Germany

Thanks to the efficiency of Germany’s legal system, as well as the proficiency of its customs officials, brand enforcement continues apace. Blue-chip companies frequently use the storied Higher Regional Court in Dusseldorf as a litmus test for their IP rights in Europe. Boutiques maintain their strong standing on the market, thanks to their enduring appeal among family-owned businesses; comprising a significant slice of Germany’s celebrated Mittelstand, these companies prioritise cost effectiveness and an attentive, personalised service when seeking legal counsel. This is reflected in the 2017 WTR 1000, with boutiques claiming four of the six spots in gold.

Firms

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Gleiss Lutz
Grünecker
Hogan Lovells International LLP
Lubberger Lehment
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Baker McKenzie LLP
Bird & Bird
CMS Hasche Sigle
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
Harte-Bavendamm Rechtsanwälte PartG mbB
KLAKA Rechtsanwälte
Lorenz Seidler Gossel
Taylor Wessing
Vossius & Partner
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Arnold Ruess
Beiten Burkhardt
FPS Fritze Wicke Seelig Partnerschaftsgesellschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB
Hengeler Mueller
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek
JONAS Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH
Jones Day
Lichtenstein, Körner & Partners mbB
Meissner, Bolte & Partner
Noerr LLP
Preu Bohlig & Partner
Schultz – Süchting Rechtsanwälte
Siebeke, Lange, Wilbert
Arnold Ruess
“Top-quality IP boutique” Arnold Ruess “provides impressive cross-border support and reliably strong client service. Its practitioners are dynamic and seriously recommended”. The firm has expanded its talent pool considerably over the past year, making a number of new hires; it now has 11 dedicated professionals on its bench. The exclusive IP adviser in Germany to Sony Computer Entertainment, it vigorously safeguards the electronics giant’s PLAYSTATION trademarks. Other noteworthy clients include Johanniterorden, Peek & Cloppenburg, PB Pharma and Subaru. Leading on the Sony brief is founding partner Peter Ruess, an “eloquent and very strong all-round IP lawyer who is really pleasant to work with”; he has useful complementary expertise in unfair competition law.
Baker McKenzie LLP
Baker McKenzie is best known for its prestigious prosecution practice, but has also been building up its enforcement capabilities of late. The one-stop shop provides holistic protection across a wide array of industries. It recently assisted British American Tobacco in devising trademark strategies for the launch of new products, including e-cigarettes; it also represented Moët Hennessey in proceedings against infringers of champagne marks DOM PERIGNON, MOET & CHANDON, VEUVE CLIQUOT, KRUG, RUINART and MERCIER. Contentious heavyweight Benjamin Koch brings valuable in-house experience to the table – he previously served as legal counsel in BMW’s IP department. Strategic mastermind Rembert Niebel successfully secured complex colour mark registrations for 3M; he appears frequently before the German Patent and Trademark Office (DPMA). Michael Fammler drafts licence agreements with the utmost precision and is a deft hand at managing worldwide portfolios. Bardehle Pagenberg serves up a comprehensive IP offering, encompassing everything from clearance and prosecution to portfolio management and national and multi-jurisdictional enforcement. It is especially strong when it comes to the interplay between EU trademarks and international registrations under the Madrid Agreement. It recently extended its global reach through a cooperation agreement with Yusarn Audrey in Singapore. Work highlights include representing Australian Gold on a significant invalidation matter before the EU General Court and assisting Nintendo in fraught court proceedings against Bigben. “The team is excellent – it is precise, organised and highly effective in communicating. It perfectly understands clients’ needs and creates specific products to fit them. The analysis always takes into account the particularities of the relevant industry.” Henning Hartwig is “one of the best trademark and design protection experts in the country and a very pleasant person to work with. He is academically minded and has top theoretical know-how”. Alexander von Mühlendahl is another “outstanding” practitioner; together with Hartwig, he helped LLR-G5 with significant invalidation issues. Comparative advertising sage Claus Eckhartt is “very quick to react and business minded. He answers requests quickly and knows how to deal with emergencies. Plus, he is very personable”.
