includes players in the energy and financial services industries. Andreas Bothe leads the German team and regularly handles litigation relating to competition and trade mark law, with cross-border cases representing a particular focus. Anthonia Ghalamkarizadeh, who is particularly adept in the online space and co-head of the firm's gaming and esports group, made partner in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Andreas Bothe

Other key lawyers:

Morten Petersenn; Yvonne Draheim; Erhard Keller; Patrick Fromlowitz; Sabrina Mittelstädt; Anthonia Ghalamkarizadeh

Key clients


Canyon Bicycles

Deutsche Telekom



Biotechnologies GmbH

Merck & Co., Inc.

MVZ Labor Krone

GbR OneGroup

Schülke & Mayr GmbH

Trade Republic Bank GmbH



Work highlights

  • Advising Expedia on its preparations for compliance with the EU Digital Services Act (DSA).


Anticounterfeiting is one of HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER's core competencies,  while also being regularly instructed with matters concerning product launches and labeling requirements. Under the leadership of soft IP expert Christina Tenbrock, whose expertise includes medicinal product advertising, pharmaceutical and medical device law, the competition practice focuses on consumer electronics, food, life sciences and cosmetics. Litigator Thomas Schmitz, who frequently assists with issues pertaining to illegal imitations and trade mark infringements, Ivan Dimitrov (competition and trade secret law) and counsel Sandra Stolzenburg-Wiemer (competition, design and trade mark law, advertising measures) are other key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Christina Tenbrock

Other key lawyers:

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


‘The team is extremely professional in handling our case. Very clear and precise advice.’

‘Christina Tenbrock is very professional, detailed and precise.’

‘The team I work with is excellent. The lawyers are fast, very communicative, think laterally and provide advice at highest level.’

‘Pure excellence.’

Key clients

509 crew

Dr. Wolff-Gruppe



Hanwha QCells

Heckler & Koch


OYESS Beauty






Steinel GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advice and representation of Dr. Wolff Group in a multinational dispute with a former licensing partner in the dental care sector.

  • Representation of Rituals in competition and trade mark litigation as well as representation in various competition law disputes against well-known cosmetics manufacturers.

  • Advising and representing 509 Crew in a dispute with a well-known competitor involving various allegations of infringements of intellectual property rights (UWG, design, trade mark).

Lubberger Lehment

Lubberger Lehment is considered one of the leading firms for disputes and places a particular focus on proceedings pertaining to internet-related issues. The team is particularly often instructed by luxury goods manufacturers and start-ups, while companies from the technology and cosmetics sectors also rely on the boutique's expertise. Andreas Lubberger, who is well versed across all IP aspects, also handles antitrust- and distribution law-related matters and often acts for clients from the furniture and consumer goods industries, while product counterfeiting and parallel imports are among Rani Mallick's focus areas. Associate Leonard Pietsch (trade mark, design, copyright and competition law) and senior associate Julian Erfurth (trade mark and competition law) are other key contacts.

Other key lawyers:

Andreas Lubberger; Martin Fiebig; Bernd Weichhaus; Rani Mallick; Cornelis Lehment; Benjamin Koch; David Weller; Philip Schmitz; Leonard Pietsch; Julian Erfurth

Key clients

Adolf Würth




Axel Springer

Bayes ESports




Boehringer Ingelheim


Charité Universitätsmedizin


Coeur de Lion




Db Equipment


E. Zoller

Finn Auto

Fürsten Reform







Miss Sophie

Moet Hennessy



Panda Express

Patient 21

Rotkäppchen Mumm

Sanity Group





Sunshine Smile



Titel Media (Highsnobiety)


Wala Heilmittel (Dr. Hauschka)


Zino Davidoff SA



Noerr focuses on competition disputes concerning trade secrets and advertising measures on one hand and on IP contract-related matters on the other. The group is predominantly instructed by clients from the gaming, pharmaceutical, automotive as well as retail sectors and led by Tobias Dolde, who specialises in trade mark and design law and divides his time between Alicante and Munich. Important team members include Christoph Rieken and Jessica Loew, who act across the entire soft IP spectrum, including product piracy and domain disputes. Valentina Nieß, who is experienced in competition law violations, made associated partner in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Tobias Dolde

Other key lawyers:

Valentina Nieß; Jessica Loew; Christoph Rieken


‘The entire Noerr team is always available. Competence across all scenarios. Fast and uncomplicated clarifications. Pragmatic solutions. All from a single source.’

