Lubberger Lehment was founded in 2004 by Andreas Lubberger and Cornelis Lehment, who were both formerly with Linklaters. From the beginning it was designed as a boutique firm for soft intellectual property aiming to operate at the top of the market. Driven by their experience of full-service firms, the partners laid down six basic rules that have proved to be essential in the firm’s success and still determine its culture:
- Maintain internal lockstep to ensure that each case is dealt with by the most specialised person;
- only represent rights holders and work for the right side;
- represent no traders to avoid conflicts of interest;
- strive for excellence;
- offer reasonable fees; and
- have an in-house approach to clients (ie, give clear advice instead of teaching legal lessons).
Over the years the firm has grown from the initial two partners and one associate to seven partners, one associated partner and six associates. The main office is in Berlin. In 2014 the firm opened an office in Hamburg and in 2017 an office in Munich.
Lubberger Lehment is listed in every serious ranking – often at the top or close to the top. Founding partner Andreas Lubberger is regularly quoted as one of the leading individuals in unfair competition and trademarks in Germany. Partners and associates take part in academic debates and engage in teaching assignments and publications. In recent years, one of the main tasks with which brand owners have entrusted the firm is defending their IP rights against the expansive business models of internet platforms.
Unfair competition and trademark litigation are the pillars of Lubberger Lehment. Its partners have a long track record of high-ranking litigation cases with landmark judgments by the German Federal Supreme Court and the European Court of Justice. However, in daily practice, the firm is just as proud of the many quiet solutions of cases that never went to court as it is of the favourable settlements it achieved after fierce fighting before the courts. The firm also concentrates on copyright, design protection, media and entertainment, data protection, competition law and information technology. Since the firm welcomed Benjamin Koch from Baker McKenzie in 2017, transactional intellectual property has also been on the agenda.
Lubberger Lehment is known for its strong ties to the luxury cosmetics industry, representing many of the world’s leading brands. This expertise has evolved into a broader competence for protecting famous and well-known brands against specific, and at times subtle types of infringement. Sports, media, computers and fintech have also become areas of constant activity.
Lubberger Lehment has developed a modular set of services which focus on the challenges counsels face in the digital age. The firm provides trademark and design registration advice and offers platform monitoring services. It is strong in litigation, has an impressive customs control practice (with the highest number of seizures in Germany in 2017) and it adds a particular know-how of selective distribution to its IP protection services.
Andreas Lubberger and Bernd Weichhaus have particular expertise in selective distribution. Cornelis Lehment is fighting for the private press’s business models in digital media. Martin Fiebig is an expert in online brand enforcement. Kai Schmidt-Hern has broad experience in IP protection for start-ups and Benjamin Koch contributes his experience as in-house counsel of BMW as well as his track record of M&A transactions involving intellectual property. Rani Mallick has particular expertise in design protection matters.
Sample client list
- Adolph Würth
- Axel Springer
- Belron (Carglass/junited AUTOGLAS)
- Deutsche Bahn
- Lekker Energie
- Moët Hennessy