Intellectual Property Department

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What the team is known for Offers a comprehensive IP service with a particular focus on patent and trade mark-related advice, including portfolio management and infringement matters. Additional experience in domain name and co-existence matters. Also assists with counterfeiting and customs measures. Attracts clients from the pharmaceutical, media and fashion industries.

Strengths Interviewees commend the "dynamic, forward-thinking lawyers" in the team, appreciating their ability "to give their advice in a way that is easily understandable" to clients.

Commentators underline that "the responsiveness is incredible" and that they "feel very well looked after" by the team.

Work highlights Represented the holder of a patent for authentication processes in online banking in an infringement claim against a bank.

Notable practitioners

Alexander Schnider boast particular strength in design and colour mark infringements and also assists with anti-counterfeiting matters and copyright clearances. One interviewee states: "When I have complicated questions, I go to him." He acted for a media group on its trade mark portfolio management and also advises clients from the TMT and beverage sectors.

Constantin Kletzer advises on a range of matters, including anti-piracy and counterfeiting measures, as well as enforcement and infringement matters. Kletzer is highlighted by a client as "very proactive and innovative." He assisted Gruner + Jahr with opposition proceedings against trade mark applications by a third party.

Max Mosing advises clients from the automotive and fashion spheres and has a strong focus on the IT sector. He assists clients with anti-counterfeiting, domain name and trade mark infringement matters, and sources report that he is "good in trade mark work."

Rainer Schultes assists clients from a range of sectors, including the beverage and pharmaceutical fields, with design protections and trade mark prosecution. He has further experience in contentious IP matters, such as patent infringement and nullity proceedings.