Comment: New client Bettzeit (a startup in the mattress industry) is proof positive that this firm highly recommended in unfair competition has lost nothing of its litigation strength. DuK provided Bettzeit with advice and litigation in unfair competition and trademark disputes. Besides long-running, all-round work for Deutsche Telekom, which mainly keeps Isele on his toes, the firm stepped up work for the Center for Protection against Unfair Competition, for whom it litigated in precedent cases before the Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof) and the ECJ.
Strengths: Litigation, in-depth telecoms sector expertise.
Development potential: The client list is growing much faster than the number of lawyers and work for regular clients is not dying down. Higher leverage could relieve the burden on the lawyers and create more space for new clients at the same time.
Recommended: Nikolaus Rehart (“in-depth and all-round advice on unfair competition”, client), Dr. Jan-Felix Isele (“knows all the tricks”, “very persistent”, competitors), Dr. Hans-Jürgen Ruhl (“very good litigator”, client).
Practice: In unfair competition, strong litigation activity, but advice is also provided in the run-up to disputes. Expertise in the telecoms, pharmaceuticals, energy supply and insurance sectors. Also active on the interface with telecoms, patents, antitrust and copyrights. Trademarks primarily for Mittelstand clients. (3 partners, 4 associates)
Clients: ?? All-round unfair competition and trademark activity for Bettzeit; Center for Protection against Unfair Competition in various precedent cases; ongoing unfair competition activity for Deutsche Telekom; ongoing unfair competition activity for Kiel public utilities.
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