Comment: At this IP boutique, which comes highly recommended in trademarks and unfair competition, the broad base of both national and international clients ensures a steady stream of work. The practice landed new clients, primarily in trademarks, alongside existing clients like DHL, for whom the firm litigated in proceedings up to the ECJ involving the obligation to provide a legal notice. This demonstrates the Cologne firm’s strength in trademark litigation, esp. with Weber and Hamacher, besides formal trademark law. Advice to some clients and its own activity in the field of ad blockers shows the practice’s presence in current legal issues. Hamacher’s specialty in insurers rounds off the broad spectrum. In September Jonas recruited the experienced competition lawyer Dr. Ine-Marie Schulte-Franzheim from Schulte-Franzheim as of counsel.
Strengths: Formal trademark law.
Development potential: As a high degree of personal engagement is required at partner level, it is not easy for young lawyers to make it into the partnership. Systematically supporting young lawyers in building their own activity could help.
Recommended: Dr. Martin Viefhues, Karl Hamacher (“excellent jurist”, “strong economic understanding”, competitors), Dr. Nils Weber (“good and objective”, “very experienced”, competitors).
Practice: Extensive administration practice in trademarks. Unfair competition, trademark and increasingly design litigation as well as litigation in product imitation and border confiscation proceedings. Lots of international clients (esp. US and UK) and clients from the pharmaceuticals, sports and insurance sectors. Work is frequently related to distribution and media law. IP advice related to large transactions is provided to other firms. (3 equity partners, 1 salary partner, 5 associates)
Clients: ?? Trademark administration for German Ice Hockey League; all-round activity for DHL incl. litigation regarding sales platform operators’ obligation to provide a legal notice before ECJ; hotel chain in trademark dispute; ongoing unfair competition activity for Toyota (public knowledge); ongoing: Axel Springer Huk-Coburg, DEVK, Cloetta, Universal City Studios; company regarding ad blockers; wine trader on trademarks.
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