Comment: This Düsseldorf practice recommended for trademarks and unfair competition continued its positive development, buoyed up by the international network. Litigation in multiple proceedings for Samsung, GlaxoSmithKline, Eos and L’Oreal would not have been imaginable without these contacts. The team also profits from the preeminent patents practice. The firm advises no small number of clients, among them Samsung and L’Oreal, on both technical protection rights and soft IP. The trademark team thus seized on the opportunity arising from the 2015 merger with Hoyng Monegier to create one of Europe’s largest IP litigation firms and is stepping out of the shadow of the patents practice.
Development potential: If the soft IP team is to complete its positive development it will have to grow further. The foundation was laid with the appointment of a counsel from the firm’s own ranks. Another partner of Schmitz’s caliber would be a consistent move.
Recommended: Thomas Schmitz (“very satisfied”, client).
Practice: In trademarks and design law, strategic advice and trademark registration, alongside litigation. In unfair competition, frequent litigation. Renowned ?patents practice. Close international ties to the Amsterdam, Brussels and Madrid offices. (2 partners, 1 counsel, 5 associates)
Clients: ?? Trademark litigation for Samsung; trademark litigation and registration for GlaxoSmithKline; Eos against competitor concerning new type of lipstick and trademark strategy; trademark and unfair competition litigation for Dr. Kurt Wolff and Habitat; all-round unfair competition and trademark activity (incl. trademark administration) for Katjes; design and unfair competition litigation for Mepa and Xeo International; trademark litigation for Opi Products; pan-European trademark litigation for cosmetics manufacturer.
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