Expertise
IP, technology, and competition

The protection of intellectual property (IP) and secret know-how is of crucial importance for the economic success of companies. Yet at the same time, the boundaries between what is compliant with, and what is in violation of, fair competition laws on a rapidly changing global marketplace must be constantly redrawn. We stand shoulder to shoulder with companies and associations in competition with others in all IP and unfair competition law issues.

Brand and trademark law
  • Legal-strategic counseling during the conceptualization of brands
  • Trademark research
  • Trademark applications (German Patent Office (Deutsches Patent- und Markenamt (DPMA), EUIPO, WIPO)
  • Opposition proceedings
  • Administration and management of trademark portfolios (monitoring)
  • Representation in trademark disputes
  • Counseling and negotiation of trademark license agreements and transfer agreements
  • Comprehensive counseling and representation concerning all questions of other trademark law and domain law
Design law
  • Registration of designs (registered designs)—national, EU, international
  • Assertion and defense of your protected designs out of court and in court (prosecution of plagiarism)
  • Defense against claims based on design law
  • Licensing of designs
Patent- and Know How-License Agreements, R & D agreements
  • Drafting and negotiation of Patent- and Know How-License Agreements
  • Drafting and negotiation of research and development agreements (R&D agreements)
Competition law
  • Support for your marketing instruments and advertising campaigns from the competition law perspective
  • Examination of competitors’ market conduct from the competition law perspective
  • Design of corporate identities and general terms and conditions of business (information obligations, etc.)
  • Protection of business reputation
  • Protection from unfair obstruction
  • Protection from counterfeiting
  • Out-of-court representation and litigation in the event of competition law violations
  • Counseling of the public sector from the competition law perspective
Antitrust law
  • Merger supervision notifications
  • Fine proceedings before national and international antitrust authorities
  • Distribution antitrust law
  • Exclusivity obligations
  • Information exchange among competitors
  • Antitrust compliance and training programs