Comment: This Munich IP boutique respected in trademarks is still working on a Germany-wide presence and is increasingly active across national borders. The firm thus stepped up cooperation with British and Dutch firms, with an eye on the European patent court launch. This was reflected in a series of trademark and design proceedings handled together, esp. in the fashion sector. Vossius boosted its Düsseldorf and Berlin office with experienced litigators. Kleespies splits his time between Berlin and Munich, while Hufnagel moved to Düsseldorf to lend Vossius’ youngest German office more weight in soft IP. But neither step has led to sizeable new instructions yet. Although Hufnagel raised his visibility, the biggest challenge for the trademark team is developing more litigators with a market presence. The vast client base for trademark administration, a typically strong field, and lively stand-alone litigation work are the ideal foundations.
Strengths: Design protection, portfolio administration.
Recommended: Dr. Mathias Kleespies, Christian Hufnagel.
Practice: All-round portfolio management, also litigation in trademarks (incl. design law). Licensing contracts and expert opinions. Many clients stem from the technology field, close links to the ?patents practice. (Core team: 1 equity partner, 4 salary partners, 4 associates, 1 of counsel)
Clients: ?? MAN Trucks & Bus regarding global protection rights strategy; Oui against Dior regarding trademark infringement; Dogstyler against Amazon concerning advertisement of third-party products in search queries; litigation for Superdry regarding designs and unfair competition infringements; litigation for and trademark advice to Schöffel; Spektrum Brands concerning animal feed labels and “Varta”; Nike on trademarks and designs; Resmed against Amazon concerning parallel imports; GlaxoSmithKline concerning drug counterfeits and parallel imports.
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