GRÜNECKER

Comment: The strength of this firm highly recommended for trademarks and unfair competition is its vast client base, which is advised on formal trademark law and by the renowned ?patents team. A continuous stream of litigation regarding trademarks, designs and unfair competition secures Grünecker strong visibility and broad experience. Like other large mixed practices, e.g. Hoffmann Eitle and Bardehle, Grünecker has a strong international presence and employs jurists from the Netherlands and US as paralegals to work more cost efficiently and better serve the needs of international clients. A young partner is branching into other markets by intensifying advice to startups.
Strengths: Design law, formal trademark law.
Development potential: To seriously rival the leading firms Grünecker will need more visible litigators. The incredibly strong client base, ranging from the German Mittelstand to international branded companies, such as Lacoste, Sony and Samsung, offers the potential for this.
Recommended: Prof. Dr. Maximilian Kinkeldey (“highly recommendable”, client), Dr. Nicolás Schmitz.
Practice: All-round IP work, esp. in ?patents, as well as trademarks, design law and unfair competition. Alongside trademark litigation, extensive registration and advisory work for German and many international clients (esp. in the US and Asia), as well as strategic advice. Much advice on the interface with IT. (5 equity partners, 29 associates)
Clients: ?? All-round trademark and unfair competition activity for: Facebook, Hermès, Galderma, Nintendo, Samsung, Spirig Pharma, Sony Music, Superdry, Xerox; unfair competition litigation for Schwan Stabilo; all-round unfair competition activity for Signa; Lyft on European trademark strategy; litigation for and product piracy advice to Lacoste; all-round trademark advice to Fenix Outdoor; Les Édition Albert René regarding Asterix portfolio.
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