OSBORNE CLARKE

Comment: A firm respected in trademarks and unfair competition that succeeded in branching into innovative fields of advice. The team advised new client Phoenix on a 3D printer project and added such notable companies as Henkel, Rossmann and an international fashion corporate to its client list. Besides trademarks, OC is increasingly active in litigation, where an enterprising Hamburg partner who joined the practice last year and Schmoll, who focuses on the fashion sector from Cologne, are assets. It is remarkable how OC works on an interoffice and interdisciplinary basis, which is releasing new potential. Synergies arose, for example, with the ?distribution practice in the fashion sector, and new client Phoenix was advised by an interoffice team.
Development potential: OC has won over some large, notable clients. The task now is to retain them for the long term by intensifying interdisciplinary advice.
Recommended: Marcus Sacré (“skilled”, competitor), Dr. Tim Reinhard, Dr. Andrea Schmoll, as young lawyer Jan Hellenbrand (“friendly and simply good”, competitor).
Practice: Alongside advice and litigation in unfair competition and trademarks, much negotiation of extensive cooperation and R&D contracts. In Cologne, much work for the auto parts sector on the interface with distribution law. The Munich office is also active in patents. Publishing and copyrights in Hamburg. (5 partners, 1 counsel, 11 associates)
Clients: ?? Absolut karriere in trademark dispute before Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof); Henkel and Rossmann in trademark dispute; Phoenix Contact on setting up 3D printing portal; unfair competition litigation for GVA; Fitness First on unfair competition and trademarks against German Olympic Sports Confederation; litigation for Feldmann + Schultchen Design against Carlsberg, Holsten and Oettinger; ongoing, all-round IP activity for Ferrero (public knowledge), Leica Camera, notable consumer goods manufacturer and international fashion company.
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