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According to competitors, the “dynamic” Cohausz & Florack “has a strong track record, a widespread client base and truly knows what it’s doing, making it one of the best IP boutiques in Düsseldorf”. Founded in 1956, the combined group of four attorneys at law and 24 patent attorneys takes a multi-disciplinary approach to every case. Key highlights include a longstanding relationship with Acer; work for Harley-Davidson Europe, which has included border seizures and the enforcement of colour trademarks; and the provision of strategic filing advice to LG Electronics. Tackling the Acer and LG instructions is Rebekka Schiffer; while the Harley-Davidson piece falls under the care of Ulrike Alice Ulrich. Both practitioners are widely capable, with everything from the creation of brand strategies to appearances before the DPMA and the courts falling within their wheelhouse.

Firm Profile

COHAUSZ & FLORACK is a law firm founded in 1954 and now home to 34 patent attorneys and attorneys at law, as well as about 120 support staff. With offices in Dusseldorf and Munich, the multidisciplinary firm supports its clients – international and German medium-sized companies – 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 IP 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 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 30 patent attorneys and four attorneys at law are experts in their respective fields and work together in 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, 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 17,000 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 was 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 attorneys develop solutions for technical IP rights, trademarks, names and design protection which give 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 clients' best interests in mind, viewing litigation as one possible part of a broader business strategy that is, in practice, primarily driven by the clients' 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 overarching 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 alike, and is particularly valued by its many longstanding clients.

Our high-quality work products and the successes that we achieve for our clients, combined with our work ethic, personal bonds, high degree of acceptance by both opponents and colleagues, and sense of proportion explain our continued growth and longstanding reputation as one of Germany’s top IP firms.

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