Germany

The German trademark scene is processing some significant legislative changes. With the EU Trademark Directive (2015/2436) recently implemented in the country, there is no longer a requirement to represent a prospective trademark graphically. This has opened the doors for the registration of sound, multimedia, hologram and other types of mark, as well as the national certification mark – a guarantee of function, rather than an indication of origin. Although practitioners are yet to see many of these new marks filed, the change is sure to have long-term effects. Another trend that has continued on from last year is the difficulty that some practices are having finding newly qualified young talent willing to work the kind of hours standard for those in their position only a decade or so before. The firms that can best adapt to this shift in mentality will be able to strengthen their market position for years to come.

Firms

Allen & Overy LLP

Allen & Overy’s Dusseldorf office delivers speedy, business-driven advice in plain language. The small team punches above its weight, serving a host of global clients including Nikon, Pandora, Allianz and Bose in prosecution, litigation and licensing matters. Litigator and transactional specialist Jens Matthes is the man in the middle. “A global leader in his field, he is supportive, motivated and great with clients. Not only is he responsive, flexible, precise and targeted, he also understands brands and their tonality and excels at delivering quick and meaningful risk assessments.”

Arnold Ruess

Arnold Ruess furnishes international, high-profile patrons with sterling trademark litigation and prosecution counsel. Sony Interactive Europe, Smith & Wesson Corporation and Subaru Deutschland rely on the group to put out their toughest fires, because they know that they will receive quality litigation advice that is worth the cost. Regardless of his seniority and market standing, name partner and founder Peter Ruess will drop everything to assist a client at a moment’s notice. “Eloquent and competent, he is a high-quality, practical and dynamic professional.” As one patron says: “We instruct him and the firm for those really big jobs. His ability to think strategically and economically beyond the legal issues, and to tread unusual paths in search of solutions, is a rare characteristic.” “Not only is he an expert on trademark matters, as one might expect a law professor to be, he is also an extremely cordial but effective streetfighter when needs must. He will get you the right result – and quickly.”

Baker McKenzie 

Baker McKenzie is a firm that clients mandate for its sophistication. The global outfit is entrusted with IP-rich lawsuits and deals worth billions of dollars, by dint of its ability to act coherently and coordinate proceedings across every continent. The German portfolio management practice also brings in customers, many of whom go on to enlist the set for their contentious mandates as well. Heads of practice Michael Fammler and Rembert Niebel connect the partnership’s German division to the wider group. “Excellent and absolutely top-notch,” Fammler is an enforcer comfortable with taking responsibility for pan-European strategy, while Niebel is a versatile lawyer with the ability to see trademark prosecution problems from every possible angle.

BARDEHLE PAGENBERG Partnerschaft mbB 

BARDEHLE PAGENBERG is en route to becoming a premier choice in Europe for strategic trademark work. The German division has been renowned as one of the country’s finest for many years now, and the French and Spanish offerings are rapidly gaining visibility and recognition for their inmost quality. As one might expect from a firm that has counted the Coca-Cola Company as a prosecution, strategy and oppositions client for over a decade, BARDEHLE hits the very highest levels of service – and maintains them. Enforcement and anti-counterfeiting maven Claus M Eckhartt is responsible for this crucial relationship. “Smart and practical, he is a very experienced practitioner able to work equally easily in Germany and across Europe.” Philipe Kutschke develops and manages IP portfolios incisively; one of his top clients is adidas, for which he provides exclusive representation in all EU design matters. The cerebral and decisive Alexander von Mühlendahl has “probably the most extensive bank of trademark knowledge in Europe”. “He’s quick, he’s good and he’ll do what he says he’ll do. He’s a pragmatic lawyer who does not sit on the fence.” Electronic gaming, clothing and fitness equipment specialist Henning Hartwig “is considered one of Europe’s foremost leaders in guidance on design rights”. His trademark practice is also booming. New WTR 1000 entrant Pascal Böhner is praised for his quality and pragmatism. “He is a clear and business-oriented litigator, who provides crystalline advice on strategy and maintains an in-depth knowledge of German courtroom practice.”

Beiten Burkhardt

Beiten Burkhardt is a major player in the Frankfurt IP scene; one of the leading commercial firms in Germany, it approaches trademark snares from a business perspective and ensures that its advice is watertight from a variety of legal angles. Tanja Hogh Holub attacks litigation and prosecution mandates with equal gusto. “She understands the sensitivities of certain clients well and is able to work around the sometimes very complicated courtroom procedures in Germany.” Christina Hackbarth is an equally adroit defender of trademark rights. At home in all of the country’s specialised IP courts, she is “energetic, enthusiastic and always well prepared”. “Persuasive and exceptionally thorough, Christina really knows her clients and makes things easy.”

BEST Rechtsanwälte PartmbB

Five-attorney outfit BEST has been active since 1998 and has amassed a stable of clients that includes top brands in the cosmetics, fashion, automotive, chemicals and pharmaceutical sectors – to name a few. The broadness of its offering is a result of the partners’ unwillingness to be pigeonholed or to limit their own growth. Michael Best and Udo Pfleghar are well renowned in the trademark space. Co-founder Best is a trademark, unfair competition and domain name sage, and, by popular acclaim, is considered to be “one of the finest around”. Pfleghar also translates his industry knowledge into stunning private practice trademark work. Previously based in Melbourne, Munich and Regensburg, he has experienced life from an international angle.

Bird & Bird LLP

Bird & Bird has unparalleled expertise in running major trademark litigation cases, both on a local level within Germany and across borders. The German division has continued to expand its already-stacked client base, adding to a roster that includes Audi, the Consortium for the Protection of the Prosecco Designation of Origin and Fendi. Uwe Lüken is well known throughout the country, especially in the fashion and luxury goods spaces. Effective from trademark clearance through to litigation, he is “experienced and a very nice guy”. Anti-counterfeiting and enforcement ace Richard Dissmann is “great to work with, with a deep understanding of commercial considerations”. Joseph Fesenmair serves up “efficient, responsive, practical and business-minded advice” as a matter of course. The “go-to European counsel” is a particularly astute choice for automotive, sports and telecoms matters. Munich-based partner Markus Körner is recognised as a true professional, able to turn his hand to licensing agreements and courtroom enforcement with equal ease. “His main strength is his ability to negotiate contracts, although he also litigates very well. He is deeply trustworthy and maintains client relationships well.” Sebastian Fischoeder is one of the practice’s rising stars. “Extremely knowledgeable, he can steer clients safely through highly complex lines of argument. Sebastian is becoming one of the country’s very top lawyers.”

