GEISTWERT

Intellectual Property Department

Austria
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What the team is known for Offers a well-regarded comprehensive IP service with a particular focus on patent and trade mark-related advice, including portfolio management and infringement litigation. Additional experience in domain name and co-existence matters as well as licence agreements and copyright disputes. Also assists with counterfeiting and customs measures. Attracts clients of various industries, including fintech, food and drink, life sciences and construction.

Strengths The team is praised for its exemplary client service, as one interviewee points out: "The lawyers are punctual and plain-talking, they are always available and also very transparent in terms of costs."

Another client highlights the firm's structure, saying: "We appreciate that we are always cared for by partners."

Work highlights Represented SIG Sauer in a patent dispute against Glock before the patent office and in court proceedings.

Notable practitioners

Alexander Schnider is well known for his expertise in matters concerning trade marks, unfair competition and software development. In addition to trade mark clearance and other non-contentious issues, he represents clients in court proceedings and settlement negotiations. Schnider's clients hail from a variety of sectors, including pharmaceuticals, food and drink, as well as IT and gaming. A client proclaims that "his qualities are definitely his analytical skills, his technical background, his enthusiasm for new technologies and his ability to put himself quickly in the position of a negotiating partner."

Constantin Kletzer is a well-respected and experienced specialist for patent disputes. He assists international clients from various sectors with enforcement proceedings, often representing global life sciences corporations before Austrian courts as part of multi-jurisdictional litigation. Kletzer is also active on trade mark matters, including filing and clearing up non-used trade marks. Interviewees applaud his litigation skills, with one person asserting that he is "very thoughtful, strategically thinking and very goal-oriented in his advice on proceedings."

Max Mosing is an active adviser with particular strength in trade mark and copyright matters. He regularly represents clients in domestic and international disputes, including before the Austrian Supreme Court. Clients are fond of his experienced and practical working style, stating that "Max Mosing knows the market and our needs very well and he is always punctual and reliable. All our problems are solved in such a way that the reasoning is comprehensible to our employees."

Rainer Schultes improves his ranking thanks to strong market feedback and a high level of activity in leading high-profile IP proceedings. He advises both claimants and defendants before domestic and EU courts, with regard to patent and trade mark as well as trade secret and unfair competition disputes. Clients especially appreciate that "he has a technical background, which is exactly what we need. He always seems to be personally concerned with winning a case and approaches the matters with a lot of dedication."