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A fixture on the Dusseldorf scene for more than 60 years, Boutique COHAUSZ & FLORACK draws judiciously on the talents of its diversely qualified legal professionals and technical specialists to find the answers to complex branding challenges for companies across the industry spectrum. The main draw from a trademark perspective is Rebekka Schiffer, a “reliable professional who always offers practical solutions and approaches”. Her holistic practice covers everything from global portfolio management to office actions before the national registries and EUIPO, and the implementation of online and offline brand enforcement programmes. WTR 1000 newcomer Ulrike Alice Ulrich is a trademark strategy and portfolio management maven who counts electronics giant Philips among her clients.

Firm Profile

COHAUSZ & FLORACK is a law firm founded in 1954 and made up of 29 patent attorneys and attorneys at law, as well as around 120 employees. With offices in Dusseldorf and Munich, the multidisciplinary law firm supports its clients – international companies and medium-sized companies in Germany – in all matters relating to IP rights and unfair competition, in many cases having done so for decades. This includes the drafting and filing, administration and licensing of extensive property rights portfolios, searches for third-party IP rights and the associated freedom-to-operate expert opinions, as well as cooperation agreements. COHAUSZ & FLORACK also represents its clients in proceedings concerning infringement and validity of IP rights. The firm sees itself as a strong partner and advises its clients proactively, individually and holistically on all IP-relevant issues. To this end, the 25 patent attorneys and four attorneys at law are experts in their respective fields and work together as an interdisciplinary, efficient and trusting team.

COHAUSZ & FLORACK serves its national and international clients with strategic advice and represents them in all types of legal dispute that arise in connection with IP rights, whether in office proceedings, state courts, negotiations or alternative dispute resolution. Consulting services offered include all manner of IP rights, with a strong focus on trademarks and all related issues, such as copyright and unfair competition law, as well as contractual matters from licensing and cooperation agreements to sales contracts.

The firm’s attorneys have particular expertise in:

  • trademarks (including marks, signs and brands, trade names, titles and domains);
  • advertising and unfair competition law;
  • designs;
  • border seizures;
  • copyright;
  • media law;
  • contracts; and
  • litigation and arbitration.

In the areas of trademarks, designs and unfair competition, COHAUSZ & FLORACK draws on more than half a century of tradition and experience. The firm manages over 18,000 brands and is one of Germany’s leading firms in the field of intellectual property. It has longstanding experience in strategic drafting, filing, prosecution and management of extensive trademark portfolios, particularly before the EU Intellectual Property Office. In recent years, COHAUSZ & FLORACK has been consistently ranked among the top trademark filers in Europe.

COHAUSZ & FLORACK’s attorneys take an interdisciplinary approach where each task is handled by the best-fitting specialist. Clients have an anchor contact at the firm to ensure ease of communication and a reliable, high quality of service. The firm’s attorneys develop solutions for technical IP rights, trademark, name and design protection which afford clients the greatest possible freedom of action. Whether in relation to prosecution, enforcement or exploitation, it is the strategic thinking and comprehensive approach that distinguish COHAUSZ & FLORACK from other IP firms. While its attorneys are vigorous litigators in the German and EU courts, they always keep the client’s best interest in mind, viewing litigation as one possible part of a broader business strategy that is, in practice, primarily driven by the client’s non-legal strategic and commercial interests. Accordingly, one of the firm’s main assets is that its attorneys do not think exclusively in technical or legal terms, but rather take care not to lose sight of the client’s superordinate entrepreneurial and business needs. As attentive advisers, the firm’s attorneys adopt the interests of their clients as their own and look after their IP and legal interests in close cooperation with the decision makers. This comprehensive approach to legal counselling has proven itself time and time again, and is one of the reasons that COHAUSZ & FLORACK is heavily sought after by both small and large companies, and is particularly valued by its many longstanding clients.

COHAUSZ & FLORACK’s high-quality services and the successes that it achieves for its clients, combined with its work ethic, personal bonds, high degree of acceptance by both opponents and colleagues, and sense of proportion, explain its continued growth and longstanding reputation as one of Germany’s top IP firms.

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