Comment: An uninterrupted strength in litigation makes this firm recommended in trademarks and unfair competition an established player in the market. It is often entire series of proceedings keeping the lawyers busy, most recently for a notable auto manufacturer. Thanks to many years of work for Vodafone, telecoms sector expertise is esp. pronounced. But Bock is best known for its good connections to Italian and Swiss luxury goods manufacturers; work for Swatch is particularly extensive. It is also notable how the firm is constantly widening its German client base, e.g. adding a components manufacturer and a large Mittelstand company to the list. At the beginning of 2017, the firm lost salary partner Dominik Weiß to Bryan Cave. He mainly supported the practice in design and copyrights law.
Strengths: Litigation, product piracy. Advice to Italian clients, design law.
Development potential: The firm faces the challenge of putting long-held growth plans into action in Frankfurt, a difficult market for IP recruitment.
Recommended: Dr. Andreas Bock (“our choice for central IP issues”, client; “experienced and prudent litigation opponent”, competitor), Michael Fügen, Dr. Jan Müller-Broich, Dr. Reinhard Döring (“strong expertise in unfair competition, quick and good economic understanding”, client).
Practice: IP is one of the firm’s core practice areas. Often all-round advice on trademarks, design law and unfair competition. About 70 percent litigation work, as well as formal trademark law. Also patents. (4 equity partners, 1 salary partner, 4 associates)
Clients: ?? Vodafone in numerous unfair competition proceedings; The Swatch Group (Omega, Rado, Longines, Tissot) and Guccio Gucci all-round on trademarks and design law incl. border confiscation; ECB on IP (incl. trademark administration); Ferrari, Bottega Veneta and Tod’s on trademarks and design law; Beem on unfair competition; all-round IP activity for Rothenberger and Compo; litigation for Infectopharm (also in pharma advertising law); unfair competition and design infringement litigation for German component manufacturer.
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