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Gleiss Lutz

Intellectual Property

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What the team is known for

Gleiss Lutz offers strength across the full spectrum of IP, frequently representing both claimants and defendants in trade mark and patent infringement cases, including those concerning colour marks. The law firm assists with enforcements, nullity actions and oppositions, additionally advising on transactional IP and utility models. The team is also well versed in counterfeiting cases, advertising and branding disputes.

Strengths

"The Gleiss Lutz team is very responsive, easy to communicate with and practical when giving strategic advice," reports a client.

"Gleiss Lutz lawyers understand what advice we are seeking and provide to-the-point answers," according to a client who goes on to describe the team as "very diligent, commercially skilled and fast to respond."

Work highlights

Represented Daimler in antitrust proceedings and FRAND litigation before the European Commission relating to connected car patents.

Notable practitioners

Sources say that Matthias Sonntag is "quick, precise and clear," with one client pointing out that "he has a lot of experience giving advice a company can work with and is very fast in understanding the problems." Matthias Sonntag acts on disputes pertaining to FRAND conditions violations, patent infringements and nullity proceedings.

Stefan Völker maintains a strong reputation for his trade mark and unfair competition practice, attracting particular attention for his expertise in colour mark disputes. Interviewees find him to be "a very experienced and sharp lawyer."

Thomas Bopp enjoys a longstanding reputation in the market, with clients describing him as "an outstanding lawyer." He continues to advise clients on contentious IP matters, including patent infringement, opposition and nullity proceedings.

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Overview

Trademarks

Gleiss Lutz is one of Germany’s leading law firms in the area of trademarks. We have decades of experience of administering trademark portfolios of varying sizes for many longstanding clients. We currently manage trademarks in more than 190 countries. Our spectrum of services ranges from strategic consulting, to trademark creation and selection, to the full range of activities required for registering a trademark and then monitoring for infringements. Our advice covers also all other trademark-related IP rights, including trade names, titles of works, and rights to names.


Patents

Gleiss Lutz has successfully advised for decades on the enforcement, legal validity and commercial exploitation of patents and utility models, as well as on the protection of inventions and know-how. The technical focuses of our patent team are on the automotive, pharmaceuticals/life sciences, consumer products as well as information and telecommunications technology sectors. It goes without saying that we are experienced in handling cases in all relevant technical fields such as, for example, mechanics and mechanical engineering, process technology, chemicals, medical devices and semiconductor technology. Constant involvement with technical issues in these areas and close cooperation with specialised patent attorneys as well as other technical experts ensure that we have an excellent grasp of technology and that the advice we provide is technically sound, creative and efficient.

Members

Weidert, Stefan (Head of Department)

Bopp, Thomas

Burger, Benedikt

Kalbfus, Björn

Lux, Herwig

Molle, Alexander

Pemsel, Marcel

Sonntag, Matthias

Völker, Stefan

Wehlau, Andreas

Werner, Matthias

Clients

Daimler

Procter & Gamble

Intellectual Property

Gleiss Lutz

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Location

Lautenschlagerstraße 21

Stuttgart

Baden-Wuerttemberg

Germany

70173

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Ranked Lawyers

Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

Germany

Intellectual Property: Patent Litigation


Matthias Sonntag
Band 5
Thomas Bopp
Senior Statespeople

Intellectual Property: Trade Mark & Unfair Competition


Stefan Völker
Band 2