‘Christoph Rieken is an outstanding leader of our team. Always available. Pragmatic and combative.’

‘Incredible lawyers!!! The professionalism, speed of service, attention to detail, along their strategic thinking is simply outstanding! I would highly recommend Noerr!’

Key clients

Abitron Gruppe

Barry’s Bootcamp LLC

C&A Mode GmbH & Co. KG


Crocs Inc, Crocs Europe B.V.


Marc O’Polo




Work highlights

  • Multijurisdictional trade mark and competition law representation of Arbitron in a case involving post-M&A disputes relating to various trade marks and corporate symbols; there are also parallel disputes before, among others, the US Supreme Court, the ECJ as well as several German courts, the EUIPO and the German Patent and Trademark Office.

  • Advising Mobility Trader GmbH (hey car), a subsidiary of Volkswagen Financial Services AG, on advertising law.

Osborne Clarke

Under the leadership of Marcus Sacré, who is particularly active in the automotive and consumer goods industries, Osborne Clarke is an experienced advisor on competition proceedings, while also assisting clients strategically, such as with know-how protection, influencer marketing and copyright. Matthias Kloth, who, in addition to trade mark and competition law, also focuses on licensing and distribution law, is another key contact. Robert Briske is experienced in trade mark, copyright and competition disputes as well as in IT-related issues and made partner in January 2024.

Practice head(s):

Marcus Sacré

Other key lawyers:

Matthias Kloth; Robert Briske


‘The team houses specialists, resulting in a perfect coverage of different issues via one contact.’

‘Collaboration is extremely efficient and fast, coordination is uncomplicated, and in case of doubt, a representative is there to step in straight away.’

‘When it comes to complicated topics, team members complement each other and discuss options, making us benefit from the quality of the entire team.’

‘Fast, excellent content, with an eye for our needs.’

‘Solution-oriented, uncomplicated, pragmatic.’

‘Pleasant communication. They also point out topics that we don’t even have an eye on, without trying to obtain further instructions.’

Key clients

BNP Best Natural Products GmbH vs. Indische Republik

Bolt Mobility Inc.

Briconti und dm drogerie markt gegen Puig France S.A.

Carglass GmbH, A.T.U Auto-Teile Unger GmbH & Co. KG

European Independent Automotive Data Publishers Association (ADPA) und Gesamtverband Autoteile-Handel (GVA)

Gesamtverband Autoteile-Handel (GVA)

MEYLE AG, Ferdinand Bilstein GmbH & Co. KG,A.T.U A.T.U Auto-Teile Unger GmbH & Co. KG

Stone Brewing Inc.

Beiersdorf AG

Delius Klasing

Pinsent Masons Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater Solicitors Partnerschaft mbB

Pinsent Masons Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater Solicitors Partnerschaft mbB handles competition law issues from its three German locations in Munich, Frankfurt and Düsseldorf. With a focus on ​​digital marketing, the group is frequently instructed by German and international companies to assist with matters relating to AI, influencer marketing and metaverse. Alongside the automotive, healthcare and life sciences sectors, the practice is further experienced in advising clients from the sports and technology industries. In line with the practice's orientation, practice head Nils Rauer focuses on data-based business models and digitalisation topics, while head of life sciences Marc Holtorf contributes expertise in medicinal product advertising.

Practice head(s):

Nils Rauer

Other key lawyers:

Marc Holtorf; Ruth Maria Bousonville; Fabian Klein


‘Highly motivated team, flexible with regards to introducing new tools, for example for billing.’

‘Very fast response times, immediately practical solutions.’

Key clients

A.T. Kearney GmbH

Bumble plc

Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek

Great Wall Motor

Pierre Fabre Dermo-Kosmetik GmbH

Schnabl Stecktechnik

SEAT Deutschland GmbH

Skoda Auto Deutschland GmbH

subito.Dokumente aus Bibliotheken e.V.

