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Brauneis Rechtsanwälte
1010 WIEN

Austria > Intellectual property Tier 3

Brauneis Rechtsanwälte is frequently instructed on cross-border IP matters, advising Austrian and foreign clients across a broad range of IP issues, with a particular focus on trade marks. IP and unfair competition specialist Martin Reinisch‘s team assists its clients - often key players from the luxury goods and cosmetics sectors - with portfolio management, including applying for Austrian and EU IP protections and acting against infringers and counterfeiters across Europe.

Practice head(s):

Martin Reinisch


‘Martin Reinisch is very helpful and gives timely and to the point advice.’

‘BKP’s team is a real pleasure to work with; very practical and hands-on but at the same time very thorough where the legal matter is concerned.’

‘Never fails when it comes to giving the client and us the most relevant advice. Excellent firm.’

‘Martin Reinisch is outstanding as a trustworthy advisor.’

‘Martin Reinisch has been counselling us for many years in IP law and related issues. In particular, he also manages our trademarks that are protected in various countries, which works very smoothly due to his well-established network with selected IP firms not only throughout the CEE region but also in many other parts of the world.’

‘Martin Reinisch has very broad IP knowledge, advises us on all kinds of IP matters and sometimes even anticipates our needs before we are aware of them ourselves. We particularly enjoy the prompt responsiveness to our issues and questions, the fact that he and his team always find solutions to complex matters, and that all issues are handled focussing on what is economically sensible for our company.’

‘Martin Reinisch is our go-to person for IP and unfair competition matters in Austria. We appreciate his forward-thinking mindset and responsiveness. He proactively offers the best solutions for our clients.’

‘This team is excellent in time- and cost-efficient handling of counterfeit matters and they are strong in IP litigation.’

Key clients

Spirits International Group (SPI)

Shiseido (Beauté Prestige Intenational SA)


Quality Austria

Bacardi & Co Ltd.

Moët Hennessy Österreich GmbH

Choon’s Design LLC

CANNA International B.V.

Spruson & Ferguson (Hong Kong) Limited

Lalique Parfum SA

Ponti & Partners, SLP

Mani Bläuel GmbH

Work highlights

  • Representing SPI Group in a long-running court dispute regarding ownership of the Stolichnaya vodka trade mark.
  • Advising Quality Austria in various trade mark issues and other IP matters.
  • Advising Shiseido Group on anti-counterfeiting issues and other IP matters regarding its cosmetics brand.

Austria > Dispute resolution: commercial litigation Tier 4

Brauneis Rechtsanwälte’s commercial litigation practice is valued by clients for its 'highly complete understanding of the commercial litigation environment'. THe team is regularly instructed to handle consumer protection disputes within the financial services and insurance sectors. The leadership trio helming the group comprises Alexander KlauserGerald Otto and Bernhard Girsch.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Klauser; Gerald Otto; Bernhard Girsch


‘The team consists of great teamplayers and experts who are innovative decision-makers.’

‘The team always coordinates with the client in advance in a timely manner and in the best possible way, schedules are reliably adhered to, always competent, committed, friendly and available.’

‘Alexander Klauser is a very experienced and talented litigator. His performance in the courtroom is outstanding.’

‘Bernhard Girsch is very experienced and leads a team very skillfully. He also takes the client’s input very seriously and consults in a very polite but honest manner, which enables the client to make only the best decisions.’

‘Perfect team, which has a highly complete understanding of the commercial litigation environment.’

‘Gerald Otto: very competent and experienced, outstanding negotiation skills, high level of commitment and in addition great vision and strategic understanding.’

Key clients

VKI (Verein für Konsumenteninformation)

SPI Group / Spirits International BV

FRANKSTAHL Rohr- und Stahlhandelsgesellschaft m.b.H.

Union Investment Real Estate Austria AG

Christian Schäfer GmbH

Wirtschaftskammer Wien (Chamber of Commerce, Vienna)


Siemens Energy Austria GmbH

Canal+ Luxembourg S. à r.l.

Work highlights

  • Representing VKI in a class-action against Volkswagen.
  • Representing Canal+ Luxembourg in a dispute against the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation ORF, in which the latter is requesting a simulcrypt fee for permission to activate ORF programs on the former’s satellite platform.
  • Representing Siemens Energy Austria in a number of commercial litigation mandates.

Areas of practice

Litigation: We advise companies, local authorities, domestic and foreign law firms and private individuals in national and international disputes and litigation, in the field of white-collar crime, as well as in arbitration proceedings.

Real Estate: Our focus is on advising developers and investors on the acquisition and disposal of real estate via asset and share deals, including legal structuring and financing, as well as letting, sale and leaseback or leasing. We also advise on the development and operation of real estate projects, including approval procedures and construction contracts (planning, construction and operation). Finally, we also take care of claims managementincluding rent, eviction and termination procedures.

Corporate & Commercial: Corporate law and advice on commercial law issues are a focus of us. We support national as well as international companies and groups of companies, in particular medium-sized companies and groups of companies in structuring under company and contract law. We find solutions for the specific protection of trademarks and data as well as the successful implementation of joint ventures, reorganisations and national or cross-border M&A and private equity transactions.

Real Estate, Labour and Employment, Foundations and Trusts Dr. Andreas
Real Estate, International Construction, Mergers and Acquisitions Dr. Arno
Data Protection, IT and Telecommunications, Labour and Employment Mag. Georg
EU and Competition, Trade and Distribution, Dispute Resolution, Real Estate Dr. Bernhard
Public Procurement, Public Law Mag. Thomas
Real Estate, Mergers and Acquisitions, Dispute Resolution Dr. Gerald
IT and Telecommunications, Data Protection, Tax, Mergers and Acquisitions Dr. Felix Prä
Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), Commercial Criminal Law Dr. Orlin
Intellectual Property Mag. Martin
Compliance and Commercial Criminal Law Mag. Petra
Samy Ali photoMag Samy AliLawyer – Main Focus: Corporate Law, M&A.
Sonja Barnreiter photoDr Sonja BarnreiterLawyer – Main Focus: Dispute Resolution, Civil Law.
Andreas Bauer photoDr iur Andreas BauerPartner – Main Focus: Labour Law, Distribution Law, Corporations, Trusts.
Arno Brauneis photoDr iur Arno BrauneisPartner – Main Focus: M&A, Real Estate, Leases and Construction.
Georg Fellner photoMag iur Georg FellnerPartner – Main Focus: IT, Copyrights, Data Protection, E-Commerce.
Bernhard Girsch photoDr iur Bernhard GirschPartner – Main Focus: Cartel Law, Cooperatives and Corporations, Trade and Distribution…
Gerald Otto photoDr iur Gerald OttoPartner –  Main Focus: Corporations, Construction and Real Estate, Litigation.
Felix Prändl photoDr iur Felix PrändlPartner – Main Focus: M&A, Associations, IT, Arbitrator.
Orlin Radinsky photoDr iur Orlin RadinskyPartner – Main Focus: Commercial Criminnal Law, Real Estate, Trade, Central and…
Martin Reinisch photoMag iur Martin ReinischPartner – Main Focus: Trade Marks, Design, Patents, Copyright Law, Competition.
Philipp Sebesta photo Philipp SebestaLawyer – Main Focus: Corporate Law, Real Estate.
Petra Vyhnalik photoDr iur Petra VyhnalikLawyer – Main Focus: Real Estate, Copyright Law, Litigation.
Number of lawyers : 33
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