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Despite the departure of a group of key partners, BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT remains a frontrunner on the German trademark scene. Providing a 360-degree, cross-industry, cross-border service, it ranks among the top trademark filers in both Germany and the European Union, and maintains a strong focus on the Chinese and US markets. First among equals is Peter Gross, who primarily spends his time developing trademark strategies and conducting infringement proceedings; he favours practical solutions over protracted court battles and has a unique appreciation of the issues surrounding ‘me-too’ products. Alongside him is a squad of esteemed professionals including portfolio managers par excellence Florian Schwab, Björn Bahlmann and Volker Schmitz-Fohrmann. As well as building productive filing strategies, Schwab has a nose for hunting down counterfeits. Armed with ancillary insight in areas such as competition and trade secrets, Bahlmann excels at restructuring international trademark portfolios and drafting IP-related commercial contracts. With many fans among German enterprises and multinationals alike, Schmitz-Fohrmann is a go-to guy not only for portfolio strategy, but also for litigation and anti-counterfeiting briefs. Industry peers call him “excellent in both theory and practice” and “very precise and well prepared”. Also offering wisdom is elder statesman Ludwig Kouker, who knows the ropes when negotiating out-of-court settlements and licensing agreements, particularly within the consumer goods industry.

Firm Profile

For over 80 years BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT has represented national and international clients from various industries in all aspects of intellectual property, and worked closely with the technical, business and marketing teams on the clients’ side. In both prosecution and litigation, the attorneys at law and patent attorneys work in concert with one another and with clients.

Trademark law has been a core activity of BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT for many years. The firm’s attorneys are committed to all major national and international organisations and are proven experts in their respective fields, with numerous publications and academic achievements. The firm is continuously ranked among the law firms with the most German and EU trademark applications. In addition to the strong prosecution practice, BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT also covers the whole spectrum of contentious trademark matters.

The key elements of the firm’s trademark advisory services are:

  • consultation before trademark applications – for example, devising trademark strategies, drawing up product specifications and conducting availability searches;
  • filing and prosecution of applications at both a national and international level, with a network of reliable associates worldwide;
  • administration and monitoring of trademark rights throughout their lifecycle, often for several decades;
  • advice on contractual matters of every kind, with a particular focus on licensing agreements, prior rights agreements and coexistence agreements, including antitrust law;
  • contentious work, including infringement proceedings and a wide range of services to combat counterfeiting, including border seizure recordations.

The firm’s client portfolio includes a broad range of well-known national and international brands, from small and medium-sized enterprises to multinational corporations. BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT has the necessary experience to handle all kinds of requests appropriately and efficiently. This is the benchmark of success for clients worldwide.

The patent lawyers of BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT are active in all classic disciplines of science and engineering and are also specialised in areas such as information technology, telecommunications, biotechnology, biochemistry and environmental technology.

With a focus on the acquisition, defence and assertion of patents, utility models and industrial designs, as well as on consulting services in relation to the drafting and conclusion of licensing and cooperation agreements, the firm supports companies in building up their patent administration processes and departments and supports companies continuously in questions of employee invention rights.

Clients include globally active groups and leading companies both in Germany and abroad, as well as many domestic medium-sized companies, investors, authors, artists and associations – particularly universities and technology transfer organisations.

The attorneys at law and patent attorneys at BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT work seamlessly together to draw up a full-scale IP strategy and enforcement scheme. They represent clients in national and international courts and official bodies in patent infringement and nullity cases. Further, the attorneys at law advise on German and international matters regarding unfair competition, design and copyright, antitrust, data protection, media and entertainment.

For the best possible support, it is important for BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT to be close to its clients and the relevant offices and courts. Therefore, it has six offices in Germany: Munich – one of the seats of the German Patent and Trademark Office and the Federal Patent Court – Bremen, Berlin, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt and Bielefeld. In addition, BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT maintains international offices in Alicante (with direct access to the EUIPO), Paris and Shanghai. The global network of the offices and the close collaboration with selected partner firms throughout the world guarantees unrivalled quality and efficiency.

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