UniCaps GmbH

felmo GmbH


Accord Healthcare

Work highlights

  • Advising and representing a pharmaceutical company with regard to a competition law claim by a competitor due to alleged infringement of a capsule design.

  • Advising a German aviation company on trade secret misappropriation by a competitor.

  • Advising Bumble plc on provider liability issues within the European Union and copyright protection issues.

Schmitt Teworte-Vey Simon & Schumacher

Schmitt Teworte-Vey Simon & Schumacher is a Cologne-based boutique that, in addition to providing extensive advice on competition law, also covers related legal areas, such as media, copyright and food law. The practice is experienced in contentious matters as well as in contract drafting and licensing agreements. Jan Schumacher covers the entire soft IP range, including related trade mark, design and copyright issues. Pharmaceutical advertising matters are predominantly handled by Gesa Simon, who also often acts in collision assessments and in proceedings before German and European authorities and courts. Founding partner Christian Schmitt left the firm in March 2023 and joined THS.IP.

Other key lawyers:

Jan Schumacher; Marie Teworte-Vey; Gesa Simon


‘Small, highly specialised team that sticks to what is discussed without further consultation.’

‘Marie Teworte-Vey is an excellent lawyer with utmost knowledge of the industry.’

‘Good accessibility, quick work results. Hands-on mentality.’

Key clients

Ascensia Diabetes Care Deutschland

REWE Group

CHRIST Juweliere und Uhrmacher seit 1863 GmbH

Demirdental GmbH

Woolworth GmbH

Xella International

JT International Germany GmbH

LTA Legal & Tax Assekuranzmakler GmbH


Holt Nutrition

PENNY Markt GmbH

Privatbrauerei Gaffel Becker & Co. OHG

TEDi GmbH & Co. KG

REWE Markt GmbH

UTS innovative Softwaresysteme GmbH

Kreutz GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising and representing Woolworths in a dispute with French household goods manufacturer JJA, which involved allegations of an anti-competitive takeover of the designs of a complete range of household goods.

  • Advising and representing Penny Markt GmbH on legal issues relating to environmentally-related advertising claims with CO2 saving potential in the context of an extensive nationwide campaign.

  • Representation of demirdental GmbH in a dispute involving a total of four different lawsuits with the Philips Group, including regarding fundamental competition issues related to comparative advertising, peculiarities of the replacement parts market and additional protection under competition law.

SKW Schwarz

SKW Schwarz' firm-wide focus on innovative topics also becomes evident within its competition practice. The group advises – often in close cooperation with its media, entertainment and IT practices– on issues relating to influencer marketing, medical cannabis and e-sports. German and international medium-sized companies and large corporations can further rely on its expertise in environmental advertising. Oliver Stöckel, who took on the practice lead in 2023, regularly acts in infringement cases and competition law proceedings, where he applies his expertise in trade mark, patent and copyright law. Sascha Pres, who previously headed the team, represents companies from the retail, sports and service sectors before German and European offices and courts.

Practice head(s):

Oliver Stöckel

Other key lawyers:

Markus Brock; Sandra Sophia Redeker; Margret Knitter; Sascha Pres


‘The SKW team is first class. The in-depth market and legal knowledge is second to none. They are a real force on the German market.’

‘Sandra Redeker is outstanding. She is pragmatic, knows retail very well and is creative.’

‘We have been working with the SKW Schwarz team for many years and have a very productive business relationship. They provide outstanding services across all areas of intellectual property, including trade mark prosecution and unfair competition.’

Key clients

Aristo Pharma AG

BMF Media Information Technology GmbH

Procter & Gamble Service GmbH

Sanity Group GmbH

Civey GmbH

FitX Deutschland GmbH (und ClassX GmbH)

Work highlights

  • Advising FitX on advertising campaigns and claims as well as influencer advertising.

  • Representation of Procter & Gamble Service GmbH in competition proceedings against a major competitor on the admissibility of comparative advertising under unfair competition law, both in various injunction proceedings and in corresponding main proceedings.

