Comment: Since the move of experienced partners Lange, Eggers and Eva Schalast from WilmerHale in December 2016, SPB has developed into a respected firm in trademarks and unfair competition. Notable clients like Deutsche Bank and Zott followed the team, which is best known for pronounced activity in formal trademark law. At SPB, they found a small team that advises well-known brand manufacturers like Zippo and Richemont on soft IP, for which it had a low market profile. The new arrivals changed this perception for the long term.
Development potential: The new team quickly established contacts in the US and UK offices, which now need to be deepened. Most important is lasting integration and a consistent presence for the German IP practice if the firm is to underscore its position as a market player.
Recommended: Reinhart Lange, Dr. Christofer Eggers (“great sparring partner: clear, quick, resourceful”, client).
Practice: Administration of large trademark portfolios and litigation. In unfair competition, strong interfaces with food law. (3 equity partners, 2 salary partners, 2 associates)
Clients: ?? All-round advice to Zippo on trademarks and domain law (incl. border confiscation); all-round trademark and unfair competition activity for: Deutsche Bank, Zott, GfK, LSG Lufthansa Skychefs, Bora Creations and Cosnova; Richemont in criminal and border confiscation proceedings; global trademark litigation for large publisher.
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