Boehmert & Boehmert 

“You can’t do any better than BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT; it’s an all-round outstanding firm. With such a high-quality group of lawyers, it has almost too many good people to single out individually.” The outfit’s reputation for sublime non-contentious work precedes it in Germany, and around the world. What is more, it is starting to forge a name for itself in the elite trademark litigation space too. Technically diverse adviser Axel Nordemann is extremely active in both trademark enforcement and anti-counterfeiting mandates. “He provides excellent service, practical advice and gets right down to the issues at hand – a trait which in-house counsel greatly appreciate. He deals in the politics of the real.” Anke Nordemann-Schiffel’s ability to organise cross-border litigation strategy impresses over and over. “She is a very intelligent lawyer with an amazing in-depth procedural knowledge of German and EU trademark law. Thorough, proactive and able to formulate excellent global strategy, she is deeply worthy of praise.” The in-demand Jan Bernd Nordemann combines superb talents in copyright, trademark and unfair competition law. Peter Gross manages portfolios and conducts infringement proceedings with equal skill and care no matter the size of the parties involved; he considers them all deserving of the utmost attention. Clearance searching and strategic advice sage Volker Schmitz-Fohrmann is “sensible, sharp and quick to give well-prepared advice”. “Excellent both theoretically and in practice, he is highly responsive.” Björn Bahlmann carries out meticulous clearance searches, in addition to his work on anti-counterfeiting and contractual trademark matters. “He knows what the client wants – and provides clear and practical advice to address this.” A product pirate’s nightmare, Florian Schwab is a “comprehensive, efficient IP professional”. Last but not least, seasoned practitioner Ludwig Kouker has the ability to negotiate settlements that redefine beleaguered patrons’ best-case scenarios.

boesling IP Rechtsanwälte PartG mbB 

“Dynamic and professional litigation boutique boesling IP is simply one of the best German trademark firms; the service that you get is of top quality. In addition, the smaller nature of the Hamburg-based group means that it is always easy to get hold of someone there, either by phone or by email and always reaches the desired outcome at a reasonable fee.” Founder and talisman Thies Bösling is “a wonderful practitioner, whose deep knowledge of European IP matters” sets him apart. “A very skilled lawyer, he loves to think outside the box and obtains some ground-breaking decisions. Proactive, professional and responsive, he handles complex and delicate cases in a clear and thorough way.” Fellow partner and courtroom enforcer Inga George is equally thorough in her analysis. “She approaches every matter with the most professional and pleasant manner; flexible, open-minded, proactive and adept at solving problems, she is highly recommendable.”

CMS Hasche Sigle

CMS Hasche Sigle is one of the jewels in the global CMS crown. There are two reasons for this: Gordian Hasselblatt and Carsten Menebrocker. Hasselblatt is a legend in his own lifetime. “A famous, fair and friendly colleague, as well as a leading international practitioner and expert in anti-counterfeiting, he has been a tremendous trademark resource in Europe for many years.” As one former colleague comments: “He’s a real team player, who has published the definitive commentaries on design and trademark law. I consider myself lucky to have been able to learn from him.” Meanwhile, Menebrocker is “a creative, constructive and responsive litigator” who keeps client interests front and centre at every stage of proceedings. His innately commercial nature means that he sees solutions where others often cannot.

Cohausz & Florack 

Dusseldorf-based boutique COHAUSZ & FLORACK has been a steadfast alliance of lawyers and IP attorneys since its foundation in 1954. Specialised, collaborative and interdisciplinary, its strength lies in its ability to harness diverse talents for the overall good of clients. Mittelstand companies and global concerns alike flock to the practice, many looking to secure the services of portfolio manager and trademark strategist Rebekka Schiffer. “She never returns work late, even if it causes her to work well beyond normal working hours. She provides an assessment of practical risk rather than a purely legal verdict, which is very helpful. She is one of the most trustworthy trademark attorneys in Europe, let alone Germany.”

Dentons

WTR 1000 debutant Dentons works across European borders as if they were not there, such is the breadth of local knowledge and degree of interconnection that it has fostered. The outfit’s prosecution practice is jointly located in Paris and Frankfurt, while its litigation offering is spread between China, France, Italy, the Netherlands and the United States. In 2019 the outfit established its Dusseldorf office – its fourth in Germany. Frankfurt-based Constantin Rehaag has been at the heart of this expansion. “Intelligent, interesting and accomplished, Constantin is an experienced litigator and a respected competitor with an excellent national and international network.” “A consummate legal professional, he is genuinely interested in building relationships and goes the extra mile when getting to know clients. His negotiation skills are impressive – always to the point, he leaves very little room for opposing counsel to manoeuvre. He is confident, unflappable and an exceptional worker with a great personality. Elegant, sharp and diplomatic, Constantin is the complete trademark counsel.”

Eisenführ Speiser

Put simply, Eisenführ Speiser is a firm that values its clients’ time and money. It will never send a long, winding brief when a short one will do and it is serious about understanding the complete business context in which its partners’ decisions are made. The four-office German group has traditionally been better known for its strong prosecution practice but is rapidly strengthening its contentious offering too. The hiring of trademark all-rounder Andreas Ebert-Weidenfeller in May 2019 was a key step in this direction. His refined ability to look at trademarks from every angle should prove a key asset to the practice for years to come. Seasoned co-managing partner Julian Eberhardt splits his time between dealing with infringement and licensing issues. Described as “experienced and clever” by one peer, he is difficult to outflank tactically. “A top-notch attorney and strategist,” Rainer Böhm is “effective, practical and a pleasure to deal with”.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is often the side that global leaders call in when they have a problem that cuts across multiple areas of corporate and IP law. “The firm is a departure from the general rule that larger practices aren’t as active in intellectual property. Freshfields actually is; it has a very specialised trademark team.” Trademarks chief Andrea Lensing-Kramer distinguished herself by being the first person to obtain a worldwide higher court decision on the liability of e-commerce platform providers for trademark infringement. “She is individually a very strong lawyer, great at handling clients and keeping track of all of their issues. She is strategic and an excellent negotiator.” Matthias Koch leads the digitisation initiative, a firm-wide project aiming to enhance the advice that it provides on the digitisation of industries. He is an excellent translator of complex matters.

