Comment: This firm comes equally highly recommended for trademarks and unfair competition, but is increasingly noted for its design law activity. This is the domain of Klawitter, who is very active for a notable auto manufacturer. On top of this was litigation for a large German chemical company in a design dispute of a precedent nature. Key clients like Bahlsen and Colgate are staying true to the firm. Thanks to connections to international law firms made in the Colgate instruction, and Zintler’s good contacts, other well-known brand manufacturers (mainly from the fashion sector) were added to the list. Cooperation with other firms is on the increase in transactions, as seen in the Tennis Point shareholders’ acquisition of a stake in Signa. KNPZ is one of the most active and best-connected IP boutiques in this field.
Strengths: Well-integrated advisory approach. Design law.
Recommended: Prof. Christian Klawitter, Dr. Gerald Neben, Dr. Kai-Uwe Plath (“very good know-how in IP/IT”, “always reachable, first-rate expertise and a good feel for the situation”, competitors), Dr. Mathias Zintler (“IP expert”, competitor).
Practice: Focus on IP, distribution, ?media and ?IT, as well as on the interface with data protection. In trademarks, design law and unfair competition, litigation and advice (incl. licensing contracts). Transaction support in cooperation with other law firms, also portfolio management. (4 partners, 11 associates)
Clients: ?? Axel Springer Syndication in various IP disputes; all-round trademark activity for Snap; Otto concerning online distribution and frequent IP advice related to transactions; trademark litigation for DNA; ongoing IP activity for Bauer publishing (incl. on digital strategy); Nobel Biocare on trademarks and unfair competition; global trademark litigation and coordination for Fresenius; Flintab on design law. Ongoing activity for Colgate-Palmolive, Evertracker, Bahlsen, Euler Hermes, Fairmont Hotels; design litigation for chemicals company.
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