Beiten Burkhardt
Beiten Burkhardt’s burgeoning Frankfurt office now has the firepower to stand side by side in prominence with its much-respected Berlin and Munich bureaux. The forward-thinking outfit operates flawlessly across the contentious/non-contentious divide, but it is perhaps at its strongest on the shrewd negotiation of licence agreements. It was lately entrusted with the stewardship of Motor-Talk’s global trademark portfolio; it has also been assisting longstanding patron the German Football Association with licensing and transactional matters. Tilmann Luehrig is responsible for the watertight protection of Estée Lauder’s iconic LA MER trademark; other notable clients come from the media, music and publishing spheres. The versatile Tanja Hogh Holub has successfully handled myriad registration, opposition and cancellation proceedings before the DPMA. Founded in 1998, boutique BEST Rechtsanwälte fields a diverse and highly experienced team with many professionals who have previously worked in-house or for the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO); the group’s business insight and procedural savvy put clients in pole position. Its sparkling client roster features entities from sectors as varied as pharmaceuticals, hotels, fashion and automotive. It has lately made a name for itself addressing data protection issues arising from online and email advertising campaigns. Name partner Michael Best is a scholarly practitioner who wrote his doctoral thesis on trademark and unfair competition law; he is now an authority on domain name issues. Teammate Udo Pfleghar is another online maven: he publishes widely on related topics and is a panellist for ‘.eu’ dispute resolution proceedings.
Bird & Bird
With 28 offices across Europe, Asia and the Middle East and an army of more than 1,000 professionals on staff, Bird & Bird has a deep resource base and a resolutely international outlook. It counsels an eclectic mix of nascent companies and famous multinationals on matters both contentious and non-contentious. Richard Dissman stands out in the anti-counterfeiting realm: “He is excellent – solutions oriented and experienced.” He has lately been advising L’Oréal on a slew of simultaneously pending injunction and cancellation proceedings. “Business-minded professional” Joseph Fesenmair “offers robust support in regards to commercial transactions”. He recently helped to broker a trademark delimitation agreement between client Audi and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Uwe Lüken comes into his own counselling on non-traditional marks; he has been busy representing Deutscher Sparkassen und Giroverband in a dispute with Santander surrounding a red colour mark. Boehmert & Boehmert is a “well-organised, reliable and responsive firm offering a high level of service”. Since its establishment in the 1930s, the star-studded boutique has continually refined its practice to become one of the most sought-after outfits in Germany. It excels at both prosecution and enforcement: on the former, it recently advised Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios on issues arising from its new subscription video on demand channel; on the latter, it has been representing ASOS in 20 pending court cases in various jurisdictions. All-rounder Axel Nordemann is singled out for his “excellent pan-European strategy and enforcement expertise”. He counts anti-counterfeiting as a strong suit. Both Jan Bernd Nordemann and Volker Schmitz-Fohrmann have authored influential reference works on intellectual property. Nordemann provides “fantastic, cost-effective advice” and keeps a sharp eye on non-contentious issues; while the “exceptionally responsive” Schmitz-Fohrmann is adept at manging weighty IP portfolios and heated infringement proceedings. “He is fantastic. He has excellent substantive knowledge and is very clear in his communication.” Anke Nordemann-Schiffel represents clients in the food, cosmetics and publishing industries with verve; she has valuable supplementary know-how in copyright law. Strategic guru Ludwig Kouker shines on brand management and never loses sight of the bigger picture. Tactical ace Peter Gross makes his debut in the WTR 1000 this year; patrons heartily applaud his “swift and creative prosecution counsel”. Florian Schwab is “brilliant at aligning strategy and exchanging information. It is very pleasant working with him. He is a true expert when it comes to IP litigation”. boesling IP enters the WTR 1000 for the first time on the back of a banner year. The dynamic Hamburg boutique has built an enviable international client base, including prestigious names in the fashion, sportswear, social media and medical devices fields. It recently prevailed for Abercrombie & Fitch in opposition proceedings against Unterwegs AG before the DPMA, and defended Hummel’s figurative chevron marks against applications for revocation and invalidity based on alleged non-use and lack of distinctive character at the EUIPO. Working together on the latter brief were leading lights Thies Bösling and Inga George. Founding partner Bösling is a “strong, theoretically minded IP professional who consistently leaves clients extremely content”. Of George, one interviewee enthused: “Thanks to her interactive, independent and highly responsive counsel – which was swiftly delivered and characterised by a perfect and immediate understanding of our needs – it was possible to achieve a strong result. We appreciate her impeccable English, her focus on practical considerations, her cost effectiveness, her shrewd evaluation and her creativity.”
