Comment: This IP boutique recommended in trademarks and unfair competition is a first stop for notable clients like Beiersdorf and Novartis when it comes to litigation. The firm is often called on for precedent issues, e.g. litigating for Beiersdorf in a dispute over the color trademark “blue”. Although the year saw some new clients like Antinori and Subounce, work for long-standing clients shapes the partners’ day-to-day work. The fact that many corporates remain loyal may also be due to the favorable cost structures – with this blend of competence and cost-awareness, SS often rivals the large firms.
Strengths: Litigation for consumer goods, media and pharmaceutical companies ( ?pharmaceuticals and healthcare).
Recommended: Dr. Lars Kröner (“highly experienced in pharma advertising law, tough but collegial”, competitor), Dr. Dirk Bruhn (“the absolute leader in unfair competition, fantastic cooperation”, client; “fair, precise and dedicated”, competitor), Dr. Torsten Spiegelhalder, Dr. Rolf Schultz-Süchting.
Practice: All-round trademark and unfair competition work, also trademark administration. Advice to large pharmaceutical corporates and Mittelstand medical product manufacturers, also often in ?patents and pharma advertising law. Also IP and press distribution advice and litigation for publishing houses in the right of reply. Advice on app design. (3 equity partners, 1 associate, 1 of counsel)
Clients: ?? Trademark litigation for Antinori regarding counterfeit red wines; unfair competition litigation for Sunbounce; trademark and unfair competition litigation for Beiersdorf, incl. regarding color trademark “blue”; Spiegel publishing on trademarks; unfair competition and trademark litigation for Novartis; trademark and unfair competition litigation for H&M; all-round IP activity for Hauck and Schüco; unfair competition litigation for media company and Spiegel publishing regarding ad blockers (public knowledge); unfair competition litigation for and advice on web shop system to contact lens manufacturer.
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