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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.

Silver - Firms

International player HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER undertakes everything from searching and filing to prosecution, enforcement and anti-counterfeiting “to the highest level possible”. “It is one of the most reliable firms out there, and its attorneys are responsive, super-skilled and clear communicators who dedicate their full attention to the matters at hand.” Trademark, copyright, media and technology law specialist Fabienne Brison draws on this all-encompassing knowledge to devise wraparound strategies and broker IP-rich contracts.

Gold - Firms

“One of the best firms in France”, HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER VÉRON shines in particular on cross-border IP litigation. Its practitioners enjoy full-bodied support as needed from other offices across Europe – one recent example is an infringement project they have been tackling in collaboration with their Dutch colleagues. Leading the line is namesake and founder Denis Monégier du Sorbier, whose counsel comes underpinned by keen insight into unfair competition and parasitic behaviour issues. The silver-tongued Marie Georges-Picot impresses in disputes and transactions alike; regarding the latter, recent highlights include brokering a major IP-related deal on behalf of Carrefour. Multi-jurisdictional litigation is meant and drink to Sophie Micallef: “Sophie is always well prepared, available to have an open discussion and able to look at the issue from all possible angles. She provides excellent strategic insight and never loses sight of the details.”

Silver - Firms

With more than 100 dedicated IP practitioners stationed in offices across the continent, HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER is one of the most formidable forces of its kind in Europe. Its three German offices are crucial engines of its success and garner glowing reviews: “The team deserve five stars out of five – they provide clear answers and find solutions where others have failed, and always point out the risks and never shy away from difficult topics. They are down to earth, but highly skilled at the same time.” Titans such as GlaxoSmithKline and Samsung have engaged it lately for assistance across the contentious/non-contentious divide, which comes from star litigators Thomas Schmitz, Christina Tenbrock and Mathis Breuer, among others. “Thomas, Christina and Matthis all show dedication to clients, an ability to explain German trademark law simply and an excellent capacity to work as part of an international team on cross-border matters. I would recommend them to anyone looking for committed and responsive counsel – they are first class.” Lead partner Schmitz has cultivated industry specialisms in cosmetics, food and wine during his 20-plus year career; Tenbrock’s metiers include healthcare advertising law; and Breuer clocks up the wins in sectors from consumer goods to electronics.

Silver - Firms: enforcement and litigation

Silver - Firms: prosecution and strategy

HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER really hits its stride on pan-European briefs: fully integrated teams in France, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain dovetail neatly to devise cohesive, forward-thinking strategies and execute them flawlessly across multiple jurisdictions and forums. Spearheading the litigation department is “one of the country’s brightest lawyers”, Luis Fernández-Nova; he recently represented leading Canadian agriculture company Premier Tech and has been kept busy on a multi-jurisdictional mandate for vodka leader Stolichnaya. WTR 1000 newcomers Álvaro Velázquez and José Antonio Sanmartín have been working alongside Fernández-Nova for over 15 years and form an unbeatable team. Velázquez’s forte lies in pharmaceuticals and other highly regulated industries, particularly in relation to the labelling of goods; while Antonio Sanmartín never falters on the parallel import and border control matters that are his bread and butter. The prosecution division is in tip-top shape too, thanks to the efforts of Laura Alonso, who manages the Jimi Hendrix Estate’s Experience Hendrix portfolio throughout the European Union. “Her strategies naturally complement business needs and she is proactive, resourceful and super to work with.” Other highlights this year include assisting Ferring with the recordal of a trademark assignment in 56 jurisdictions worldwide.

Gold - Firms

HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER brings a “combination of academic depth and street-fighting spirit” to high-profile trademark cases. A perfect example is its recent win before the Dutch Supreme Court on behalf of FKP Soyuzplodoimport – a case which featured all of the firm’s ranked practitioners. Having counselled the brand since 2003, Joris van Manen and Laura Fresco know the ins and outs of its operations like the backs of their hands. “They provide incredibly valuable assistance and a high level of expertise, especially when working with foreign counsel across the world. Everything they do is perfect and cannot be achieved by anyone else.” The pair also come in for individual praise: “Joris is of the best Dutch litigators around. He fuses excellent legal knowledge with exceptional strategic negotiation skills; and even in cases where the chances are split 50/50, he can tip the balance in the client’s favour.” “Laura’s tactical eye makes her a pragmatic, direct and results-driven lawyer.” Frank Eijsvogels and Willem Hoyng also bring something special to the table: Eijsvogels delves into the nitty-gritty of each brief to obtain stellar results; while Hoyng has built the practice into the behemoth it is today and serves as a vital sounding board to patrons and peers alike.

Firm Profile

HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER is a specialised European IP law boutique, which was created in 2015 when the well-established top-tier IP firms Hoyng Monegier and Reimann Osterrieth Köhler Haft (ROKH) joined forces. In 2019 the firm teamed up with French patent litigation boutique, Véron & Associés. Today, HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER has more than 100 passionate IP professionals and offices in Amsterdam, Brussels, Dusseldorf, Lyon, Madrid, Mannheim (branch office), Munich and Paris.

In all of its locations, HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER services the needs of clients in the field of IP law – including patent and trade secret, trademark, copyright and design right law – as well as in related fields, such as pharmaceutical regulatory law, unfair competition, media and advertising law and all IP-related contracts.

In patent law, HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER focuses on the technical areas of electronics, telecoms, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, automotive and optics, in which it has decades of proven expertise. The firm also serves all other technical fields, including mechanics, electrical engineering and chemicals.

In addition, in the fields of trademark, copyright and design right law, HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER offers a complete range of services relating to the enforcement, exploitation, assessment and protection of these rights and is always at the forefront of new developments. Given the full harmonisation of European trademark and design right law, HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER is ideally placed to serve clients’ needs.

HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER advises and represents its clients across
a broad range of sectors, including food and beverages, pharmaceuticals, industrial design, media, entertainment and publishing.

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