CMS Hasche Sigle
“CMS Hasche Sigle has an extremely strong trademark team; its practitioners really know what they are doing and push points well.” The firm burns brightly in Cologne, but has a further eight offices nationwide, giving it intimate familiarity with the inner workings of courtrooms around the country. Opponents are wary of battling Alexander Späth in high-stakes litigation; he will stop at nothing to stamp out plagiarism. A polished performer on both sides of the contentious/non-contentious divide, Gordian Hasselblatt is a client favourite for his clearance know-how, especially in the context of international product launches.
FPS Fritze Wicke Seelig Partnerschaftsgesellschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB
FPS stands out in the crowded German market thanks to its singular expertise in the fashion sector and invaluable French language skills. It has kept particularly busy in the non-traditional trademark space, securing protection for the abstract marks of premier international companies. Having forged strong ties with customs officials, the firm counts anti-counterfeiting as another forte. The sharp-witted Carsten Albrecht has chalked up more than 30 years at the IP coalface and can smoothly negotiate favourable out-of-court settlements for clients.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
In concert with their colleagues in the firm’s acclaimed banking and finance team, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s trademark professionals dispense perceptive advice on IP-driven transactions and tax-efficient IP structuring. A recent highlight was their representation of Bionet Holding on the sale of its Scil portfolio, within the wider context of the sale of its animal health division to Henry Schein. The firm has also been flexing its enforcement muscle on behalf of Mars in connection with its snack, food and pet food businesses. Having worked on this mandate, “superb trademark lawyer” and IP head Matthias Koch is always candid with clients, providing frank assessments of a project’s chances of success and long-term implications. Dusseldorf-based Andrea Lensing-Kramer has extensive contentious experience under her belt; she obtained a ground-breaking decision on the liability of e-commerce platform providers for trademark infringement.
Gleiss Lutz
Full-service Gleiss Lutz has had an action-packed year. Among other highlights, it represented Beiersdorf in high-stakes proceedings before the Federal Court of Justice concerning the NIVEA BLUE colour mark, and assisted Blizzard Entertainment on a matter relating to the distribution of automation software for World of Warcraft. Involved in the former, the “scarily smart” Stefan Völker wins praise for his “efficient and proactive counsel”– he is “certainly among the top trademark professionals in Germany”. Tactically astute teammate Matthias Werner has a flair for the fine print of licensing, R&D and cooperation agreements. The percipient Andreas Wehlau has comestible entities queuing up to instruct him; media law is another strength.
Grünecker
Grünecker joins the elite cadre of gold-ranked firms in this year’s guide. Its “extremely strong and well-organised team” has “profound IP knowledge and strong commercial awareness; it provides hands-on, first-class service”. “Because it has a strong network in other countries, it can also offer clients strategic help no matter what part of the world they need it in and at a reasonable price.” It was recently entrusted with Signa’s 450-strong portfolio of trademarks, domains and other rights; while on the contentious front, it represented long-term client Hermès in a number of trials and initiated several border surveillance programmes for the fashion house. “Fantastic in all aspects of trademark law”, Nicolás Schmitz “knows how to factor corporate realities into his legal analysis and is very efficient”. Maximilian Kinkeldey is a “reliable and technically superb lawyer. His advice is crystal clear and simply presented”. Of Holger Gauss, one interviewee remarks: “He has outstanding knowledge and experience and a remarkable sense for our needs. He can truly turn a losing case into a winning one. Plus you can call him anytime to discuss urgent issues.” He has lately been handling clearance matters for Samsung. The agile Anja Franke has been assisting Arcelik of Turkey – one of Europe’s largest manufacturers of household appliances – in a case before the EU General Court. She also shines on automotive briefs. “Extremely strong” Harmsen Utescher is a cutting-edge boutique with a sparkling international client roster. It recently represented Japanese company Astellas Pharma before the Federal Court of Justice in trademark violation and parallel import proceedings; it also advised Jack Wolfskin on a high-profile matter concerning its famous paw-shaped mark. Skilful duellist Martin Kefferpütz has valuable ancillary expertise in unfair competition and copyright law, in addition to his deep well of branding knowledge. The “spectacular” Karin Sandberg is “incredibly smart and hardworking”; she provided perceptive guidance to Bell Deutschland in regards to the Black Forest ham geographical indication. Till Lampel wins plaudits for his “excellent trademark advice”. He is the chair of the unfair competition team and a member of the trademark reform taskforce of the European Association of Trademark Owners. “Highly qualified” media sage Christoph Schumann “always presents a practical solution with careful consideration of all interests and risks. He has fantastic knowledge and delivers results swiftly”.
