Comment: At this firm highly recommended in trademarks and unfair competition, the IP teams in Frankfurt and Hamburg are consistently making headway. In Frankfurt, new clients included Duracell and decorative article manufacturer 3 Sprouts, which FPS advised on border confiscation. The firm also stepped up work for Korean clients and litigated for more subsidiaries of a Korean auto manufacturer in cases involving parallel imports and border confiscation. The gap left by the move of Berlin salary partner Dr. Katy Ritzmann to GSK was filled by a new partner from Knauthe. The Berlin office thus has a partner again.
Strengths: Litigation, defense against product piracy for luxury goods producers and ?IT companies.
Recommended: Dr. Christoph Holzbach (“target-driven”, competitor), Eckart Haag (“always does his work excellently”, competitor), Dr. Oliver Wolff-Rojczyk, Christian Hertz-Eichenrode (“competent and respected”, competitor), Dr. Carsten Albrecht, Dr. Andreas Freitag, Dr. Frank Hagemann (“vast knowledge”, competitor), Dr. Askan Deutsch (“very clever”, competitor), Dr. Christoph Süßenberger.
Practice: All-round trademark and unfair competition work. Trademark registration practice and litigation for branded companies in defense against product piracy. In Hamburg, advice in particular to companies from the French luxury goods industry. The Frankfurt office is often active for South Korean, and occasionally Taiwanese, clients. In unfair competition, litigation and advice on advertising law in the run-up to campaigns, also contracts. (13 equity partners, 3 salary partners, 5 associates, 2 of counsel)
Clients: ?? Duracell on product piracy and border confiscation; 3 Sprouts on design law; litigation for and advice on trademark strategy to Allianz; E-Shelter Facility on unfair competition; Microsoft on product piracy; all-round activity for medical product manufacturer; Innocean World-wide (Korean advertising agency) on unfair competition; litigation concerning parallel imports and all-round trademark activity for Korean auto manufacturer, incl. subsidiaries.
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