Friedrich Graf von Westphalen & Partner

Friedrich Graf von Westphalen & Partner is the firm of choice for companies including Wilkinson Sword, Novartis AG and Dr Martens – a fact that speaks to both its refined quality and its reputation abroad. With offices in Cologne, Frankfurt and Freiburg, the company has Southwestern Germany amply covered. As such, it is large enough to be regionally relevant, but small enough to avoid wastefulness. David Kipping and Stephan Dittl are vital links in the chain. Kipping is “a tenacious litigator who knows what it takes to win in the courtroom”. “He is very responsive, aligns his pragmatic advice with patrons’ business objectives and often dodges costly litigation proceedings by achieving favourable out-of-court settlements.” Dittl is a similarly reliable business partner. His brand research, comprehensive strategic advice and dispute preparation are first rate.

Gleiss Lutz

One-stop shop Gleiss Lutz is a prestigious adviser trusted by many of the world’s best to handle their trickiest and most technical trademarks. With a strong focus on non-traditional marks, the issue of technological change in law (especially concerning the Internet of Things) and international brand advice, the firm looks ahead and forges its own path. “The team is top-shelf; it delivers a practical, prompt service that suits even the most sophisticated clients.” Stuttgart-based head of trademarks Stefan Völker is a strategic wizard, renowned for his ability to swiftly identify the most important lines of argument to take. Stefan Weidert runs the IP and technology, media and telecoms practice from his post in Berlin. The technology sage is “creative, extremely knowledgeable and highly sophisticated”. “He has outstanding expertise in relation to international prosecution strategies and licensing agreements – and is a smart litigator to boot. Stefan’s advice is commercially minded and always to the point. He is a pleasure to work with.” Partners Andreas Wehlau and Matthias Werner draw brand owners to Munich. A partner since 2004, Wehlau has carved out a particular niche in food law, while Werner is a licensing specialist with the ability to draft and negotiate agreements of all shapes and sizes.

Grünecker

“Grünecker offers a blend of tradition, technology and outstanding legal advice. The longstanding firm is large, well connected and very experienced.” It is indeed the German outfit of choice for giants in the luxury goods and fashion spaces – as well as many others – due to its irresistible blend of rich technical quality, extreme breadth and superlative client care. “True multi-talent and incredible client magnet” Holger Gauss has an extremely wide horizon. “He is a go-to contact for the most demanding and cutting-edge companies, especially those in Silicon Valley. He has an uncanny ability to identify and loop in quality practitioners in other regions when a matter needs cross-border input – he might just know everyone. His guidance, expertise, sense of humour and wit make him a delight to work with. Holger delivers on-point advice in a manner that US-based rights holders, in particular, appreciate – quickly, creatively and concisely.” Anti-counterfeiting and enforcement authority Nicolás Schmitz adds a tremendous amount of value whenever he is engaged. “His in-depth IP knowledge and ability to combine legal issues with corporate reality are transformed into brilliant outcomes. Responsive, open-minded and able to think outside the box, he is kind, thoughtful and clear.” Global trademark strategist Maximilian Kinkeldey is one of Europe’s finest practitioners, joining the dots across continents. Anja Franke balances her practice on both sides of the contentious divide. “She produces prompt, precise, commercially relevant advice that brings extreme clarity.” WTR 1000 debutant Cornelia Schmitt engages in litigation and prosecution with equal skill; it is no surprise when top technology clients come calling.

Harmsen Utescher

Venerable Hamburg-based IP boutique Harmsen Utescher has been active since 1895. “The partnership has managed to keep an extremely stable team over the years, which has resulted in a constant increase in efficiency.” “The reasonable lawyers that it houses are never unnecessarily aggressive and are able to find amicable solutions to matters through sensible dialogue. They are highly approachable, quick to react and reliable in their advice.” Martin Kefferpütz is “an excellent attorney, renowned for his ability to tackle important matters”. “Attentive to the different aspects of a brief, he always keeps his focus on the final target. He is extremely business oriented, highly professional and overall one of the best advisers on the market.” Till Lampel has been an attorney at law since 1992. In his 27 years in the profession, he has forged a reputation as a true expert in complex trademark litigation. Jan Peter Heidenreich “gives IP owners a hard time when enforcing their rights, but in a fair way”. “He really knows how to negotiate and is friendly, competent and professional.” Christoph Schumann is a trademark and antitrust sage with the skills to operate on both sides of the contentious/non-contentious divide. Working at the highest level, the quadrilingual Karin Sandberg  “is very commercial and thorough; she has a real client-driven approach”.

Harte-Bavendamm Rechtsanwälte PartG mbB

At leading IP enforcer Harte-Bavendamm, “the chef himself cooks”. Partners are not shy when it comes to getting their hands dirty and living every detail of a courtroom battle. “They do not delegate everything to juniors, as often happens in larger organisations.” Clients know that they will be met with a truly elite service when they enlist the eight-partner outfit, where everyone is “diligent, knowledgeable and concise”. Founder Henning Harte-Bavendamm’s name still adorns the firm’s letterhead. “There is nothing bad to say about his practice. He combines profound knowledge of his work with his status as an elder statesman of German intellectual property. Henning is an outstanding figure – simply the best litigator and commercial trademark adviser in the country.” Anti-counterfeiting genius and enforcer Michael Goldmann has also been described as “probably the best trademark litigator in the land”. “His quite outstanding work shows a deep understanding of case law that goes way back. He is thoughtful and cost-effective; it is hard to imagine a better person to represent a case.” Adviser and litigator Andrea Jaeger-Lenz “uses her superb judgement to identify problems” at every stage of proceedings, while trademark all-rounder Frederik Thiering “possesses a brilliant mind”. “He is able to process the most complex arguments in no time; like an experienced chess player, Frederik is always several steps ahead.” “Profound expertise in trademark law, an ability to see round corners when formulating strategy and extreme creativity” set Marion Jacob apart from the crowd.