Harte-Bavendamm Rechtsanwälte PartG mbB
“Harte-Bavendamm is a top-notch boutique offering the utmost level of expertise, experience and service. The firm has a very well-balanced, efficient team of esteemed lawyers who excel with extremely broad knowledge and the most creative – but target-aimed – solutions. They combine their individual strengths remarkably and deliver the best results.” Interviewees commend the outfit’s unique ability to recruit “the cream of the crop” from the next generation of IP practitioners. Of its current stars, name partner Henning Harte-Bavendamm and Michael Goldmann are the most distinguished. Harte-Bavendamm assiduously represented football club St Pauli in a matter concerning the merchandising rights surrounding “the world’s coolest soccer club”. Goldman is a “wizard of trademark law. He is hands on, pragmatic and a distinguished scholar – he knows everything and has never forgotten any decision that he’s ever read”. Andrea Jaeger-Lenz has been busy handling prosecution for Nestlé, but also has a dazzling record before the European Court of Justice (ECJ). Frederik Thiering is a dab hand at drafting prior rights and licence agreements; his diverse client roster includes Gruner + Jahr and Volkswagen. Prosecution sage Marion Jacob is an “outstanding, target-oriented expert with an enormous amount of experience and knowledge. She provides clear and extremely well-informed advice”.
Hengeler Mueller
Commercial outfit Hengeler Mueller has one of the strongest standalone IP transactional practices around, but is also a force to be reckoned with in patent and trademark disputes. “Excellent when it comes to strategic planning”, its practitioners demonstrate cutting-edge thinking at every turn – one reason why trendsetting companies such as Uber rely on it when launching new products. Transactional maven Andrea Schlaffge escorted Österreichische Post through complex IP matters arising from the sale of logistics provider trans-o-flex to Amberger Familien and Schoeller Holding. With over 20 years’ experience to his name, Wolfgang Kellenter is a versatile practitioner who makes light work of contentious and non-contentious briefs for fashion and telecommunications concerns.
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek
Frequently sought out for its progressive, commercially minded approach, full-service outfit Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek provides comprehensive trademark coverage from eight offices across Germany – including a resource-rich bureau in Frankfurt, the country’s financial capital – and two in the foreign business hotspots of Brussels and Zurich. Unfair competition maestro Thorsten Wieland is “extremely skilled in litigation”, acting for some of the continent’s top fashion brands; he has electrified at the ECJ many a time. Boasting extensive knowledge of copyright and publishing law, Christian Spintig maintains a vibrant practice at the bleeding edge of technological developments.
Hogan Lovells International LLP
Hogan Lovells is “a fantastic firm whose strong reputation is well earned. It sets the benchmark for prosecution and litigation; the team is extremely capable and creative”. With bases in Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Frankfurt and Munich, it has the resources needed to service the most demanding clients. Of late, it represented Peek & Cloppenburg in over 150 proceedings before German courts and advised Deutsche Telekom on trademark issues arising from its agreement with Stroer SE for the sale of online platform T-Online.de and digital marketing company InteractiveMedia CCSP; it also provided vital assistance to BayWa in a significant registration matter. “Excellent trademark litigator” Andreas Bothe comes recommended for his “high level of expertise, accessibility, response time, down-to-earth attitude and overall hands-on approach, combined with cost consciousness. His counsel is always customised, taking into account clients’ internal politics and preferences. He understands the corporate mindset”. “Very strong and experienced professional” Leopold von Gerlach is fierce and uncompromising in the fight against fakes; having worked in the field for over two decades, he has forged close links with customs authorities. WTR 1000 newcomer Mareike Hunfeld “personally involves herself in all proceedings and attends to her clients’ wishes and concerns as if they were her own. Plus she’s really clear in explaining things and lays out all possible eventualities in every case. Her professionalism is faultless”. Another new entrant, Erhard Keller is “very well known in the IP community. You can always rely on what he says, because he is extremely bright – he’s fair, too.” He has a striking track record before the ECJ.
