Comment: This firm, which is recommended in trademarks and unfair competition, bolstered its ranks recently with a prominent lateral, Dr. Andreas Schabenberger. This was a significant boost for the Stuttgart practice, because the salary partner at this office was active more in IT law. Otherwise, it is the individually strong partners who shape their position in the market. In line with the decentralized setup, advice and the partners’ specialties differ by office: in Frankfurt, work as an “emergency legal service” for trade fairs led to new clients, while synergies are being tapped more effectively in Düsseldorf thanks to cooperation with the IT and corporate practice. This was seen in interdisciplinary advice to Apassionata on trademarks and a shareholder dispute. Hamburg, as well as extensive design law work, is focusing more on litigation: the office litigated for a pharma research company up to the ECJ and for the trademark Havaianas in cancellation proceedings concerning the word trademark Flip Flop.
Strengths: Litigation, defense against product piracy for fashion companies; design law (esp. in Hamburg).
Recommended: Thorsten Wieland (“collegial and strong expertise”, competitor), Dr. Søren Pietzcker, Dominik Eickemeier (“solution-oriented and understandable”, “right blend of specialist expertise and broad positioning”, clients), Dr. Verena Hoene (“efficient work of a high standard”, client), Kai Runkel, Christian Spintig, Prof. Dr. Rainer Jacobs (“good expertise and fair negotiator”, “precise”, competitors), Dr. Georg Jacobs, Dr. Andreas Schabenberger (“I’ve known him for a long time and am very satisfied”, client).
Practice: Sector-oriented litigation as well as advice on unfair competition and trademarks. Focus: in Hamburg transport and logistics, as well as advice on transactions; in Cologne advice to the publishing, trade, telecoms and auto sectors; in Düsseldorf ?IT and ?media as well as advice on transactions; in Frankfurt fashion, media and pharmaceuticals; in Munich well-known athletes on trademarks and in connection with advertising contracts. Formal trademarks practice at all offices. (10 equity partners, 3 salary partners, 11 associates)
Clients: ?? Compo Expert on trademarks and in trademark administration; Alpargatas “Havaianas” in cancellation proceedings; transactions and trademark administration for Dunlopillo; Apassionata World in trademark, unfair competition and shareholder dispute; litigation for Dumerth “Cassellapark”; “emergency legal service” for Messe Frankfurt at trade fairs; Varta on unfair competition and trademarks (public knowledge); Viessmann on unfair competition and design of apps; Tommy Hilfiger on product piracy and border confiscation; pharma research company before ECJ.
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