Taylor Wessing

Due to the firm's global outreach, Taylor Wessing's competition advice often entails cross-border aspects. With a focus on the life sciences and healthcare sectors, it handles contentious proceedings and various strategic issues such as product launches, although it has recently also been increasingly active in matters on ​​climate-related advertising. In addition to competition law, practice head Olaf Gillert is also experienced in trade mark, design and copyright law.

Practice head(s):

Olaf Gillert

Other key lawyers:

Thorsten Troge; Wiebke Baars; Thomas Raab; Andreas Bauer; Nikolai Voss; Angela Knierim

Key clients

About You SE




Deutsche Telekom AG

Deutscher Sparkassen- und Giroverband e.V.


Dr. Schnell


Nio GmbH

Topps International

Villeroy & Boch

Vossius & Partner

IP boutique Vossius & Partner is experienced in advising on competition proceedings before German and international offices and courts, but also impresses with expertise in licensing agreements, e-commerce and advertising law. Furthermore, the group's broad industry knowledge ranges from chemistry and life sciences to digital business, consumer goods and fashion. Trade mark, design, competition and food law are the central pillars of Mathias Kleespies' advice, whose clients include national companies and global corporations.

Practice head(s):

Mathias Kleespies

Other key lawyers:

Simone Schäfer; Paul Kretschmar; Marcus von Welser


‘Super fast and very efficient.’

‘Paul Kretschmar is a brilliant lawyer.’

“They are really committed to work and focused on their goals.”

‘The expertise of the people I work with is definitely one of the reasons I chose to work with them.’

Key clients

Diageo plc

SC Johnson

Dapper Labs

Hitachi Energy


Dreame Co., Ltd

Aasted ApS

Flix SE

Xiaomi Inc.



Miele & Cie. KG

Perrigo Company plc

McLaren Automotive Ltd.

M.J. Dairies





Halfar System GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising and representing FLIX SE in competition law disputes.

  • Advice to Miele & Cie. KG and Otto Wilde Grillers GmbH on preliminary injunction proceedings before the Düsseldorf Regional Court.

  • Successful representation of WER GmbH in competition proceedings before Hamm Higher Regional Court.


In the competition sphere and across the soft IP spectrum, WilmerHale is particularly known for its dispute resolution capabilities, which are primarily applied for clients from the fashion, consumer goods, pharmaceutical and e-commerce industries. The group further assists with advertising campaigns, licensing and strategic issues. In addition to companies, including several from the US , the practice is also instructed by German authorities, which is not least due to its cross-location cooperation. Practice head Vanessa Wettner, whose expertise includes litigation before courts such as the Federal Court of Justice and the European Court of Justice, is the key contact and advises several Silicon Valley companies, among others.

Practice head(s):

Vanessa Wettner


‘Excellently high level of competence, even regarding complex specialist material, which can only be acquired through thorough training. High empathy for client’s needs.’

‘Vanessa Wettner: Honest analyses and legal assessments that are not aimed at driving the process forward in a costly manner. Always independent legal assessments. In short: High independence with success!

‘Vanessa Wettner: Excellent litigator who has immense experience and always keeps an eye on work and cost efficiency, good interaction when working with associates.’

‘Powerful and experienced team, internationally connected, very good practice.’

‘Vanessa Wettner is an excellent and experienced litigation strategist with in-depth knowledge of IP and competition law.’

Key clients

Becton Dickinson B.V.

Bundesrepublik Deutschland – Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie

Hugo Boss AG

Meta Platforms, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Representation of Meta in so-called AppCenter proceedings before the European Court of Justice, which dealt with the question of whether consumer protection associations still have the right to sue under the UWG and UKlaG to prosecute data protection violations in court even after the GDPR comes into force.

  • Successful representation of Hugo Boss in EU-wide trade mark infringement proceedings against one of Europe’s largest clothing discounters concerning various BOSS slogans.

Arnold Ruess Rechtsanwälte PartmbB

Arnold Ruess Rechtsanwälte PartmbB 's competition advice includes advertising strategies, branding and licensing agreements as well as national litigation, while also coordinating international proceedings in cooperation with partners in other jurisdictions. Under the leadership of trade mark and competition lawyer Peter Ruess, the group is active across a wide range of industries, including food, pharmaceuticals and electronics, as well as across various ancillary areas, including copyright, technical property rights and trade mark law.