Hengeler Mueller

“Hengeler Mueller is a very underrated practice. Some big firms don’t actually handle as many trademark matters as they claim to, but Hengeler does some serious work. It has a highly professional enforcement team and broad experience in the luxury goods sector.” Dusseldorf-based Wolfgang Kellenter is a natural litigator. “When you talk about quality, he is the absolute pinnacle. Thorough, creative and clear in his writing, he is great at tackling blue-chip briefs.” Managing transactions for clients of the calibre of Vodafone, Andrea Schlaffge’s licensing ability must be seen to be believed.

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek

Full-service player Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek “just gets better and better”. The practice is an astute choice for contentious and non-contentious issues alike, across all technical areas. Trademark, design and advertising law sage Andreas Schabenberger is used to executing difficult briefs on behalf of the most exacting clients, while Hamburg-based strategist Christian Spintig knows how to extract maximum value from all manner of trademark portfolios. Educated in Germany and Scotland, anti-counterfeiting ace Thorsten Wieland brings an international outlook to the Frankfurt office.

Hogan Lovells

Hogan Lovells has a seamless trademark offering that is the envy of many, with one peer deeming its German division to be “possibly the strongest IP practice in the world”. “Knowledgeable, organised and focused, the team gets through an immense amount of work in a very professional manner.” It is difficult to single out a highlight from the group’s immense docket, but its work on behalf of CeramTec GmbH in a global infringement battle involving abstract colour, figurative and 3D trademarks rates among its finest this year. Morten Petersenn is “absolutely excellent in the trademark, copyright, anti-counterfeiting and litigation spheres”. “Personable, thorough, practical and familiar with both legal and commercial risk, he is always available for clients. His knowledge of the Hamburg courts, in particular, is fantastic.” Global chair and enforcement specialist Leopold von Gerlach is integral to the firm’s global strategic direction, but still takes the time to mentor younger lawyers. Andreas Bothe translates his 25 years’ experience into sublime negotiation strategy in the toughest trademark battles. “Responsive, capable, clever and knowledgeable, he can think outside the box when required.” With an agility that is appreciated by patrons of all shapes and sizes, Marion Fischer “acts quickly in times of urgency and is very responsive to demands at short notice”. Erhard Keller mans the tiller in Dusseldorf. “You really notice his experience from the other side of a case; he makes briefs that should be easy for an opposing counsel very difficult.” Mareike Hunfeld is a non-traditional trademark sharpshooter whose track record in colour and shape marks speaks for itself.

HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER

When clients engage HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER, they know what they are going to receive: unflappable and forensic trademark litigation work, delivered at pace across the whole of Europe. “The German division shows time and time again that it is capable of producing fast, well-founded and creative advice.” Internationally minded litigator Thomas Schmitz is “an outstanding lawyer with good technical knowledge”. His work on behalf of GlaxoSmithKline’s non-traditional colour and 3D marks illustrates his position at the cutting edge of the German scene.

JONAS Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

“Reliable, pragmatic and easy going” are just a few of the words used to describe nimble IP boutique JONAS. “The cooperation is smooth and seamless,” enthuses one peer. Although compact in size, the team punches well above its weight across the spectrum of branding services, especially with Martin Viefhues and Nils Weber leading the charge. “The eminent Viefhues is a splendid lawyer. His knowledge of the law and its practicalities is immense,” standing him in good stead when it comes to portfolio management and unravelling knotty disputes. “Always one to leave a fantastic impression on clients and colleagues,” Weber has the pharmaceutical industry on lock and excels in arbitration proceedings.

Jones Day

With 42 outposts worldwide, it comes as no surprise that cross-border brand protection and enforcement are hallmarks of the global Jones Day practice. It is not one to rest on its laurels either, having had a banner year that saw several prominent names added to its client roster. The German troupe takes its cue from Marc Groebl. His versatile prowess is evident from the work that he does for Koninklijke KPN, a leading Dutch telecoms company, for which he oversees the German portfolio and tackles clashes that may arise from it, including domain name disputes.

KLAKA Rechtsanwälte

At KLAKA, patrons of all stripes are guaranteed close partner attention and bespoke strategies that are fashioned by the best practitioners for the job. This approach has won the hearts of BMW, UniCredit and Deichmann, as well as the German Football Association, which receives 360-degree protection from the group. Armed with 25 years of experience, Andreas Schulz marries his sterling prosecution skills with his knowledge of unfair competition law to build impenetrable shields for any brand. His colleague “Carola Onken’s pleadings at the EUIPO are exceptional. She is meticulous, clear in her advice and always puts the customer first.” She is the first port of call for geographical indications (GIs) and designation of origin matters and was recently instructed by the French Association of Champagne Producers. Stefan Abel and Ralf Hackbarth shine bright on the contentious front. “Super personable, Abel thinks deeply about core issues” and always delivers crisp results. He is a favourite among French clients and regularly serves as a WIPO panellist in domain name disputes. “A brilliant strategic mind, Hackbarth is one of the best and most experienced lawyers in Germany. He really packs a punch in the courtroom,” where he often battles it out on behalf of BMW.

KLEINER Rechtsanwalte PartG mbB

KLEINER combines the best of both worlds; its 30-year history ensures that it is firmly entrenched in the local IP space while its dynamic squad is both forward thinking and technology driven. With a penchant for pharmaceutical and food-related instructions, the set doles out holistic services from Dusseldorf, Mannheim and Stuttgart under the robust leadership of Dirk Pauli. “Responsive, proactive and knowledgeable, Pauli is a premier choice for trademark work. He is a safe pair of hands for oppositions and is fun to work with. To top it off, his costs are reasonable and transparent.” Another all-rounder, “Alexander Späth tackles vast amounts of prosecution work as well as convoluted conflicts with ease. He is a go-to for urgent matters thanks to his rapid response and practical, thorough advice.”

KUHNEN & WACKER Intellectual Property Law Firm PartG mbB 

“From filings and renewals to pre-dispute counselling and litigation, Kuhnen & Wacker impresses with the quality of its work at every turn.” Handling more than 4,500 active files, “the team communicates clearly and precisely at all times. Clients are always kept informed of any updates and receive the perfect level of advice.” It is not just the set that garners effusive praise from all corners of the market, practice head Christian Thomas does too. “Extremely trustworthy and reliable, Christian delivers top-notch results. He is responsive and to the point, as well as being great fun to work with. An excellent lawyer, he partners well with companies that have international ambitions.”

