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
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An elite German firm that can ably address all trademark needs – from registration to disputes and licensing – Bardehle Pagenberg has provided a superior service defined by its strategic focus for over four decades now. Heading up the trademark department is Claus Eckhartt, who has lately been handling oppositions for Campari, L’Oréal and the Coca-Cola Company; and assisting GlaxoSmithKline with portfolio management and actions at the German Patent and Trademark Office (DPMA). “In a word, Claus is excellent,” enthuses one source. “His legal advice is concise, well reasoned and always considers clients’ business objectives. He thinks outside the box; often comes up with creative suggestions; and is thorough, measured and balanced.” His team includes the likes of Pascal Böhner, Philipe Kutschke, Alexander von Mühlendahl and Henning Hartwig. Enforcement ace and domain names maven Böhner work alongside Eckhartt on the GlaxoSmithKline and L’Oréal briefs, and also recently represented Diesel SpA in a dispute against Lidl before the Munich District Court. Meanwhile, Kutschke serves as Adidas’s longstanding trademark adviser, manages Reebok’s portfolio of Community designs and has gone out to bat for furniture company MZE Möbel Zentral Einkauf in several infringement disputes. von Mühlendahl and Hartwig have together been acting for Mondelez in 3D trademark-related proceedings and handling EU-wide enforcement issues for Nintendo. The learned von Mühlendahl had already stacked up 40 years of trademark experience before arriving at Bardehle Pagenberg in 2005, and for nine years headed the division for trademark and unfair competition law at the German Ministry of Justice. Hartwig’s clients have nothing but good words to say about him: “Henning is a true all-rounder who provides an exquisite service in all of his areas of competency – whether trademarks, copyright or industrial designs. His ability to dissect complex legal issues into digestible bites for laymen is second to none; and his attention to detail and legal expertise are first in class.” Joining the team in January 2023, Tobias Wuttke has garnered a “great reputation” for his polished performances in high-profile cross-border litigation and his sophisticated IP protection plans. He knows how judges think, thanks to time spent as the personal assistant to the former presiding judge of the Federal Court of Justice.
Alexander von Mühlendahl is an attorney at law who provides advice on – and handles litigation involving – German, European and international trademark, design and unfair competition law.
In 2005 Mr von Mühlendahl joined BARDEHLE PAGENBERG Partnerschaft mbB, bringing with him more than four decades of professional experience gained in leading positions in German and European trademark legislation, practice and academia. From 1994 to 2005 he was vice president of the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (trademarks and designs) in Alicante, Spain (now the EUIPO). Before this, from 1985 until 1994, he was head of the division for trademark and unfair competition law at the German Ministry of Justice. Among the legislation for which he was responsible in this role were amendments to the Unfair Competition Act, the IP legislation following the unification of Germany in 1990 and the new Trademark Act 1995. Throughout this period, Mr von Mühlendahl represented the German government in negotiations in Brussels on European trademark law and in World Intellectual Property Organisation matters.
He advises and represents small, medium-sized and large producers of trademarked goods from various European countries, including in proceedings before the EU General Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union.
Mr von Mühlendahl is one of the original inductees of the IP Hall of Fame (2006). He is also an honorary member of ECTA, the French Association of Trademark and Design Law Practitioners and the Hungarian Trademark Association.
He is a visiting professor at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary, University of London and he also teaches at the University of Strasbourg, the University of Alicante and the University of Hagen.
BARDEHLE PAGENBERG is one of the leading IP law firms in Europe which has pooled the strengths and competences of patent attorneys and attorneys at law for more than 40 years, clearly setting itself apart from many other IP law firms.
The firm’s diverse client base appreciates the intense cooperation between attorneys at law handling infringement cases before German civil courts through all instances on the one hand, and patent attorneys representing the client in proceedings before the Patent Offices and the Federal Patent Court on the other hand. We also offer the invaluable input of our senior consultants who in their previous careers were leading German IP judges or members of the Boards of Appeal of the European Patent Office (EPO).
BARDEHLE PAGENBERG provides its clients with excellent services in all fields of intellectual property – from the first idea through to the launch, exploitation, enforcement and strategic management, particularly in the legal areas of patent law, trademark and design law, unfair competition law and antitrust law, as well as licensing and technology transfer.
The full-service IP firm is frequently chosen by global companies that value its international reach and diverse team. Additionally, various German blue-chip companies and small and medium-sized businesses, and market leaders in niche technologies entrust BARDEHLE PAGENBERG with their IP business.
Industry sector strengths
Thanks to its vast experience in various industries, BARDEHLE PAGENBERG covers a very broad spectrum of services. For example, the firm is well known for its expertise in the automotive industry, telecommunications, software and electronics. Moreover, BARDEHLE PAGENBERG focuses on technical sectors such as mechanical engineering or medical devices, as well as on sports equipment and the pharmaceutical sector.
International presence and alliances
BARDEHLE PAGENBERG stands out as a law firm with strong cross-national ties between its offices in Munich, Dusseldorf, Paris and Barcelona. Furthermore, its reliable global network includes long-standing relationships with numerous high-end IP law firms in the United States and the fast-growing Asian markets. Thus, BARDEHLE PAGENBERG has a global reach with excellent capabilities in cross-border IP disputes.
In 2015 BARDEHLE PAGENBERG demonstrated its role as a pioneer once more, forming a partnership with Singaporean law firm YUSARN AUDREY in the fields of IP law and technology transfer. Between them, the two boutiques provide clients with skilful support in the fields of technology licensing, B2B cooperation, joint venture and merger and acquisition projects.
Team experience and size
BARDEHLE PAGENBERG employs people from more than 15 different countries on three continents.
With more than 40 years of experience in the IP world, a considerable international clientele and over 240 specialists, BARDEHLE PAGENBERG is able to simultaneously conduct numerous major infringement, opposition and nullity proceedings.
Patent litigation and patent prosecution
A strong focus of the firm is on patent litigation. Presently, our German patent litigation team (more than 40 litigators and patent attorneys) is handling more than 250 German patent infringement actions, more than 200 German nullity actions and more than 200 EPO oppositions in parallel.
Over the past few years, BARDEHLE PAGENBERG has seen its highest growth rate in the telecommunication, automotive and pharmaceutical sectors as it simultaneously handled numerous high-profile litigation series.
The deep knowledge of its patent attorneys specialised in high-tech, the automotive industry, life sciences, medical devices, engineering and physics – among other sectors -- enables BARDEHLE PAGENBERG to provide clients with expert advice on these, as well as further and new technological developments.
Trademarks and designs
While offering the full range of trademark-related services to its clients, BARDEHLE PAGENBERG clearly focuses on strategic advice, especially regarding multinational portfolios and the cross-border enforcement of its clients’ brands. Both start-ups and the long-standing client base of BARDEHLE PAGENBERG entrust the firm with complex and high-profile litigation matters frequently leading to ground-breaking decisions in sectors such as restaurant chains, consumer healthcare, fashion and cosmetics, as well as the sports industry.
BARDEHLE PAGENBERG represents clients that are famous for their uniquely designed products, some of which have become all-time classics in a very short time. The experience BARDEHLE PAGENBERG has in design protection is not limited to fields that typically have an affinity for design such as clothing and furniture, but also in health-related sectors such as pharmaceutical appliances.