Practice head(s):

Peter Ruess


‘Very good introduction to relevant problem area. This makes processing very goal-oriented.’

‘Excellent expertise, good partner presence.’

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

Zentiva Group

Sigor Licht GmbH

3M Deutschland GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising SUBARU Deutschland GmbH on trade mark and competition law, including contract drafting and representation in proceedings against competition associations; most recently, closing fundamental advertising law proceedings against an association.

  • Ongoing advice to PASCOE pharmazeutische Präparate GmbH on HWG and UWG issues as well as contract law advice.

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie's competition practice is particularly adept in assisting with trade secret misappropriation, product piracy and border confiscation, where the group frequently acts in an international capacity. This is further complemented by a strong IP transaction practice as well as trade mark and design law capabilities. Michael Fammler, who regularly handles matters concerning licenses and branding, heads the practice. Rembert Niebel (trade mark protection, licensing agreements and IP support for transactions) left the firm in July 2023 and joined SKW Schwarz.

Practice head(s):

Michael Fammler

Key clients



Work highlights

  • Advising Netflix on unfair competition law aspects relating to EU consumer law and German unfair competition.

Bardehle Pagenberg

As a European IP boutique, Bardehle Pagenberg is a popular address for internationally active corporations, which the group advises across the entire spectrum of competition issues, ranging from the development of advertising concepts and marketing strategies to representation in cross-border disputes. The practice is jointly headed by Philipe Kutschke, who is experienced across the whole array of soft IP matters, and Claus Eckhartt, who specialises in counterfeit protection, licensing agreements and merchandising. Key contacts also include Pascal Böhner, who often advises clients from the entertainment, fashion and sports sectors and focuses on domain name law and copyright protection under competition law.

Practice head(s):

Claus Eckhartt; Philipe Kutschke

Other key lawyers:

Pascal Böhner

Key clients

Genuins S.L.


Gardena GmbH


Work highlights

  • Representation of GHI Inc. in competition proceedings before the Frankfurt Higher Regional Court.

  • Advising Gardena on competition law issues.

  • Representing PENTA SHOES SL in a series of disputes against Birkenstock for alleged infringement of rights concerning numerous shoe models.

Gleiss Lutz

Gleiss Lutz' soft IP practice offers comprehensive advice on competition law and advertising issues as well as on trade secrets and e-commerce matters. Further areas of expertise include IP support for M&A transactions, where the group frequently assists clients from the telecommunications and technology sectors. Stefan Weidert, who is particularly active in e-commerce and licensing, and Stefan Völker, who is experienced in competition, copyright and media law, jointly head the practice.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Weidert; Stefan Völker

Other key lawyers:

Andreas Wehlau; Alexander Molle

Key clients

Andreas Stihl AG & Co. KG

Cherry Europe GmbH

Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprüngli AG

C. Josef Lamy GmbH

Deutsche Telekom

Emmentaler Switzerland


Heidelberg Materials

Infineon Technologies

Opel Automobile GmbH

Robert Bosch


Shopify, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advising HeidelbergCement on global rebranding with the new corporate logo ‘Heidelberg Materials’.

  • Representation of Emmentaler Switzerland in a landmark dispute regarding the registrability of collective trade mark ‘Emmentaler’ in the EU before the ECJ.

  • Advising Shopify, Inc. in a landmark dispute before the ECJ regarding the effects of Brexit on decisions of the Board of Appeal in ongoing proceedings.

GSK Stockmann

With extensive skills in IT and data protection matters, GSK Stockmann is well equipped to advise on competition issues relating to digital business models and transformation. This expertise is particularly called upon by technologically oriented and international clients, who also benefit from the cooperation with its London office, which opened in September 2022. Katy Ritzmann, who is experienced in licensing agreements and trade marks, jointly heads practice with technology and digitalisation expert Jörg Kahler.

Practice head(s):

Jörg Kahler; Katy Ritzmann

Other key lawyers:

Jörg Wünschel

Key clients


VZ VermögensZentrum Bank AG

Ryanair DAC

Work highlights

  • Strategic advice and representation of Tesla in a competition law dispute with the Federal Association of Consumer Organizations regarding the accusation that Tesla had misleadingly portrayed itself as climate-friendly.