Kurz Pfitzer Wolf & Partner Rechtsanwälte mbB

Kurz Pfitzer Wolf & Partner first opened its doors in 2010 and has since gained the unshakeable trust of multinationals as well as small enterprises. Having built up a sterling reputation in litigation proceedings, it also has a strong non-contentious offering, managing trademarks in more than 100 countries. Clemens Pfitzer sits at the heart of the practice. “One of the top attorneys in the field, Clemens is widely regarded as an excellent and strong litigator with a fantastic track record. He proves time and time again to be an excellent strategic thinker and partner with an extensive cross-border understanding of trademark law. Clemens also brings a good-humoured nature to the table, as well as a well-established network of local counsel that he can rely on to ensure marks are safeguarded worldwide.”

Lichtenstein & Körner Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft mbB

Budget-conscious, pragmatic and solution-driven are some of the guiding principles by which Lichtenstein & Körner’s practitioners live. Understanding the pressures faced by in-house counsel, the one-stop shop offers its services at a flat fee and has a wide network of foreign associates on speed dial. A tenacious defender of rights, Kerstin Gründig-Schnelle is a smart choice for those seeking strategic counselling in German, English and French.

Lorenz Seidler Gossel

The astute lawyers at well-established IP player Lorenz Siedler Gossel know that every move they make must be not only legally correct, but also commercially sound. They build bulletproof strategies around intangible assets and protect them at all costs. There is no one better for that job than Siegfried Jackermier. “One of the best litigators in town. He is a fierce opponent and a fine lawyer who has superb argumentation skills.” Making this a triad of enforcement stars are Reinhard Ingerl and Christian Rassmann. “A tough adversary with a brilliant mind,” Ingerl holds nothing back in a fight. Rassman is a smart choice for multinational skirmishes thanks to his business nous up-to-the-minute knowledge of the law across various jurisdictions.

Lubberger Lehment

“The work that comes out of Lubberger Lehment is outstanding. Its lawyers are unpretentious and will dive into the nitty gritty of each case to solve questions that have never been asked before. As a result, they are frequently seen at the Supreme Court and the cases on which they work are crucial to driving the nation’s IP scene forward.” There is no shortage of talent at the illustrious outfit, which is captained by Andreas Lubberger. “A first point of reference for any and all brand protection and selective distribution conundrums, Andreas is a hands-on practitioner who is fundamental to steering companies through adverse situations. Knowledgeable and thoughtful, you can trust that he will always outsmart any counterparty.” Fellow name partner Cornelis Lehment is a key contact in the fight against fakes and one to have on your side in parallel import proceedings. Martin Fiebig steps in to turn down the heat in online skirmishes. He confects ironclad strategies and safeguards brands in the virtual space with poise and finesse. “When things get rough, Benjamin Koch is the perfect partner. He has a profound knowledge of the law and consistently provides concise and helpful advice.” The ace all-rounder “keeps a cool ahead in even the most hectic of circumstances and conducts investigations thoroughly”.

Mayer Brown

Global powerhouse Mayer Brown operates a sophisticated practice out of its base in Frankfurt. The set is perfectly positioned to support prestigious brands looking to protect their assets on the world stage, applying a deft touch to prosecution instructions and hitting the nail on the head in infringement scenarios with international ramifications. Leading lights Ulrich Worm and Konstantin von Werder link up to provide holistic support to clients such as Cummins Inc, for which their work spans more than 180 countries and includes overseeing as well as protecting more than 1,600 marks. IP department head Worm has a knack for coordinating cross-border disputes and is at home when acting at the confluence of information technology and intellectual property. Von Werder has also taken Discover Financial Services under his wing – often called on as primary counsel for its enforcement and licensing needs.

Meissner Bolte Patentanwälte Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft mbB 

Protecting and nurturing brands is at the heart of historic firm Meissner Bolte. The outfit has maintained a stalwart presence on the German landscape for over a century and acts for an array of market-leading companies, including O’Neal, an innovator of motocross clothing. Oliver Nilgen and Tobias Wuttke form the backbone of the practice. “Straight forward and solution oriented, Nilgen is a lawyer with whom you can openly discuss alternative solutions.” He nimbly navigates the contentious/non-contentious divide, while seasoned litigator Wuttke thrives when untangling convoluted disputes.

Noerr LLP

“From registration, protection and management services to representation in court, Noerr oversees all cases with precision, dedication and consistency.” The unit serves up an all-encompassing offering across Germany as well as Central and Eastern Europe; international prosecution and worldwide searches and filings are executed by its Alicante troupe, while hard-hitting multi-jurisdictional litigation is finessed by squads in Munich and Berlin. “The practitioners are laser focused on achieving the best possible results at a reasonable price point and offer clients a worry-free experience.” Exemplifying this are energetic duo Valentina Niess and Georg Jahn. Striking fear into the hearts of infringers, Niess builds fruitful relationships with customs authorities, organises seizures efficiently and enforces rights fiercely. Bringing a refined commercial nous to the table, Jahn helps brands to get the most out of their assets.

Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

“The dynamic team at Norton Rose Fulbright readily makes itself available to provide robust support across the spectrum of branding needs. Friendly, approachable and proactive – you can fully rely on it to deliver.” The likes of 3M and BNP Paribas have the ear of Daniel Marschollek and Manuel Merling, the shining stars of the global firm’s Frankfurt office. “A brilliant lawyer, Marschollek has immense technical capabilities and is excellent to work with.” He frequently links up with Merling to steer patrons through all manner of tricky scenarios. “Sharp, quick on his feet and very persuasive, Manuel brings a wealth of international knowledge and high levels of energy to the table. He appreciates the challenges of global distribution and has a solid understanding of the evolution of technology, which plays to his strengths in enforcement proceedings.”

Preu Bohlig & Partner

Preu Bohlig & Partner is resolutely committed to ensuring that its patrons enjoy maximum commercial success out of their intangible assets – and has been doing so since 1959. It deploys 21 seasoned IP professionals out of three bases in Berlin, Dusseldorf and Munich, as well as a branch in Paris, to defend brands from every angle. Alexander Harguth is a key contact for the address book.

