Harmsen Utescher

Intellectual Property Department

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What the team is known for Highly acclaimed IP boutique offering clients from the retail, life sciences, food and automotive industries substantial experience in the trade mark and unfair competition field. Handles contentious issues, including representing clients in trade mark infringement, opposition and cancellation proceedings. Also assists clients with design validity questions, cease and desist orders and protected geographical status trade marks. Expertise also covers copyright claims.

Strengths Sources also value the team's ability to advise on international matters. One impressed client says: "Harmsen Utescher has a very broad network of law firms to work with internationally. Therefore, a fast and technically very good consulting approach is given in all economically important countries."

"They are very precise and very attentive to the details," says another client.

Work highlights Acted for STADA in opposition proceedings filed against its trade mark application 'Dorzo plus T STADA'.

Notable practitioners

Karin Sandberg
acts for clients in a broad range of trade mark and unfair competition matters. She is particularly active on disputes related to trade marks of protected geographical status.

Matthias Wolter
handles unfair competition law disputes and trade mark litigation, including cancellation proceedings. He regularly acts for defendants in the retail sector.

Rainer Kaase
is at his most visible in the pharmaceutical sector. He regularly acts for defendants in trade mark opposition proceedings. One client particularly appreciates Kaase's "enormous expertise and uncomplicated communication."