Lubberger Lehment was founded in 2004 by Andreas Lubberger and Cornelis Lehment as a Linklaters spin-off. From its inception, the firm was designed as a boutique firm for soft intellectual property aiming to operate at the top of the market. Driven by their experience in full-service firms, the founding partners laid down six basic rules that have proved to be key to 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 – that is, give clear advice instead of teaching legal lessons.
Over the years the firm has grown from the initial two partners and one associate to eight partners, one associated partner and eight associates. The main office is in Berlin. The firm opened an office in Hamburg in 2014 and one in Munich in 2017.
Lubberger Lehment is listed in all leading rankings among the best IP law firms in Germany. Founding partner Dr Lubberger is repeatedly quoted as one of the leading individuals for unfair competition and trademarks in Germany. Partners and associates take part in academic debates and engage in scholarships and publications. In the past few years, the defence of intellectual property against the business models of digital platforms has become one of the firm’s main practices.
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 Federal Supreme Court of Germany and the European Court of Justice. However, in its daily practice the firm is just as proud of the many silent solutions that were never brought to court and 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. As the firm welcomed Benjamin Koch from Baker McKenzie in 2017, transactional intellectual property is also on the agenda.
Lubberger Lehment is known for its strong ties to the luxury cosmetics industry, representing many of the world’s leadings brands. This business has evolved into a particular competence for protecting famous and well-known brands against subtle types of infringement. Sports, media, automotive, computers and fintech have become areas of constant activity as well.
Lubberger Lehment has developed a modular set of services that focus on the digital challenges that counsels face. The firm provides trademark and design registration advice and offers platform monitoring services. It is strong in litigation, has an impressive custom-control practice (with the highest number of seizures in Germany in 2017) and adds a particular know-how of selective distribution to its more traditional IP protection services.
Dr Lubberger and Bernd Weichhaus have particular expertise in selective distribution. Mr 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 Dr Koch draws on his experience as in-house counsel at BMW as well as his track record of M&A transactions involving intellectual property.
In the past few years the firm has been among the few that dare to challenge Amazon before the German courts. It is proud of the outcome, which contributes to landmapping the path to online platform liability.
Sample client list
- Adolph Würth
- Axel Springer
- Belron (Carglass AUTOGLAS)
- Lekker Energie
- Moët Hennessy