  • Representation of Ryanair in a competition law dispute against an online travel agency regarding the missing and misleading disclosure of payment costs.

GvW Graf von Westphalen

GvW Graf von Westphalen's wide range of competition advice includes both litigation as well as strategic advice and further covers matters pertaining to medicinal advertising law. In addition to trade mark and competition law, practice head Christian Kusulis is also experienced in digitalisation issues.

Practice head(s):

Christian Kusulis

Other key lawyers:

Christian Triebe; Joachim Mulch


‘Always ready for action, good problem-solving skills, fantastic legal advice.’

‘100% reliability.’

Key clients

Carlsberg Deutschland GmbH

SkyCell AG

TÜV Saarland Holding GmbH

Work highlights

  • Representation of a manufacturer of shelving systems in a long-standing dispute regarding the admissibility of selling a shelving system after protection period expiry under special protection law.


Heuking's extensive competition experience covers various contentious and non-contentious issues as well as matters pertaining to copyright and data protection. The Cologne-based Dominik Eickermeier and Markus Lennartz in Frankfurt are the main contacts and focus on matters in the IT and telecommunications context.

Practice head(s):

Dominik Eickermeier; Markus Lennartz

Other key lawyers:

Christian Spintig; Antje Münch

JONAS Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

JONAS Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH's advice ranges from product development to distribution issues and contentious proceedings. Its competition expertise is further complemented by experience in media, press and copyright law. Karl Hamacher regularly reviews marketing measures and assists with sports law, while Martin Viefhues is experienced in pharmaceutical law. Nils Weber, who advises on distribution issues among other matters, and data protection and telecommunications lawyer Markus Robak are other key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Karl Hamacher; Martin Viefhues; Nils Weber; Markus Robak

King & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP focuses its competition advice on companies from the pharmaceutical and life sciences sectors, including biotechnology, as well as from the food industry. Practice head Ulf Grundmann handles issues relating to parallel imports, product development and advertising. In addition to trade mark and competition law, he is also well versed in food and medicinal advertising law.

Practice head(s):

Ulf Grundmann

Key clients

Novartis Pharma AG

ratiopharm GmbH

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

biomo Group

Teva GmbH Deutschland

Teva Pharmaceuticals Europe B.V.

Dr. Willmar Schwabe GmbH & Co.KG


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

Gamers Only GmbH

Roche Diagnostics GmbH

Chemische Fabrik Kreussler Co. GmbH

Amy’s Kitchen

Diagnostic Green

SGF International e.V.

Eckes-Granini Group

Work highlights

  • Representation of Novartis Pharma AG as the original manufacturer in referral procedure before the ECJ regarding the parallel import of medicinal products.

  • Representing biomo Group in several competition disputes relating to advertising claims.

  • Advising GSK Consumer Healthcare in a competition dispute regarding advertising claims for the Vitasprint Pro Immun product.

Lexton Rechtsanwälte

As an integral part of its IP practice, Lexton Rechtsanwälte advises clients on advertising and marketing measures with a particular focus on digital advertising and further defends them in contentious proceedings. The team is a popular address for companies from the e-commerce, consumer goods, advertising and manufacturing industries. Practice head Tilmann Lührig recently acted in several matters pertaining to trade secret protection and rebranding as well as in disputes before the DPMA and the EUIPO. He is supported by associate Sina Kalenberger (trade mark, design and competition law) among others.

Practice head(s):

Tilmann Lührig

Other key lawyers:

Sina Kalenberger


‘Problems are solved in an extremely efficient and pleasant way.’

‘Great knowledge.’

Key clients

mobile.de GmbH

ERGObaby Europe GmbH

AIK Allmänna Idrottsklubben

TX Group (Dreifive AG)

Investitionsbank des Landes Brandenburg

APCOA Parking Holdings GmbH

Arcitecta Pty Ltd.

