TAYLOR WESSING

Comment: With its broad setup and strong international focus, TW is among the leading names for trademarks and unfair competition. “Well positioned on the whole, incl. in London” was praise from one competitor for the partners. These energetically drove the practice forward. In formal trademark law, they took over the portfolio administration for American Airlines. TW is also visible in litigation. The client structure is a well-balanced mix of branded companies and commercial enterprises like Tedi. The firm continuously works on cultivating international ties: besides long-time US contacts, it widened connections among Asian companies. Competitors frequently single out younger lawyers for praise, which is a good sign for long-term development.
Strengths: Litigation, advice to the food, fashion, ?media, ?IT, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics ( ?pharmaceuticals and healthcare) sectors.
Recommended: Thomas Raab, Dr. Wiebke Baars (“objective, focused, quick and precise”, competitor), Olaf Gillert, Marcus Hartmann (“great litigator who pleads well in court”; “fair opponent, strong expertise”, competitors), Andreas Bauer, Dr. Dirk Wieddekind, Dr. Gregor Schmid, Ortrun Günzel (“competent and practice-focused”, competitor).
Practice: In trademarks and unfair competition, all-round litigation and strategic advice. In Hamburg and Munich, strong advice to media companies, also on the interface with copyrights. (7 equity partners, 6 salary partners, 8 associates)
Clients: ?? Litigation for Scotch Whisky Association regarding geographic-origin indications; Staedtler Mars on setting up global online shop; all-round IP activity for American Airlines (now also trademark administration); Check24 in numerous unfair competition proceedings; all-round IP activity for Alois Dallmayr, Tedi and Hawesko; ongoing: New Yorker, FC Bayern (product piracy), Pernod Ricard, Villeroy & Boch, Xing.
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