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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Though founded less than a decade ago, Boesling IP has already made a significant impact on the market. No mandate is beyond its capability, with recent highlights including representation of Hummel Holding against a range of defendants in relation to its figurative chevron trademarks; and the successful recovery of a trademark registration for Japanese guitar maker K Yairi Guitars Co. According to clients: “Its lawyers are extremely efficient and responsive, and deliver great results fast. Whatever the issue, they know exactly what to do and execute it perfectly.” The twin engines behind the practice are Thies Bösling and Inga George, who each receive warm market feedback. “Thies is a true wizard of trademark law and a litigation mastermind. He strategises cases from start to finish and always thinks several steps ahead of his opponent. His profound knowledge of case law allows him to come up with the most persuasive arguments every time. He also shows amazing attention to detail and a proven ability to anticipate his opponent’s next moves.” George is hailed as “an exceptionally knowledgeable and experienced trademark lawyer”: “Her work is extremely diligent and she is very talented at presenting her arguments in the best possible way. Inga is highly adaptable and always on the lookout for effective, economically sound solutions.”
Thies Bösling is an experienced IP lawyer and founder of boesling IP, an IP litigation boutique based in Hamburg, Germany.
Mr Bösling has an extensive track record of litigating IP and unfair competition cases before the national courts, the EU General Court and the European Court of Justice (ECJ). Among other cases, he represented Hummel Holding A/S in proceedings before the ECJ on pan-European jurisdiction in trademark infringement matters.
His experience covers all aspects of enforcing IP rights (including well-known trademarks) in national and cross-border litigation, developing and implementing strategies against counterfeiting and parallel imports, managing private investigations against IP infringement, portfolio management (including trademark clearance, filing, opposition and cancellation proceedings), as well as drafting and negotiating licensing and IP transfer agreements.
Mr Bösling is a co-author of the widely recognised Commentary on the Community Trademark Regulation (Hasselblatt (ed), CH Beck Hart Nomos, 2nd ed 2018) and the author of numerous articles and case notes on contemporary IP, unfair competition and procedural law issues in German and US periodicals. Mr Bösling’s scholarly work has been cited by the German Federal Court of Justice and was honoured with the Judge John R Brown Award for Excellence in Legal Writing. He is also frequently invited to speak at IP conferences and to comment on current IP matters in the media.
Mr Bösling studied law at the University of Hamburg, where he earned his doctorate, magna cum laude, in 2002. He graduated with an LLM in comparative law from the California Western School of Law, San Diego, cum laude, in 2004. Mr Bösling is a member of the Leadership Development Committee of the International Trademark Association.
boesling IP Rechtsanwälte PartG mbB is a full-service IP boutique that specialises in high-end litigation. The firm is particularly recognised for its expertise in complex infringement litigation in international contexts. Its trademark and design practice covers all aspects of rights enforcement and prosecution, including trademark clearances and filing, as well as oppositions and cancellation proceedings before the German and European IP offices. In addition, boesling IP advises on advertising campaigns and product launches, assists clients in developing and implementing anti-counterfeiting strategies, and advises on licensing and distribution agreements as well as on IP-related issues in M&A transactions. Furthermore, boesling IP represents clients in domain name disputes pursuant to the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy.
boesling IP puts a distinct focus on IP litigation. The firm’s partners have longstanding track records of litigating high-profile cases before the German courts and before the European Court of Justice. The firm has obtained numerous court decisions in the fields of fashion, medical devices and online advertising which broke new ground and shaped the development of case law in favour of the firm’s clients. Due to the firm’s constant involvement in cutting-edge litigation cases, its attorneys pick up emerging trends early and advise clients on the basis of first-hand courtroom experience.
The firm has extensive experience in obtaining and defending ex parte preliminary injunctions in IP infringement cases before the German courts, often with effect for the entire European Union. In many cases, boesling IP obtained court decisions that formed the basis for a permanent resolution of complex international disputes within short time frames. Attorneys at the firm are convinced that acting on infringement cases quickly and firmly helps to avoid lengthy proceedings before the courts and trademark offices, leading to favourable results fast and at reasonable costs.
boesling IP is part of a strong and widespread international network of other leading IP law firms, patent attorneys and legal tech service providers, both domestically and abroad. Its close-knit international relations enable boesling IP to bring together strong and cost-effective teams without the constraints of a corporate network, while providing clients with a single point of contact in national and cross-border disputes.
boesling IP serves a diverse range of clients from Germany, Europe, North America, Asia and the Pacific, ranging from aspiring technology start-ups and German Mittelstand to world market leaders and well-known global players.
The firm’s industry focus areas include:
- fashion, sportswear and luxury goods;
- medical engineering and healthcare;
- biotech and pharmaceuticals;
- software, social media and industry 4.0;
- food and beverages;
- consumer products;
- oil, gas and natural resources; and
- hospitality and travel.
All senior attorneys of boesling IP have extensive prior work experience at leading international law firms and IP boutiques. They share a true passion for IP law and a commitment to premium service quality at reasonable costs. The firm’s founding partners are recognised as leaders in their fields. They regularly publish on IP law issues in German and international handbooks and periodicals and are invited to speak at conferences on legislative developments and emerging IP law trends. All attorneys at the firm are active members of professional organisations – including INTA, MARQUES and the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property – and promote the development of IP law and policy. Partners Thies Bösling and Inga George are co-authors of the widely recognised commentaries of Gordian Hasselblatt on the European Union Trademark Regulation and the Community Design Regulation.