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Lebensmittelsicherheit, Wasser- und Umwelthygiene mbH

earned media GmbH

easyslides GmbH

Calcuso GmbH


Torben, Lucie und die gelbe Gefahr GmbH (TLGG)

Berlin Food Week GmbH

Codeflow GmbH

Chubb Limited

York Wallcoverings, Inc

Hormocenta Hygiena Thober GmbH

Markt Research GmbH

American Agricultural Insurance Company

Panorama Fashion Fair GmbH

Investable GmbH

Jacobs Stiftung

Condo Group

Enatel Limited

Trockland Management GmbH

Rapp Berlin GmbH

Nam Nam 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

eBay Kleinanzeigen GmbH

Configit A/S

MNB Health GmbH

Work highlights

  • Worldwide advice and representation of mobile.de GmbH in competition, trade mark and domain law matters.

  • Advice to eBay Kleinanzeigen GmbH on the re-branding of eBay classifieds.


Loschelder applies its competition expertise particularly often in a contentious context, especially in remuneration proceedings and counterfeiting cases. Trade secret misappropriation represents another mainstay; these instructions are frequently led by Stefan Maaßen. He is one of the key partners alongside Thomas Schulte-Beckhausen, who not only handles trade mark and competition issues, but also food and pharmaceutical matters, and Patrick Pommerening (soft IP, including licensing agreements), who joined the partner ranks at the beginning of 2023.

Other key lawyers:

Patrick Pommerening; Stefan Maaßen; Thomas Schulte-Beckhausen

Key clients


Henkel AG & Co. KGaA

endori food GmbH & Co KG

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH's competition practice focuses on the luxury goods and retail sectors as well as the mobility and logistics industries and covers license agreements, advertising law issues, registration procedures and disputes. Geert Johann Seelig and Detlef Mäder, who both have longstanding experience across the entire soft IP spectrum, jointly lead the group.

Practice head(s):

Geert Johann Seelig; Detlef Mäder


‘Geert Johann Seelig and his team at Luther are more familiar with tobacco regulation issues than almost any other law firm in Germany. This concerns competition law issues, trade mark law and also regulatory issues.’

‘Geert Johann Seelig always delivers reliable and punctual invoices that are transparent and comprehensible.’

Key clients

Cathay Pacific Airways Limited

Reemtsma Cigarettenfabriken GmbH/Imperial Tobacco Ltd.

Daniel Wellington AB

Kamps GmbH

Molkerei Ammerland e.G.

THOIP (Sanrio GmbH)

Hakle GmbH

NB Green Cosmetics GmbH

Walbusch Walter Busch GmbH & Co. KG

Warsteiner Brauerei Haus Cramer KG/Warsteiner International KG

Edco Eindhoven B.V.

The Nomad Company B.V.

VDL Groep N.V.

National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences – Emmy Awards

JOYSONQUIN Automotive Systems GmbH

Harley Davidson

Same Deutz-Fahr Deutschland GmbH


Saint Gobain Glass

Spindel- und Lagerungstechnik Fraureuth GmbH

Zeller+Gmelin GmbH & Co. KG

CENTA / Regal Rexnord Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Cathay Pacific Airways Limited on intellectual property rights and copyright law under German law.

  • Advising VDL Group NV on alleged competition violations and representing them in legal disputes.

  • Advising NB Green Cosmetics GmbH on all trade mark and competition law matters as well as on the distribution of cosmetic products and representation in legal proceedings.

Oppenländer Rechtsanwälte

Oppenländer Rechtsanwälte is particularly adept in competition matters in the healthcare sector, resulting in a client base that includes drug manufacturers and manufacturers of other healthcare products; recently, the group increasingly assisted with digitalisation- and e-health-related matters. Other key clients stem from the energy industry which rely on the group's expertise in advertising campaigns and trade secret protection. The practice is jointly led by energy expert Markus Köhler as well as Christina Koppe-Zagouras and Timo Kieser, who are both experienced in the healthcare sector.

