Partner - BEST Rechtsanwälte PartmbB
Udo Pfleghar trained in Melbourne, Australia, and Regensburg, Germany, before being admitted to the Bar. Having worked in Munich for a law firm specialised in intellectual property, he went to Spain in 1999 to join the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OHIM) in Alicante (now the EU Intellectual Property Office). At OHIM, he worked for several years as a senior trademark examiner, dealing with opposition and cancellation proceedings, representing OHIM before the European courts in Luxembourg and training new staff. On his return to Germany in 2004, he joined pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim, where he was responsible for all matters relating to trademarks, designs and domains as head of the trademark and domain law group.
Mr Pfleghar joined BEST Rechtsanwälte as a partner in January 2009. He specialises in trademark, design and domain law, and provides strategic counselling to clients on the most efficient and economical ways to combine different types of protection to benefit from their differences and possible synergies. He also advises clients frequently on issues of data protection, unfair competition and pharmaceutical advertising.
Mr Pfleghar is a panellist for ‘.eu’ alternative dispute resolution proceedings and frequently speaks and publishes on IP issues. He is also a lecturer in law at Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, as well as the chair of the European Communities Trademark Association Subcommittee on the EU Intellectual Property Office guidelines. He is a member of UNION, the German-Australian-Pacific Lawyers Association (where he is responsible for the IP practice group) and other professional organisations. He is an officially appointed translator for English and German.
BEST Rechtsanwälte PartmbB
Frankfurt am Main 65929
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