Comment: A highly recommended firm for trademarks and unfair competition which made steady inroads by developing existing work. Notable trademarks clients like Nestlé and Gruner + Jahr ensure a high utilization rate and strong visibility in litigation. H-B also worked for Procter & Gamble again, e.g. in various proceedings against competitors over misleading advertising. There was a marked rise in work for Haribo, who protected its main product against imitations with H-B. The firm is also adding to its client portfolio, for instance litigating for Mannesmann Engineering in a complex name dispute. The good progress was reflected in staffing: four associates joined the team. The firm suffered a setback in plans to build up a patent litigation practice to round off IP advice: partner Daniel Hoppe went to Preu Bohlig in July.
Strengths: Litigation, expert opinions.
Recommended: Prof. Dr. Henning Harte-Bavendamm (“excellent and incredibly experienced”, competitor), Dr. Karolina Schöler (“reliable, quick, good quality”, competitor), Dr. Andrea Jaeger-Lenz (“tough but fair”, “target-driven and pragmatic”, competitors), Dr. Michael Goldmann (“outstanding expertise in protection against imitation”, client; “highly committed and enterprising”, competitor), Dr. Frederik Thiering, Marion Jacob, Dr. Arne Lambrecht.
Practice: Focus on advice and litigation in trademarks, unfair competition/pharma advertising law, design law and copyrights as well as distribution and antitrust, now also in patents. Trademark administration practice. Advice to media companies, also arbitration. (9 partners, 8 associates)
Clients: ?? Mannesmann Engineering in dispute over umbrella trademark; litigation for Haribo regarding unfair competition and trademark infringements, incl. protection against imitation; all-round activity in trademarks, unfair competition and litigation for Nestlé; Procter & Gamble in various proceedings against main competitor regarding misleading advertising; Viagogo in various proceedings concerning the resale of tickets; Christian Louboutin in various infringement proceedings regarding trademark “Red Shoe Sole”; trademark administration and litigation for Gruner + Jahr; ongoing activity for Procter & Gamble; litigation for Amazon (public knowledge).
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