JONAS Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH
The holistic IP counsel on offer at JONAS ensures that brands are protected from inception to distribution; it supplements its much-admired trademark practice with deep expertise in competition and design law. Recent highlights coordinating a major prosecution project covering more than 200 countries for DHL International and acting for LR Health and Beauty System in a complex pan-European dispute. Nils Weber “doesn’t just delegate work to associates; he thinks for himself and provides his own opinions. His arguments are well structured and presented excellently – judges are easily convinced by what he says”. Fellow sharpshooter Martin Viefhues is a “dynamic and practical professional who regularly takes on complex European litigation and is really experienced”.
Jones Day
With 44 offices worldwide manned by a staggering number of talented lawyers, Jones Day is a perfect choice for multinationals with vast international portfolios or multi-jurisdictional wrangles on their hands; it currently manages more than 38,000 marks across the globe. Recent standouts include handling all opposition work for Koninklijke KPN and winning an EU-wide export preliminary injunction for EOS/The Kind Group. Involved in both briefs, Marc Groebl is the firm’s resident trademark hero; the domain name dynamo is hailed for his “strong client interaction skills”.
KLAKA Rechtsanwälte
“Fantastic IP boutique” KLAKA provides a “cost-effective” offering to a loyal, ever-expanding client base. It represents businesses from around the world – including a multitude of US and Japanese entities – from industries as varied as pharmaceuticals, fashion and sports. It recently assisted German and European footwear market leader Deichmann on a number of high-profile applications; it also proffered shrewd strategic counsel to BMW concerning infringement actions against replica rim producers. Ralf Hackbarth “perfectly tailors his services to clients’ needs; that, combined with his knowledge and experience, makes him one of the best trademark litigators in the country.” “He is very prominent in the field. You have to respect him.” “Professional, collegial and solution-oriented lawyer” Andreas Schulz has 25 years of experience and specialises in the food and drug sectors. Joining them in the tables this year is Stefan Abel: “He takes a constructive approach to matters and is seriously determined to achieve desirous results for his clients.” He advised Longchamp on trademark matters concerning its iconic ‘Le Pliage’ handbag. Kuhnen & Wacker continues to make waves on the German trademark scene. Founded in 1976 in Friesing, the nimble boutique has consistently beefed up its service with major hires and a state-of-the-art filing system which guarantees clients swift responses and instantaneous access to their documents. Clearance searches and complex prosecution matters are strong suits. Christian Thomas dispenses “strong strategic counsel in a short timeframe and at a reasonable price”. He has in-depth licensing, merchandising and anti-counterfeiting expertise.
Lichtenstein, Körner & Partners mbB
Counselling the Ethical Coffee Company on Nestlé's three-dimensional trademark registration for the shape of the Nespresso capsule and working with Porsche on an opposition proceeding against an EU trademark registration are just two recent highlights for commercial outfit Lichtenstein, Körner & Partners. While it suffered heavy personnel losses in late 2015, it retains a loyal client base and is now rebuilding with verve. Kerstin Gründig-Schnelle led the charge on the Nestlé brief; she can serve the needs of foreign businesses in English, French and Italian, and has profound expertise in domain name issues.
Lorenz Seidler Gossel
“Extremely strong” Lorenz Seidler Gossel “performs well in huge litigation matters. It has a diverse team with excellent individuals across the board, meaning that there is always someone there to take care of your case, however unique. Its professionals are really dogged and perseverant, too”. Veteran enforcement maestro Reinhard Ingerl speaks fluent English, French and Spanish, and ably caters to the needs of countless international household names. Christian Rassmann continues to win companies over with his rigorous approach to branding issues and on-point counsel; he publishes widely in the field. “Amazing” litigator Siegfried Jackermeier debuts in the WTR 1000 this year. “He is incredibly versatile – he can pick up and play every musical instrument, so to speak. Plus, he’s tenacious.”
