Alexander Thünken

Partner at Uexküll & Stolberg
Ranked in Germany
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Founded over 60 years ago, Uexküll & Stolberg is one of the largest outfits of its kind in Northern Germany, with 18 patent attorneys and attorneys at law stationed in twin offices in Hamburg and Munich. Its broad trademark offering extends from prosecution and filing strategy to administrative actions and anti-counterfeiting campaigns; and it regularly steps in on matters which have an international angle. Key clients include coffee producer JJ Darboven, whose trademarks it has managed for decades and which it has lately been defending in EUIPO proceedings over the registration of the mark WINDSOR-CASTLE; as well as German auditing company Dekra, whose brand portfolio has been under its care for about 20 years. Taking care of both is Alexander Thünken, a “safe pair of hands and a consummate professional with in-depth knowledge of trademark law and strong business acumen”. “His level of experience in various industries makes him an invaluable counsel.” Trademarks head Frank Dettmann is “a committed and reliable colleague” who “provides realistic assessments of the chances of success and is flexible towards the needs of his clients”; they include household names such as Duracell.

Alexander Thünken's Profile

Alexander Thünken has been working on IP-related litigation, enforcement, prosecution and counselling matters since 2004. He represents and advises German and foreign companies on trademarks, designs, domain names and unfair competition-related issues.

His work encompasses all IP proceedings before the German courts, as well as the German Patent and Trademark Office, the Federal Patent Court, the EUIPO and the International Bureau in Geneva. Prior to joining Uexküll & Stolberg in 2007, he worked for a renowned Hamburg law firm, where he also gained experience in general commercial and corporate law.

Dr Thünken has been a partner at Uexküll & Stolberg since 2011. There, he manages the IP portfolios of companies mainly in the fields of luxury goods, fashion, cosmetics, chemistry, technology services, food, beverages and pharmaceuticals.

Dr Thünken works in almost every aspect of IP law and has recently led cases involving:

  • handling new trademark and design filings, oppositions, appeals and renewals before the German Patent and Trademark Office and the EUIPO;
  • representing clients before the civil IP courts and courts of appeal in trademark, design infringement and unfair competition actions;
  • handling customs seizure matters for German and foreign companies;
  • representing clients in trademark and design cancellation actions;
  • representing clients from different industries in settlement negotiations and contractual work; and
  • advising pharmaceutical companies on trademark infringement matters.

Dr Thünken was admitted as an attorney at law in 2004 after receiving his PhD in law (cum laude) the previous year. He holds a master's in law (with distinction) from King’s College, London. He became a certified specialist in industrial property law in 2011. He speaks German, English, Spanish and French.

Firm Profile

As a renowned IP boutique, Uexküll & Stolberg is committed to creating, maintaining and defending clients’ IP rights. The firm represents clients before the relevant IP offices and courts in Germany, Europe and internationally. For this reason, it has built up and can rely on a large network of foreign associate attorneys, which serves to best defend clients’ interests abroad.

The firm has steadily grown over the years. The firm’s two founders were chemists and patent attorneys. Over time, patent attorneys with a technical background in physics, mechanical and electrical engineering, as well as biotechnology and chemistry, have joined the firm, enabling us to offer comprehensive patent consulting services in all technical fields.

Uexküll & Stolberg attorneys have earned a high reputation in representing clients before the EUIPO, the EPO, the German Patent and Trademark Office and the German courts. Advising clients in contentious proceedings, often with international involvement, is a core activity of the firm.

Attorneys at law experienced in trademark, design and unfair competition law have been part of the firm’s team since 1999.

From established companies to aspirational start-ups, from research institutions to universities, from individual inventors to reputable law firms in Germany and all over Europe, Uexküll’s clients work in a variety of fields and therefore deal with diverse issues when it comes to intellectual property. It is with no small amount of pride that the firm can say that its clients rely on its legal and technical expertise and its readiness to offer tailor-made and commercially effective solutions while dealing with even the most complex of issues.

The firm’s services include not only the preparation of documentation, assistance in the filing process and registration; the accomplished attorneys at Uexküll & Stollberg will also defend its clients’ intellectual property before all relevant offices and courts, whether it is by asserting claims or challenging the validity of a competitor’s IP rights. When hiring the firm to handle your intellectual property, you can rely on the assistance of highly experienced attorneys who will help you achieve your specific goals.

Business enterprises

Running efficient IP operations is a demanding task that any future-orientated company must accomplish to thrive. One decisive factor for market success is the implementation of novel and advanced solutions. In the past, in-house IP functions have proven to be more than valuable for the evolutions of companies in various fields.

Uexküll & Stollberg is proud to be able to offer its clients this expertise. A fruitful and empowering relationship is critical when it comes to drawing out a company’s full potential, which is why the firm’s attorneys integrate with existing in-house teams.

Science and research institutions

Universities, specialised departments and research institutes encounter highly specific IP issues. First, they need to promote their current and future research and thereby acquire funding. To be eligible for funding programmes, intellectual property must be undisputed. Second, work, revenue and income depend on intellectual property, whether through licences or spin-outs.

Before any income can be generated, however, a close evaluation of the commercial potential of a particular product or service must take place, and IP rights must be secured early on in the process.

Law firms

Every law firm has their specific demands, which is why Uexküll & Stollberg offers tailor-made solutions to clients and map out reliable strategies that convince by their practicality, viability and efficiency. Being assigned directly or via an agency, it is always the firm’s target to provide clients with quick responses and business-orientated solutions, including litigation support in contentious proceedings.

The firm’s attorneys possess relevant backgrounds in a variety of technical fields and their experience of proceedings and general court practice allows them to handle even the most complicated legal issues with mastery.

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