DLA PIPER

Comment: Step by step, this firm recommended in trademarks and unfair competition is raising its visibility. In addition to lively litigation activity, e.g. numerous proceedings for Nike, this is mainly due to the practice, which grew considerably last year, being better structured and focusing more on certain sectors. In addition to advice to media companies, a specialty is arising in Hamburg on gimmicks manufacturers: Ty (“Glubschi” trademark) was added to the client list. “Exceptionally broad coverage and strong synergies between all fields of IP and media law,” said one client of the Hamburg team. In Frankfurt, litigation for technology manufacturers (e.g. Samsung) and pharma clients grew in importance. The Cologne team continues to focus on fashion and consumer goods and built on activity in the defense against product piracy and border confiscation. New clients Jack Daniels and Michael Kors are evidence of this. Contrary to many competitors’ opinions, the IP practice is not sustained so much by international network activity as by the commitment of the young partners and cooperation with other practices. Bayer and BASF, for example, were among the new clients.
Recommended: Dr. Burkhard Führmeyer (“very good litigator, obliging, but tough”, competitor), Dr. Ulrike Grübler (“many years of very good trademark advice”, client), Prof. Dr. Stefan Engels (“one-stop shop for media and IP, excellent lawyer and very good strategist”, client).
Practice: Litigation and advice in trademarks and unfair competition (incl. trademark administration). The Cologne and Hamburg offices specialize in the ?media sector. Cologne also advises many fashion companies. The Frankfurt office is active for many pharma clients. (4 partners, 5 counsel, 4 associates, 1 of counsel)
Clients: ?? Bayer on product launch; Jack Daniels on product piracy; trademark litigation for Nike against Hummel; design litigation for Ty; Bonprix on design law; unfair competition litigation for JD Sport; litigation in unfair competition, trademarks and copyright of titles for Heinrich Bauer; BASF on trademark contracts; Michael Kors on border confiscation; Moebel.de on trademark strategy; Philipp Morris on trademarks; Procter & Gamble, Avon, Braun and Guccio Gucci on trademarks; Sixt Leasing on unfair competition; Marvel Characters concerning imitation; ongoing activity for Allergan, Samsung and Mondelez.
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