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The WTR 1000 focuses exclusively on trademark practice and has firmly established itself as the definitive 'go-to' resource for those seeking world-class legal trademark expertise.

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Best known across the border in its native Germany, Bardehle Pagenberg boasts enviable international reach, depth of knowledge and efficiency of service – and the Paris office is no exception. Its growing reputation for premier litigation and strategic trademark advice is driven by commander-in-chief Rebecca Delorey. A regular attendee at the EU IPO, she is also a font of knowledge on anti-counterfeiting and domain name disputes. Fighting alongside her is Axel Munier, who is a favourite of international clients. Well versed in trademark, copyright and unfair competition law, he acts before both the national and European IPOs and the courts, and also devises robust anti-counterfeiting campaigns.

Silver - Firms

Long recognised as one of the elite firms in Germany for both contentious and non-contentious trademark matters, BARDEHLE PAGENBERG has continued to thrive over the last year. A highly strategic approach is the defining feature of its practice, which resonates with high-profile players such as Mondelez, L’Oreal, adidas and the Coca-Cola Company. Leading on the Coca-Cola work, which encompasses prosecution advice and representation in office actions, is IP head Claus Eckhartt; clients hail him as “an experienced, calm and balanced practitioner whose advice is always well thought through and sensible”. He has lately been assisting GlaxoSmithKline alongside Pascal Böhner, a top strategist and litigator with “substantial experience and determination”. As comfortable on his feet in court as advising on multinational portfolios, Philipe Kutschke also receives acclaim: “On contentious matters, Philipe keeps a cool head. He is a highly competent attorney with a very personable manner, and his ‘can-do’ approach and pragmatic advice are highly appreciated.” Completing the line-up are fellow all-rounders Alexander von Mühlendahl and Henning Hartwig. In the opinion of one client, von Mühlendahl has “perhaps the most extensive trademark knowledge in Europe”; while Hartwig supplements his trademark practice with a deep understanding of design law, appearing regularly in multinational design infringement proceedings and editing the casebook Design Protection in Europe.

Firm Profile

BARDEHLE PAGENBERG has pooled the strengths of patent attorneys and attorneys at law for more than 40 years, clearly setting itself apart from its competitors.

The firm’s diverse client base appreciates the intense cooperation between attorneys at law handling infringement cases before German civil courts through all instances on the one hand  and patent attorneys representing clients in proceedings before the Patent Offices and the Federal Patent Court on the other hand.

BARDEHLE PAGENBERG provides its clients with services across the entire lifecycle of their IP rights – from the first idea through to the launch, exploitation, enforcement and strategic management.

A full-service IP firm, BARDEHLE PAGENBERG is regularly chosen by global companies that value its international availability and diverse team. Additionally, various German blue-chip companies and small and medium-sized businesses, as well as market leaders in niche technologies, entrust BARDEHLE PAGENBERG with their IP business.

BARDEHLE PAGENBERG leads the way in the automotive industry, telecommunications, software and electronics. The firm also focuses on engineering, specifically on medical devices, sports equipment and the pharmaceutical sector.

BARDEHLE PAGENBERG stands out as a law firm with strong cross-national ties between its offices in Munich, Dusseldorf, Paris and Barcelona. Furthermore, its reliable global network includes longstanding relationships with numerous high-end IP law firms in the United States and fast-growing Asian markets. Thus, BARDEHLE PAGENBERG has a global reach with excellent capabilities in cross-border IP disputes.

In 2015 BARDEHLE PAGENBERG demonstrated its role as a pioneer once more, forming a partnership with Singaporean law firm YUSARN AUDREY in the fields of IP law and technology transfer. Between them, the two boutiques provide clients with skilful support in the fields of technology licensing, B2B cooperation, and joint venture and merger and acquisition projects.

Patent litigation

A strong focus of the firm is on patent litigation. Presently, our German patent litigation team (more than 40 litigators and patent attorneys) is handling over 250 German patent infringement actions, over 200 German nullity actions and over 200 EPO oppositions in parallel. Similar numbers apply to the past five years.

Patent prosecution

Patent prosecution is another pillar of BARDEHLE PAGENBERG. Many longstanding client relationships with prestigious companies and a continuously increasing number of applications bear witness to that.


While offering the full range of trademark-related services to its clients, BARDEHLE PAGENBERG clearly focuses on strategic advice, especially regarding multinational portfolios and the cross-border enforcement of its clients’ brands. Both start-ups and the longstanding client base of BARDEHLE PAGENBERG entrust the firm with complex and high-profile litigation matters, frequently leading to ground-breaking decisions for clients in sectors such as restaurant chains, consumer healthcare, fashion and cosmetics, as well as the sports industry.


BARDEHLE PAGENBERG represents clients that are famous for their uniquely designed products, some of which have become all-time classics in a very short time. These products deserve a customised approach to stay unique, not only on a national but also on a global level. The experience BARDEHLE PAGENBERG has in design protection is not limited to fields that typically have an affinity for design, such as clothing and furniture, but also in health-relevant sectors such as pharmaceutical appliances.

Unfair competition law

For many years, BARDEHLE PAGENBERG attorneys have been representing clients in unfair competition cases such as misleading advertisements, imitations of product get-ups and any other sort of unfair misconduct. A team of experienced experts supports clients from sectors that span restaurant chains, consumer healthcare, fashion and cosmetics, and the sports industry in proceedings before the courts of all instances throughout Germany, including the German Federal Court of Justice.

Antitrust law

The BARDEHLE PAGENBERG team includes several leading experts in the field of IP-related antitrust law who bring vast experience in settlement and licensing negotiations to the table and, thus, are able to provide clients with specific added value such as blacklists, risk assessment or assistance in wording contracts. The firm advises clients on a broad range of antitrust-related topics, including R&D agreements, fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory patent terms and standard-essential patents.

Licensing and technology transfer

Contracts and agreements focusing on the exploitation of IP rights, such as licensing, distribution, sponsorship, franchising, co-marketing, R&D and technology transfer agreements are among the strong points of BARDEHLE PAGENBERG.

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