Schultz – Süchting Rechtsanwälte

“A successful and longstanding name in the IP industry,” Schultz – Süchting dispenses with legal jargon to serve up easily digestible comprehensive counsel. From small start-ups to behemoth cosmetic manufacturing companies, the set tailors its service to suit the needs of each client. With a deep reservoir of knowledge in regulatory as well as trademark and unfair competition law, Dirk Bruhn is an invaluable ally in pharmaceutical proceedings.

Simmons & Simmons LLP

Full-service firm Simmons & Simmons has an influential presence in the global IP landscape and maintains an impressive practice in Germany to boot. It actively manages the trademarks of leading companies such as Domaine de la Romanée Conti and Aphria, and offers 360-degree support to the Polo/Ralph Lauren Company. Taking the lead on all three is Michael Knospe, who “impresses with his knowledge of the law and actively builds relationships that can withstand the test of time”. Knospe has carved out a particular niche in gaming and betting litigation, where he enjoys a sterling track record.

SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte

SKW Schwarz stays up to date with legal developments through its active participation in organisations such as the Virtual Reality Business Club and it is the founding member of the Branded Content Marketing Association for the Germany, Austria and Switzerland region. As a result, cutting-edge mandates are executed with class and style. At the helm, Margret Knitter “is widely recognised and respected in the community for her analysis and application of trademark law in Germany and the European Union. She is always involved in high-profile litigation and her advice is both practical and realistic. She takes the time to follow up with her clients on every occasion.” Ulrich Hildebrandt and Sandra Sophia Redeker bring further firepower to the enforcement side. “Simply outstanding, Hildebrandt knows everything there is to know about trademarks.” He has written on the subject extensively and has recently teamed up with Redeker to represent Merck Sharp & Dohme. “An unyielding litigator, Sandra gets straight to the point and is highly effective. She is fantastic in court and always keeps cost considerations in mind.” Magnus Hirsch and Dorothee Altenburg showcase their adroitness at all stages of the brand lifecycle. “From worldwide prosecution to dispute resolution, Hirsch gets results. He is also lovely to work with – super responsive and keen to find the best possible route forward.” “A go-to for all complex instructions, the bright, hardworking and commercially minded Altenburg is a trustworthy and excellent lawyer.”

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs has more than 40 strategically placed offices across seven time zones, which house 100-plus practitioners representing emerging companies as well as Fortune 100 and FTSE 100 giants. Hailed as “one of the best addresses for branding questions in Germany”, it oversees the portfolios of Deutsche Bank – which includes 2,500 marks – and Karlsberg Brauerei. Playing a hand in these projects is Reinhart Lange, who is recognised by peers for his “high-level strategic advice in international settings”. He also delivers immaculate pleadings before the highest courts in the country. Iliana Haleen’s “encyclopaedic knowledge of trademark law globally” gives her a knack for devising multi-jurisdictional enforcement strategies that stop counterfeiters in their tracks.

Taylor Wessing

The German base of Taylor Wessing is uncompromising in its pursuit of excellence. From portfolio management to enforcement scenarios, razor-sharp focus is placed on the protection of brand owners’ core assets. Worldwide product launches have also become a particular forte of the group, which is led by Olaf Gillert. The prosecution ace is trusted by Villeroy & Boch and American Airlines to implement their global brand strategies. Working alongside him is the “excellent, determined and proactive” Wiebke Baars, who straddles the contentious/non-contentious divide. She recently advised the Scotch Whisky Association in a dispute concerning GIs. “Impressive arguments” are delivered by Thomas Raab in complex infringement proceedings. Hewlett Packard is one of his key clients.

UNIT4 IP

One-stop shop “UNIT4 IP is always prompt and clear in its assessments; it helps entities to understand not only the theoretical legal risks but the practical implications too. The set considers all the facts of the case and analyses each move from every angle.” Working across several industries, its high-flying customer base includes the likes of YUM! Brands, easyGroup, Pantone, Intel Corporation and Bugatti International. Jan Weiser, Ursula Stelzenmüller and Ekkehard Stolz form the pillars of the practice. Weiser knows how to lay down the foundations of a successful brand and outwits his opponents in court with nimble footwork. For double-dyed enforcement specialist Stelzenmüller, the “priority is that her clients are always fully satisfied. Quick replies, clear communication and commercially sound advice are qualities of her service.” “A pleasure to work with, Stolz dives into the details of each matter and comes up with interesting solutions.” He excels in parallel import proceedings.

Vossius & Partner Patentanwälte Rechtsanwälte mbB 

“Vossius & Partner is excellent. The set is always willing to go the extra mile and undertake additional research, which enables it to suggest creative and pragmatic solutions. The advice is clear and succinct and embraces a commercial approach. It is a real pleasure to work with such a dynamic, responsive and cost-effective team.” This positive attitude and specialised A-to-Z service consistently brings in new client wins, such as that of Ornua Co-operative Limited. The leading European dairy brand is safeguarded by “Mathias Kleespies, who built up one of the best departments in the country. His ability to manage large scale portfolios is most impressive and his calm and friendly demeanour makes him brilliant to work with in disputes.” He is joined by Paul Kretschmar. “A tenacious litigator, he gets down to the crux of the issue and never gives up. Paul is definitely someone you want to have on your side.” WTR 1000 newcomer “Simone Schäfer’s case predictions are alarmingly accurate. She is a force to be reckoned with, courtesy of her strong submissions, prompt replies and smooth negotiation skills.”

Weickmann & Weickmann

Weickmann & Weickmann breaks into the WTR 1000 this year on a wave of praise. “From registrations and renewals to warnings and infringements, everything is handled quickly and efficiently. There is no need to micromanage the unit, the practitioners anticipate the next steps and get things done. They are truly reliable and their proactive attitude results in long-term business relationships. To top it off, they have an incredible global network of foreign associates and are cost conscious too.” Department spearhead Udo Herberth exemplifies these qualities to a tee. A dual qualified attorney at law and European trademark and design attorney, he has complete mastery of trademark protection.

