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.
Gold - Firms
Harmsen Utescher has been on the scene since 1895; and more than 125 years down the line, its competitors are in unanimous agreement that it firmly deserves its place in the gold tier. Whether dealing with strategic prosecution briefs or landmark disputes, it leaves no stone unturned – much to the delight of its blockbuster clientele. Following a 16-year battle, a decision was recently reached in the widely reported spat between Bell Deutschland and Schutzverband Schwarzwälder Schinken in relation to geographical indication issues around Black Forest ham; acting for the former company since the beginning was hotshot litigator Karin Sandberg. “Karin has a hands-on approach, gives very easily understandable advice and always expresses a clear recommendation. She is engaged in and enthusiastic about her work, and treats clients’ needs and concerns as if they were her own.” Another key highlight has been the firm’s representation of liqueur brand Heiko Blume, which has precedent-setting potential; the matter was handled by Rainer Kaase, who has been in the game since 1989 and “knows how to explain even the most complex legal cases in clear language, providing fast and complete responses”. The firm’s mighty phalanx of litigators also includes Till Lampel, Martin Kefferpütz and Christoph Schumann. The 30-years-experienced Lampel recently obtained a preliminary injunction on behalf of Swedish sealing solutions leader Roxtec; while Kefferpütz has been busy doing battle at the EUIPO on behalf of Social Fashion Company in relation to a contested position mark. In the opinion of one collaborator: “Dr Kefferpütz is one of the best IP lawyers I have cooperated with in 24 years in the field. He is a deep expert, but his best quality is his ability to understand clients’ needs and find efficient solutions.” Schumann – whose recent highlights include a much-discussed unfair competition dispute on behalf of jam and honey producer Göbber – receives similar praise: “Christoph is a competent and experienced partner who has been providing top-class IP advice for many years. He and his team are proactive; deliver fast, accurate and high-quality work; and are always available.” Joining them in the guide this year is Andrea Marx, who has guided some of the world’s largest companies through trademark and unfair competition disputes during his 15-year career.