Practice head(s):

Markus Köhler; Christina Koppe-Zagouras; Timo Kieser

Key clients

EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG

Accord Healthcare GmbH

Biologische Heilmittel Heel GmbH

Dr. Güldener Firmengruppe

GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare GmbH & Co. KG

Julius Gaiser GmbH & Co. KG

Pajunk GmbH Medizintechnik

Staatliche Toto-Lotto GmbH Baden-Württemberg

Troll Cosmetics GmbH

Uhrenfabrik Junghans GmbH & Co. KG

Fashy GmbH

KS Gleitlager GmbH

WEPA Apothekenbedarf GmbH & Co. KG

RB Hygiene Home GmbH

Argutec SRO

Minimax Viking Group

Mosolf SE

NOE Schalttechnik GmbH

Primion Technology GmbH

Raupp Design GmbH

schwarzwald energy GmbH

Energie Calw GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare GmbH & Co. KG. on competition, medicinal products, cosmetics and food law issues.

Orth Kluth Rechtsanwälte

Orth Kluth Rechtsanwälte assists clients with trade secret protection, advertising and marketing measures and disputes. Ulla Kelp, who assists with competition law, patents, trade marks and copyright, jointly heads the practice with Philipp Mels, who has longstanding experience in the soft IP arena and is additionally well versed in data protection.

Practice head(s):

Philipp Mels; Ulla Kelp

Other key lawyers:

Elisaveta Breckheimer; Anja Doepner-Thiele


‘Practical and solution-oriented, very fast, and high quality work.’

Key clients

ASM Assembly Systems GmbH & Co. KG

Aurora Mühlen GmbH

Best Secret GmbH

Blanco GmbH + Co. KG

bofrost* Neukunden GmbH & Co. KG

bofrost* Unternehmensgruppe

Dentsu Aegis Network Central Europe GmbH

Dr. Kurt Wolff GmbH & Co. KG

Dr. Z. Medizinisches Versorgungszentrum GmbH

Gorilla Glue Europe Ltd.

The Gorilla Glue Company

Hamelin GmbH

Interzero Circular Solutions Germany GmbH

Kaufmann Neuheiten GmbH

National Express Rail GmbH

Schustermann & Borenstein GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advice and representation of Gorilla Glue Europe Ltd. in a dispute with Beiersdorf AG regarding an advertising campaign across all media (TV, internet, print) as well as product packaging before the LG Hamburg.

  • Advising bofrost* Neukunden GmbH & Co. KG on the preparation of all contracts with call centers and sales representatives, taking into account UWG and data protection issues.

  • Ongoing advice to Dentsu Aegis Network Central Europe GmbH on competition law; most recently advising on direct marketing internationally in 20 countries as well as on copyright and trade marks.


With expertise that extends from advertising law and e-commerce to data protection and IT, Raue offers clients extensive support in strategic and forensic competition matters. Markus Plesser has in-depth experience in licensing agreements and copyright law and jointly heads the practice with Robert Heine, whose advice includes media and e-commerce issues.

Practice head(s):

Markus Plesser; Robert Heine

Key clients

DocMorris Services NV



Einstein Kaffee Rösterei

Lilou Sp. Zo.o.


Deutsches Institut für Zell- und Gewebeersatz GmbH


Work highlights

  • Representation of DocMorris in landmark competition proceedings regarding the admissibility of online marketplaces for pharmacy products.

  • Representation of Sky in all registry matters in Germany, in particular objection proceedings, out-of-court disputes, trade mark cancellation proceedings as well as legal representation in pan-European injunction and damages claims.

Schmidt, von der Osten & Huber

Schmidt, von der Osten & Huber covers a wide range of competition issues both forensically and in an advisory capacity, which is not least due to its close cooperation with the trade mark, design and copyright teams. Notker Lützenrath, who acts extensively in the soft IP sector, jointly leads the practice with Cay Fürsen, who often advises on advertising campaigns and licensing agreements as well as acting in injunction, information and damages claim proceedings pertaining to competition violations.

Practice head(s):

Notker Lützenrath; Cay Fürsen


‘Outstanding in the area of ​​IP, communication and quality of legal advice is very high.’

Key clients



Arineo GmbH

DI Management GmbH

FC Gelsenkirchen-Schalke 04 e.V.

Jacob Holding GmbH / Crealize GmbH

Kickz.com GmbH

Lingohr & Partner Asset Management GmbH

Unibail-Rodamco Germany GmbH

Urban Technology GmbH (Dr Smile)

Wellnest GmbH