Clemens Pfitzer

Ranked in Germany
WTR Research

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 - Individuals

For the past decade, Kurz Pfitzer Wolf & Partner has put in resonant performances for patrons on all manner of trademark briefs. While it covers everything from trademark strategy to anti-counterfeiting efforts, the focus is on national, European and cross-border litigation; a vast network of overseas contacts means that its influence now extends to some 110-plus countries worldwide. The brains behind the operation are namesakes Clemens Pfitzer and Christopher Wolf. The globally minded Pfitzer has been described as “a perfect sparring partner with an out-of-the-box mindset”; while litigator and licensing maven Wolf “has a very business-oriented, no-nonsense approach, putting the client’s interests first and legal steps second. He is a persistent and fair negotiator and a far-sighted strategist.”

Clemens Pfitzer's Profile

Clemens Pfitzer is one of the founding partners of Kurz Pfitzer Wolf & Partner. He is specialised in IP and IT law and a certified expert for IP and IT law by the German Bar Association. Mr Pfitzer has more than 15 years of experience in IP and IT law and has been recognised numerous times as one of the leading professionals in Germany.

WTR 1000 calls him an “absolute star, who combines a very pleasant demeanour with fast, strategic thinking” (WTR 1000, 2019) and “one of the top attorneys in the field” who “is widely regarded as an excellent and strong litigator with a fantastic track record” (WTR 1000, 2020).

He is best known for his outstanding litigation skills and successful track record of hundreds of cases. Clients appreciate his experience and strategic thinking when tackling infringers. He is also often involved in cross-border litigation, and manages and coordinates international litigation efforts for his clients to fight counterfeiting.

He manages international trademark portfolios in more than 110 jurisdictions and therefore has profound knowledge of international trademark law and the advantages and disadvantages of many jurisdictions. Clients can rely on his experience for strategic planning of trademark filings.

Mr Pfitzer represents clients in many industries, including fashion, software, food and beverages, mechanical engineering, automotive, e-commerce, online services and other consumer goods.

Besides trademarks, he focuses on anti-counterfeiting, unfair competition, copyright, designs, software, e-commerce and privacy issues. He was also recognised in 2020 as Lawyer of the Year for data security and privacy law by Best Lawyers and Handelsblatt.

He is an active member of the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property, INTA and the European Communities Trademark Association (ECTA), currently serving on ECTA’s Internet Committee.

Firm Profile

Kurz Pfitzer Wolf & Partner was founded as a boutique law firm in Stuttgart with the mission to provide excellent services to clients around the globe in IP and IT law. That focus, an excellent team and the use of modern technology have all contributed to making the firm and its clients a success story, with Kurz Pfitzer Wolf & Partner celebrating its 10-year anniversary in 2020.

Over the past decade, Kurz Pfitzer Wolf & Partner has gained a remarkable national and international reputation for the quality of its services.

Team

Kurz Pfitzer Wolf & Partner is proud of its team of highly experienced professionals. The team has gained the trust of many clients and is especially well known for its IP litigation and enforcement skills. The team has received several national and international awards and accolades for its excellent work.

Litigation

With the experience of hundreds of litigation cases in the past years and a successful track record, the team at Kurz Pfitzer Wolf & Partner is an ideal partner for clients seeking experienced litigators to enforce their rights. Many of the firm’s clients are enthused by just how quickly and at what low costs the firm can produce excellent results. Due to advantages offered by the German judicial system, the firm can – where necessary – usually obtain injunctions from German courts within days and the infringer generally has to reimburse all costs incurred in the process. This speed and cost efficiency are the reason that many clients choose Germany as their preferred jurisdiction in the European Union.

Besides litigation in Germany, Kurz Pfitzer Wolf & Partner is also frequently involved in cross-border litigation. For key clients, the firm manages worldwide litigation and develops the litigation strategy accordingly. This involvement in coordinating international litigation gives the firm excellent knowledge of the litigation process in many jurisdictions, so that it can provide valuable strategic advice to clients when facing infringements in and across various jurisdictions.

Anti-counterfeiting

Kurz Pfitzer Wolf & Partner frequently develops new strategies and approaches to successfully fight counterfeiting in a fast-changing market, especially online. The firm works closely with Customs across Europe to protect its clients’ rights. The firm also cooperates with other firms and service providers to effectively fight counterfeiting.

Trademark prosecution

Managing trademarks in more than 110 jurisdictions, Kurz Pfitzer Wolf & Partner offers trademark portfolio management and all related services, such as planning of international trademark portfolios, worldwide filing services, trademark clearing searches, trademark watches, representation in opposition and cancellation proceedings and domain disputes.

Licensing and due diligence

The firm’s professionals are highly experienced in all contractual matters relating to IP and IT law, including licensing agreements, non-disclosure agreements, know-how protection, franchise agreements and coexistence agreements. Kurz Pfitzer Wolf & Partner is frequently involved in drafting and negotiating national and international contracts. The firm also offers due diligence for IP rights and IT law.

Clients and industries

Kurz Pfitzer Wolf & Partner is proud to work with excellent clients of all sizes, from small and medium-sized enterprises to multinational corporations. Its clients come from all across the world (mainly the European Union, Switzerland, the United States, Canada, South Korea and Japan) and from various industries, including the IT sector, fashion, cosmetics, food and beverages, mechanical engineering, pharmaceuticals, automotive, entertainment, sports, e-commerce and other consumer goods.

Global network

Kurz Pfitzer Wolf & partner has grown a well-established international network of IP law firms and service providers to offer services to its clients on a global level. The firm is also a member of national and international trademark organisations such as INTA and the European Communities Trademark Association, and has contributed to committees of both organisations.

Legal areas

Besides trademarks, Kurz Pfitzer Wolf & Partner provides professional legal services related to copyright, designs, unfair competition, patents (litigation and licensing), software, privacy, e-commerce and online services.

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