HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER > Dusseldorf, Germany > Firm Profile

HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER
STEINSTRASSE 20
40212 DÜSSELDORF
Germany

Intellectual property > Patent litigation: solicitors Tier 1

The German team of European IP boutique HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER is among the largest in Germany and particularly experienced in contentious proceedings in the electronics, telecoms, and life sciences industries as well as the biotechnology, automotive and optics sectors. The firm’s European network makes it a good address for cross-border proceedings, where the group often takes on a leading role. The team also has longstanding international experience in parallel proceedings in the US. In addition to the contentious practice, the group also advises on licensing agreements. Martin Köhler in Düsseldorf heads the German practice, which also includes renowned Christine Kanz (focus on biotechnology, chemistry and pharmacy) and Klaus Haft (including expertise on matters pertaining to chip technology, electronics and software).

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Testimonials

‘The team’s experience covers a wide range of technologies, for each of which the lawyers are really in-depth and have extensive knowledge of the relevant case law and legal systems. Top tier law firm.’

‘Tobias Hessel is easy to deal with, approachable, has respect for his clients and is very knowledgeable.’

The law firm has an excellent support team that forwards inquiries quickly and competently and establishes personal contact without delay. The legal profession is very easy to reach and has excellent legal competence in all matters. The necessary technical understanding is varied and very good. In comparison to other law firms, the legal quality is significantly higher. We don’t want to miss the cooperation.

There is constant coordination among the gentlemen in the team, so that the client can be contacted at all times. The technical perception can be described as very good, so that the legal preparation of the legal disputes can be carried out quickly and in a targeted manner.

Key clients

Carl Zeiss Microscopy

Dr. Kurt Wolff

Elekta

Fujifilm

Gilead

Hanwha Q Cells

Heckler & Koch

Huawei

Lenovo

Motorola Solutions

Open TV

Philip Morris International

Samsung

Telekom Deutschland GmbH

Texas Instruments

Work highlights

  • Representing Gilead in patent infringement litigation involving two blockbuster products, including proceedings before the ECJ Grand Chamber on the interpretation of the SPC Regulation (Gilead vs Teva, C-121/17).
  • Representing Heckler & Koch in patent infringement proceedings for the protection of a rifle locking system.
  • Representing and strategically advising Huawei in the Connected Cars disputes against Nokia and Sharp.

Intellectual property > Unfair competition Tier 3

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.

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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.

Intellectual property > Trade marks Tier 4

HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER expanded its soft IP team with the partner appointments of Mathis Breuer in January 2021 and Ivan Dimitrov in January 2022 respectively. The European IP boutique with offices in Germany, France, Spain and Belgium, fields Christina Tenbrock and practice head Thomas Schmitz, both like Breuer in Düsseldorf, offers advice on trade mark and design law, the geographical indications of origin act and advertising law, among others. The team has particular sector expertise in the food, cosmetics, life sciences and consumer electronics sectors. The partner trio is renowned for its litigation experience and border seizure practice with additional capacities in application strategies and licensing agreements.

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Testimonials

‘The perfect balance between professionalism and an extremely pleasant atmosphere makes working together so easy. Deadlines are always met, feedback is prompt and the results are outstanding. Particularly noteworthy is the feeling for the client and his needs.’

‘Particularly noteworthy is Ivan Dimitrov, who is not only an absolute great professionally, but who is also a lot of fun to work with. Committed, proactive and full of ideas on how to solve problems.’

Key clients

Adlon Brand GmbH & Co. KG.

Bübchen

Dr. Kurt Wolff/ Dr. August Wolff

EOS – Energy of Smooth

GlaxoSmithKline

Katjes Fassin

OYESS Beauty

Piasten

Samsung

Steinel GmbH

Takeda

Tom Rossau A/S

Trivago

Work highlights

  • Extensive procedural advisory work for GlaxoSmithKline, including the registration and defense of the color trademark in various opposition and nullity proceedings.
  • Comprehensive representation of Samsung in trademark and competition law matters, including an extensive matter with various court and official proceedings in connection with the smart home umbrella brand.
  • Acquisition of Takeda’s complete Europe-wide brand portfolio and partial global portfolio coordination.

The Firm

HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER is a specialised European intellectual property law boutique created in 2015 when the well-established top tier IP firms Hoyng Monegier and Reimann Osterrieth Köhler Haft (ROKH) decided to join forces. In 2019, the firm teamed up with French patent litigation boutique, Véron & Associés. Today HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER gathers more than 100 passionate IP professionals with offices in Amsterdam, Brussels, Düsseldorf, Lyon, Madrid, Mannheim (branch office), Munich and Paris.

Expertise

In all of its locations HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER services the needs of clients in the field of intellectual property law, including patents and trade secrets, trademarks, copyrights and design rights, as well as in related fields, such as pharmaceutical regulatory law, unfair competition, IT and data protection law, media and advertising law and all IP related contracts.

In patent law, the focus of HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER lies in particular on the technical areas of electronics and telecommunications, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, automotive and optics, with decades of proven expertise. The firm also serves all other technical fields, including mechanics, electrical engineering and chemicals.

In addition, in the fields of trademark, copyright, design right law, HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER offers a complete range of services relating to the enforcement, exploitation, assessment and protection of these rights, always at the forefront of new developments. Given the full harmonisation of European trademark and design right law it is ideally placed to serve its clients’ needs. HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER advises and represents its clients across a broad range of sectors including food and beverages, pharmaceuticals, industrial design, media, entertainment and publishing.

The firm represents its clients before all relevant national and European IP courts and authorities as well as arbitrating their IP disputes. It also acts for them as experienced negotiators and assist in drafting licensing, R&D and technology transfer agreements.

Approach

HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER is a top-tier IP law firm. The firm is committed to providing innovative, practical and business-oriented solutions to its clients and all IP issues. HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER emphasizes the handling of clients’ cases by experienced partners. In large-scale cases, the lawyers work in well-coordinated teams, focused on the individual requirements of each case and with the highest standards of quality, speed, efficiency and cost awareness.

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