Lubberger Lehment
“Outstanding” boutique Lubberger Lehment fields an “extremely professional and dedicated trademark litigation team, with strong expertise in the luxury goods and perfume sectors”. The reputation of its Hamburg office – opened in 2013 to supplement its longstanding Berlin base – is firmly on the ascendant. Interviewees highlight the phenomenal number of cases that the firm has taken all the way to the Federal Court of Justice and the ECJ. Name partner Andreas Lubberger is an “extremely strong lawyer with impressive commercial understanding. He is very personable and a pleasure to work with”. Fellow founding partner and enforcement ace Cornelis Lehment flexes serious muscle in parallel import and unfair competition matters; he has orchestrated anti-counterfeiting programmes for a raft of marquee brands.
Meissner, Bolte & Partner
Meissner, Bolte & Partner performs “outstanding work on urgent matters. The speed at which its members react, the calibre of its advice and the manner in which it then implements it is fantastic”. With nine outposts in Germany, it consistently ranks among the top five filers in the country. It recently advised Gerhard D Wempe on all aspects of its prosecution plan; while on the enforcement side, it fought valiantly for Mammut Sports Group in a number of bet-the-farm cases. Andreas Ebert-Weidenfeller counts pre-launch label and product reviewing as a strong suit, and adroitly manages myriad worldwide portfolios. Technology transfer virtuoso Tobias Wuttke boasts complementary expertise in drafting R&D agreements.
Noerr LLP
Noerr has a 60-strong IP team operating across the continent, which provides joined-up coverage throughout Central, Southern and Eastern Europe. such, it is a preferred choice for myriad German companies with significant overseas interests, as well as large multinationals. It was recently engaged by ActivumSG Capital Management, providing portfolio counsel and advising on a dispute with a competitor in Spain; it also represented Crocs in key proceedings before the DPMA. Sandra Redeker “thoroughly understands the needs of clients, but the true added value comes from pairing that understanding with excellent expertise in intellectual property and litigation. She is truly committed and fights passionately for the interests of whomever she’s representing. Her advice is superbly clear and she is extremely responsive”. Anti-counterfeiting sage Georg Jahn has been representing Degussa Goldhandel on substantial border seizures and infringement matters.
Preu Bohlig & Partner
The IP counsel dispensed at business-minded Preu Bohlig & Partner is infused with a far-sighted consideration of commercial realities. Online issues are a forte and the firm has attracted the attentions of numerous cutting-edge start-ups, in addition to the major players that also rely on it. Fluent in French, rainmaker Sebastian Eble has helped the firm to win several high-profile instructions across the border; he complements his trademark expertise with impressive competition law knowledge.
Schultz – Süchting Rechtsanwälte
Agile boutique Schultz – Süchting Rechtsanwälte provides a comprehensive trademark offering, although it hits particularly hard on contentious matters with European elements; pharmaceutical and media law are strongholds. Dirk Bruhn has two decades of experience under his belt and it shows: he calmly makes a persuasive case in the courtroom and never buckles under pressure.
Siebeke, Lange, Wilbert
For over 60 years Siebeke, Lange, Wilbert has furnished clients with creative, custom-tailored IP counsel. Its roster ranges from celebrities to medium and large-sized companies hailing from all corners of the world. Business nous is a hallmark of its service – the big picture is always front and centre of its thinking. The “strong and fair” Paul Lange has a real flair for geographical indications. Widely respected Monica Wenz has served as president of the European Communities Trademark Association’s Harmonisation Committee; she has complementary expertise in antitrust and licensing.
