Comment: A highly recommended firm for trademarks and unfair competition which landed some new clients and displayed its strength in trademark and design disputes. The team litigated, for example, for shoe manufacturer Skechers in conflicts over designs and trademark infringements. In unfair competition, the firm worked for Euroleague Basketball against another association. But it is also the loyal clients keeping the lawyers on their toes, esp. work for Merck (public knowledge) and various disputes for auto sector companies. Despite much stand-alone work, the IP partners are often brought in for transactions, but this does not happen as often as at direct competitors such as Hogan Lovells, and Gleiss also appeared less dynamic in general practice development.
Strengths: Strategic advice and litigation. Advice to the ?pharmaceuticals and healthcare, auto, telecoms, ?IT and ?food sectors.
Development potential: Though the salary partners are developing their own work in both trademarks and unfair competition, they are hardly visible in the market. Active management is needed to position the younger partners.
Recommended: Dr. Stefan Völker, Dr. Andreas Wehlau (“litigated for us very successfully”, client; “innovative jurist and outstanding litigator”, competitor), Dr. Lilo Schlarmann, Dr. Stefan Weidert (“competent and very well connected”, competitor), Dr. Matthias Sonntag.
Practice: Large formal trademarks practice, as well as litigation and strategic advice. Prosecution of product piracy and domain grabbing. In Munich, advice on the interface with food law. In unfair competition, close connections to ?antitrust. Litigation and strategic advice on advertising and products. (4 equity partners, 3 salary partners, 11 associates)
Clients: ?? Skechers on trademark infringement and design law; Euroleague Basketball on unfair competition; Blizzard Entertainment on unfair competition and ongoing advice regarding online games; litigation for Merck KgaA against Merck Inc. regarding labelling rights; ongoing: Adam Opel, Hansgrohe, Alfred Ritter, Daimler, AOK, Carl Zeiss.
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