Other recommended experts

Sascha Abrar is one of Germany’s top enforcement minds. He practices at Löffel Abrar. A perspicacious strategist, FPS Fritze Wicke Seelig’s Carsten Albrecht has been nurturing and defending bands for 35 years. “In addition to stellar legal expertise, Matthias Berger is characterised by his commercial acumen, approachability and genuine friendliness.” The crack litigator is based at Fieldfisher. Andreas Bock of Bock Legal “is a confident handler of tricky disputes. He does a fantastic job and his pleadings are very thorough.” Over at Mewburn Ellis, “the sharp and shrewd Dydra Donath excels in tricky prosecution tasks and opposition proceedings. Her deep analytical skills “are showcased in litigation proceedings”. Georg Fechner thrives in the media sector, where he confects ironclad protection strategies for leading advertising agencies and publishers calling on Fechner Rechtsanwälte’s services. “When instructing Manuela Finger at Gowling, you can rely on receiving high-quality advice in a business-friendly way.” She doles out comprehensive counsel to Leo Pharma and the Golf Fashion Company and has recently been successful in opposition proceedings on behalf of Weetabix. 24IP Law Group founding partner Christian Fortmann has mastered the art of IP value creation. A staunch defender of rights, he is persistent in his fight against fakes. “A deep well of legal knowledge combined with a customer-driven approach makes it really easy and comfortable to work with Alexander González. His advice provides for a robust sounding board on which to base all crucial legal decisions.” He can be found at Prinz & Partner. Dispute resolution ace Ortrun Günzel recently moved her perceptive, diligent and reliable counsel” from Taylor Wessing to df-mp. “For A-to-Z trademark instructions, Kroher-Strobel’s Ariane Hettenkofer is a dependable choice. Efficient and responsive, she always seeks out easily executable solutions that benefit her clients.” Nora Keßler of Klinkert Rechtsanwälte is “superb on pharmaceutical and medical technology matters. Her energy, pragmatism and theoretical knowledge make her a great business partner to any company.” Jan Krekel anchors the trademark practice at Zirngibl. He advises clients holistically thanks to broad trademark, advertising and competition expertise. “An extremely talented litigator and strategic adviser, clients appreciate Jürgen Kroher for his thorough and practical approach in complex matters.” He operates out of Kroher-Strobel. At Krieger Mes & Graf v der Groeben, Jens Michael Künzel’s reservoir of IP and unfair competition knowledge brings comfort when trouble is brewing. LEXTON’s “Tilmann Lührig is brilliant at tackling internet-related enforcement matters and should be the first port of call for any branding conundrum. He is responsive and cost-efficient, and always finds practical and commercially oriented solutions that will solve even the most convoluted of cases. A true gentleman and a lovely person, Tilmann goes out of his way to give a complete and full-picture analysis of each case, showing genuine concern for his clients’ businesses.” Pirelli and DIADORA have the ear of the “goal-oriented and analytical” Tobias Malte Müller. From prosecution to enforcement, as well as customs seizures, “he understands the needs of IP owners, works quickly and gets things done in high-pressure situations”. He flies the flag at TALIENS. “One of the best practitioners in the country,” Markus Müller of Müller Fottner Steinecke “is extremely dedicated to the field and provides superb advice not only in trademark matters but across the spectrum of intellectual property”. GIs, anti-counterfeiting and convoluted infringement proceedings are dealt with swiftly and with finesse by Jan Muller-Broich at Bock Legal. Working out of Betten & Resch Alexandra Parr sets up impenetrable enforcement strategies on behalf of consumer and luxury goods manufacturers. Luther’s Geert Johann Seelig “has an excellent understanding of his patrons’ industries. This allows him to go beyond the legalities and give a commercially aware assessment of their position in any given scenario. He works in a quick turnaround time and never sits on the fence when giving advice – his counsel is very valuable in this fast-paced environment.” “A first-class and approachable lawyer, Oliver Spuhler’s service is consistently prompt and accurate.” His base is at LS-IP. “You can place your full trust in Jens Steinberg to handle any kind of trademark case.” “There is no one else I would rather instruct,” enthuses one foreign associate of Greyhills Rechtsanwälte: “He is very skilled and great to work with.” “Friendly and super bright, Alexander Theis is quick on his feet and clear in his advice, especially in large scale infringement proceedings.” He counsels out of Dompatent. When it comes to intellectual property, Michael Turi of Samson & Partner is a leading light. He has been in the field for over four decades and litigates with grace and elegance. Barkhoff Reimann Vossius name partner Tilman Vossius oversees portfolios with a vigilant eye and fights infringement fires when they crop up. Dominik Weiss at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner operates a broad and versatile practice but thrives when acting at the crossroads of information technology and intellectual property. Co-founder of WürtenbergerKunze and president of the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property Gert Würtenberger astounds peers and clients with his on-point knowledge of trademark law. “A dynamic lawyer with a great analytical mind,” KNPZ’s Mathias Zintler is a safe pair of hands for those in the life sciences industry.

