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Harmsen Utescher

Intellectual property > Trade marks Tier 1

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


‘Competence and speed.’

Work highlights

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

Intellectual property > Unfair competition Tier 2

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).

Germany > Consumer goods and food law Tier 4

Harmsen Utescher, who has been active in the IP field for over 125 years, offers clients 'professionally excellent', versatile assistance with matters ranging from product development support to competition and IP law assessments to complaints procedures. The very international client portfolio includes manufacturers and distributors of food and beverages. Rainer Kaase has strengths in patent and medical device law, Till Lampel is considered an expert in competition and trademark issues and John-Christian Plate is particularly well versed in the pharmaceutical and food sectors.


‘Harmsen Utescher is technically excellent, very well organized, keeps all appointments, takes us seriously and treats us as equals.’

‘Mr. Lampel impresses with clarity, professional competence and very good availability. His back office functions are working in line with Mr. Lampel.’

Key clients

Dovgan GmbH

Amecke GmbH & Co. KG

Newlat GmbH

Intersnack Group


Columbus Drinks

Intellectual property > Patent litigation Tier 5

Harmsen Utescher, one of Germany's oldest IP boutiques, fields a team active in both prosecution and litigation. Thus, practice head Karsten Königer and his team are experienced in both infringement proceedings and validity proceedings.

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The firm: Harmsen Utescher’s lawyers are the specialists for protection of intellectual property and the firm is active, both nationally and internationally, in this role. From the first hour of its existence, the protection of intellectual property has been its speciality. The firm has since then been one of Germany’s most experienced and renowned IP boutiques.

Many large and mid-sized companies, both domestically and abroad, put their trust in the firm’s experience. It goes hand in hand with its passion to achieve the best for its clients through innovative and creative solutions.

Areas of practice: Harmsen Utescher covers all areas of intellectual property protection. The firm’s attorneys-at-law and patent attorneys are experts in trade mark law, unfair competition law, copyright and design law, patent law, pharmaceutical and food law, as well as antitrust and data protection law, and all related legal fields.

It does not matter whether the firm’s clients come from traditional industries or call upon its competence in relatively new areas such as IT, software, biotech or telecommunications. Harmsen Utescher will work for them comprehensively, either as an advisor or in court.

Till E. Lampeltill.lampel@harmsen.utescher.com+49 (0)40 376 909-0
Kristin Bonhagen photoMs Kristin BonhagenAssociate; German and International Trademark Law, Copyright Law, Unfair Competition Law, Design…
Henrik Dirksmeier photoMr Henrik DirksmeierCounsel; Unfair Competition Law, German and International Trademark Law, IT Law, International…
Jan Peter Heidenreich photoDr Jan Peter HeidenreichPartner; Unfair Competition Law, German and International Trademark Law, Copyright and Design…
Rainer Kaase photoMr Rainer KaasePartner; German and International Trademark Law, Unfair Competition Law, Patent and Design…
Martin Kefferpütz photoDr Martin KefferpützPartner; German and International Trademark Law, Unfair Competition Law, IT Law, Copyright…
Karsten Königer photoDr Karsten KönigerPartner; Patent and Utility Model Law; Patent Litigation; Intellectual Property Licensing.
Till Lampel photoMr Till LampelPartner; German and International Trademark Law, Unfair Competition Law, Copyright and Design…
Andrea Marx photoMs Andrea MarxPartner; German and International Trademark Law, Unfair Competition Law, Copyright Law, Design…
Martina Pfaff photoDr Martina PfaffGerman and International Trademark Law, Unfair Competition Law, Food Law
John-Christian Plate photoDr John-Christian PlatePartner; Unfair Competition Law, German and International Trademark Law, Copyright Law, Pharmaceutical…
Karin Sandberg photoDr Karin SandbergPartner; German and International Trademark Law, Unfair Competition Law, Copyright and Design…
Christoph Schumann photoDr Christoph SchumannPartner; Unfair Competition Law, IT law, Sports Law, Media Law, German and…
Kristina Wagner photoMs Kristina WagnerGerman and International Trademark Law, Unfair Competition Law, Design Law and Copyrights
Matthias Wolter photoDr Matthias WolterPartner; Unfair Competition Law, German and European Antitrust Law, German and International…
Anna Wrage photoMs Anna Wrage 
Number of lawyers : 20