Comment: With its clear focus on litigation for branded companies on the interface with distribution law, this firm highly recommended in trademarks and unfair competition is making steady headway. Clients such as Shiseido and Hermès came on board in the cosmetics and luxury goods sector. With ongoing litigation activity for Springer publishing regarding ad blockers, LL has achieved a renown in this field that led to litigation work for another well-known German media house. Given its consistent focus on property rights owners, advice to a large commercial enterprise for the first time concerning ad blockers was the exception. In terms of headcount there were highs and lows: because of a conflict of interest, partner Dr. Ulrich Hildebrandt, who is well-regarded in trademarks, moved to SKW with a paralegal. But with the arrival of Baker partner Koch a little later, LL welcomed a renowned litigation specialist with clients such as Moet Hennessy and a new office in Munich.
Strengths: Advice to the cosmetics sector, litigation against Internet trading platforms.
Development potential: The new Munich office so far only has one partner. The main task will be to widen the practice with associates and at the same time actively drive integration with the Berlin and Hamburg offices.
Recommended: Dr. Andreas Lubberger (“very good litigator in unfair competition”; “highly experienced and wise, argues so well that even losing isn’t so painful”, competitors), Dr. Cornelis Lehment (“very competent trademark lawyer”, competitor), Martin Fiebig (“highly dedicated, fights like a lion, but objective”, competitor), Dr. Bernd Weichhaus, Dr. Kai Schmidt-Hern, Dr. Benjamin Koch (“I would hire him again for all IP matters without hesitation”, client; “tough but fair fighter”, “good negotiator”, competitors).
Practice: Focus on property rights owners, esp. trademarks and unfair competition advice to the cosmetics and luxury goods sector, incl. trademark registration, defense against parallel imports and imitation products. Also structuring and defense of distribution and franchising systems. Advice to media companies on the interface with copyright and press law, as well as startups. (6 partners, 7 associates)
Clients: ?? All-round trademark and unfair competition activity for Moet Hennessy; litigation for Shiseido against online traders and platforms; Hermès regarding product counterfeits; all-round IP activity for Serviceplan; Thüga and TÜV Rheinland on trademarks; all-round IP activity for Coty, incl. litigation regarding perfume imitations; unfair competition litigation for Axel Springer publishing/WeltN24 regarding ad blockers; Fischer Werke regarding Alibaba Überwachung; ongoing litigation for Ortlieb against Amazon concerning search engine advertisements; frequent activity for LVMH, L’Oréal, Clarins, Beauté Prestige; IP litigation for international electronic appliances manufacturer.
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