Individuals

  • Andreas Bothe - Hogan Lovells
  • 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
  • Peter Ruess - Arnold Ruess 
  • Nicolás Schmitz - Grünecker
  • Stefan Völker - Gleiss Lutz
  • Leopold von Gerlach - Hogan Lovells
  • Carsten C Albrecht - FPS Fritze Wicke Seelig Partnerschaftsgesellschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB
  • Wiebke Baars - Taylor Wessing
  • Matthias Berger - Fieldfisher LLP
  • Rainer Böhm - Eisenführ Speiser
  • Thies Bösling - boesling IP Rechtsanwälte PartG mbB 
  • Richard Dissmann - Bird & Bird LLP
  • Claus M Eckhartt - BARDEHLE PAGENBERG Partnerschaft mbB 
  • Michael Fammler - Baker McKenzie
  • Olaf Gillert - Taylor Wessing
  • Marc FX Groebl - Jones Day
  • Kerstin Gründig-Schnelle - Lichtenstein & Körner Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft mbB
  • Henning Hartwig - BARDEHLE PAGENBERG Partnerschaft mbB 
  • Jan Peter Heidenreich - Harmsen Utescher
  • Ulrich Hildebrandt - SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte
  • Siegfried Jackermeier - Lorenz Seidler Gossel
  • Wolfgang Kellenter - Hengeler Mueller
  • Mathias Kleespies - Vossius & Partner Patentanwalte Rechtsanwalte mbB 
  • Margret Knitter - SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte
  • Benjamin Koch - Lubberger Lehment
  • Matthias Koch - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
  • Paul Kretschmar - Vossius & Partner Patentanwälte Rechtsanwälte mbB 
  • Till E Lampel - Harmsen Utescher
  • Cornelis Lehment - Lubberger Lehment
  • Andrea Lensing-Kramer - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
  • Tilmann Lührig - LEXTON
  • Daniel Marschollek - Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
  • Jens Matthes - Allen & Overy LLP
  • Rembert Niebel - Baker McKenzie
  • Axel Nordemann - Boehmert & Boehmert
  • Jan Bernd Nordemann - Boehmert & Boehmert
  • Anke Nordemann-Schiffel - Boehmert & Boehmert
  • Morten Petersenn - Hogan Lovells
  • Clemens Pfitzer - Kurz Pfitzer Wolf & Partner Rechtsanwälte mbB
  • Thomas Raab - Taylor Wessing
  • Sandra Sophia Redeker - SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte
  • Constantin Rehaag - Dentons
  • Karin Sandberg - Harmsen Utescher
  • Rebekka Schiffer - COHAUSZ & FLORACK 
  • 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 PartG mbB
  • Martin Viefhues - JONAS Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH
  • Alexander von Mühlendahl - BARDEHLE PAGENBERG Partnerschaft mbB 
  • Andreas Wehlau - Gleiss Lutz
  • Thorsten Wieland - Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek
  • Mathias Zintler - KNPZ Rechtsanwälte
  • Stefan Abel - KLAKA Rechtsanwälte
  • Sascha Abrar - Löffel Abrar
  • Dorothee Altenburg - SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte
  • Björn Bahlmann - Boehmert & Boehmert
  • Michael Best - BEST Rechtsanwälte PartmbB
  • Andreas Bock - Bock Legal
  • Pascal Böhner - BARDEHLE PAGENBERG Partnerschaft mbB 
  • Dirk Bruhn - Schultz – Süchting Rechtsanwälte
  • Stefan Dittl - Friedrich Graf von Westphalen & Partner
  • Dydra Donath - Mewburn Ellis LLP
  • Julian Eberhardt - Eisenführ Speiser
  • Andreas Ebert-Weidenfeller - Eisenführ Speiser
  • Georg Fechner - Fechner Rechtsanwälte
  • Joseph Fesenmair - Bird & Bird LLP
  • Martin Fiebig - Lubberger Lehment
  • Manuela Finger - Gowling WLG
  • Marion Fischer - Hogan Lovells International LLP
  • Sebastian Fischoeder - Bird & Bird LLP
  • Christian Fortmann - 24IP Law Group
  • Anja Franke - Grünecker
  • Inga George - boesling IP Rechtsanwälte PartG mbB 
  • Alexander González - Prinz & Partner mbB
  • Peter Gross - Boehmert & Boehmert
  • Ortrun Günzel - df-mp
  • Christina Hackbarth - Beiten Burkhardt
  • Iliana Haleen - Squire Patton Boggs
  • Udo W Herberth - Weickmann & Weickmann
  • Ariane Hettenkofer - Kroher-Strobel
  • Magnus Hirsch - SKW Schwarz Rechtsanwälte
  • Tanja Hogh Holub - Beiten Burkhardt
  • Mareike Hunfeld - Hogan Lovells
  • Reinhard E Ingerl - 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
  • Erhard Keller - Hogan Lovells International LLP
  • Nora Keßler - Klinkert Rechtsanwälte PartGmbB
  • David Kipping - Friedrich Graf von Westphalen & Partner
  • Michael Knospe - Simmons & Simmons LLP
  • Markus Körner - Bird & Bird LLP
  • Ludwig Kouker - BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT 
  • Jan F Krekel - Zirngibl Langwieser
  • Jurgen Kroher - Kroher-Strobel
  • Jens Michael Künzel - Krieger Mes & Graf v der Groeben 
  • Philipe Kutschke - BARDEHLE PAGENBERG Partnerschaft mbB 
  • Reinhart Lange - Squire Patton Boggs
  • Uwe Lüken - Bird & Bird LLP
  • Tobias Malte Müller - TALIENS
  • Carsten Menebrocker - CMS Hasche Sigle
  • Manuel Merling - Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
  • Markus Müller - Müller Fottner Steinecke
  • Jan D Muller-Broich - Bock Legal
  • Valentina Niess - Noerr LLP
  • Oliver Nilgen - Meissner Bolte Patentanwälte Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft mbB 
  • Carola Onken - KLAKA Rechtsanwälte
  • Alexandra Parr - Betten & Resch Patent- und Rechtsanwälte PartGmbB 
  • Dirk Pauli - KLEINER Rechtsanwalte PartG mbB
  • Udo Pfleghar - BEST Rechtsanwälte PartmbB
  • Christian Rassmann - Lorenz Seidler Gossel
  • Andreas Schabenberger - Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek
  • Simone Schäfer - Vossius & Partner Patentanwälte Rechtsanwälte mbB 
  • Andrea Schlaffge - Hengeler Mueller
  • Cornelia Schmitt - Grünecker
  • Thomas Schmitz - HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER
  • Andreas Schulz - KLAKA Rechtsanwälte
  • Christoph Schumann - Harmsen Utescher
  • Florian Schwab - BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT 
  • Geert Johann Seelig - Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft
  • Alexander Späth - KLEINER Rechtsanwalte PartG mbB
  • Christian Spintig - Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek
  • Oliver Spuhler - LS-IP
  • Jens H Steinberg - Greyhills Rechtsanwälte
  • Alexander Theis - Dompatent von Kreisler Selting Werner
  • Michael Turi - Samson & Partner
  • Konstantin von Werder - Mayer Brown
  • Tilman Vossius - Barkhoff Reimann Vossius
  • Nils Weber - JONAS Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH
  • Stefan Weidert - Gleiss Lutz
  • Jan Weiser - UNIT4 IP
  • Dominik Weiss - Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
  • Matthias Werner - Gleiss Lutz
  • Ulrich Worm - Mayer Brown
  • Gert Würtenberger - WürtenbergerKunze
  • Tobias Wuttke - Meissner Bolte Patentanwälte Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft mbB 

Individuals: anti-counterfeiting