Taylor Wessing
With offices in Berlin, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich, Taylor Wessing casts a long shadow on the German IP landscape. Recent highlights include defending Continental in an opposition brought by Michelin to the EU trademark application for X-KING; advising on FC Bayern Munich’s anti-counterfeiting strategy; and representing HPE on its break-up in the European Union and the introduction of a new corporate logo and company acronym. Thomas Raab is singled out for his “very thorough work and, in particular, his excellent presentation of arguments”; he has intimate knowledge of the Chinese market. Wiebke Baars specialises in the media, fashion and toy industries. “She is a skilled and efficient lawyer who is pleasant to work with and can be relied on for consistently high performance.” Head of the internet and trademarks group Olaf Gillert is a consumer goods and automotive industry whizz who manages a plethora of high-value portfolios. Making her debut in the WTR 1000, “outstanding” practitioner Ortrun Günzel has keen insight into geographical indication issues. Founded in January 2016, UNIT4 IP has got off to a fantastic start. The boutique has already cultivated a dazzling clientele featuring both nascent start-ups and world-renowned entities from sectors such as pharmaceuticals, fashion, retail and publishing. Its professionals have extensive experience working with US enterprises and so know how to tailor services to North American practices and expectations. Of late, it has been busy representing businesses before the EUIPO and tackling tricky domain name matters. Ursula Stelzenmüller assuredly guides clients through both contentious and non-contentious mazes; she is a noted anti-counterfeiting hawk who manages large-scale border seizures with finesse. Ekkehard Stolz flies high in pan-European litigation and has invaluable experience across the soft IP field; he serves on the German Association of Intellectual Property and Copyright Law’s Special Committee for Design Law and the International Trademark Association’s Parallel Imports Committee. Jan Weiser has carved out a niche in non-traditional marks, advising on a spate of cutting-edge matters.
Vossius & Partner
Established in Munich in 1961, Vossius & Partner now has further offices in Dusseldorf, Berlin and Basel, and a sterling reputation in Germany and beyond. It excels across the IP spectrum, with singular expertise in licensing, competition, media and pharmaceutical issues. On the non-contentious side, it recently helped the Association of the German Sports Goods Industry to devise protection strategies and legal countermeasures against mass warning letters. On the contentious front, it took charge for WD-40 in several enforcement proceedings and anti-counterfeiting campaigns against imitators of the company’s famous all-purpose lubricant. Christian Hufnagel is “doing extremely well now. He has significant experience in omni-channeling and unique expertise when it comes to licensing models and franchising”. Trademark team captain Mathias Kleespies “seriously knows European law. He is excellent to work with: a top-notch, responsive individual”. He has been acting for SCA – one of the world’s largest pulp and paper manufacturers – in infringement proceedings before the Munich District Court. Erudite Paul Kretschmar is a seasoned litigator who specialises in electronics, sports and fashion.

Individuals

Andreas Bothe - Hogan Lovells International LLP
Holger Gauss - Grünecker
Michael Goldmann - Harte-Bavendamm Rechtsanwälte PartG mbB
Ralf Hackbarth - KLAKA Rechtsanwälte
Henning Harte-Bavendamm - Harte-Bavendamm Rechtsanwälte PartG mbB
Gordian N Hasselblatt - CMS Hasche Sigle
Maximilian Kinkeldey - Grünecker
Andreas Lubberger - Lubberger Lehment
Nicolás Schmitz - Grünecker
Stefan Völker - Gleiss Lutz
Leopold von Gerlach - Hogan Lovells International LLP
Carsten C Albrecht - FPS Fritze Wicke Seelig Partnerschaftsgesellschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB
Wiebke Baars - Taylor Wessing
Richard Dissmann - Bird & Bird LLP
Michael Fammler - Baker McKenzie
Marc FX Groebl - Jones Day
Kerstin Gründig-Schnelle - Lichtenstein, Körner & Partners mbB
Henning Hartwig - BARDEHLE PAGENBERG Partnerschaft mbB
Reinhard E Ingerl - Lorenz Seidler Gossel
Mathias Kleespies - Vossius & Partner
Matthias Koch - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
Till E Lampel - Harmsen Utescher
Paul Lange - Siebeke, Lange, Wilbert
Cornelis Lehment - Lubberger Lehment
Andrea Lensing-Kramer - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
Tilmann Luehrig - Beiten Burkhardt
Rembert Niebel - Baker McKenzie
Axel Nordemann - BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT
Jan Bernd Nordemann - Boehmert & Boehmert
Thomas Raab - Taylor Wessing
Sandra S Redeker - Noerr LLP
Peter Ruess - Arnold Ruess
Karin Sandberg - Harmsen Utescher
Volker Schmitz-Fohrmann - Boehmert & Boehmert
Ursula Stelzenmüller - UNIT4 IP
Ekkehard Stolz - UNIT4 IP
Frederik Thiering - Harte-Bavendamm Rechtsanwälte PartG mbB
Christian Thomas - Kuhnen & Wacker Intellectual Property Law Firm
Martin Viefhues - JONAS Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH
Alexander von Mühlendahl - BARDEHLE PAGENBERG Partnerschaft mbB
Andreas Wehlau - Gleiss Lutz
Thorsten Wieland - Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek
Stefan Abel - KLAKA Rechtsanwälte
Sascha Abrar - Löffel Abrar
Matthias Berger - Fieldfisher
Michael Best - BEST Rechtsanwälte PartmbB
Rainer Bohm - Eisenführ Speiser
Thies Bösling - boesling IP Rechtsanwälte GbR
Dirk Bruhn - Schultz – Süchting Rechtsanwälte
Rolf Claessen - Freischem & Partner Patentanwaelte mbB
Andreas Ebert-Weidenfeller - Meissner, Bolte & Partner
Sebastian Eble - Preu Bohlig & Partner
Claus M Eckhartt - BARDEHLE PAGENBERG Partnerschaft mbB
Georg Fechner - Fechner Rechtsanwälte
Joseph Fesenmair - Bird & Bird LLP
Christian Fortmann - 24IP Law Group
Anja Franke - Grünecker
Inga George - boesling IP Rechtsanwälte GbR
Olaf Gillert - Taylor Wessing
Peter Gross - Boehmert & Boehmert
Ortrun Günzel - Taylor Wessing
Ulf Heil - Schiedermair Rechtsanwälte
Ulrich Hildebrandt - SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte
Magnus Hirsch - SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte
Tanja Hogh Holub - Beiten Burkhardt
Christian Hufnagel - Vossius & Partner
Mareike Hunfeld - Hogan Lovells International LLP
Siegfried Jackermeier - Lorenz Seidler Gossel
Marion Jacob - Harte-Bavendamm Rechtsanwälte PartG mbB
Andrea Jaeger-Lenz - Harte-Bavendamm Rechtsanwälte PartG mbB
Georg A Jahn - Noerr LLP
Martin Kefferpütz - Harmsen Utescher
Wolfgang Kellenter - Hengeler Mueller
Erhard Keller - Hogan Lovells International LLP
Benjamin Koch - Baker McKenzie
Ludwig Kouker - Boehmert & Boehmert
Paul Kretschmar - Vossius & Partner
Jens Michael Künzel - Krieger Mes & Graf v der Groeben
Uwe Lüken - Bird & Bird LLP
Tobias Malte Müller - Wirsing Hass Zoller
Daniel Marschollek - Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
Jens Matthes - Allen & Overy LLP
Anke Nordemann-Schiffel - Boehmert & Boehmert
Udo Pfleghar - BEST Rechtsanwälte PartmbB
Christian Rassmann - Lorenz Seidler Gossel
Andreas Schabenberger - Menold Bezler Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft
Andrea Schlaffge - Hengeler Mueller
Andreas Schulz - KLAKA Rechtsanwälte
Christoph Schumann - Harmsen Utescher
Florian Schwab - Boehmert & Boehmert
Ingeborg Schwarz - Brehm & Von Moers
Geert Johann Seelig - Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft
Alexander Späth - CMS Hasche Sigle
Christian Spintig - Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek
Jens H Steinberg - Greyhills Rechtsanwälte
Michael Turi - Samson & Partner
Nils Weber - JONAS Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH
Jan Weiser - UNIT4 IP
Matthias Werner - Gleiss Lutz
Tobias Wuttke - Meissner, Bolte & Partner
Mathias Zintler - KNPZ Rechtsanwälte

Individuals: anti-counterfeiting

Richard Dissmann - Bird & Bird LLP
Andreas Ebert-Weidenfeller - Meissner, Bolte & Partner
Claus M Eckhartt - BARDEHLE PAGENBERG Partnerschaft mbB
Michael Goldmann - Harte-Bavendamm Rechtsanwälte PartG mbB
Mathias Kleespies - Vossius & Partner
Benjamin Koch - Baker McKenzie
Cornelis Lehment - Lubberger Lehment
Axel Nordemann - Boehmert & Boehmert
Andrea Schlaffge - Hengeler Mueller
Nicolás Schmitz - Grünecker
Ursula Stelzenmüller - UNIT4 IP
Leopold von Gerlach - Hogan Lovells International LLP
Thorsten Wieland - Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek

Luminaries

Monika Wenz - Siebeke, Lange, Wilbert
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